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    I have a place to study an LLM at SOAS, University of London, which I'm pretty excited about. However, I'm having some trouble deciding exactly what to study.

    I've always been interested in human rights and conflict issues, and there is an LLM specialism which encompasses exactly this. However, human rights law is an incredibly difficult field to get into, particularly international human rights law (and I want to go down the solicitor route), so in terms of obtaining a training contract, I think that I should take some commercially-focused modules too ie intellectual property, commercial law etc. Even these are studied from international perspectives.

    Does anyone have any advice/opinion/experience that they can offer that may be useful? I would really like to secure a training contract - ideally in a public law/civil liberties type of firm, but if not then I am quite interested in intellectual property/copyright stuff.

    If I don't do a particular specialism, would it look weak on my CV/training contract applications?
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    Hello! Welcome to SOAS! Have you tried emailing the law department? They'll be more than happy to give you some ideas about which route to take, but ultimately it is up to you. If I were you, I'd also go and speak to SOAS Careers Services regularly. They can help put you into contact with work experience, internships and work placements. Practical experience is really important for law, and it'll help you decide on which path to take. I did an internship thanks to the career service and now I know I want to go into marketing. They helped me with CV, Cover Letter, telephone interview, put me into contact with a mentor from my field and so much more. You only have a year for your LLM, so it's critical you go to them as much as possible. I hope that helps!
 
 
 
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