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Jan 18, 2018 | Business and Law

A blog post by Madeleine Doull:
(Cover Image: Madeleine pictured with friends by a telephone box in front of Big Ben.)

When I touched down into Heathrow Airport, London, I felt a mixture of excitement and nerves. I had never travelled on my own before and the prospect of studying law in a foreign city was a little daunting. I made my way from Heathrow to my student hall, located in central London, on the London underground. As the train rattled through the tunnel I passed a number of famous train stations, including Hyde Park Corner, Piccadilly Circus, and Leicester Square until I finally arrived at my home in Holborn for the next month to study commercial law at the London School of Economics (‘LSE’).

After having the weekend to myself to explore London and fitting in as much as I possibly could, I made my way through the beautiful LSE hallways to find my first class. As I sat down, my lecturer, Paul MacMahon bounded into the room with a smile on his face. Paul explained that he had been teaching at LSE for a number of years, was educated at Harvard University and had worked as a commercial lawyer in New York but preferred teaching. We started off with an introductory game, where every person in the room was allocated a partner, and introduced their partner with an interesting fact they had learnt about them. I soon discovered that the people in my class were from all over the world, including Europe, Asia and the United States.


(Madeleine with friends on a boat in front of Tower Bridge in London.)

The next three weeks flew by, with each day consisting of a lecture in the morning, a tutorial in the afternoon and an event at night. I was taught by a number of different professors. They each had their own style of teaching and made the classes interactive and interesting. The course consisted of English contract law, commercial law and financial law. In our spare time, LSE hosted a number of social events, including a meet-and-greet, day trips to Oxford, Cambridge and Bath, a Sunset River Cruise along the Thames, and a farewell party where I was able to meet a number of friends. Outside LSE events, I saw a number of musicals, including Wicked and Mamma Mia, had a traditional afternoon tea with my best friend in Kensington, ate far too many English pub meals and explored the sites in London.


(Madeleine enjoying her time exploring London.)

My experience at LSE was more than just an opportunity to study at an incredible university. I learnt a lot about different cultures and the way other countries approach commercial transactions and dealings. This experience gave me the opportunity to meet interesting people from a number of different countries whilst exploring what is now one of my favourite cities in the world. I would highly recommend this program to anyone considering applying.

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