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Laura Barre

LLM intensive in Human Rights

Laura Barre, from France, was eager to broaden her legal expertise by studying at Birkbeck, University of London – a College renowned for its progressive approach to law. She enrolled on to the intensive LLM in Human Rights as this new course gave her the opportunity to gain in-depth knowledge in a short period.

Laura, 27, had previously completed a PhD in Financial Law at Toulouse 1 Capitole University in France, but wanted to develop her understanding of Human Rights. She searched online for courses and found that Birkbeck’s intensive LLM offered everything she wanted. The intensive programme includes two fortnights of face-to-face tuition – one in April, and one in June/July. This innovative mode of teaching, which is being pioneered by Birkbeck’s interdisciplinary School of Law, includes preparatory reading and learning materials before classes begin, and a dissertation once classes end.

Birkbeck’s reputation for research was a key factor in Laura’s decision to study at the College, as well as her desire to spend time in London – the centre of much academic thinking about human rights. Laura said: 'London is one of the best places for studying Human Rights. It is a beautiful city and it was a real pleasure to be here.'

She also praised Birkbeck’s online learning resources and support from lecturers – both important factors when tuition is centred around two intense periods of study with work from home to be carried out before, during and after such face-to-face teaching. Laura added: 'The online services are of a very good quality and make a huge difference when working on an essay when you are living in another country. The lecturers have been very supportive and have provided help throughout the course and even afterwards.' Laura enjoyed the intensity of the course and said such immersion leads to her best academic work.

Laura is now planning to work as a Human Rights lecturer or for an NGO. She added: 'The knowledge I have gained from the intensive LLM will be directly relevant to my career, and will also lead to career opportunities I had not thought about before.'

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'The knowledge I have gained from the intensive LLM will be directly relevant to my career.'