In this lifetime, at some point or the other, I wanted to study in SOAS because I’ve learnt from alumnus and professors alike that it is like the JNU of the world.
I did not want to do a master’s degree for the sake of doing one. Because to my mind, it is more than just a career milestone - rather, it needs to serve some predefined purpose.
I think my stint abroad gave me certain confidence to take clients independently. The experience of an LLM instilled a new- found sense of self conviction.
Make the most of your LLM experience by meeting and interacting with people from diverse backgrounds. Seek to create meaningful bonds with people without only focusing on what’s in it for me.
The MCL course is more strenuous than the LLM course at Cambridge, as we took six courses against four in LLM, and were examined thrice in an academic term. To be honest, this was extremely stressful at times.
If we can somehow emulate, let’s say the ‘Tutorial’ concept from the BCL course into the Indian legal education system (it’s a long shout, I know!), then we can truly have the National Law Universities/Law Schools amongst the most prestigious in the world.
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.
Academically, the most valuable experience for me was a massive improvement in the most basic skills that any lawyer must possess, that is, critical thinking, analytical thinking, and writing skills.
The world of work is changing in any event and being adaptable, being comfortable with technology, and gaining world class expertise and experience can set you apart with employers.
There is no such thing as a ‘one size fits all’! What worked for someone else may not necessarily work for you; the same logic applies for an LLM as well!
I choose Cardiff University as the framework of the course was based on a combination of International Law and International Relations which aims at analysing the legal and political aspects of international affairs affecting public systems all across the world
Do a masters if you believe it will truly add value to you. If along the way you do get a job abroad, give yourself a pat on the back and grab it!
Aakash Kumbhat is currently an LL.M. candidate at the University College London, where he is specialising in competition law.
My first advice would be “Start early” ! Secondly, look for the top universities in your field of interest rather than a general search for top universities.
A master’s is an all-round enriching experience that forces one to broaden one’s horizons and think outside the box.
I have seen students burning their parent's cash in London and then at the end of the course they are extremely worried about recovering the costs specially with the pay-scale in India.