Philipp Schmidinger

LLM International Law

Philipp Schmidinger

It was a course I very much enjoyed and during which I first encountered the concept of International Law, a subject that immediately raised my curiosity. Despite the fact that I had not studied law as an undergraduate, I decided to take the LLM in International Law

Although I am from Germany, I started my undergraduate studies at Oxford Brookes, doing a combined honours in International Relations and Geography. It was a course I very much enjoyed and during which I first encountered the concept of International Law, a subject that immediately raised my curiosity. Despite the fact that I had not studied law as an undergraduate, I decided to take the LLM in International Law.

I particularly appreciated the modular structure of the LLM as it enabled me to focus my studies on those areas I was interested in. At the same time, the core module in International Law ensured that I gained some knowledge of the broader range of areas covered by international law. Based on this, I was able to make an informed choice of the specialised areas I wanted to research further. As a matter of fact, I found one of those areas so interesting that I decided to continue on to study for a PhD, still here at Brookes.

The opportunity to participate in the Jessup International Law Mooting Competition as part of the Oxford Brookes team was a unique opportunity to apply my theoretical knowledge of International Law, to network with other international lawyers and to develop an understanding of international law that no lecture in itself could ever achieve. The size of the LLM course, as well as the student/teacher ratio, ensured that I got individualised advice on my studies and my career.

Finally, perhaps the most attractive aspect of the LLM at Oxford Brookes, in my view, is Oxford itself. This extends far beyond the reputation the name carries. Admission to the Bodleian Library for LLM students allows access to one of the oldest, biggest and possibly most beautiful libraries in the world! It provides an environment in which studying becomes pleasure not work, and where the historical as well as intellectual background motivates perhaps more than any lecturer ever could. Oxford itself, brimming with students from all over the world, ancient pubs and beautiful old buildings rounds off an experience that goes far beyond acquiring knowledge and a certificate.