Pranav Gupte, Computer and Communication Law LLM (2019)
"I was fortunate to receive a couple of paid internships during my academics. My internship experience helped me immensely in my studies as I could implement legal provisions in practice that I had learned in theory across both the semesters at Queen Mary".
Year of graduation: 2019
Name of programme: Computer & Communications Law LLM
Country: United Kingdom
Company name: IBM UK LTD
What influenced your decision to choose a LLM at Queen Mary?
I did not apply for any other universities in the UK apart from Queen Mary. I had no hesitation in choosing QM because of the variety of modules it offers for each specialisation. For the LLM in Computer & Communications Law (now known as TMT), QM offered modules like EU Data Protection Law, Information Security Law, AI and Robotics and Law, which perfectly aligned with my area of interest and hence I decided to study at Queen Mary.
How did you find the teaching and learning?
As far as teaching goes, Queen Mary has world class faculties. We used to have relatively interactive classes for each module. It was a mixture of formal lectures and small group seminars which included student presentations and group exercises as well as open discussions. I can proudly say whatever I learned at Queen Mary, today I am able to implement it in my profession as a data privacy consultant.
What was key about your programme/ were there any highlights?
One of the key highlights of my specialisation was we got an opportunity to apply for paid part-time internships in both semesters. I was fortunate to receive a couple of paid internships during my academics. It was my first hands on work experience as a professional in the London market. My internship experience helped me immensely in my studies as I could implement legal provisions in practice that I had learned in theory across both the semesters at Queen Mary.
What piece of insight or advice would you offer for future students?
The most important thing is to be aware of where you want to see yourself as a professional in the future. One should clearly know about his/her area of interest when it comes to a specialisation. When you are choosing a specialised LLM program, you are committing yourself to that particular field of law, probably for the rest of your life. That’s why it is very important to choose the right modules during the LLM program. Lastly, international students should make sure they gain some work experience in their home countries related to the specialised field they want to pursue their Masters in. From my personal experience, it helps a lot both academically and professionally.
Has gaining a deeper understanding of your specialisation helped your career?
Yes, definitely. The knowledge that I received during my LLM program boosted my confidence which helped me with internship interviews with firms in London.
What was your best experience of studying at Queen Mary?
It’s very difficult to choose one particular experience but participating in the qLegal pro bono program comes to the top of my head. I got an opportunity to teach pupils in a trust school in London about Intellectual Property. This teaching experience is something I will always remember.
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