School of Law

Shazia Hanif

LLM International Corporate Law | 2015 - 16

Please tell us a bit about yourself, your background etc?

I am a British Pakistani woman who wants to step into the corporate/company law sector. I obtained an LLB from the University of Bradford and so understand how company law works in the UK. By studying the LLM I hope to expand my understanding into the international sphere.

What made you want to apply to your course and to Leeds?

In my final year of my LLB I knew that I wanted to work in a different role in Law as opposed to being a solicitor. I looked into my lecture notes and found “Company Secretary” mentioned as a potential career role. I participated in a mentoring scheme with a company secretary during my undergraduate studies. She explained that an LLM would have a positive impact on my path. I believe that an LLM shows you can provide a greater attention to detail, which would be desired by the types of companies I want to work for.

I searched various LLM programmes and Leeds appealed the most in terms of module content. I was interested in either the MSc Law and Finance and LLM International Corporate Law. I consulted my career adviser and mentor and decided on MSc Law and Finance. My career adviser also told me to apply for the “University of Leeds Masters Scholarship Scheme” which I was granted.

I realised on my introductory day at the University of Leeds that the LLM, which is focused on law rather than finance, was more appealing. Fortunately my Programme Director was so supportive and understanding that I was able to move to the LLM. Now with the benefit of hindsight I know that was the correct decision and I’m happy that the University of Leeds was so flexible and understanding.

What is it that makes you passionate about your area of study?

During my LLB I imagined that family law would be my favourite, however I grew towards company law. I enjoy figuring out how companies work and how they fit in society. I love solving problems, particularly company problems including how companies should comply with the law.

What do you think of your course? What aspects have you enjoyed the most?

I am 100% satisfied with my course so far. The modules and module leaders are so enthusiastic and engaging that it makes me want to complete the reading set for each seminar. The content taught in each module is interesting as we are taught the academic side and “how it works in the real world”. I enjoy the readings required prior each class, these readings did not exist during my LLB, and I realised that such readings have enhanced my understanding and I feel that because of it, I now enjoy reading more and more. 

What would you say about the learning facilities in the School and at the University in general?

I was a little anxious about studying at the University of Leeds because of its prestigious reputation and “being very posh”.  To my surprise, all the University’s staff and colleagues are so welcoming and friendly.

The learning facilities in the School and the University are fantastic, space for post-graduate students to work and spacious teaching area makes every day stresses easier. The Brotherton Library has become my second home, the library has an amazing set of books, journal articles and pamphlets. 90% of the time at the University I have reached the maximum level of books I can take out.

What do you like to do outside of studying?

I love exercising on a daily basis, I like to follow a routine so that I am able to maximise my time during each single day. I also I enjoy completely word searches and Sudoku and I feel happy from completing the tasks as it challenges my brain.

What would you say to anyone thinking of applying to your course?

I would urge them to attend the open day and introductory classes. This is because the feeling and insight you get from physical attendance is much more than from a webpage.

What do you plan to do once you’ve finished your course?

I plan to go into full-time employment, I have not specified a certain job role because I know that life is unpredictable and things change. 

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