Course LLM International Commercial Law
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What are the job prospects for a non-EU student after LLM in International Commercial Law?
- To be honest, I don’t know. I think you have quite a good chance for a PhD but becoming an advocate is quite hard I guess as there are so many law students.
- However, it really depends on what job you like to do.
- If you like to work in the UK, it’s obviously easier so fond a job if you’re done a LL.M. before.
Would you recommend taking modules with an essay or an exam?
I had four models with an essay (2 in each semester) and two with an exam. I would recommend not taking more than two exams as it is really stressful to prepare for them. However, it is also stressful to write three essays in the “holidays”. So I guess four and two is a good way. I guess it is also favorable not to have three essays in the second semester and then immediately after the exams.
Of course, you should take these modules you like. But bare in mind, that exams are more time-consuming.
What piece of advice would you give to anyone considering postgraduate study in your field?
I can really recommend a postgraduate study. I do not exactly know whether there is an explicit advantage in the job market but it helps you to work independently and self-responsibly. You also get the chance to write a dissertation on a topic you are really interested in. You can decide on your own how much effort you put in this year of postgrad study but if you work constantly, you get normally rewarded with appropriate grades. Use the chance to get in touch with your module leaders. They are usually really happy to talk about their research or other legal problems.
What has been the highlight of your time at Birmingham?
The Postgraduate Ball. Rose, the officer for Postgraduate students, organized the first-ever postgrad ball. It took place in the great hall and was simply amazing. If there is another one next year, go there!
Why did you choose the University of Birmingham?
The University of Birmingham might to be under the top three university of the UK, however, it gives students everything they need. The campus is amazing. The library prevents almost every book or journal you need. The module leaders are really interested in the opinion of their students. The choice of modules is incredible. The University of Birmingham is an international university, what I really like.
Have you joined any clubs or societies, gone on any research trips or done any volunteering?
The University of Birmingham has almost limitless possibilities in societies. Sports, nationalities and whatever you can think about. I joined several societies as it is a good possibility to get to know other students from all over the world.
In May, I took part in a conference at TILT at the University of Tilburg which was recommended by one of my module leaders.
I did not do any volunteering but I got a job as research assistant. I helped for 25h one of the module leaders in her research.