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Anwesha Chatterjee

Course: LLM International Business Corporate & Finance Law

University: Liverpool John Moores University

Nationality: Indian

Current Place of Residence : Liverpool, England

Scholarship Years: 2017 – 2018

The first in my family to attend University at the undergraduate level in India, my dream to pursue my postgraduate degree in the United Kingdom has come true thanks to the generous patronage of the Hodgson Law Scholarships. Born and raised in Calcutta (Kolkata), India, I did my B.A.LL.B. from New Delhi and finished the degree in 2016. I started with a full-service law firm in the capital while gearing for a Masters in Law in 2017. I was passionate about moot court during my undergraduate and was able to continue with it even during my master’s degree in Liverpool, representing my university in UK LSA moot court competition 2018. Volunteering my time and knowledge at the Legal Aid Clinic in New Delhi, India was my way of giving back and I am happy to say that I have been able to continue that at the Legal Action Centre at the Liverpool John Moores University which has enabled me to work alongside some of the brightest and talented solicitors and paralegals that Merseyside has.

The course at Liverpool John Moores University is everything that I had hoped for and more. My professors inspiring and my course intellectually invigorating. I feel happy to be able to give back to the University in my capacity of Course Representative for the LLM (2017-2018). I finish my LLM in September 2018 and hope to get Research experience by assisting my professors at the university. My passion for academics has been reinforced during my time in Liverpool and soon I hope to pursue a Ph.D. in an area pertaining to international law from either the UK or the USA. In between my Masters Degree and before I start with a Doctoral program, I wish to work in the area of trade/commercial law.

My interest in law started with me reading a book by John Grisham called The Street Lawyer. The protagonist of the book is a lawyer who does everything in his power to bring about social justice through his work. It is a book which inspired me. I went to law school with utopian ideas of being able to change the world at that very instant. However, law school was an eye opener for me. In a country where gender equality is a myth and female foeticide and infanticide is the reality, change would not come easily. I was limited at every possible step, first due to my socio-economic background, secondly due to me being a woman. Education brought me light in the darkness that I never thought I would be able to drag myself out of. It showed me way, gave me purpose and made me a better person.

I will always be a Hodgson Scholar, long after I would have graduated. I hope to be able to contribute to the betterment of the world and to make my own difference.