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Stephanie Scholz

LL.M. International Energy Law and Policy

Germany

Why did you decide to study a postgraduate course?

The LL.M. is always a preferred additional qualification to international law firms, and to gain experiences abroad.

What attracted you to Stirling?

I always wanted to live in Scotland. Additionally, the University of Stirling is known for its beautiful campus and modern facilities. But the most important point was the programme itself.

What did you enjoy most about your time at the University of Stirling?

The University Staff has always been very kind, helpful and quick in responding on any enquiry I had.

Which aspects of the programme did you enjoy the most?

The LL.M. in International Energy Law and Policy not only conveys a grounded basis of Energy Law, it also evaluates the aspects of climate change and the correlation between energy supply and the inference of policies. The Programme provides exactly the mixture of modules I am highly interested in, for instance Energy Law and Policy, Low Carbon Law and Energy Markets and Policy. Additionally I had the opportunity to increase my understanding of the application of Environmental and Planning Laws in practice by undertaking field trips and examining the environmental impacts of the Kenly Wind Farm development in St. Andrews during the Environmental Impact Assessment module. I also developed a strong interest in International Investment Law and Arbitration, thanks to the interesting International Investment Law Module.

How did your time at University make you more employable?

I had to give several presentations as coursework and also took part in the Pitch-Event “Making the most of Masters”. I am now more confident about speaking in front of strangers and present own opinions/achievements. I also developed a completely new style of doing academic research and drafting papers on legal topics. We also had loads of discussions during classes which offered me to enhance argumentations skills. I also enhanced my professional English which is always important for future employers and opens the whole world as a Job Market.

What advice would you give a student considering studying at Stirling?

Do it. You will enjoy the people and the familiar atmosphere at the University.

How would you summarise your time at Stirling?

It was perfect! I really enjoyed this programme and I am sad that this year already comes to an end.

If you have graduated, what are you doing now?

I am going back to Germany to undertake my two year clerkship to finally get qualified as a Lawyer. I will definitely take advantage of my studies in Stirling as I can work with energy companies and lawyers working in the field of energy related legal areas during this clerkship to transfer my academic knowledge into legal practice. And I will definitely come back to Scotland!

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