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Nomsa Kachingwe, Law and Finance MSc (2020)

“CCLS offers a wide range of programmes and gives students the flexibility to build a specialisation that suits their interests and career ambitions". 

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Year of graduation: 2020
Name of programme: Law and Finance MSc

What influenced your decision to choose a LLM at Queen Mary?

After a number of years working in the financial sector development field, I was keen to transition my career towards financial regulation and needed to deepen my knowledge of law and finance. I chose to study the MSc in Law and Finance at CCLS because it provided an opportunity to combine a wide range of modules across specialisations. This would allow me to pursue varied interests, while building a broad and deep skill-set. I was also attracted to the world-class faculty at CCLS, the opportunity to study in London, as well as the chance to explore other areas of commercial law, through volunteering at the CCLS legal advice clinic (qLegal).

What was key about your programme/ were there any highlights?

The Regulation of Financial Markets module was one of the most engaging law modules I attended during my time at CCLS. The module covers the theory of financial regulation and the key elements of supervision in a global context. The module pushed me to think critically about the global financial regulatory architecture and to question aspects of the regulatory framework that are often taken for granted. A key highlight for me were the guest lectures delivered by external experts close to current “real-world” issues. For example, we were lucky to have Dr Chiara Ziolli, General Counsel of the ECB and Justice Huber of the BVerfG present on the recent cases challenging the mandate of the ECB. Other notable guest lecturers included Dr Charles Goodhart on the history of central banking, Lee Buchheit on banking and sovereign debt crises, and Simon Gleeson on bank capital regulation.

Has gaining a deeper understanding of your specialisation helped your career?

Definitely. As an international student with limited professional experience in the UK, the programme was extremely helpful in preparing me for my current role. The classes I took on European monetary and financial law, bank insolvency and resolution, and commercial and investment banking were key to building my understanding of banking resolution and “Too-Big-to-Fail” reforms.

Why do you think prospective students should study at CCLS?

CCLS offers a wide range of programmes and gives students the flexibility to build a specialisation that suits their interests and career ambitions. The CCLS community is close-knit, friendly and supportive and there are many opportunities to interact with fellow students, faculty, and external experts. I thoroughly enjoyed my time at CCLS and would encourage others to apply!

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