Case study

Abdul Muqtadir Khan — LLM International Corporate Governance and Financial Regulation student

University of Warwick

Taking a postgraduate law degree at The University of Warwick allowed Abdul to polish his research skills and focus on the subjects that most interested him

Why did you choose this institution and course?

After graduating with an LLB, I worked for a year in a corporate law firm in Pakistan as an associate. The research done carried out by the firm into complex legal questions arising during different cases, increased my aptitude and equipped me with all the necessary research tools to pursue my postgraduate studies. Based on my work history, the modules provided by The University of Warwick were perfectly aligned with my interests and this was the reason for my choice.

What does the course involve?

The course provided an opportunity for me to focus on the subjects that were in line with my interests and the areas I would like to base my career around.

For example, my dissertation is inspired by the International Arbitration module. It is focused on alternate dispute resolution mechanisms being used around the world and how they can effectively deal with the time-delay and high-cost problems in commercial disputes, being adjudicated in the judicial system of Pakistan.

What are your plans for after graduation?

The intensive research for my dissertation has polished the research skills I will need in order to excel in any commercial law firm. The variety of modules you can pick during the course means there's no limit to the areas of work you could get into.

In my case, taking the Banking Regulation module along with others like Financial Regulations, Corporate Finance and Law of International Finance provides me with the possibility of working as an investment banker, while my dissertation topic and my International Arbitration module mean I can also pursue a career in the alternate dispute resolution sectors.

All these pros have helped me to secure a position in a leading commercial law firm in my country, where I will be a practising lawyer after my LLM.

What advice would you give to those considering the course?

My experience at The University of Warwick has been hugely beneficial in terms of my employability. Relations with the faculty and the support staff have been encouraging, and the passion and expertise of the faculty in different areas of law has been admirable and immensely beneficial.

My advice to anyone opting for this course is to choose your modules wisely as the immense variety of areas on offer can help you develop advanced skills and aptitude in more than one area within your single Masters degree.

This can be an extra advantage and a boost to your CV while applying for positions in top law firms, as diversity is a trait that can be very helpful. On the other hand, diversity can also be beneficial while pursuing a career in academia or other sectors.

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