Robert Voelzer, Account Executive, ITIC

Taking a postgraduate degree (LLM) in International Transport and Maritime Law provided me with the opportunity to study shipping and international trade law in more depth.
I completed the taught Masters degree over a two year part-time basis attending evening lectures and tutorials, sitting exams and submitting course work. I was taught and supervised by tutors who have both practical and academic experience in the field of Maritime Law. I also met with other Marine professionals and engaged in constructive discussion and debate.  I took advantage of a wide range of modules including Carriage of Goods by Sea, Admiralty law, Multimodal Transport law and Insurance law. I also wrote a dissertation on the Rights of Third Parties in Shipping Contracts. This was based on current legal developments in my area of work and was therefore really relevant to what I do on a day to day basis. I chose this topic after discussions with colleagues within Thomas Miller and this made the whole thing much more real than my previous studies.

Balancing a full-time job with University in the evening and maintaining some social life, was a rather tricky task. Weekends and holidays were often spent revising for exams, doing coursework and preparing for seminars.  I chose a taught Masters as it provided a structured format to follow. This approach helped and I would recommend it to colleagues considering following the same path. It was hard work but at the end all the sacrifices proved worthwhile and I am proud to have received a distinction for the course.

I received financial support and study leave from Thomas Miller which was a great contribution in achieving my goal. I have been employed by Thomas Miller for more than two years, and I believe that the LLM has enhanced my role within ITIC and the level of service I can provide to the Club's members.

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