Friendly. Vibrant. Welcoming. These words describe the city of Nottingham – ranked the ninth best city for students in the UK and 53rd in the world, according to the QS Best Student Cities 2022.
Like the city it is based, the University of Nottingham welcomes students from all walks of life. Take, for example, Anastasiia Kliuha. She is a Human Rights Law LLM student and Chevening scholar who joined the School of Law in search of a transformative legal education.
“If you are looking for a space where your views matter, where professors not just tell you what is right but lead you to the most profound understanding of the nature of law and where you can do your own research — then this university is a perfect decision,” says Kliuha.
The research Kliuha speaks of takes place in the six research centres that house some of the world’s elite legal scholars at the cutting edge of global legal research in their field. According to the Research Excellence Framework 2021 results, 85% of the School’s research was ranked as “world-leading” or “internationally excellent”.
Here, scholars collaborate with policymakers, international organisations, and civil society, among others, on meaningful projects. The Humans Rights Law Centre analyses the promotion and protection of human rights in conflict and post-conflict situations. The Commercial Law Centre impacts the development and reform of commercial law through informing the judgement of courts, provoking debate, and influencing socio-legal discussions.
Thanks to a school that houses these greats, LLM students enjoy the highest standards of intellectual rigour with a chance to create meaningful impact. For example, Kliuha works as part of the Rights Lab’s Data and Measurement Programme. Her project involves assessing the extent of forced labour that can be identified from space using geospatial observation across all countries and sectors.
In the classroom, you’ll learn in small group seminars and engage in an open, interactive learning experience. Think of the wide range of perspectives and experiences present in these classroom discussions and how you will benefit from this. Pair that with guidance from experienced faculty members, and it’s little wonder why students like Tracy Pritchard genuinely appreciate these opportunities.
“Being admitted to the Executive Programme in Public Procurement Law and Policy at the University of Nottingham School of Law provided the opportunity for an in-depth and critical examination of the European Union (EU) Procurement and Remedy Directives combined with relevant CJEU case law in a high-level academic context,” Pritchard shares.
Her LLM was equally fundamental to advancing her career. With 25 years of experience as a public procurement professional, consultant, and advisor, she sought to increase and formalise her competence in EU Public Procurement legislation.
“Pursuing an LLM also provided useful knowledge on the challenges related to corruption and collusion, as well as procurement in the WTO, and maybe more importantly, on development and sustainability in a legal procurement context,” she explains. Today, she is full of optimism about her professional capabilities and possibilities.
Diverse opportunities for career-ready graduates
Here, you can augment your LLM experience through several pathways that will allow you to generalise or specialise.
Unsure of where to start? Consider the Law (Master of Laws) LLM, where you can choose from over 30 modules covering various topics like Advanced Copyright and Design Law, Economic and Social Rights, and EU Competition Law on top of a dissertation module. For those who want to specialise, you will find something tailored to your professional goals and academic interests.
You can develop specialist knowledge on EU laws and intergovernmental institutions like the Council of Europe and European Court of Human Rights with the European Law LLM; become an expert in issues relating to economic growth and poverty levels with the International Law and Development LLM; or compete for positions in business and public procurement or related professions with the International Commercial Law LLM.
To enhance classroom-based learning and provide real-world experience, you can attend seminars given by distinguished visitors, enrol in placement programmes at the School of Law, secure a coveted internship with the World Bank, or get involved in projects with non-profit sectors.
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