Lizette Robleto Gonzalez
LLM Human RightsA full-time job that requires international travel would be enough to keep most people busy, but not Lizzette Robleto Gonzalez, who also managed to fit in a full-time LLM in Human Rights at Birkbeck. Birkbeck was already familiar to Lizzette, as she graduated in 2007 with an LLB in Law. It was only her second experience of studying since moving from Nicaragua, and she admits that it was a great test to overcome:
'The first two years were the most challenging – the last two the most enjoyable. My lecturers were very demanding, which pushed me to work harder to achieve good results. Studying at Birkbeck has made me realised the importance of good discipline and in particular time management.'
Lizzette found the LLB had been directly beneficial to her career in development and as a policy and advocacy co-ordinator for an international development agency, so she decided to enrol for the LLM in Human Rights. She explains: 'Finding the right balance between my full-time job and the course was key to achieving a merit, but I already knew that evening study suited my needs and I had great confidence in the quality of teaching.'
On her first course at Birkbeck, Lizzette won a bursary to pay her fees, but she funded herself through her most recent qualification. 'I wouldn’t have been able to manage the first course without the financial help I received. I got a bursary directly from Birkbeck one year and the student support team helped me with an application to my local authority later on. And now that I’ve paid my own fees for the most recent course, I must say I find them very reasonable.'
Now preparing to study for her Bar Vocational Course, Lizzette is clear about how Birkbeck helped her personal development. 'It helped me to become more focused and disciplined in what I do. I have built my career while simultaneously improving my confidence and strengthening my academic background. The unique challenges of studying in the evenings, whether full time or part-time, makes this experience even more rewarding and I think it shows employers my determination and commitment to accomplish my goals.'
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