Directory Page Title“William and Mary's many international offerings provided me a crucial foundation to start a career in international legal work.  The wide-ranging course offerings, exciting internship opportunities, and excellent faculty at William and Mary made my law school experience both enjoyable and rewarding. The Draper's Scholarship also offers a unique and rewarding opportunity to study pressing legal issues with attorneys and judges from around the world, which allowed me to gain a truly international perspective on the law.
 
Besides, where else could you be walking to class only to be accosted by Thomas Jefferson inquiring as to the nature of the relationship between state and citizen?”

Brian Soiset (2006)

Dentons, Shanghai

About

Brian works in international trade and business law, with a focus on issues pertaining to U.S.-China business.  From 2011-2016, Brian worked in China at the Shanghai offices of first Zhong Lun Law Firm, and later Dentons LLP.  Brian’s work was multifaceted and included corporate law, mergers and acquisitions, Chinese law, customs law, and FCPA and anti-corruption investigations.  While in China, Brian also studied Mandarin at Zhejiang University. 

Brian has also worked in the public sector at U.S. agencies investigating international trade disputes.  From 2008-2011, Brian worked at the U.S. Department of Commerce regarding trade disputes on imports alleged to have been dumped or subsidized.  Brian currently works at the U.S. International Trade Commission, working on investigations of injury to U.S. industries by imports found to have been dumped or subsidized.  In both roles, Brian has advised agency personnel on the conduct of administrative investigations, and helped to defend agency decisions before U.S. courts and international panels. 

Brian was the 2006-2007 Draper's Scholar, which allowed him to study for an LL.M. at Queen Mary College and the School of Oriental and African Studies at the University of London.  Brian specialized in Law and Development and focused on topics such as constitutional reforms in the former Soviet Republics and issues relating to the treatment of ethnic minorities in China's legal system.

Upon returning to the U.S., Brian worked at Chemonics International, an international development organization in Washington, D.C. that implements international Rule of Law programs with funding from USAID, the Millennium Challenge Corporation, and other international organizations.  He worked on projects such as e-governance reform in Albania, land law reform in Central Asia, and anti-human trafficking measures.

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“William and Mary's many international offerings provided me a crucial foundation to start a career in international legal work.  The wide-ranging course offerings, exciting internship opportunities, and excellent faculty at William and Mary made my law school experience both enjoyable and rewarding. The Draper's Scholarship also offers a unique and rewarding opportunity to study pressing legal issues with attorneys and judges from around the world, which allowed me to gain a truly international perspective on the law.
 
Besides, where else could you be walking to class only to be accosted by Thomas Jefferson inquiring as to the nature of the relationship between state and citizen?”