Hometown: Saint Petersburg, Russia
Almira is from Saint Petersburg, Russia. She always knew that she would become a lawyer; this was predetermined by the fact that her father is a lawyer and helped influence her decision.
In 2008, she graduated with honors from Gymnasium No. 330 in Saint Petersburg. She was admitted into Saint Petersburg State University, Faculty of Law where she graduated in 2012 with LL.B. degrees and specialization in international law. She also has a Master’s degree specializing in the fields of environmental law, land law and real estate from Saint Petersburg State University, Faculty of Law.
As a student, she participated in various moot court competitions while studying in Saint Petersburg State University, including the Willem C. Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot, the Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition, and the Manfred Lachs Space Law Moot Court Competition.
Simultaneously, she worked as an intern in an international law firm, where she had the opportunity of getting practical experience. She has worked at Baker & McKenzie — CIS, Limited and Agency of Financial Investment Consulting LLC.
She chose McGeorge because: “McGeorge School of Law was in top 10 for its international law programs. I enjoy studying here, because everything is made to facilitate successful studying. (the) library is open almost 24 hours. Professors are always open for questions, discussions. Faculty (and) staff are always helpful and supportive.”
She intends to go back home and apply for a job in an international law firm focusing on international commercial arbitration.
Her Advice to aspiring students is: “Team up with other students and study in groups. This may be very helpful for you — discussion inside the group will help you to discover other dimensions of an issue and to get a deeper understanding of it.”
During her free time, Almira loves reading and travelling.