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Sarker Mehdi Afif

Sarker Mehdi

Notably, the chance to serve as a student volunteer at the university-affiliated law firm, NLS Legal, emerged as a pivotal highlight for me.

More about Sarker Mehdi

Why did you choose NTU and Nottingham Law School?

I was drawn to Nottingham Law School for two primary reasons. Firstly, while pursuing my bar course at Northumbria University, I was captivated by the contemporary characteristics of an institution, leading me to opt for NTU, renowned for its status as a modern university. Secondly, given the influential role of technological progress in shaping today's legal and regulatory framework, my aspiration was to position myself as a trailblazer. The course I have chosen aligns perfectly with this vision.

Why did you choose postgraduate study at NTU?

During my research into potential institutions for my master's degree, I carefully weighed the opportunities available for extracurricular engagement alongside my studies. The abundance of vibrant societies at NTU and the appealing sports and music amenities left a lasting impression on me. Upon my arrival, I even participated in a music scholarship audition and was successfully awarded one. Additionally, I joined the Bangladeshi Students Society, further enriching my university experience in line with my expectations. Notably, the chance to serve as a student volunteer at the university-affiliated law firm, NLS Legal, emerged as a pivotal highlight for me. As a NLS Legal volunteer, I was involved in three Intellectual Property cases where I took part in client conferencing. I was also given the opportunity to conduct research and find relevant legal authorities and prepare a draft skeleton argument for submitting to the UK IPO challenging Trademark infringement. Alongside this, I prepared attendance notes and correspondence letters to clients.

What inspired you to study law?

My initial drive to pursue a legal education was kindled by my passion for music. My aspiration was to excel as an entertainment lawyer, although this aspiration didn't materialize until four years into my legal practice journey. Prior to my deeper focus on Intellectual Property law, I immersed myself in resolving various family disputes on behalf of my clients. This phase played a pivotal role in reshaping my reasons for studying law. It became clear to me that only a select few professionals possess the capacity to aid individuals during their most challenging moments, with lawyers being a notable example. Witnessing the transformative impact of facilitating a father's visitation rights or a mother's custody rights was profoundly captivating, granting me direct exposure to the gratification of assisting others. Moreover, my identity as a musician fuelled my desire to support fellow artists. Thus, I consistently dedicated myself to expanding my knowledge of Intellectual Property law, an endeavour that continues to this day.

What do you enjoy about your course?

The course's appeal lies in its capacity to provide me with a well-informed perspective on the intricate intersection of technology and law, along with its tangible ramifications. Numerous individuals are curious about the legal consequences of contemporary technological progress, and my participation in this program has afforded me the opportunity to acquire current insights and practical comprehension of these pressing matters. Given my inherent enthusiasm for learning, the course's emphasis on Intellectual Property has added an extra layer of enjoyment to my educational journey.

What marks out of 10 would you give for course facilities and why?

I would confidently rate it a perfect score of 10. The NTU Boots Library and particularly the online library, stands out as an exceptional asset. Additionally, the range of databases accessible to NTU students for research purposes has been instrumental in facilitating my access to essential resources and seamlessly completing my coursework.

How would you promote NTU to potential students in 10 words or fewer?

Vibrant place with excellent support for learning.

What three words would you use to describe Nottingham?

Tram, Forest, Robinhood

Where would you recommend visiting in Nottingham?

Wollaton Park, Forest Field and Highfields Park

If you have a (non-academic) problem who would you talk to? What would you do?

My support network comprises both my family and friends. Furthermore, I frequently engage with the International Student Support Service Team, whose valuable assistance has proven instrumental in resolving matters related to my visa, employment, and other concerns.

What do you think Nottingham Law School has given you above and beyond a qualification?

My accomplishments extend well beyond the acquisition of a mere qualification during my time here. I proudly secured a position as a music scholar, gracing a grand stage during the Christmas concert hosted by NTU Music. Collaborating with NLS Legal, I actively participated in multiple Intellectual Property cases under the guidance of my esteemed Trade Mark Attorney and Tutor, Peter Vaughan. Serving as a course representative for my program, I derived immense satisfaction from aiding a diverse cohort of students. Most importantly, my educational journey has provided me with a profound wealth of knowledge that surpasses the boundaries of a conventional qualification. This accrued wisdom holds utmost relevance for the present as well as the impending future.

Finally, is there anything else you’d like to share?

I strongly recommend that every aspiring student dedicates their attention to thorough preparation for each seminar, in order to fully extract the benefits of their course. Engage in comprehensive pre-reading whenever feasible, set aside ample time for contemplative assimilation of the material, actively participate by posing inquiries and providing responses, actively engage to make yourself noticeable, listen attentively to your own contributions and those of your peers.

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