Joel El-Qalqili, 2015, Germany

On the flexibility of the curriculum: The flexibility of Fletcher’s curriculum is unique. The menu of courses in all three divisions (International Law and Organizations, Diplomacy, History, and Politics, and Economics and International Business) is rich, and students take classes in all three divisions. Courses at other schools, e.g. Harvard, MIT or other Tufts departments may also be taken and complement the courses offered at Fletcher. Students with a particular interest may design their own field of study to concentrate on a particular area. In my case, I was able to focus on Islamic finance by taking a course at Harvard Law School on Islamic law while at the same conducting an independent study project on Islamic Finance for credit. Additionally, I will take Fletcher’s Islamic Finance and Banking course during the Spring semester. Finally, I will write my capstone project in that area and also relate papers for other courses to Islamic finance. I think this shows clearly how much you can cluster and specialize even in a field that might not be formal field of study. What I like the most about this flexibility is that it is not granted for its own sake. Students are encouraged to take advantage of this flexibility in order to create and pursue their own career goals. Fletcher’s faculty and Office of Career Services take an active role in supporting their students to achieve these career goals and are accessible beyond expectations.

On campus life: Campus life at Fletcher is very lively. It seems there is a fascinating event every day. For example, Tufts faculty members presented their view on Gaza recently. The auditorium was packed and the talk was certainly one of the most memorable I have experienced here so far. These events are an important aspect of the Fletcher education, and students are always  making time in their busy schedules to attend them. It is amazing how easy it is to find another student to play tennis at the courts near Ginn library and how often I run into a friendly Fletcher face around Medford and Somerville. Not having enough interesting stuff to do is certainly a worry rarely (personally, I think never) felt at Fletcher.

Favorite newspaper
Al Jazeera online

Favorite book
Die Schachnovelle

Favorite musician or band
The Roots

Favorite city
Istanbul, Krakow

Most pressing world issue
The Israeli-Palestinian conflict

Fields of Study

  • International Business and Economic Law
  • Law and Development

Activities involved in at Fletcher

  • International Law Society
  • Fletcher Finance Club
  • Med Club (Mediterranean Group)

Education before Fletcher

  • LL.B., Law, Bucerius Law School
  • First State Examination
  • Second State Examination

Experience before Fletcher

  • Reseach Assistant, Noerr LLP, Frankfurt;Berlin/Germany
  • Referendar, P+P Pöllath + Partners; Gibbons P.C., Frankfurt/Germany; New York City, NY
  • Rechtsanwalt - Attorney-at-Law (Germany), P+P Pöllath + Partners, Frankfurt/Germany


  • German
  • English