So I've recently graduated from Birmingham with a BA Int. Relations.
I am looking at some programmes such as the LLMs in Westminster, Birkbeck and South Bank. Do you think an LLM (Dispute Resolution Law) would be a good idea if one doesn't have an LLB? I know the these LLM's are not qualifyng degrees, and I can't practice law after that straight away without llb and lpc, but still do you think it could be useful when applying to large NGO's such as UN, IMF etc?
I think it could give me an edge and a very interesting specialist abilities without being a lawyer.
What do you think? Has anyone enrolled or completed an LLM without previously completing LLB or GDL?
Without relevant work experience a masters qualification like that won't make you more competitive for the UN / IMF etc. If you want to work in this industry I would suggest getting some work experience before you embark on a masters degree.
(Original post by boyanv)
I have about half a year work experience in management and i am starting an internship in september at an NGO which will be minimum 3 months.
Getting work experience is also what my tutors told me before i graduated but I dont want to make too much of a gap between my degrees.
I would advise to get at least a year or 2 experience in the NGO sector before a masters. It will really help you to decide exactly what masters you need to further your career. What is the ******* with leaving it longer between degrees?
One thing to consider is that even the most entry level jobs at international organisations are extremely competitive and need 2 - 5 years relevant work experience.
what about getting a second UG degree like LLB to put myself forward for employers?
I dont want to leave school for long because I am afraid when I start working seriously I would 'forget' how to study properly and lose my edge. I know its weird but its a thing for a lot of people from my country.
As the poster above says, work experience is really important for NGOs...i'd say almost more so than your degree. They like postgrad qualifications (and often ask for them even for internships), but getting even entry level positions is hard, even with a postgrad degree. I'd say you'd be wise to heed Beefmaster's advice...