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Global LLM Study Bursary Winners 2017

We have just awarded our £500 Global LLM Study Bursaries 2017 to this year's lucky winners.

Find out how the bursaries are helping them with their studies and how they are getting on with their Master of Laws programs.

And why not apply for one of our Global LLM Bursaries 2018 and this time next year it could be you!

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Ashley Robert Offler, LLM Criminal Justice, University of Nottingham

Global LLM Study Bursary WinnerUniversity of Nottingham“This bursary is a life saver!”

Ashley Robert Offler, a 23-year-old British student, is studying an LLM in Criminal Justice at the University of Nottingham in the United Kingdom. Ashley previously studied an LLB Law (European and International) at the University of Sheffield and particularly enjoyed the modules concerning comparative and international criminal law and justice, including penolgy and incarceration, and these areas are now the focus of his study at the University of Nottingham. This university appealed to Ashley because it is such a highly regarded institution, and when he read about the Criminal Justice LLM and how it suited his career aspirations it was a done deal!

Ashley was delighted when he discovered he’d been awarded one of our prestigious Global LLM Study Bursaries worth £500. He says, “I was surprised and extremely happy that there is an organisation that assists and encourages postgraduate studies for people like me that would really struggle financially. It reduces the stress of the money that is involved and allows me to focus on my studies.”

Although it is still early days Ashley is really enjoying his LLM program, saying, “I am loving my current modules (International Criminal Law, Comparative Penal Law, Philosophy of Human Rights and Criminal justice, and Imprisonment and Human Rights).” He continues, “My fellow students and tutors are all really nice and have helped me settle into the course with ease.”

As he commutes from Sheffield to Nottingham by car to study his LLM, which is rather costly, Ashley was delighted to be awarded a £500 Global LLM Study Bursary to help him fund his LLM. He explains, “This bursary is a life saver. It makes it possible for me to conduct my masters without putting me in too much of a financial bind.” He is also working part time at a steel factory to fund his LLM. He also works voluntarily as part of the Independent Monitoring Board attached to HMP Lindholme in Doncaster, which has been really influential in his choice of LLM course and what he wants to do in the future. has been a very useful website for Ashley in his quest for the perfect Master of Laws program and choice of law school. He explains, “ is incredibly useful and a vital tool for students looking into a law masters. The catalogue of courses is broad and detailed giving you all the information you need right there.”

We’re really glad to have been able to help you, Ashley!

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Marina Bykova, LLM in US Law, Moritz College of Law

Ohio Moritz College of LawLLM Global Bursary Winner“Your bursary will not only help me financially but supports me emotionally as well”

Marina Bykova is a 36-year-old LLM student from Russia. She is studying a General LLM program in US Law at Moritz College of Law at The Ohio State University in the United States.

Although she already receives some funding from Moritz College of Law, this isn’t enough to cover Marina’s tuition fees and other living costs. This meant that being awarded a Global LLM Study Bursary worth £500 was a welcome surprise. She explains, “I was very glad to receive the bursary, it not only helps me financially but supports me emotionally as well.”

After considering a number of US law schools, Marina chose the Moritz College of Law for several reasons – the most diverse and real-practice LLM program's advantages, environmental conditions, and the availability of affordable family housing. She is delighted with her choice of law school saying, “I am really enjoying studying law at the Moritz College of Law. I like the professors of law and their attitude to their job and students.” Marina find the teaching methods at Moritz to be
perfect for her and she loves the way that the professors are always open for discussion both in class and out-of-class during working hours or via email. 

Despite only being an LLM student for a couple of months, Marina has learnt plenty on her program already. She explains, “I understand already what the differences between my home country’s legal system and US law are. Every day I discover advantages and disadvantages of both legal systems and draw some conclusions about changes that could be done in my own work and in the law to improve the lives of ordinary people.”

We look forward to seeing how Marina’s career pans out upon completion of her LLM program. 

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