Image 1 of 8: Born in 1978, Amal Alamuddin grew up in Beirut for 10 years before heading to Blighty with her family where they settled in Buckinghamshire. Clearly a clever-clogs from the get-go, she studied at St. Hugh’s College at Oxford University - she even won a scholarship and graduated with a combined Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Laws in 2000.
Image 1 of 8: Amal’s academic brilliance didn’t end at Oxford - she headed to the Big Apple after her bachelors where she studied at the esteemed New York University School of Law. She worked in the offices of a Supreme Court Judge during her time at college and was awarded the Jack J. Katz Memorial Award for her skill in the field of Entertainment law.
Image 1 of 8: This illustrious AA might have been in the US of A, but the Middle East has still cropped up in Amal Alamuddin's career. After practicing at a major law firm in NYC, Amal worked the lawyer’s circuit before clerking under Egyptian Judge Nabil Elaraby - we wonder if they used their shared language of Arabic to bitch about their colleagues?!
Image 1 of 8: There’s also been a Middle Eastern connection in Amal’s work for her current law firm - a major figure on the international human rights scene, she represented Abdallah Al Senussi, Libya’s former intelligence chief in a case of “alleged crimes against humanity” in the International Criminal Court in The Hague.
Image 1 of 8: Ever heard of Julian Assange, controversial Wikileaks founder? This hot-shot Lebanese lawyer represented him in on extradition proceedings. No biggie! Oh, you’ve heard of some trouble in Ukraine? Amal also represented Yulia Tymoshenko, former Ukrainian PM, in a human rights claim. Quite the career accomplishments for someone who isn’t even 40!
Image 1 of 8: Having bagged Hollywood’s hottest bachelor, it’s only fitting that Amal has nabbed the accolade of London’s no. 1 hottest barrister. It seems her trilingual skills (a classic Lebanese babe, she speaks English, Arabic and French), her beauty and “her formidable success” clinched Clooney's girl the top spot. We concur!
Image 1 of 8: Success clearly runs in the Alamuddin family - Lebanese lady and mum Baria has won awards for her journalism & broadcasting in the UK & the Middle East. Currently an editor of Arab newspaper Al Hayat, Baria’s interviewed some of the biggest political names in modern history such as Margaret Thatcher, Fidel Castro, Hosni Mubarak and Tony Blair.
Image 1 of 8: The Alamuddins breed pioneering females! Amal’s granny was the first woman to graduate from the American University of Beirut, proving that brains and ambition are strong attributes in this family! But let’s not forget the men - her great grandfather was a notable C20th Druze scholar who was a big name in Arab economics.
He may have won the title of Hollywood’s perpetual bachelor but Clooney has clearly been biding his time for the right woman - and by jove is it Amal Alamuddin, Beirut-born and London-raised barrister and international human rights bad-ass!
Oxford educated, internationally renowned for her skills as a lawyer and representing some of the biggest names in politics today, Amal is a true inspiration but she remains something of an enigma - the Lebanese-Brit-extraordinaire - in the global media as it grapples with the idea of Clooney being made an honest man!
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