Mohamed Al Alawi
LLM in Corporate and Commercial Law
I graduated from AbdulRahman Kanoo International School (ARKIS) before coming to Sheffield. I did the International Baccalaureate during high school where I mainly focused on social sciences such as Business and Economics. Following that I joined Sheffield International College (SIC) in September 2011 where I did studied Business, Law and Social Sciences.
There are a lot of aspects to consider when applying to university. Two of the most important are student life, and the course structure. Sheffield was great at both, the city is by far one of the best if not the best student city within the UK. When studying my undergraduate degree (LLB Law and Criminology) at Sheffield the structure was outstanding in my opinion. We had the choice of choosing some modules during our second year and all during our third, which made it much more interesting for us as we could choose models based on our interest. I therefore chose to continue my postgrad at Sheffield because once again the module choices were specifically what I was looking for and I’m very happy that I did.
Possibly the most valuable aspect of the course are the seminars. The basis of them is to debate, I am able to show my opinion on a certain part of the law and my classmate is able to show his. Seeing the other part of the story is of great importance because in the end of the day, an argument is what we require for our assignments. By having arguments during our seminars we are able to critically think about a certain aspects of law which then gives us a great advantage when researching for assignments.
One of the first things we are told when we begin our studies at Sheffield, is that there is no such thing as a stupid question. We are constantly encouraged to ask questions in class and constantly seek to enhance our knowledge. As the postgraduate community is fairly small, we are able to have a more personal relationship with our tutors through socials organised by the department, we are able to meet them during their office hours; there’s therefore no boundary for us to learn. This makes the environment at the law school very welcoming and greatly enhances our learning experience.
The fact that Sheffield is part of the Russell Group Universities says a lot about the quality of education. Employers are very keen on recruiting students from Sheffield and that is evident from the number of employers who attend the University Fairs. The name Sheffield speaks for itself and is therefore a great advantage to have a degree from.
Sheffield is the perfect student city. Everything is walking distance away and public transport is there in time of need, whether it’s for shopping at Meadowhall, or going for a Sheffield Wednesday match. The Union on the other hand is the gem of the Sheffield. It offers something for any student, whether they’re interested in sports, art, volunteering, representation, politics, it’s an endless list. It is therefore understandable why we have the best students union in the UK.
In the short term I am hoping to work as a paralegal or legal assistant whether in the UK or abroad. It would help me gain more knowledge in the legal field and from there I would be able to determine whether this is what I want to be doing in the long run.
My best advice would be to visit the University prior to joining, it would give prospective students the opportunity to see how their life would be like at Sheffield, they'd be able to see what the union has to offer them. Researching the course and city is also advisable, as it’s not all academic. Some may be interested in sports for example, therefore they'd see what Sports Sheffield has to offer.