LL.M. application documents normally contain the following basic sections:
• Indications of specific programs to which candidates are applying
• Biographical and contact information
• Demographic information
• Information about the candidate's education
• Information about the candidate's work experience
• Bar admission information
• Scholarship information
• Information about any prior misconduct
How to apply? What to include?
Nowadays, for many U.S. schools, applications are processed through the Law School Admission Council (LSAC) website . This organization's website is used to apply electronically as well as to compile transcripts/diplomas, reference letters, and English proficiency test results. LSAC will gather this information and send reports to the corresponding schools. Please note that the LSAT is not required for LL.M. applications (further information on lsac.org
• Personal Statement
When applying for a law school one of the most important points of points will be your personal statement. This is why you should always be yourself and highlight your most impressive strengths and achievements. Answer the questions that you are asked to address, and keep your statement well organized and logically structured. Don't forget to display an exceptional level of professionalism. And captivate the reader's attention; show what you are capable of and what your aspirations are as a professional.
• Letters of Recommendation
Most schools also require letters of recommendation. This is a fundamental component in order to provide an objective voice to the application, and to present the admissions committees information about the candidate that is not included in grades, resumé, or personal statement. It is very important to pick the right referees. Candidates should always choose referees who know them well and who can comment on their intellectual ability, work ethic, analytical skills, personality, and future potential. Also, the letters of recommendation should refer to the relationship between the referee and the candidate, and provide comments on the candidate's abilities and qualities.
• Resumé - What Should be in It?
A resumé is essential when applying to schools. These should focus on academic achievements, publications, notable class ranks, and awards and distinctions. However, notable extra-curricular activities, interesting hobbies, language abilities, and other unique qualifications may also be listed on an LL.M. resume.
An LL.M. resume is, in the end, much more than just a chronological compilation of educational and professional data. If done right, an LL.M. resume will reflect an application's overall “theme” and reinforce the image that an admissions committee has from looking at an applicant's other application documents.
Presentation is similarly important. Experts disagree on details such as what fonts should be used, what margin sizes to choose, and how many bullet points and sub-bullet points are appropriate. However, these formatting details are of secondary importance as long as the LL.M. resume is well structured, has a modern, clean, and easy to read look, and is free from spelling and other errors.
Another point of debate is the number of pages that a resume should have. Again, there is no hard and fast rule. While one page may be enough for some candidates, two (or even more pages) may be appropriate for applicants who have more extensive academic and/or professional records.
Finally, resumes should reflect the right tone, a matter which is country specific. For example, an LL.M. resume for an American school should boldly list all of the applicant`s skills and attributes while resumes for European schools should be more modest.