8 common LL.M. application mistakes and how to avoid making them
1. Long CVs
Your CV should fit on one page and no longer than one page. You are applying to an LL.M; you are obviously brilliant. This being said you can omit to mention that in the 4th grade, you once rescued a squirrel. Try focusing on the important things.
2. Not emphasising extracurricular activities
That being said, it is important the dean of admissions is aware that you have other interests besides the law (yes, we said it). If you have been part of a sports’ team or a play, make sure to mention that. It will show you are a well-rounded individual and can do more than just crack down on 8945125641215848 pages of reading.
3. Lacking to demonstrate a real interest in the field
Why do you want to study an LL.M. in corporate M&A, or environmental law? This is a question that you need to be able to answer and to emphasise in your personal statement. Show the admission’s office that you not only know what you are talking about but that you are up to date with current affairs relating to your topic.
4. Spelling and grammar errors
NOT OKAY. EVER. You cannot make spelling or grammar errors. It will reflect very poorly on your application. Don’t just rely on Word’s red, green and blue squiggly lines. Proofread yourself, and ask someone else to proofread you too. You can be sure universities will toss your application in the bin if they spot a single one.
5. Waiting until the last minute to submit your application or asking a teacher for a recommendation at the last minute
Applying to an LL.M. is no easy feat and will take longer than an evening. Composing a proper application, with recommendation letters takes time and organisation. If you complete your application in a rush you will make mistakes or miss some things. Get ahead!
6. Repeating yourself over and over again in your personal statement
Keep in mind that you should address one topic per paragraph. This will make your letter easier to read and show the university that you can write in a limpid organised manner. Universities are clever; they will understand that you were valedictorian of your year if you mention it once.
7. Sending the same application letter to every university/not tailoring your application to the university or programme
Universities are interested in why you want to study this specific LL.M. programme in their university. Not an LL.M. in a university. You may think you are fooling everyone, but trust us you are not. Take the time to do your research, look up the modules, the campus, and see what the university/LL.M. can offer you in the future. Make sure you are personal and honest about what your future career goals are.
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8. Not making sure you have all of the academic requirements
It can be heart-breaking for the admission’s office to receive your brilliant application but have to reject it because you lack the requirements. Make sure that you have all of the academic requirements before you apply to an LL.M. programme.