I loved my time at Lund University and in Sweden generally. It created memories that will last my entire life. The academic atmosphere was very different than what I used to have back in my country.
In terms of ties with the industry, the ILF courses are taught by mostly partners and legal heads at leading firms and companies such as Baker McKenzie, Allen and Overy, Allianz Global Investors, etc.
Sharareh Dastmalchi is an Iranian law graduate who recently completed the International Dispute Resolution LL.M. from the Humboldt University of Berlin. In this interview, she discusses her reasons for enrolling for this particular master's, the course itself, and a whole lot more.
I would strongly recommend prospective applicants who wish to pursue LLM in the courses relating to dispute resolution/settlement to at least gain two years of experience, which must include some exposure to the trial-court advocacy.
At the end of the day, the market is tough. One’s hard work coupled with some luck (without the aid of any arbitration-specific Felix Felicis) may bear fruit only if and when the ‘right opportunity manifests at the right time’.
Remember that an LLM is not the only option out there! In depth research is necessary as every degree, every university and every course offers something different.
When you are studying, it is about much more than just learning what has been assigned; it is about researching on your own, searching for the information, and broadening our knowledge to satisfy your genuine academic curiosity.
The ICAL experience was absolutely terrific. I would recommend anyone who is aspiring to gain international commercial arbitration knowledge in depth to purse the ICAL program.
Short-term summer programs have been long sought after by law students as a means to expose themselves to foreign education, interact with faculty members from some of the best universities in the world, and foster relationships.
I know I have also made some friends for life. I have taken up learning a new language, trying my hand at a musical instrument, abstract painting, reading books in my mother tongue etc. Bottomline: zero regrets.
From a first reading of the description of the courses offered and based on the fact that only about 60 students are admitted each year, I expected the LL.M. Finance program to be competitive and challenging.
If you join as a scholar you learn from lawyers, if you join as a lawyer you learn from scholars. After the completion of the course you will be wired to think differently and get involved in business approached that include innovation.
Meera Nazer completed the European Masters in Law and Economics ('18), a course she undertook right after completing her undergraduate degree from NUALS.
If you have decided that International Arbitration is what you want to do, keep working hard, put all your efforts into it, do not give up even when things seem hopeless, and eventually you will reach your goals.
The ILF offers courses in finance and economics in addition to banking and finance law. The course is designed in way that even graduates from business background can pursue it. It attempts to bring law and business graduates on the same page.
Shilpa Singh enrolled for an LL.M. at the University of Hamburg, where she was the DAAD Scholar for 2017-18.