LLM in Competition Law at KCL-Chinese candidate


snowfox

I am a in-house counsel based in China with more than 8 years experience with international law firm and European MNCs. Now I am working with a leading electric company as senior counsel.

I am interested in competition law all along my campus life and career, but didn't have chance to practise in this area due to absence of legislation here in China. After promulgation of anti-monopoly law this year in China, I think I should take some real action, so I am now considering to take a course in competition law. Since I like Europe emotionally than US and China law system is more like that of EU continent, I would choose a course in Europe.

After reading some posts in this board, I realize that maybe KCL is a suitable course for me coz':
1. they have quite extensive coverage of competition topics;
2. renowned professors such as Richard Whish;
3. recognized reputation in EU competition law circle.

My aim is not to stay in Europe, but come back and practise in China with international firm or company but may try to stay in Europe for some experience. Therefore, I have some questions for all the LLM graduates:
1. How correct are my impressions on KCL competition law course above? If not correct, what is your choice to do LLM in competition law?
2. For a candidate from China, are there any pros or cons to apply for such course?
3. My GPA (about average 80 out of 100) is not quite persuasive. Is it possible to make it up with my experience?
4. In case that I am lucky enough to be enrolled by KCL, how about the chance to stay in Europe (continent) after graduation?
5. any thoughts about the course?

I am a in-house counsel based in China with more than 8 years experience with international law firm and European MNCs. Now I am working with a leading electric company as senior counsel.

I am interested in competition law all along my campus life and career, but didn't have chance to practise in this area due to absence of legislation here in China. After promulgation of anti-monopoly law this year in China, I think I should take some real action, so I am now considering to take a course in competition law. Since I like Europe emotionally than US and China law system is more like that of EU continent, I would choose a course in Europe.

After reading some posts in this board, I realize that maybe KCL is a suitable course for me coz':
1. they have quite extensive coverage of competition topics;
2. renowned professors such as Richard Whish;
3. recognized reputation in EU competition law circle.

My aim is not to stay in Europe, but come back and practise in China with international firm or company but may try to stay in Europe for some experience. Therefore, I have some questions for all the LLM graduates:
1. How correct are my impressions on KCL competition law course above? If not correct, what is your choice to do LLM in competition law?
2. For a candidate from China, are there any pros or cons to apply for such course?
3. My GPA (about average 80 out of 100) is not quite persuasive. Is it possible to make it up with my experience?
4. In case that I am lucky enough to be enrolled by KCL, how about the chance to stay in Europe (continent) after graduation?
5. any thoughts about the course?
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1. Yes, KCL is v. good for competition law. Check out Manchester too.
2. Being a Chinese student shouldn't pose any problems above and beyond those experienced by anyone else. Apart from the fact that you are an 'international student' and face the higher fees.
3. Find out if your degree equates to a British 2.1. If not, being a qualifed lawyer with your experience shall pose no problems to getting in.
4. You'll need to secure a job. The UK is presently cracking down on immigration - so I'm sure it will only get tougher.
As for working in continental - it will depend on the laws of each individual country, and whether you are fluent in the relevant language.
5. No..never studied the course, but I did go to KCL. Out of the UL colleges, I've experienced courses at all of them, KCL is my favourite, and LSE my least favourite.

1. Yes, KCL is v. good for competition law. Check out Manchester too.
2. Being a Chinese student shouldn't pose any problems above and beyond those experienced by anyone else. Apart from the fact that you are an 'international student' and face the higher fees.
3. Find out if your degree equates to a British 2.1. If not, being a qualifed lawyer with your experience shall pose no problems to getting in.
4. You'll need to secure a job. The UK is presently cracking down on immigration - so I'm sure it will only get tougher.
As for working in continental - it will depend on the laws of each individual country, and whether you are fluent in the relevant language.
5. No..never studied the course, but I did go to KCL. Out of the UL colleges, I've experienced courses at all of them, KCL is my favourite, and LSE my least favourite.
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snowfox

Thank you cowboyblues for your valuable comments when I thought this post might sink forever.

Actually, it is too early to worry about post-graduation job.

An additional question: How important are academic refrerence letters for admission? I mean afterall, I graduated eight years from university, are the reference letters from my professors still important for my application or I should focus on the reference related to my career?

Thank you cowboyblues for your valuable comments when I thought this post might sink forever.

Actually, it is too early to worry about post-graduation job.

An additional question: How important are academic refrerence letters for admission? I mean afterall, I graduated eight years from university, are the reference letters from my professors still important for my application or I should focus on the reference related to my career?
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Thank you cowboyblues for your valuable comments when I thought this post might sink forever.

Actually, it is too early to worry about post-graduation job.

An additional question: How important are academic refrerence letters for admission? I mean afterall, I graduated eight years from university, are the reference letters from my professors still important for my application or I should focus on the reference related to my career?


The application normally specifies whether they require pure academic references or from any source. Try to give one from your current post, and one from an academic. Preferably, just go for whoever will give you the best.

<blockquote>Thank you cowboyblues for your valuable comments when I thought this post might sink forever.

Actually, it is too early to worry about post-graduation job.

An additional question: How important are academic refrerence letters for admission? I mean afterall, I graduated eight years from university, are the reference letters from my professors still important for my application or I should focus on the reference related to my career?</blockquote>

The application normally specifies whether they require pure academic references or from any source. Try to give one from your current post, and one from an academic. Preferably, just go for whoever will give you the best.
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