My Best Christmas Gift!

Heya! Trust that your weekend was good. Mine definitely was and what came in as a pleasant surprise eradicated the Monday blues out of sight! 😀

Based on my previous experience with the release of online exam results, I’d decided to try my luck this morning and booya! My results were released online and were staring at me with a huge smile!

For those who have no idea, I am currently pursuing my Masters of Laws (aka LLM) with the University of London. Ask me why I don’t wanna pursue with a local Uni? My answer is very simple. UOL offers a flexible course which cater to your own needs and schedule. This is especially suitable for working adults who want to pursue their LLM. LLM courses in local Unis (NUS/SMU) offer only full-time courses which I am not keen.

This course by UOL is not taught in any private institution in Singapore. So, what a LLM candidate does is to register with UOL directly, pay for the course fees and study guides/textbooks fees and then liase with RELC directly to register and pay for the exams you want to sit for. Compared to degree courses which follows a structured course outline, this LLM course allows you to choose the subjects you wish to take as well as the number of papers you want to sit for. In addition, you may choose to register for 4 modules but end up sitting for only 2 if you’d like. As mentioned, there is no classes for this course at all, so you need not spend hours and hours attending boring classes, listening to droning voices of the lecturers 😛

As I’ve graduated with a law degree previously, I qualify for the LLM course directly, but the good thing is, if you read from that website, I am also entitled to 2 other certificates beside the LLM cert and they are the Postgraduate Certificate in Laws and Postgraduate Diploma in Laws. So yes, I’m like a certificate collector and there are several other classmates whom I’ve got to know from my law school, who are pursuing many other courses on their own as well. This is all about upgrading oneself as well as to remain competitive in this rat race. How great if your name card is filled with so many qualifications right? Mine’s gonna be Jean Gan (LL.M) (Pg Dip Law) (Pg Cert Law) (LL.B). LOL!


Masters degrees are now the norm. Or even PhDs.

Of course working experience, opportunities and networking are equally important but with this meritocracy notion, you can’t deny the importance of paper qualifications.

Alright, enough of nagging.

So, this LLM course requires you to complete 16 modules (I KNOW! KILL ME!) and to date, I have completed 6 and left with 10.

Out of these 6 mods, I have to say that I am extremely elated with my exam results thus far. I have achieved 3 As and 3B+s which equates to 3 Distinctions and 3 Merits. Do also note that the results are also computed this way :

70 – 100 – Grade A – 1st Class Honours/Distinction

69 to 60 – Grade B+ – 2nd Class Honours (Upper)

59 to 50 – Grade B – 2nd Class Honours (Lower)

40 to 49 – Grade C – 3rd Class Honours

Below 49 – Fail

So yes, I have done very well considering the fact that I have self-studied without any help from others. Well, okay maybe with the authors/profs who wrote the textbooks and scholar articles based on my own legal research. But other than that, I should claim all the credit too right? Ah yes, and my boss’, bf’s and family’s support. 😀


So here are my results thus far…

The structure of this LLM course is rather complicated. Most candidates pursue Masters in order to specialise in a particular field and due to practicality, I have chosen to specialise in Corporate and Commercial Law although I have utmost animosity for it. My real interest take place in Family law, and hence the 1st 4 mods that related to Family law but in a more specific context – Human Rights of Women. Of course, you may also consider it to be a Human Rights subject no doubt but this subject is placed under the Family law umbrella. Capital I and II are under Corporate Finance and Management Issues in Company Law. I know it sounds sooooo dry! 😦

For those of you who are a little bit more interested, there are 2 exam sessions – May and Oct, just like for any other UOL courses be it a bachelor’s or masters’.

I have sat for 4 mods in May 2012 and 2 in Oct 2012. This is a better strategy because there will be more time to prepare for May’s session rather than Oct’s if you do the math.

So anyway, if you would bother to do more math, I would be expected to complete the whole LLM course within 2 1/2 years. So yes, another 10 more modsssssssssss.

I pray that I would be able to maintain such fabulous results so that I can at least graduate with a classification.

As extracted from UOL’s website :


The Master of Laws (LLM), Postgraduate Diploma in Laws and Postgraduate Certificate in Laws are awarded without classification. At the discretion of the Board of Examiners a mark of Merit or Distinction may be awarded. A student who obtains an average mark for all assessment in the range 60-69% will normally be awarded the relevant award with Merit. A student who obtains an average mark for all assessment of 70% or more will be awarded the relevant award with Distinction. A mark of Merit or Distinction shall not normally be awarded to a student who has failed any module.

Judging from my results thus far, I would most prolly qualify for a ‘Merit’ achievement, though not the best (distinction) but at least better than nothing right? That is if my results remain the same for average calculation.

Achievements aside, but what I want to share is that, nothing can ever get in your way if you have sheer determination and complete discipline. I didn’t work THAT hard for these exams compared to the past when I was mugging my ass off for my degree papers (and strangely enough, I didn’t score as well as these results). Would you believe if I told you that I started studying in all seriousness just 1 week before the exams?! IT’S TRUE.

With the right attitude, planning and strategies, coupled with what I mentioned above, determination and discipline, nothing is ever impossible. And you need to FOCUS. Just during that period. After that, the world is your playground.

Most courses that are scheduled structurally are often catered in a way that most students think the same way. If you’d asked me, model answers are the way to go BUT NOT ANYONE’S model answers. It shouldn’t be your lecturers’ or your friends’ or online model answers which I know some websites offer and sell which some desperate students actually do pay for them!


You may discuss with your lecturers/friends, but don’t leave things as that. Work on it, improve it and perfect it by adding more points through your own research.

Don’t be lazy.

Because it’s true – YOU REAP WHAT YOU SOW.

Okay, enough of nagging. I’m sorry I’ve been such a pain in the neck through all my nagging 😦 You can’t blame me but I am actually TURNING OLD! AN OLD HAG I AM BECOMING! :O

Not sure about you but personally, the best things in life often cannot be bought with money.