More about Gireeja
Choosing Nottingham Trent University (NTU) out of the five universities I got offers for was not difficult mainly because of the factor that the course involves both Corporate and Insolvency Law, which very few universities offer. The interesting part is the flexible syllabus allowing me to choose which modules I want to do. I finalised my decision after having a phone conversation with Selma Toohey, the NTU regional manager for Africa and with Alfonso Valero, the Course Leader at that time who both answered my queries.
Having a degree in BA (Hons) Law and Management at the University of Mauritius and being a part- time ACCA student, I wanted to specialise in Corporate Law. My interest in it grew more when I did a mini-pupillage in some Corporate Law firms in Mauritius.
I came to know about Nottingham Law School (NLS) whilst scrolling on Instagram. When I opened the link, I was glad to see that Nottingham Law School had an LLM of my choice and immediately ordered a prospectus, which I received within a few days. The key feature that attracted me to the course was that I could complete my masters within a year as a full-time student rather than having to do a part-time one which I initially planned to do back in Mauritius. Moreover, I thought that having international exposure in a UK university would give me a competitive edge in my future career.
When choosing my postgraduate course, I personally considered accreditation and work-based learning important as they contribute to the professional and personal development of students. Nonetheless, I also think that scholarship opportunities are great as it is a financial relief for international students.
I really liked the NLS legal research and writing seminars conducted by Graham Ferris that were offered to all LLM students as this really helped those not coming from a pure law background. My favourite module so far has been the Corporate Rescue module taught by Alexandra Kastrinou and Rebecca Parry. Having read several articles by them, it was a pleasure attending their classes and I enjoyed their seminars a lot. They know their subjects well and I learnt a lot by attending seminars from them.
My course is very specific to Corporate and Insolvency Law and I had the opportunity of selecting modules like Corporate Rescue, Securing Corporate debts, Cross-Border Insolvency, Corporate Liquidation, Public Companies: Securities Regulation and Corporate Governance and even had the chance of choosing another module from any other LLM course, which was Intellectual Property Law for me. I will most likely link my dissertation with the one that I have done for my first-degree course on Corporate Governance.
Apart from developing my communication skills through doing presentations almost every week, and improving my research skills, I had the opportunity to do the Acceler8 Award Programme, which is available to every NTU student. This helped in developing my leadership skills and I attended sessions about self-awareness, time-management and many more that were very beneficial.
My greatest achievement as a Nottingham Law School postgraduate student is getting one of the international scholarships. I also had the opportunity to work as a Student Ambassador for my course on one of the postgraduate open days. This was a great experience where I met prospective students and shared my experience with them. I have made many friends at NTU who are from various countries and had the opportunity to learn about different cultures. Moreover, coming from different professional backgrounds and fields made being involved in-group studies with my classmates very enriching.
The Boots Library 24-hour access is really helpful. Moreover, the service to request specific books or articles is really quick and effective. I use NOW almost every day. It is a platform where everything a student needs is available; the facilities on there include your timetable, class seminars and presentations, Jobshop events, Employability newsletters and databases of sites which you get direct access through the online Library Search.
This course will definitely help with my career aspirations, as many opportunities will be open for me when I return to Mauritius due to the emerging and growing offshore companies. My career plans have changed as a result of my postgraduate study. I have kept my options open for the future as I intend to do a GDL and BPTC programme and later practise as a corporate lawyer.
NTU offers a lot to its students in terms of academic and extra-curricular activities, which made the transition of jumping straight from an undergraduate degree to a masters easier for me. My experience at NTU has been great so far and there are lots of tutors who are always ready to help where they can. I would definitely recommend studying here to anyone.