Law LLM (General)

Matilda Clough

Law LLM (General)

What course are you currently studying?

I am currently studying the Postgraduate Law LLM (General), researching a mixture of medical, international and charity law.

Why did you choose postgraduate study at the University of Liverpool?

I did my undergraduate degree here in law, and really enjoyed it. Into my second year of my degree, I realised that what I enjoyed most was researching and writing about different areas of law. I saw my master’s as an opportunity to explore academia further.

I developed a particular interest in charity law from my undergraduate course, and wanted to do a master’s course so that I could further my research on the topic. The University of Liverpool’s Charity Law and Policy Unit is one of the leading departments for charity law in the UK, so it seemed natural to remain in Liverpool. I also had a great experience for my undergraduate, so it worked out great that I could stay.

What’s the best thing about studying in your department?

I’d say how friendly and approachable the lecturers and other students are. With a master’s, a lot of teaching is seminar-led, so it makes it much better when you can interact well with your lecturers and other students, too.

How do the facilities in the University help you with your studies?

The Library has proved really useful, not only as a place to study and find reading materials, but also as a place with a 24-hour coffee machine. The university also provides a lot of opportunities to find help with referencing, writing, reading, researching as well as if you need any additional support.

What kind of support do you get from tutors?

All lecturers, whether they teach you or not, hold office hours every week where you can go and ask them about anything you want. This can be really useful when an issue comes up in your reading or after a seminar. Everyone is also assigned an academic advisor, who can help answer any other questions you have and can also write you a reference.

What do you enjoy most about the whole experience?

Alongside enjoying the studying and research aspect of my course, I love living in Liverpool. It’s a vibrant city that I’d recommend to anyone thinking about postgraduate study.

How do you believe undertaking postgraduate study will help your career prospects?

My intention is to pursue further academic study, and therefore doing a master’s was a natural progression from my undergraduate degree. My master’s has helped me get more experience in research and has made me even more interested in the critical evaluation of law. My master’s has taught me a great deal about independent working, time management and analytical perspective.

What advice would you give to anybody considering postgraduate study?

Take your time working out whether it is right for you – that includes where you are studying as well as what you want to study. A master’s is difficult and is an intensive year, and if you’re not enjoying it then it’s going to be trickier! I’d recommend going to an open day. Get a feel for the city, talk to staff and current students if you can. Make sure all of your questions have been answered before you decide anything.