Roundabout 25 years ago, I studied laws. Since then, a lot has changed. As a student back in the days, I was working with pencil, paper, and physical books (not with e-books). Compared to that, the LL.M. in International Business Law at SIBE and DUK is a modern way of studying. In particular, in the current corona crisis, the program is well suited for further individual learning and continuing education. The course units are 100% online and impart a great deal of knowledge, e.g., in practice-relevant law areas such as Societas Europaea, CISG, and IPR. SIBE and DUK provide students support and supervision at a very individual level, for instance, through the internet platform, on which literature, individually prepared training videos are available, and research can be carried out. The required weekly active student engagement and participation in the courses enable the teachers to track and monitor individual developments. Overall, the program offers excellent individual support. The teachers quickly respond to the student’s written contributions, including additional resources and information for a more in-depth study as well as helpful follow-up questions.
Of course, it is sometimes challenging to balance my studies in addition to my professional work, but due to the high amount of flexibility provided by the universities, it is absolutely feasible to manage both in parallel. I have also clearly noticed that my communication in English has improved significantly since the beginning of the program due to the courses that are held in English, the required repetitions of respective areas of laws, and independently written texts in English such as legal statements. This enabled me to write more complex texts in English with considerably less time in my professional environment. It increased my self-confidence in video conferences held in English significantly. Overall, the newly acquired knowledge, e.g., IPR, can be directly applied in practice.