LLM International Commercial LawNour A Kh A A Alfoudari, Kuwait

Tell us a bit about yourself...

I am from Kuwait, which is a country in the Arabian Peninsula. Since my childhood my parents encouraged me to believe in myself, welcome the new and feel passionate about everything I do; from hobbies to education, and finally, career choices. For this reason, at the young age of 17, I decided to study abroad and get out of my comfort zone. Thus, I chose to study law in France regardless of my awareness of the challenges that I would face while studying law in French, especially that I did not speak the language at all. As I was raised and lived in Kuwait all my life, it was an absolutely new and extraordinary experience with a plethora of fun, adventure and personal growth.

What inspired you to further your studies?

After graduating from France, I worked as a lawyer in Kuwait for almost 3 years, then I realised that I needed to live abroad again to explore different cultures and widen my horizons. As they say, knowledge is power ‘Scientia Potentia Est’, hence me pursuing my studies further in a different country would allow me to expand my knowledge as well as enhancing essential skills that I would need in my career. Thus, I decided to combine both goals by obtaining my LLM in the UK for an entire year, where I could meet new people from all around the world, expand my way of thinking and acquire new skills. I would describe my LLM experience as a holistic journey of self-investment.

Why did you choose to study for the LLM International Commercial Law?

In this climate of globalisation, commerce and trade exert some of the most powerful influences on human activity and commercial relationships. I have always had an interest in the international modern legal system and during my work years I have developed a strong interest in commercial law, and I was looking forward to having the opportunity to study it at a higher level. LLM International Commercial Law provided me with an exceptional opportunity to immerse myself in this important and fascinating area of law.

What attracted you to Strathclyde specifically?

Strathclyde is a multi-award-winning university and has a significant ranking in the UK. I chose to study in Strathclyde because I was fascinated by the beauty of Scotland, and Glasgow was the best option as Glaswegians are well known for their affability and kindness. The LLM International Commercial Law program caught my eye, therefore, I only applied for Strathclyde and fortunately, I got an unconditional offer to join.

What was the highlight of your time at Strathclyde?

I enjoyed studying at Strathclyde; lecturers were full of passion, which created a magnificent learning atmosphere. In various occasions, we were divided into groups where we had to work together as a team and studying among a diverse group of people is an excellent opportunity, thus, it was a chance to learn and grow as a person while learning so much from others.

Have you come across any challenges during your studies, and how have you overcome them?

The year 2020 was obviously an unforgettable year for everyone as the Covid-19 pandemic had begun and the uncertainty and the inconsistent changes arised with it. Universities closed, seminars switched to virtual classes and our sole research tool was online resources.

Being away from my home country and family during such a difficult time affected my mental health and made writing my last assignments the most significant academic challenge I have ever faced. Without the emotional support of the people I met in Strathclyde, who became a big part of my life, I would not have been able to walk through this traumatic challenge; we looked after each other and we made sure to have virtual dinner once a week.

What would be your advice for people considering taking this course?

I am delighted for having the opportunity to complete my masters in International Commercial Law at Strathclyde and I genuinely recommend taking this course as it highlights the increasing importance of global business today and the interrelationship between commerce and industries of different nature and locations. The professors of this specific course will provide you with the most valuable guidance throughout your LLM experience. Being their student gave me immense pleasure, and I learnt a lot from their knowledge and insight, which ultimately helped me in broadening my critical thinking and analytical writing.

What do you think of the support available?

During the writing of my dissertation, I received the greatest guidance, help and cooperation from my supervisor; without his consistent encouragement to accomplish my dissertation, I would not have made headway in it. Additionally, when it came to personal issues, lecturers, as well as the Law Course Support Team were always there to reassure me, and never hesitated to provide me with the best advice even after completing my LLM.

What are your ambitions for the future?
I was planning to do my PhD right after my LLM and graduating from the UK has been beneficial and has opened many doors of opportunities. I shifted my career towards Fund Administration in an international investment company to gain more experience in the financial field, however, it might seem to be a radical change, but we should certainly not reject the chance to step out of our comfort zone and learn new aspects. Although, my passion lies in studying, thus, I have set a goal to pursue my PhD in 3 years.