"The LLM programme at Queen Mary University of London was a career booster. The programme is strongly practice-oriented, and know-how, tips and tricks are also provided by experienced practising lawyers. I highly recommend it.” Gregor Golob, LLM Banking & Finance Law, in Paris (2014/15). Attorney at law, Jadek & Pensa Law Firm, Slovenia
Queen Mary University of London was my first choice when deciding to study my Master of Laws, given the excellent academic reputation and value of its LLM programs. Having the chance to study my desired master and living in the enchanting City of Lights for one year convinced me to opt for the Paris LLM program. An amazing result of all my academic and professional efforts was to obtain the CCLS Partial Scholarship.
The variety of modules offered in Paris gives you the opportunity to tailor your study choices to achieve your own specific career goals and interests. Furthermore, the modules are taught by the same highly professional lecturers as the ones in London, and, what is more, in Paris you can interact consistently with the professors, as the intake is lower.
The Paris LLM program also gave me the chance to meet wonderful people, coming from different cultural and professional backgrounds and expand my professional network over several jurisdictions and also make friends.
As a trainee at the European Court of Human Rights, in Strasbourg, I found myself sneaking into an IP conference held at the court at the time. Up until then, my primary interest within Law was human rights. Yet, this conference enthralled me by exposing me to a dimension of human rights I had never before truly pondered upon, the role of patents in the human right to health. Specifically, I was captivated by a lecture given by Queen Mary's Professor Duncan Matthews.
Following this experience, Queen Mary was always on my radar. I knew that when the time was right I would go and learn from the leading intellectual property professors at QMUL. I applied for the QMUL LLM right out of my LLB in the UK but I deferred my place by one year after having also been accepted to do a Masters in Paris. When it was finally time to enter Queen Mary, I wasn't ready to leave Paris and move to London. The QMUL LLM Paris Programme was perfect for me. It allowed me to access everything I wanted from QMUL while remaining in Paris. Beyond this, the small scale of the programme meant that there was more direct contact with the professors who made their way to Paris every couple of weeks. This created a cosier atmosphere and made the whole experience more personal; I made friends for life.
The QMUL Paris team made the initiation process quick and easy. The flexible nature of the program, which focuses on intensive weeks, allowed me to experience IPin aprofessional context by working at a firm whilst following the rigorous theoretical lectures at QMUL. I even got the honour to write my LLM dissertation under Professor Matthews' supervision. Perhaps the most enriching experience was being selected to attend the EIPIN (European Intellectual Property Institutes Network) conferences in Maastricht and Munich.
Upon completing my LLM in Paris I enrolled in the Institut d'Etudes Judiciaires in order to prepare the French bar exam for September 2016. Alongside my classes I am currently completing a six month traineeship in the Intellectual property department of Allen and Overy LLP. Being part of the Queen Mary community has allowed me to flourish both personally and professionally.
After obtaining an MSc in biotech engineering (Polytechnic School of the U. of Nice, France), I decided to embrace the career of patent attorney. Following this goal, I started working in 2006 in a Top-Tier Patent & Trademark Attorney firm in Paris, where I practiced Intellectual Property Law. In parallel, I graduated as a part-time student from the CEIPI, U. of Strasbourg, France, and then gained the professional qualifications of French and European patent attorney.
In 2011, I left private practice and switched for an in-house position in a global and diversified healthcare leader, where I am responsible for evaluating and negotiating IP rights involved in business transactions (merger, acquisition, licensing, collaboration). My new position immersed me in an international environment, where legal matters are often negotiated under common law. I thus felt the need to strengthen my educational background in International Commercial Law and Intellectual Property Law. My employer fully encouraged me in this direction and proposed to sponsor an LLM at Queen Mary.
My choice naturally went to the LLM in Intellectual Property Law, which is internationally recognized for its Professors and the variety and the quality of its teachings. In addition, having the opportunity to take my LLM as a part-time student in Paris, and to split my modules over two academic years instead of one, allows me to combine a high quality training responding to my expectations while continuing to perform my professional duties normally.
Today, I can genuinely say that the LLM in Intellectual Property Law perfectly fits my academic expectations. In addition, it brings a new perspective to my daily practice, which is beneficial both personally and professionally. I would recommend it to any IP law practitioner!