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Danielle Reeder

Security and International Law LLM

Why did you choose this course at Manchester's School of Law?

Danielle Reeder
Danielle moved to Manchester from the United States to study for her master's in Security and International Law.

I had been undertaking a career in cross-cultural education management in China when I decided that I’d like to return to my former academic passions. I found the Master's program at The University of Manchester perfectly accommodated my personal situation: a career changer with strong academic performance, but no previous study of the law. The information provided on the website was clear and engaging and I was completely convinced by the structure and programme to apply.

What do you most enjoy about studying here?

The University espouses a remarkable international and global approach to all aspects of study. I have the privilege to meet students and professors from different backgrounds and fields, which continually allows, and challenges me, to engage with the unfamiliar.

What has been the highlight of your course so far?

It's difficult to name one specific time that has really stood out, but generally, the lively nature of the staff has really made a tremendous impact on me. Even when our professors have many students and considerations, they always make time. The School of Law takes professionalism and academics seriously.

Have you been involved in any of the Law School's societies, events or activities that have complemented your study?

The dynamic outreach of the Manchester International Law Centre (MILC) is truly impressive. I've attended many of the MILC lectures and they add significance substance to my understanding of various aspects of law. At Manchester, I have never had that "is it over yet?" reaction to a lecture. Not only are the panellists varied, and representative across groups, but also the atmosphere is always relaxed enough that anyone feels comfortable joining in on any number of sophisticated and thought-provoking subjects.

I also participated in the Philip C Jessup International Law Moot Competition arranged by the International Law Student Association and sponsored by White and Case LLP. Over the course of six months, I worked tirelessly with a team of my classmates to prepare this Mock case. It was hard work, but the preparation, understanding and skills I gained from this project are invaluable. This project really promoted my understanding of international law and effective legal pleading.

What aspects of your learning experience will benefit you in pursuing your future career?

I have gained strong insights to the doctrine and method of International Law. I believe the academic knowledge of legal application will behove any of my future endeavours in Public International Law.

Is there one valuable experience that you will take away that you could have only got at Manchester?

The MILC Series taken together has been a valuable experience that I could have only experienced at Manchester. Not only are we invited to discuss and engage on a highly academic level, but also speak and network with lecturers, students and staff in all the subsequent positive atmosphere receptions.

What are your plans after graduation, and how do you feel studying here has prepared you for this?

I hope to go on to continue to qualify as a practicing lawyer in the UK. I believe my time at the University of Manchester has helped prepare my ability to engage with the law and understand the foundations of legal question.

What advice would you give to new students at the School of Law?

Hit the ground running and don't be afraid to ask questions. It's important to remember that in such an international programme, with people coming from so many different backgrounds – which makes the classroom experience incredibly meaningful – but it also means that everyone has different development levels of particular knowledge. Therefore, if you don’t know something, never be afraid to ask! The professors and staff at the School of Law are patient and helpful, so make use of all the resources available.