Student Profiles

SAREENA NAWAZ- LLM INTERNATIONAL COMMERCIAL LAW

Cardiff Law School

Why did you choose to study a postgraduate degree at Cardiff University?

I chose Cardiff University for my Masters in Law for many good reasons.


Firstly, because of its outstanding teaching and highly qualified staff. Secondly, the School of Law and Politics offers a range of up to date modules which is quite interesting. Thirdly, Cardiff Law School offers extracurricular activities such as pro Bono schemes, mooting competitions and client interviewing competition, and this helps in developing many of the skills that are required for a career in law. Lastly, Cardiff Law School is recognised as a leading research institute.


In general, tuition fees for Cardiff University’s master students are quite reasonable compared to other universities.

Most importantly, Cardiff University’s Student Union is one of the main highlights for students. This makes the university stand out among others.

How was your experience as a postgraduate at Cardiff University, in terms of the programme?

My experience as an International postgraduate law student was good. The programme involved a lot of practical learning from the very beginning. The timetable was flexible which gave me a lot of free time to do my pro bono.


The frequent coursework assignments was very engaging. The course is pacey and quite demanding, which reflected the amount of knowledge and understanding we were gaining during the year.


The course was well structured, and it was also designed to accommodate part-time students, I benefitted as a full-time student from the condensed lecture schedule, which made it easy to organise university as well as some part-time work around my timetable.

How was your experience of living in Cardiff, in terms of the city, social life and accommodation, again specifically as a postgraduate student?

Cardiff University has all the benefits of a capital city. With lots of restaurants and historical places to visit. I stayed at Cardiff university student accommodation which was a really nice experience since I get to enjoy the student life.

What was different about your postgraduate experience at Cardiff University compared to your previous degree?

I did my undergraduate degree in Pakistan. It was a University of London external programme. The biggest difference with my undergraduate degree was that I had written exams and much less interaction with my professors.


In my postgraduate degree my coursework submission and grading is conducted through a central online portal. lectures slides were also available online which helped me when it came to revising for exams and covering more advanced concepts. this is completely different from my Bachelors and definitely preferred the system of Cardiff University.

How did you fund your postgraduate degree?

My postgraduate funding was done by my parents however the university offer scholarships which helps students to fund their postgraduate study. Apart from this university offer loans to students.

How do you think that your postgraduate degree is helping prepare you for the future – job aspirations, career development, future study etc?

My LLM International Commercial Law has opened up many job opportunities which were not open to me before. The pro bono Scheme helped me prepare for actual court sessions and my course has prepared me to embark on LPC which I never thought would be possible at the start of my course.