I chose to pursue an LLM in International Commercial Law abroad and more specifically at the University of Nottingham which is renowned for the quality of education and its facilities.
Little did I know that the whole experience would turn out to be far more rewarding than anticipated.
On an academic perspective, it was a real pleasure to study for each and every class thanks to the quality of the working material provided. Moreover, professors’ enthusiasm, passion for their field of expertise, and their commitment to help students reach their full potential encouraged me to be proactive during classes and to challenge myself. Professors are open and available to offer guidance and to advise students regarding career prospects in accordance with their centre of interests. In fact, I had several individual meetings both with my tutor and other professors.
I was part of a multicultural promotion which turned out to be very enriching for my personal growth. Interacting with fellow students during seminars enabled me to view problems from different perspectives and to familiarize myself with different legal cultures. I definitely became more open-minded as a result. Moreover, these interactions gave me a glimpse as to what I can expect in the future since I aim to work at international level.
As regards student life, Nottingham has a lot to offer, and the postgraduate officers of the University of Nottingham make sure to frequently organise social events so that the postgraduate community can reunite. Thanks to these events, I have met incredible people and developed true friendships worldwide.
Finally, I benefited from the University of Nottingham Commercial Law Centre unique placement opportunity with the World Bank Group. Joining the Insolvency and Debt Resolution Team of the World Bank Group for a 3-month internship has given me hands-on experience and enabled me to use the skills I developed as an LLM student in International Commercial Law at the University of Nottingham. I also had the honour to be able to write a dissertation linked to my work at the World Bank.
It is safe to say that the School of Law of Nottingham University outweighed my expectations and has helped me engage my legal career immensely.
Margaux Seeuws (French), LLM in International Commercial Law, 2019/20