December 10, 2010
Meet Simuzar Feyzullayeva, Muskie Graduate Fellow
We sat down with Simuzar Feyzullayeva, a member of BU Law's LL.M. in American Law Program, to discuss her experiences as an Edmund S. Muskie Graduate Fellow, and what she hopes to accomplish for her home country of Azerbaijan.
One of the professors in my LL.M. program at Baku State University in Azerbaijan is a former Muskie Fellow, and he encouraged me to apply to the program.
Throughout the three rounds of evaluation, I was nervous given that I was the youngest of all the applicants. However, I remained sincere and was confident in articulating my goals of studying corporate law in America. I appear to be the first BU Law student representing Azerbaijan!
On her home country
Since the fall of the USSR, Azerbaijan has welcomed international corporations that want to establish regional headquarters in Baku. These firms typically hire professionals who have studied abroad.
On her work and education in the U.S.
One fundamental difference in the legal education systems I have noticed while in the U.S. is that here, legal education and judicial review are largely based in case law studies. In Azerbaijan, everything is based on statutes and codes, not precedents. The US system is challenging for me, because among other merits, there is more room for broad thinking.
On her future legal career
In Baku, I have a job in the tax and legal department of the branch office of PricewaterhouseCoopers. I previously interned in two district courts, an economic court, and a prosecutor’s office, all in Azerbaijan.
I am a member of the Legal Education Society, a nongovernmental organization that provides legal services and education to Azerbaijani citizens. In addition, I am a member of the Women’s Bar Association operating with the support of ABA Rule of Law Initiative (ABA ROLI).