Ever since deciding to pursue a career as an international lawyer, the UK was always my destination of choice for higher education.There were a million possibilities, but I ended up choosing the University of Reading taking advice from a close family friend; a teaching expert at the University's Institute of Education.
where law meets business
My degree programme was the perfect choice for me as it combined my passion for financial markets with the study of the Common law legal system. My objective was to fast track my professional development and gain a competitive edge in the job market in my home country in China. Having a clear distinction of what I wanted to pursue my degree in, The LLM International Commercial Law at the University of Reading seemed to be the perfect match.
What makes the programme appealing and different compared to programmes offered by other universities is the unique combination of law school seminars with lectures at the International Capital Market Association (ICMA) Centre which is a part of the University’s Henley Business School. While the law school provides the student with the background to understand financial regulation in its legal context, the lectures at the ICMA Centre deepen insight into the practical side of financial regulation from a finance perspective.
I recommend the International Commercial Law programme to anyone willing to pursue their career as an international commercial lawyer especially to those who come from non-common law jurisdictions.
Stepping into the real world
In terms of influencing my career, the approaches and strategies that I have acquired through the course have definitely helped shape my future professional plans. Having completed my LLM programme at the University of Reading, I am now practicing as an Associate Attorney in a top ranked commercial law firm in Beijing.
"Dealing with matters in the field of capital market, I appreciate the wonderful experience I had in the School of Law, since it delivers practical skills which most universities do not provide. By virtue of what I learnt from the School, I felt that I had stepped into the business ahead of many rivals."
A Lively Community
Studying with passionate lecturers and competitive classmates, I enjoyed an inspiring year at the University of Reading. Interactive seminars, guest lectures and discussion of practical cases made for the most engaging part of my study.
Another part I adore about the University is the diversity of societies and extra-curricular activities you can get involved in. I was an active member of the Law Society and played for the soccer team as well.
The School of Law at Reading is an ideal place to immerse in academic life, peaceful for study while geographically convenient. The memory will accompany the rest of my life.