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Global and US LLM Study Bursary Winners 

Find out about the winners of our Global and US LLM Study Bursaries - and how being awarded the £500 has helped them with their postgraduate studies.

Global Bursaries

Sharian Melissa Hanson, LLM with a focus on Public Law, Emory Law

Emory Law Bursary WinnerEmory Law“I was extremely ecstatic and grateful when I was informed of the award from Postgrad Solutions.”

Sharian Melissa Hanson is a 29-year-old Jamaican student and she is studying a Master of Laws with a focus on Public Law at Emory Law in Atlanta in the USA. She was delighted to be selected as a recipient of a Global US LLM Study Bursary 2014, saying, “I was extremely ecstatic and grateful when I was informed of the award from Postgrad Solutions. Clearly the financial assistance is wonderful and when I was informed that only a handful of persons received awards I felt extremely grateful and happy to be a recipient.”

Sharian got her initial Bachelor of Laws Degree at the University of the West Indies. Describing her academic journey towards the LLM program she explains, “I had a particular interest in constitutional law and the system of governance. Following my graduation from law school I was employed to a government agency. My area of practice largely dealt with rights issues, and I experienced firsthand how critical the state is, in ensuring these rights are upheld through due process and other laws and policies that protect a state’s citizens. This experience encouraged me to pursue studies in this area.”

She is really enjoying her Master of Laws course – and her highlight to date is participating in the mentorship program. She explains, “This program pairs students with an attorney and the students and attorney work together on topical legal issues.” She chose to study at Emory Law because of its outstanding ranking and reputation as a top university in the USA. She was also attracted by the LLM programs on offer at this law school and they way they are taught via a practical approach to learning, through clinics, externships, seminars and workshops to name a few.

Emory University is located in Atlanta, Georgia, which Sharian feels is an ideal location to be a student. She says, “It offers the best of both worlds. I enjoy living in Atlanta, because of the city life – the area is very diverse and there is a lot of entertainment. However, the outskirts of the city gives that homely feeling and allows me to escape the chaos of the city. I also love the greenery of Atlanta, especially on campus. Emory is a beautiful campus with a historic and modern feeling all at once.” Sharian finds our website to be a very useful tool for prospective and current LLM students. She says, “I think the website is very informative. It provides prospective international students with useful information about courses of study and other aspects critical to graduate studies.”

Good luck with your studies Sharian – we know you’re going to really enjoy your time at Emory Law!

Lien Lien Wong, LLM in International Commercial Law, University of Nottingham

University of Nottingham Bursary WinnerUniversity of Nottingham“The bursary offers academically qualified persons with financial needs an opportunity to achieve their dreams.”

Lien Lien Wong, from Malaysia, is a 27-year-old LLM student specializing in International Commercial Law at the University of Nottingham. She explains, “I am convinced that pursuing a LLM will not only fulfill my desire to hone and deepen my legal knowledge, to remain competent, it would also enable me to popularize the knowledge in my specialized field of study, which is commercial law.”

She describes herself as being ‘overjoyed’ upon discovering that she had been awarded a Global US LLM Study Bursary in 2014. “I was overjoyed! The bursary offers academically qualified persons with financial needs an opportunity to achieve their dreams. The bursary has truly boosted my enthusiasm to focus on and to excel in my legal education in the University of Nottingham and to make the community of this excellent educational institution proud.”

So far Lien Lien is thoroughly enjoying her studies at the University of Nottingham, explaining, “Academically, the modules are interesting and challenging. Socially, it is fascinating to have the opportunity to interact with other postgraduate students from every corner of the world. There are just too many things to do with too little time!”

She chose the University of Nottingham because of its excellent track record of producing top leaders in the legal profession. And luckily for her this top-notch law school also provided the ideal LLM specialization for her. She says, “The LLM course caters to my interest and fulfills my thirst for legal knowledge from an international perspective. I am confident that the LLM program will put me in a good stead in going global and achieving success in my area of interest.”

Before starting her Master of laws program Lien Lien was a lawyer in Shearn Delamore & Co., which is one of the oldest and largest law firms in Malaysia. Although this was a career that she was enjoying she wanted to increase her competitiveness and venture into international legal practice. She explains, “It is imperative to equip myself with a solid foundation on International Commercial Law.”

Lien Lien is really enjoying living in the city of Nottingham and enthuses, “Nottingham is a wondrous city and I enjoy exploring it either on my own or with friends. During the day time, it is a pleasure to walk in the heart of the city that features the Old Market Square, retail outlets and churches; at night, the city offers diverse local social activities and bustling nightlife.”

Speaking about and, Lien Lien says, “The websites cover vast university portfolios which gives potential students access to the latest information which are compiled and consolidated from various universities across the globe.” And about in particular she notes, “It is an extremely useful platform for all candidates who desire to pursue a postgraduate degree but have no particular university or course in mind. It is also ideal for those who simply wish to grasp some general idea of what a postgraduate study is about.”

Shannon Hendricks, LLM in International Human Rights, Northwestern University

Bursary WinnerNorthwestern Uni“When I found out I had won the £500 I felt really blessed! I am so grateful to Postgrad Solutions!”

Shannon Hendricks is a 27-year-old LLM student from Jamaica and is the lucky recipient of a Global US LLM Bursary 2013. She has had a passion for human rights for the last few years, and is now lucky enough to be studying an LLM in International Human Rights at Northwestern University in Illinois.

She says of her LLM program, “I am having an absolutely amazing time. It really is a well-crafted program with the perfect balance of theoretical and clinical work. I have gotten exposure to women, children and gender issues worldwide, refugee and asylum matters both internationally and in the US and I have also studied the human rights systems in the Americas, Europe and Africa.”

Shannon did her formative legal training at the University of the West Indies (UWI) and the Norman Manley Law School (NMLS). She then chose to study at Northwestern because it fitted her requirements of studying human rights in the USA perfectly. As soon as she read the details of the LLM course it stood out to her as being the right place for her to continue her studies.

She really enjoys living in Illinois saying, “I am mainly based in Chicago which really is a fantastic city! It’s very clean and scenic with a lot of history too. There are so many things to do with some phenomenal jazz and down south blues clubs. Absolutely amazing!”

Chicago is clearly a great city to be a student in, as Shannon continues to explain, “What is even more awesome is that a lot of activities are free or discounted for Northwestern students. So you can go to museums, restaurants, clubs, parks etc on a budget, and Northwestern students ride the buses and trains for free!”

But despite these freebies and discounts for Northwestern students, the £500 is still really handy. Shannon enthuses, “When I found out I had been given the bursary I actually said to my relatives, ‘My Creator sure is looking out for me! He sends what I need when I need it!’.”


Domiciana Jackline Atieno Were, LLM in Democratic Governance and the Rule of Law, Ohio Northern University

Bursary Winner
Ohio Northern University“I am grateful that the help has come forth to contribute to my fees.”

Domiciana, from Kenya, works as a lawyer and Human Rights officer at the Kenyan National Commission on Human Rights. She chose to study her LLM in Democratic Governance and the Rule of Law at Ohio Northern University and was really pleased to receive one of our bursaries.

She decided to do this course to enhance her knowledge on the Rule of Law and Governance, to help with her job, and explains, “I consider this course as a crucial tool in promotion of human rights more so in such developing countries.”

Domiciana is really enjoying the course so far, enthusing, “The practical nature of the course whereby a student is able to relate the theory taught in class to the actual things that happen in their countries by sharing their experiences is just amazing.”

Domiciana first heard about the unique LLM program at Ohio Northern University way back in the year 2007. At this time she was also made aware of the great support Ohio Northern offers to its students, so when she began to look into studying an LLM program, it was her first choice. And now she is here she is really enjoying the relaxing, friendly atmosphere of her university town.

Speaking of how she felt when she discovered she had been awarded a Postgrad Solutions Global and US LLM Study Bursary, Domiciana explains, "I felt so honored! I applied for the same bursary last year when I was in dire need of assistance and I am really grateful that the help has now come forth to contribute to my fees." 

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