Legal traineeship with one of Singapore’s Big 4

Michelle Theresa Thio Li Fong graduated in July 2018 with a First Class Honours degree in Law. Among here many achievements during her time at Queen Mary was obtaining the Principal’s Prize for Outstanding Achievement in 2018. She is now working towards being legally qualified as a Legal Trainee back home in Singapore. Here she reflects on how the IFP laid the foundations which helped her achieve her academic goals.

The International Foundation Programme (IFP) has been one of the most enriching and enjoyable experiences over my past 4 years in London. Ranging from academic, social and holistic development, I truly believe that the IFP is indeed a comprehensive programme that prepares individuals for their undergraduate studies.

First, the structure of the IFP allows individuals from all academic backgrounds to acclimatise to the pace of British Higher Education. Personally, I appreciated the cumulative mode of assessment, which is highly relevant to undergraduate studies. Moreover, I found that electing essay-based modules – International Relations & Politics, English & American Literature and Human Geography, improved my ability to write discursively, factoring in well for the Law undergraduate programme.

Michelle Thio

Secondly, the IFP is indeed an international platform hosting a plethora of nationalities. With such a combination of cultures, I felt that my perspectives on world issues were enhanced and enlightened. Some of my closest friends during my LLB undergraduate studies were in fact the people who journeyed with me during the IFP, and they continue to be my dear friends even after Graduation.

Lastly, the holistic aspect of the IFP comes through the support offered by the IFP team. Be it Personal Development, Teaching Office Hours or Peer Support, there is no shortage of student support services available. I was deeply motivated by the dedication of Dr Fenton, who constantly guided us through the Human Geography module. Over the course of my undergraduate studies, I had the privilege of working as a member of the Peer Support Team, aiding and advising current students on both academic and social of the IFP.

The three aspects of development have assisted me greatly throughout my undergraduate studies, and I believe that these aspects will continue to do so as I embark on my journey as a Law Professional.


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