Profile on: Simon Lee

For Hong Kong-based journalist Simon Lee, gaining new perspectives on international issues was just one of the benefits of taking an LLM degree
LLM graduate Simon Lee
Seeing the issues from different perspectives: journalist Simon Lee
A University of London Master of Laws degree is one that you can take anywhere in the world and people will know that you have had a quality education

I've been passionate about public affairs from a very young age, and because of that I entered a career in journalism where I can make a difference in people's lives by writing about issues that affect our communities and our world.

I came to realise how lawmaking forms an important part of society and I felt that a legal education would help me understand more about the relationships between governments and peoples.

To be able to compete in the global workforce I felt it is important to have qualifications that are internationally recognised. A University of London Master of Laws degree is one that you can take anywhere in the world and people will know that you have had a quality education and you have the ability to understand complex ideas and arguments, and that is why I chose to study this programme.

My main objective in taking this programme is to gain new perspectives on international issues and to broaden my knowledge base from my liberal arts background. I think I've achieved both objectives as I have been exposed to a wide range of topics in my studies, from treaties to terrorism to trade law. With the knowledge that I gained I can make stronger arguments and I can see the issues from different perspectives.

"Studying the LLM helped train my ability to understand complex concepts and to attend to details. Both are very important skills in journalism."

As a career journalist my job encompasses legal, economic and government subjects and the modules that I studied helped me appreciate the different viewpoints behind our institutions, from criminal justice systems to trade regulations to international treaties. Studying the LLM helped train my ability to understand complex concepts and to attend to details. Both are very important skills in journalism.

It takes a lot of management and organisational skills to be able to keep up with distance learning because you have to be on top of all the registration processes, meeting deadlines to enter exams, familiarising yourself with the programme regulations and so on, and that's in addition to your academic work.  When I finished my degree I was quite relieved that I had got everything right, and that is a testament of how I improved my management skills.

Be confident! It is a bit overwhelming to receive a box load of textbooks having to learn everything by yourself at the start, but the study guides and other academic resources are very helpful. If you stay committed to your goal and put in the right effort, the task is not as colossal as it may seem. You will be very proud of your achievement when it's all finished!

Simon is a Hong Kong-based reporter at a global business and financial news organization.

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