5 Tips for LL.M Applicants
1. PREPARING A SCHEDULE:
It is often recommended for LL.M applicants to prepare your application well in advance. The right moment should be during your summer break. In fact, you have plenty of time to be focused and write a different version of your Personal statement, have the time to have it corrected and be advised on how to make it more relevant or interesting. You should first book a date for your English proficiency test and prepare for it, approximately six months before the deadline application. You should also at that time have your first draft of your personal statement and resume and contact your Law professors or professionals for letters of recommendation.
2. PASSING YOUR ENGLISH PROFICIENCY TEST:
It is often asked to prove your English efficiency by obtaining a great score on the IELTS or TOEFEL test. You have to be aware that some faculty asks for high grades. Therefore, you have to be prepared in advance to have time to pass it again in case you obtain a lower score. All the information is in the LL.M application section of your law schools websites. After you obtained your diploma you will have to fill a document online in order to have the results sent to your Universities. As language centers have plenty of demands every day that could take days or even a few weeks.
3. WRITING YOUR RESUME:
Writing a resume seems like an easy task. It is actually much more difficult as you have to adapt your national resume to the American, English or Asian requirements. To do so, you have to search on law schools website sample resume of previous alumni or faculty members. It is for instance forbidden to put a photograph of you on your resume when you apply for American Universities. You also should synthesize your experiences in order to make the most relevant ones stand out, as well as to explain in detail your education.
4. WRITING YOUR PERSONNAL STATEMENT:
The personal statement is the keystone to your application. The personal statement isn’t a simple letter of intention, especially in the United States. The personal statement should be seen as your storyline with the starting point in your background, until the moment you applicate. The personal statement should have a common theme and should give arguments to the jury selecting LL.M students to choose you among the great number of other applicants. This essay is personal in the sense that since there isn’t any interview, this simple letter of one or two pages will reflect your personality as well as your aspirations and academic skills. It is a tricky exercise as you should be concise and shouldn’t highlight again what is written in your resume.
5. THE APPLICATION PROCESS:
You have to be aware that there are multiple ways to apply for an LL.M. There is a written or an online application. Firstly, the written application consists of sending your file with the required documents to your Universities. Then, the online application can differ either this is the online portal application of your faculty or it is the American platform LSAC. You have to get familiar as soon as you can with these platforms as some online portal take more time to process your documents and this could endanger applying at the right time. The application process includes not only sending the application document but also filling documents about your personal data, that you should ready to write down.
You have now general tips to be ready to apply, we will be back soon with specific articles on what makes a good resume or personal statement: Keep calm and visit Findyourllm.com!