Danielle Wears


Subject Law
Course LLM General
Country United Kingdom
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Hello , My name is sarthbodhi . I am studying law from India in symbiosis international university . I am planning to study LLM from UK, Can you please brief me about career opportunity over there and what qualification do I need to get admission there.

The University of Birmingham offer seven different LLM pathways. Each pathway requires applicants should have a good Honours degree in law, or a degree in another discipline augmented with a pass in the Common Professional Examination. For international students, the Law School accept a wide range of qualifications from different counties and information on the specific qualifications categorized by country can be found here: https://www.birmingham.ac.uk/international/students/country/index.aspx

You must also meet certain English language requirements to apply for this course. All of the information on the various LLM pathways can be found here: https://www.birmingham.ac.uk/postgraduate/courses/taught/law/commercial-law.aspx

In regards to career opportunities; the LLM is a great stepping stone into further careers in Law depending on which area of Law you are interested in. The most popular routes are to then  complete the LPC in the UK before in-house training via a Training Contract to be a Solicitor, or the you can undertake the BPTC training course before completing in-work training and Pupillages to be a Barrister. Depending on your end goal, there are a variety of routes available to you.

 

Hello! Could you please explain what methods of assessment are used at the course? When exams are carried out? After each semester or at the end of academic year?

The methods of assessment differ for each module you pick. The majority are course work based but there are a few exam based modules.

The year is split into two halves; during the first semester you have three modules and the assessments for those modules are then in January. There are a further three modules in semester two and these assessments are due at the end of April and then the exams would be in May/June. I only had one module which was assessed by an exam and this was in the second semester and my exam was the 1st of June (the last day of the exams period). Hope that helps!

How can I find internships for winter 2019 in the criminal field?

Hello,  I would monitor law websites  like Access to Law and AllAboutLaw as they display and send news letters detailing the majority of vacation schemes and internships.

What is the job opportunity for an overseas student after completion of the course in UK?

As a U.K. resident and national student I am unsure, but I would assume quite high due to the prestige and standing of the University. To be accepted at the University as a postgraduate student is an accomplishment in its own, let alone to complete the course. Of course every degree and pathway is different and highly competitive however  I would say a postgraduate degree from Birmingham would provide you with a stable standing block to propel yourself from.

What, for you, are the best things about the course?

For me, the best thing is the flexibility: Birmingham offers a wide variety of modules; different stems of postgraduate degrees are available (for example in Law, there is a General LLM, a Commercial Law LLM, Criminal Law and Criminal Justice LLM etc and it is easy to switch between them if desired), along with the ability to undertake my studies part time.

Why did you choose the University of Birmingham?

I chose the University of Birmingham for a number of reasons: First for its incredible reputation. Additionally, the Law School offers a wide variety of modules which really appealed to me, and also because of its location. I live in Coventry and so I commute to Birmingham on the train, which is incredibly easy to do as the University has its own train station!

Can you describe your journey from school to where you are now?

After Sixth Form, I attended the University of Reading and gained a 2.1 degree in Law with Legal Studies in Europe. This took me four years to achieve and I spent a year abroad in Nancy, France where I studied various branches of French Law. After I graduated, I took a year out before I spent the summer travelling around Europe. In September 2016, I started my postgraduate degree in Law at the University of Birmingham part time so that I could work alongside my studies.

Was there a big transition from undergraduate to postgraduate study?

I have found there is no major transition between studying for an undergraduate degree and a postgraduate degree; roughly the same as there was between A Levels to University. Learning, seminars, timetabling, resources, and reading are all similar to undergraduate study. However, the work load (namely the reading, especially for Law) significantly  increases and the emphasis is placed more on yourself and independent learning as there are no lectures like there were during my undergraduate studies, only seminars.

How have you funded your postgraduate studies?

Luckily Student Finance England have started to issue Postgraduate Loans and so this is how I fund my postgraduate studies. As I am a Part Time student, the tuition fees are divided in half between the two years.

What was your motivation for undertaking postgraduate study?

The motivation to undertake my postgraduate degree was personal. I love to learn and wanted to further my knowledge of the Law, with the hopes of potentially pursuing a PhD in Law after. In turn, I also hope that it would improve my future employability.