ISLAMABAD - Two Pakistani students at School of International Law (SIL) have set a unique record by scoring first division in the University of London LLB (Hons) while in total three Pakistani students are ranked among top ten distinctions awarded globally this year.

Pakistan has three first class students this year; all females. Two of them, Zunaira Shahid and Zainab Samantash studied at School of International Law, an institution in Islamabad committed to providing “the complete law school experience.”

Nida Tareen, Principal of SIL, says, “We are extremely proud of our students who have generally scored very well in the examinations, with numerous distinctions and merits in individual subjects. Zainab and Zunaira have of course set a world record for us as no Pakistani institute has ever produced 2 First Class Honours in the same year.”

The University of London Undergraduate Laws Blog states, “With ten firsts this year we match our record year of 2013. After their notable absences from last year’s first class roll call Hong Kong and Malaysia return to the fore but Pakistan continues to build on last year’s precedent providing our top scoring first class undergraduate student of 2015.”

Zainab attributes her success to hard work, the support of her parents and family and the School of International Law “for providing its students with the most conducive environment and bringing together the most amazing teachers”.

Zunaira tells of early experiences on the LLB, “I still remember waiting for my first year results, having already decided alternative degrees in case I failed”, but that wasn’t to be and instead she found that “the degree gave [her] the tools to develop [her] legal skills and that her “college was the perfect environment to hone analytical abilities”.

Syeda Shehrbano Kazim, Director of SIL, says, “The LLB and LLM results have both been gratifying. SIL is the only official adviser in Pakistan to the University of London LLM programme and our LLM students have also scored distinctions and merits in their specializations of Commercial and Corporate Law, Economic Regulation, International Business Law, Public International Law and Law and Development”. Simon Askey, Director of the Undergraduate Laws Programme at the University of London, writes on the Undergraduates Laws Blog, “Congratulations to our ten firsts of 2015 and to all our students.”