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Student Lingxi Zhong

"Combining an internship in a law firm with my Global Law studies has been the best way to get the most out of my studies"

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  • Nationality: German-Chinese
  • Bachelor's program: Global Law
  • Started in: 2014
  • Extracurricular activities: Debating, e-sports, actual sport
  • High school diploma: Abitur
  • Languages: German, English, Chinese, Cantonese

Did you always know what you wanted to do?

No, I started with mathematical finance and went on to study German law after one semester, which I did for another 3.5 years. After my exchange to Utrecht, I decided to stay and aim for a more multi-disciplinary study. Now after years of study and work experience, I set my goal to start my LLM/JD in the US at one of the top 20 law schools there. I want to start a career as a lawyer in transactional practice after I have become a member of a US bar. My ideal employer is one of the Biglaws because I enjoy challenges, especially those from the most sophisticated transactions.

Why did you choose to study abroad, and how did you decide to study in the Netherlands?

I knew very little about the Netherlands before my exchange. I think I learned to love this country. It is very international and offers tons of opportunities working with people with very different background. I chose the Netherlands initially just out of curiosity.

I read up in the Internet about the courses offered by the Global Law LLB program and I thought that it would suit me well, which it did. It did help that I already had experience looking for university courses.

What is it like to study completely in English, together with international students? Was the transition from high school difficult?

I left high school a while ago, but I studied in German. The transition to study in English was not that bad because I had some courses in international law in English already. In addition, it was fortunate enough for me to have some native speaker friends, which kept my English level to a rather acceptable level.

What do you like most about studying at Tilburg University?

It has great campus and facilities. Faculty members are quite approachable and mostly helpful.

Would you recommend studying abroad to a student who might never have thought about it before?

Hell yes!

What sort of student is a great fit for your program? And who is absolutely not?

I think for those who are intellectually curious and who are willing to walk the extra miles, they will learn a lot from this program. For those who want to be spoon fed, I think it they will still do okay, but would not maximize what Global Law has to offer.

Do your studies take a lot of time? Do you have any time for activities besides your studies?

Yes and no, it depends on the subject and how much I like it. Obviously, it takes less time to go through the materials, if they are interesting to me. Usually, I have sufficient time for activities besides my studies. I am currently doing an internship and while it is challenging, I can combine it with my studies well.

Are there any prejudices about your program, which turned out not to be true after you started studying it?

I was afraid that I would not have sufficient or in depth knowledge about any jurisdiction, when I finish Global Law, by just studying different principles. After having been interning at a law firm for almost 6 months, I would say that it is not true. I have been involved in Dutch, German, and American law cases and did them relatively with ease. I guess studying the principles of these legal systems like we do in Global Law did help.

Did you do an internship besides your studies, or are you currently doing one? What type of internship is it, and what are your tasks and responsibilities?

Yes, I am currently interning at Heffels Spiegeler Advocaten in The Hague, and am providing business/investment consulting independently as well. Previously, I managed for Athenastudies the tutorial services for Global Law LLB in my second year, and gave tutorials for the courses Economics for Lawyers and the Introduction to European and International Law. In my first year, I was also a research student for PILP and published an article on arms trade and human rights.

For the law firm, I mostly deal with corporate and trade law matters. So far I have drafted documents such as pledge, refinancing contract, articles of association, purchase contract, investment contract etc. Moreover, I have also helped setting up corporations and helped with litigation strategies and dissolving shareholder disputes.

For my consulting activities, I mostly consult on business plan and execution, help clients prepare (contract) negotiation, broker project and help to bridge capital with project. Currently, I am working on a project finance contract for a client from Asia, which amounts to approximately 10 million of debt/equity capital and a few other smaller Startup/Private Equity projects.

Is there anything that’s unique about your experience? Did you come here for a double degree, are you studying with a handicap or disability, are you doing top sports, ….?

As a student, I think I am pretty regular, perhaps with slightly above average grades. The experience with people from different countries and cultures was great and definitely worth my three years spent in Tilburg. I am also holding the position of head coach for the Tilburg Students E-sport League of Legends team. It was an amazing experience to communicate and to coach the 5 of top 2% players in all of Europe, and I learned a lot about team building and communicating with different kind of people. I also take at least 45 minutes a week to go to the gym, which is newly renovated and the people there are nice.

Do you have any advice for prospective students considering this program, or studying at Tilburg University?

I think for the Global Law LLB program, I can say that it is really doable, but if you want to take the most out of the program, I would strongly advise you to do some substantive work next to your study or at least dive deeper into topics which interest you most. It is going to be tough and tiresome, but the experience is rewarding. The program provides a sound foundation in law, with elements from economics and other subjects, which allows you to work in very different fields. Tilburg also offers a lot of student associations for new students to join. I would personally recommend the debating association Cicero because it synergizes with law pretty well. In sum, the more you do, the better it gets.

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