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Student Profile: Aysegul Duvenci
LL.M (International Business and Commercial Law)
Where are you originally from?
Where did you do your undergraduate degree?
Ankara University Law Faculty - Turkey
Where do you live?
About your Studies
Why did you undertake a postgraduate course?
Since I have always wanted to specialise on international commercial law as an attorney, I have always thought that the best way of contributing to this is by studying abroad for a master’s degree in an English speaking country. This way I would be able to combine my undergraduate knowledge with more specific, deeper information and international aspects of commercial law.
Why did you choose your course and why did you choose to study at The University of Manchester?
I have been interested in commercial law and the business sector from the very beginning. During my research among the universities in the UK I checked on the modules available at the University of Manchester. I noticed that the modules are the ones where we can see the whole picture from the business side of law on an international basis and the prominent sides of international trade law at the same time.
What do you enjoy about your course/research?
I have taken the modules that are either relatively new or have been coming into big demand recently in trade law. Therefore, it is enjoying and arousing an interest while studying and learning. This was what made my studies catchy and desirable to research even more.
What new skills did you learn through your postgraduate study?
I have learned research skills and the presentation of my opinions on papers with the combination of references. I have attended several seminars and conferences in the UK. They contributed a lot into my confidence in law and the working environment.
How did the course suite your needs? (e.g. structure, contact with lecturers/supervisors etc)
The course and the lecturers filled the gaps I had in some specific fields of law after my undergraduate study. They informed me about working internationally as a lawyer and the jurisdictions in question. They had either office hours or by-appointment policy; whichever it was they were always accessible.
What are your future plans and how do you think your postgraduate have helped you achieve them?
Like every lawyer, my aim is to be a successful lawyer. I will be working as a consultant for largely international trade based companies and specifically deal with commercial law. First of all, I am fully able to master commercial law termination in English; second of all, I am able to master commercial and business law subjects deeply and on an international basis; thirdly, by having close native friends, the improvements I had in spoken English and literary language as an international student seem to be considerably helpful in my international company’s related works. As for now, I already have admissions from the top law firms in my country. This exhibits that, at the beginning of my career, my postgraduate has already helped me to achieve my plans.
Away from your studies:
What do you like about the city?
The city is neither too big nor too small. Therefore everything one may need is placed conveniently around the city. Beyond that, the city is full of students, this makes adjusting to the city easier and we all can be a help for each other. Also, the location of the city itself makes it easy to travel around the UK and Europe in even short-lasting breaks.
What do you do in your spare time?
I enjoy travelling, snowboarding, watching films, playing tennis and reading.
How affordable is Manchester?
In comparison, I think it is one of the affordable cities in the UK. Because of the fact that the city is full of students, there are lots of deals in general that are reasonable for students.
Finally how would you describe your time at Manchester University to a friend from home?
Personally, I believe I have made the most of it during the time of being here in the UK. As for my studies, in terms of contributing to our existent knowledge and being informed in our fields, I tried to get the benefit of all opportunities that were provided for us as law students or just students in the University of Manchester. An outstanding side of the university is the variety in the volunteering activities. I had the chance to experience just some of them. However, I should say they all are very likely to be great opportunities and experiences for students. Additionally, by meeting other students from all over the world I have well-grounded friendships, where they have already visited me in my home country.