David Legrain, 24 ans
Master of Laws - Mediation and Dispute Resolution
Université du Queensland
Which subjects did you choose to study in your LLM at the University of Queensland and why?I chose to study Mediation, Theory in dispute resolution and Principles of global law.
I chose the first two in order to get some skills in alternative dispute resolution since I believe that good lawyers must know when not going to trial is the best option for their client.
I chose Principles of global law because I am really interested by the expression of the different legal systems all over the world.
What has undertaking the UQ accelerated LLM brought to you in addition to the knowledge gained through your Bachelor and Master degrees undertaken in France?So many things!
First, obviously, a better comprehension of the common law system. Then, as I said, I gained skills in alternative dispute resolution. Finally, I learnt how english people write their essay, it is quite different from the French way to develop an idea.
How did you find the academic content and practical focus of the LLM at UQ? Are there any specific experiences that were a highlight for you?Very rewarding. My highlight is, without hesitation, the courses with Patrick Cavanagh. The interraction between the teacher (or his deputies) and the students was without equal.
Can you comment on the opportunity you had to interact with both Australian and international law students in the program?I did not have such opportunities to interact with Australian student since all of my classmate were international. Nevertheless, through clubs (like QUEST), I met some Australian student from other faculties.
Concerning the international student, I probably made friends for life during this semester!
Were there any lecturers you found particularly inspirational? If so, please give a brief outline of why.Patrick Cavanagh. It is difficult to explain precisely why he was so inspirational because I think there are so many reasons and I probably did not even notice most of them. The lectures were so flowing, we were learning so much without even noticing.
The way Pat is making his student participate is probably his best skill as a lecturer.
Do you feel more confident now in interacting with other lawyers, clients and legal institutions in English?Of course!
What were the main learning outcomes of the LLM program for you?The main learning outcome, in the way that it will be the most usefull in many situations, is the way English people develop their idea in an essay.
Did you access any of the additional services offered by UQ and the Law School? (eg practical experiences, English for Academic Communication course, facilities in the Law School, student societies, clubs and events) If so, which ones and how were they helpful?I was doing most of the QUEST events and it was a very efficient way to discover Australia and to meet people.
Are there any other comments you’d like to make about your LLM experience at UQ?It was a very nice semester, I would definitly recomend it to other students.