Manon says the Postgraduate Taught Scholarship brought her back to education and saved her from higher French tuition fees. She is currently studying LLM European Legal Studies.
Can you tell us a little bit about the programme in your own words?
“The LLM European Legal studies is a taught programme. Throughout the year, we have to choose 4 modules in a wide range of different law subjects. The lessons are most of the time seminar based on interactions with the teacher. Globally, there is quite a lot of reading to do before going to classes but the Law Library is great and provides most of the books that we are required to read. As seminar groups are small, it allows us to have a privilegiate relationship with the lecturer and encourage us to participate a lot. Moreover, what is really interesting is that all the students are coming from different parts of the world. This makes us learn how to work in an international environment with people coming from different backgrounds.”
What did the Postgraduate Taught Scholarship mean to you?
“The Postgraduate Taught Scholarship represents a great opportunity to me. In France, tuition fees are not so high and when I knew I would come to Cardiff, I was a bit concerned by the fact that my year of study you be quite expensive. Being allocated this scholarship was a relief. Moreover, this scholarship is based on academic merit. Therefore, it was also an acknowledgment of my work and a reward.”
Have you been able to secure funding from other places, how else are you supporting your studies?
“I have secured some additional funding from the French government.”
What were your motivations for undertaking a postgraduate degree?
“There is an agreement between Cardiff Law School and Nantes Law University. After completing my degree while taking extra classes of Common Law, I had the chance through this agreement to come and achieve my dual diploma in both, common law and French law. As I want to work in an international Law firm, this LLM is a great opportunity for me to improve my english and have an in-depth formation in common law.”
Is there anything about your postgraduate course that has stood out in your experience?
“In Cardiff, there are a lot of opportunities- we just have to seize them. Since the beginning of the academic year, I had the chance to meet city Lawyers, go to Law Fairs, enrol in extra communication and leadership Certificates. Moreover, the staff is really nice and ready to help which makes us enjoy our working environment. There are also a lot of different societies which is really great to meet people coming from different courses.”
What do you think of Cardiff as a place to live as a postgraduate?
“Cardiff is a perfect city. Indeed, it presents all the advantages of a capital city (great concerts/ rugby and sporting events/city center) and as the same time is close to the sea and to the countryside. I think it presents the right balance as to have a quality way of life here.”
How do you think your postgraduate course will contribute to your future career plans?
“Having an LLM will be a “plus” when I will apply for jobs but also when I will apply for a french Master when I come back to France. Through several law fairs organised by the university, I had the chance to meet law professionals with whom I would like to keep in touch.”
Has studying for a postgraduate degree at Cardiff University lived up to your expectations?
“I think my expectations were met from the beginning. We have a great work and study environment while at the same time being able to enjoy fully the experience during our free time.”
What are your biggest achievements as a postgraduate student at Cardiff University so far?
“My biggest achievement as a postgrauate student has been to adapt to a new way of studying and to a language that is not my mother tongue.”
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