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Thorsten Schauer, originally from Germany, is CEO of Ltd., a major online games company based in the UK. He is studying online with the University of Liverpool for an LLM in International Business Law.

What attracted you to studying online with the University of Liverpool?

The attraction came from the fact that the university offering the programme is renowned. What makes it even more attractive is that it is 100% online, enabling people like me to gain higher education despite a busy work schedule that also involves travel.

What motivates you to study this programme?

As a law graduate, my interest in further enhancing my legal acumen never waned. This is the reason I was motivated to get into the programme immediately upon learning about it.

What are the main advantages of following an online programme?

There are many advantages but the main one would be the capacity to study at a convenient time, making it ideal for those with busy schedules.

Can you tell us about the contacts you have made in the virtual classroom?

As an elected Student Representative, I interact with my fellow students both inside and outside the virtual classroom. However, the excitement is definitely more pronounced during the classroom discussions. I was involved in many interesting debates with students from all around the world, including Asia, Africa, Europe and the Americas.

How do you fit online study into your life? How does it work in practice?

It actually fits perfectly since I can access the classroom anywhere there is internet. I take my laptop everywhere with me, so I am always able to access the virtual classroom, find out what the assignments are or join in discussions. I can fit it around my schedule and work on the assignments when I get free time at work, at home or while traveling.

What are your tips for others?

One important point to remember would be to make sure to do your assignments the first chance you get – not put them off. There are times when I would wait till the last minute to submit work, thereby giving myself only a few hours to study and work on the assignment. This can result in lower grades.

Another important tip is to make sure to research well and to use several references, then make up your own opinion or understanding of the issue based on the sources. Don’t simply copy or rephrase what others have written. Instructors are already aware of established references and they will easily recognise copied materials. This can result in lower grades.

Is your study already having a positive impact on your career?

Very much so! Not only is the school and the title something to be proud of, it also helps me to easily determine which transactions are risky and which are not, from a legal point of view. This programme has enhanced my risk management skills and improved the speed and quality of my work.

I would recommend the University of Liverpool because...

...there is a huge amount of knowledge that can be taken from the course, and also the learning is done in a manner that is very convenient – even for working executives!

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