Student profile: Azuka Cynthia Melifonwu

Programme: International Commercial Law
Nationality: Nigerian

Birmingham Law School offers a unique choice of modules for the LLM programme; it is one of the best law schools in the United Kingdom with a history of excellent education and impeccable research facilities. Birmingham is the 2nd largest city in England and is famous for shopping, jewellery and a large mix of friendly people with various languages, cultures and traditions and there are also very good part time job opportunities. 

The programme provides a very enlightening and enriching experience; it has improved my research and analysis skills and opened up my mind to forming structured legal opinions on various points of law and fact. Birmingham Law School has its own well equipped library and the wealth of online resources is amazing. WebCT ensures that all students are up to date on tasks and reading lists for their modules and the e-library gives access to a large number of educational websites for cases, texts, journals and other materials. The module leaders are also well seasoned lecturers and professors who have a passion for the law and can make even the most boring topics very interesting. It also gives the opportunity to mix with different people from different parts of the world with interesting legal backgrounds.

The teaching on the course is highly impressive, informative and up to date and the module leaders are very passionate about what they do. The mode of teaching is not only targeted at passing exams and doing well but actually creating and developing a great interest for the modules taking into consideration how those legal principles work in real life situations. The teaching on the course has enabled me to choose the areas of Law I want to specialise in and has also improved my career prospects a great deal both home and abroad.

I have two Diplomas in Law and a Bachelor of Laws (LLB). I am a Barrister and Solicitor of the Supreme Court of Nigeria and currently registering to complete the Accelerated Route to Membership Course of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (United Kingdom) (MCIArb) immediately after graduation from the LLM degree programme.

I currently work with one of the biggest banks in the United Kingdom and intend to gain more work experience while applying for graduate roles and empowering myself intellectually by doing other professional courses. I intend to move back to Nigeria eventually and the LLM degree will definitely improve my chances for better job offers in Nigeria which is definitely an advantage because the unique combination of modules is a fantastic addition to my previous legal qualifications.