What to expect from your first few weeks at King’s

Medical Law Postgraduate at King'sYour King’s journey will begin during Welcome Week, which offers induction events for all new students. As this draws closer, I wanted to share with you some of my top tips for making the most of your first few weeks on campus.

1. Be organised

There will be lots to do during your first few weeks at King’s! You’ll have errands to run (such as collecting your student ID card) and events to attend, so it is important to keep on top of it all. The ‘Welcome to King’s Induction App’ allows you to register for events and create a timetable for the week, which is really helpful! There will also be a lot of information to take in, especially during Programme Induction, so bring a notepad in which to make some brief notes. You will be able to access most of the information online (via the website or learning platform) though, so don’t worry if you don’t get everything down on paper.

2. Go exploring

Familiarise yourself with the campus by going for a walk and finding key locations such as the library and Students’ Union. Perhaps suggest to some of your new course-mates that you do this together during the free time between events. You could also take the opportunity to explore London, as there are plenty of iconic landmarks close by the Strand Campus!

3. Stay open-minded

During Programme Induction you will be introduced to the various modules you can choose from. You may already have some idea about what you would like to study (or no idea at all!) but stay open minded as you might be surprised to find that something unexpected actually catches your eye! You will also hear about extra-curricular opportunities that are available to you, such as the Associateship of King’s College course, so you might come across something unanticipated that you really want to get involved with. University is the perfect time to try something new, so you might like to visit the Students’ Union Welcome Fair to discover the clubs and societies you can join during your time at King’s. Remember to be realistic about how much you can take on alongside your studies though!

4. Make the most of it

There are some fantastic opportunities on offer during your first few weeks at King’s, so take them up! Last year I really enjoyed a fascinating guest lecture introducing medical ethics, and a walking tour through the heart of Legal London. When you are attending an event, make the most of it by asking a question or speaking to someone new. The Welcome Reception is a great chance to chat informally to other postgraduate Law students and the teaching team.

The first few weeks at King’s are really exciting and set you up for the rest of the course, so I hope you are looking forward to it and enjoy it as much as I did!

General tips for the first few weeks studying an LLM at King’s

LLM studentDoing an LLM in one of the best universities is what I signed up for and you are doing that too. Master of Laws (LLM) is a Post-Graduate Course and the preparation during the course is also as mature and intensive. So, here are some tips regarding the course from a current student.

Firstly, it is important to understand the structure of the program. As you would have come across on our website, it is a 12-month program. You start your session in September, and you remain in session until the next September (even for Tier IV visa purposes). The course is divided into two semesters, which will have two aspects – taught modules and dissertation.

Secondly, KCL needs you to fulfil 180 credits – of which 120 must come from your taught modules and 40/60 credits must come from your dissertation/practice project. For the taught modules section, I would advise you to go through the Handbook of Modules updated each year on our website. Making a rough checklist of your preliminary choices of modules goes a long way in narrowing down your interests and shaping a course you came for.

But, do not worry. The above suggestion is recommended but discretionary. This is because, you would be given plenty of time to choose your modules once your session starts.

Thirdly, if you are an international student, I would advise you to book your tickets to London for at least a week in advance of actual session date. This is because, KCL has a welcome week before the session starts, where you can get acquainted with the different pathways of LLM, the faculty and other students of your course. Do not forget, the connections you make during this time are to last. After the welcome week, your session starts.

Fourthly, remember, for the first two weeks, you have the freedom and time to sit in any class you wish to. Keep a track of the timetable and the classes and plan well to attend them. If a class is clashing with another interesting class, make a point to attend one in the next week. But ensure that you have all your options laid out before you to make a choice. After all, it is the ‘shopping period’. There is one in each semester for you to choose a semesterly module (20 credits) or pick/drop a yearly module (40 credits).

Fifthly, try to keep updated with the reading material of your taught modules as provided by your faculty from time-to-time. It would be really helpful rather than cram everything before your exams in May.

Finally, understand that ‘Taught modules’ is just one aspect. You will have the deadlines for your Dissertation running parallel to the session (choosing supervisor, title etc.) The final submission would be in September. But regular consultation with your faculty is advisable.

Last but not the least, Enjoy your course!

 

September in Berlin

Post by Anne, English Law and German Law student

Hi, my name is Anne, and I’m a student on the Anglo-German degree. As part of the course, I am spending my 3rd year at Humboldt-Universität Berlin.

I think us Germany-bound students had the longest summer –  after finishing our King’s exams in May, a long summer stretched out before us and we don’t start here until October 17th.

However, there was enough admin work to be done to prepare for the academic year: if there is one striking difference I’ve noticed between the UK and the German education systems, it is the amount of guidance students receive. Back at King’s, I would lazily log into the KCL app on my phone a couple of weeks before the term started, to conveniently find a comprehensive reading list and a timetable laid out for me with all classes planned right until the end of the year. Here in Berlin, nobody takes you by the hand like that.

But with October approaching, I thought, “shouldn’t I be going back to uni again soon?” – and so I opened up my laptop to do some research. It turns out that you are expected to weasel your way through the complicated university website(s) to find out which classes you are meant to be taking (one of mine has the impressive title “Allgemeines Verwaltungsrecht, Verwaltungsprozessrecht und Staatshaftungsrecht”) and to put together your own, very packed, timetable. I also looked through the university sports catalogue and spontaneously signed up for a martial arts course for women. Now with all that done, it looks like I am set!

In terms of getting settled, I am a special case. While this is technically a ‘year abroad’ for me, Berlin is my home: I lived here for 10 years until I moved to London. So, fortunately, I am not overwhelmed by public transport or the different currency or language. But still, this is a new chapter for me; I came back here barely knowing anyone, moved into a new flat in an area I don’t know at all, and am starting all over again. I am ready to explore Berlin from a new perspective! My new flat is a short bike ride from the city centre (Friedrichstraße), where the beautiful Humboldt campus is located.

Careers at King’s: Support and guidance

Medical Law Postgraduate at King'sWhatever stage of your career you’re at, King’s Careers and Employability can support you. The first port of call is the online portal which allows you to browse job and internship opportunities (including bespoke internship programmes exclusively for King’s students!), register for careers events and book appointments with a careers consultant. There are so many opportunities and events on offer that you will almost certainly find something useful and interesting to you. Make sure you sign up to the email alerts to receive tailored suggestions every day! I have attended a careers event on undertaking a PhD and an academic career, which was both informative and inspiring. There are also variety of appointment types available to suit your needs. For example, Practice Interviews (to receive feedback on your interview performance) and Careers Guidance Appointments (to discuss careers more generally). When I was applying for my PhD, I booked an Application Advice Appointment to have my CV checked. I went to the Strand Careers Centre for a face to face meeting with a friendly careers consultant who was able to provide some invaluable advice on how to improve the structure of my CV. The careers consultant was also able to suggest other events and websites I might find useful. Continue reading

Careers at King’s: An international perspective

LLM studentCareer prospects is one of the biggest motivating factors to pursue studies in the UK for international students. I was no different. When I joined KCL for my LLM, I had spared a thought about the kind of career prospects that King’s would provide me at the conclusion of my course.

Whilst I was open to any kind of jobs, many students come here searching for a particular kind of job opportunities, be it law firms, bar or corporates in the legal field. But there also goes a lot of preparation in looking for such opportunities. Research is a key element in understanding the UK legal career market and what it offers. To be honest, the competition for jobs in UK for both British Nationals and International students (including EU nationals) has risen quite high in these years. You must be mentally prepared to know that doing a degree here (be it graduate or postgraduate) does not guarantee a job here. As I mentioned before, you have to work hard to secure a job here or elsewhere with the opportunities you get. Continue reading

Rise and grind: career choices and empowering you to succeed

Law Undergraduate at King'sWhile all of us have specific reasons for studying law, whether they include making an impact in someone’s life thanks to our skills, participating in transformative business decisions, or earning seven-figure digits as a Partner, the road towards achieving our career goals may seem never-ending and full of obstacles. Luckily, at King’s College London, you are supported in your career choice and empowered to succeed.

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Why I chose to study an LLM at King’s

LLM studentI am currently pursuing my Master of Laws (LLM) in Intellectual Property and Information Law (IPIL) pathway. King’s offers eight pathways, consisting of different modules and IPIL is one such pathway. My interest area is Intellectual property, which was the prime motivation for me to take up general modules in this pathway. However, I was pleasantly surprised when I came to KCL. They offer modules that are not just the regular ones but also very relevant to the current climate. For instance, the emphasis on Information law is great here, to which there are many modules offered pertaining to that arm of IPIL. There are also modules offered on AI. Continue reading

Why I chose to study Medical Law at King’s

Medical Law Postgraduate at King's

I am currently undertaking the Medical Law MA. The course focuses on the legal questions that arise within the context of medicine, and provides the opportunity to engage with fascinating debates around issues such as abortion, assisted dying and organ donation. I wanted to study this area of law because the issues involved also raise interesting political, economic and ethical concerns that the law must take into account. I had the opportunity to consider some of these ethical concerns in more detail as part of an elective module in ‘Moral Theory and Medical Ethics’. If ethics is something you are particularly interested in, King’s also offers a Medical Ethics & Law MA. There is also a very human element to the issues raised within Medical Law that makes the area so compelling. Medical law is also an interesting area to study because many of the issues are currently live. For example, the Charlie Gard case attracted worldwide media attention in 2017.

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Deciding to commute to university

Medical Law Postgraduate at King's

I commute by train to university from Portsmouth on the south coast. I hope that sharing my experience will help if you are considering commuting next year. Even if you plan to live in London, you will inevitably have to travel at some point. Helpfully, London has a brilliant public transport network and so it’s really easy to get around the city.

My journey is quite a long one, but I have found there are a number of benefits to commuting to university. Firstly, I have saved money by living at home. Train tickets aren’t cheap, but I do avoid the cost of living in the Capital. Although living in London can be expensive, there are a variety of accommodation options to suit all budgets so don’t be put off by this! Secondly, I have all my home comforts, friends and family around me. However, you will meet new friends at university, and today family members are only a Skype call away! Finally, I actually get a lot done on the train! A couple of hours with no distractions means I can do some reading, or complete day-to-day administrative tasks like replying to emails. Continue reading

Life at KCL – an International Student’s perspective

LLM studentHaving lived in India all my life, my first international trip was for my LLM course at KCL and I am absolutely delighted at how it has turned out. As an international student, there may be many doubts and fears about how this experience would be. But if you know what to expect, you can enjoy what the institution and the city offers.

Here is a checklist of details that you should know while you are here: Continue reading