Cambridge or Graduate Institute, Geneva for LLM in International Law


xyz1010
Hello,
I have secured admission to both Cambridge and Graduate Institute, Geneva for a LLM in International Law. While I feel extremely priviliged to be offered a spot at both these places,it is equally difficult to let one go.

So, I thought I would seek some help from here. At Cambridge, I would like to graduate with a Specialism in International Law.Upon completion of the LLM, I hope to get some work experience at an International Organisation/ International Tribunal.

While both courses are fantastic, I wanted to know about the recruitment opportunities possible from both these places. Can someone who went to Cambridge and specialised in International Law there give me an idea on the sort of recruitment opportunities that Cambridge helps you get?. Given how competitive the UN is-is the location of Geneva and the institutional support at Graduate Institute a much better bet than Cambridge and therefore a better choice despite the historical reputation of Cambridge University?

Thanks in advance for any response.
Hello,
I have secured admission to both Cambridge and Graduate Institute, Geneva for a LLM in International Law. While I feel extremely priviliged to be offered a spot at both these places,it is equally difficult to let one go.

So, I thought I would seek some help from here. At Cambridge, I would like to graduate with a Specialism in International Law.Upon completion of the LLM, I hope to get some work experience at an International Organisation/ International Tribunal.

While both courses are fantastic, I wanted to know about the recruitment opportunities possible from both these places. Can someone who went to Cambridge and specialised in International Law there give me an idea on the sort of recruitment opportunities that Cambridge helps you get?. Given how competitive the UN is-is the location of Geneva and the institutional support at Graduate Institute a much better bet than Cambridge and therefore a better choice despite the historical reputation of Cambridge University?

Thanks in advance for any response.
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Hello,
I have secured admission to both Cambridge and Graduate Institute, Geneva for a LLM in International Law. While I feel extremely priviliged to be offered a spot at both these places,it is equally difficult to let one go.

So, I thought I would seek some help from here. At Cambridge, I would like to graduate with a Specialism in International Law.Upon completion of the LLM, I hope to get some work experience at an International Organisation/ International Tribunal.

While both courses are fantastic, I wanted to know about the recruitment opportunities possible from both these places. Can someone who went to Cambridge and specialised in International Law there give me an idea on the sort of recruitment opportunities that Cambridge helps you get?. Given how competitive the UN is-is the location of Geneva and the institutional support at Graduate Institute a much better bet than Cambridge and therefore a better choice despite the historical reputation of Cambridge University?

Thanks in advance for any response.


If you are looking for jobs for international organisations like UN, ILO or WTO, I believe Graduate Institute would help you the best. They have formal and informal connections with international organisations, internships are provided frequently and IOs often recruit interns directly through the faculty. But for international tribunals I'm not sure, maybe Cambridge is better for its name.
[quote]Hello,
I have secured admission to both Cambridge and Graduate Institute, Geneva for a LLM in International Law. While I feel extremely priviliged to be offered a spot at both these places,it is equally difficult to let one go.

So, I thought I would seek some help from here. At Cambridge, I would like to graduate with a Specialism in International Law.Upon completion of the LLM, I hope to get some work experience at an International Organisation/ International Tribunal.

While both courses are fantastic, I wanted to know about the recruitment opportunities possible from both these places. Can someone who went to Cambridge and specialised in International Law there give me an idea on the sort of recruitment opportunities that Cambridge helps you get?. Given how competitive the UN is-is the location of Geneva and the institutional support at Graduate Institute a much better bet than Cambridge and therefore a better choice despite the historical reputation of Cambridge University?

Thanks in advance for any response.[/quote]

If you are looking for jobs for international organisations like UN, ILO or WTO, I believe Graduate Institute would help you the best. They have formal and informal connections with international organisations, internships are provided frequently and IOs often recruit interns directly through the faculty. But for international tribunals I'm not sure, maybe Cambridge is better for its name.
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VMB123
Don't know if you've already made a decision but here are some things to consider: If you want to get experience at an international organisation either university could work for you. Cambridge and the Graduate Institute are both excellent choices. Admittedly, the Graduate Institute is much better located in terms of accessing these organisations. In my experience there are many opportunities that pop up on a short term basis (especially for students who do not have a vast amount of relevant experience yet). At the Graduate Institute many students pursue part-time internships on the side with NGOs and permanent representations (to the UN and its specialised agencies or the WTO, etc.). These often constitute jumping boards to bigger and better opportunities as they allow you to network, familiarise yourself with the environment and application processes, etc. Unfortunately, Cambridge cannot offer the same level of access.
However, there are enough other things at Cambridge to keep you busy during the semester that constitute valuable experience and might make your CV look good once you're trying to find a job in an IO. I know quite some people who pursued LLMs at Cambridge and ended up going to Geneva (admittedly the city attracts highly qualified people from all over the world so the Cambridge degree might not be the reason they made it there).

In the end you should really have a close look at the individual programs and perhaps consider what area of law really attracts your attention. Make a choice based on the individual professors but don't overdo it either. You won't be able to follow 20 classes in one year. If there are two or three professors that really attract your attention go to that school. When Crawford was still at Cambridge the choice might have been easier but by now the faculty at neither school is more interesting as such, the individual field of law may still make a difference though.

Good Luck!
Don't know if you've already made a decision but here are some things to consider: If you want to get experience at an international organisation either university could work for you. Cambridge and the Graduate Institute are both excellent choices. Admittedly, the Graduate Institute is much better located in terms of accessing these organisations. In my experience there are many opportunities that pop up on a short term basis (especially for students who do not have a vast amount of relevant experience yet). At the Graduate Institute many students pursue part-time internships on the side with NGOs and permanent representations (to the UN and its specialised agencies or the WTO, etc.). These often constitute jumping boards to bigger and better opportunities as they allow you to network, familiarise yourself with the environment and application processes, etc. Unfortunately, Cambridge cannot offer the same level of access.
However, there are enough other things at Cambridge to keep you busy during the semester that constitute valuable experience and might make your CV look good once you're trying to find a job in an IO. I know quite some people who pursued LLMs at Cambridge and ended up going to Geneva (admittedly the city attracts highly qualified people from all over the world so the Cambridge degree might not be the reason they made it there).

In the end you should really have a close look at the individual programs and perhaps consider what area of law really attracts your attention. Make a choice based on the individual professors but don't overdo it either. You won't be able to follow 20 classes in one year. If there are two or three professors that really attract your attention go to that school. When Crawford was still at Cambridge the choice might have been easier but by now the faculty at neither school is more interesting as such, the individual field of law may still make a difference though.

Good Luck!
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xyz1010
Thanks for your advice!!
Hello,
I have secured admission to both Cambridge and Graduate Institute, Geneva for a LLM in International Law. While I feel extremely priviliged to be offered a spot at both these places,it is equally difficult to let one go.

So, I thought I would seek some help from here. At Cambridge, I would like to graduate with a Specialism in International Law.Upon completion of the LLM, I hope to get some work experience at an International Organisation/ International Tribunal.

While both courses are fantastic, I wanted to know about the recruitment opportunities possible from both these places. Can someone who went to Cambridge and specialised in International Law there give me an idea on the sort of recruitment opportunities that Cambridge helps you get?. Given how competitive the UN is-is the location of Geneva and the institutional support at Graduate Institute a much better bet than Cambridge and therefore a better choice despite the historical reputation of Cambridge University?

Thanks in advance for any response.


If you are looking for jobs for international organisations like UN, ILO or WTO, I believe Graduate Institute would help you the best. They have formal and informal connections with international organisations, internships are provided frequently and IOs often recruit interns directly through the faculty. But for international tribunals I'm not sure, maybe Cambridge is better for its name.
Thanks for your advice!![quote][quote]Hello,
I have secured admission to both Cambridge and Graduate Institute, Geneva for a LLM in International Law. While I feel extremely priviliged to be offered a spot at both these places,it is equally difficult to let one go.

So, I thought I would seek some help from here. At Cambridge, I would like to graduate with a Specialism in International Law.Upon completion of the LLM, I hope to get some work experience at an International Organisation/ International Tribunal.

While both courses are fantastic, I wanted to know about the recruitment opportunities possible from both these places. Can someone who went to Cambridge and specialised in International Law there give me an idea on the sort of recruitment opportunities that Cambridge helps you get?. Given how competitive the UN is-is the location of Geneva and the institutional support at Graduate Institute a much better bet than Cambridge and therefore a better choice despite the historical reputation of Cambridge University?

Thanks in advance for any response.[/quote]

If you are looking for jobs for international organisations like UN, ILO or WTO, I believe Graduate Institute would help you the best. They have formal and informal connections with international organisations, internships are provided frequently and IOs often recruit interns directly through the faculty. But for international tribunals I'm not sure, maybe Cambridge is better for its name.[/quote]
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xyz1010
Thanks for your advice!!
Hello,
I have secured admission to both Cambridge and Graduate Institute, Geneva for a LLM in International Law. While I feel extremely priviliged to be offered a spot at both these places,it is equally difficult to let one go.

So, I thought I would seek some help from here. At Cambridge, I would like to graduate with a Specialism in International Law.Upon completion of the LLM, I hope to get some work experience at an International Organisation/ International Tribunal.

While both courses are fantastic, I wanted to know about the recruitment opportunities possible from both these places. Can someone who went to Cambridge and specialised in International Law there give me an idea on the sort of recruitment opportunities that Cambridge helps you get?. Given how competitive the UN is-is the location of Geneva and the institutional support at Graduate Institute a much better bet than Cambridge and therefore a better choice despite the historical reputation of Cambridge University?

Thanks in advance for any response.


If you are looking for jobs for international organisations like UN, ILO or WTO, I believe Graduate Institute would help you the best. They have formal and informal connections with international organisations, internships are provided frequently and IOs often recruit interns directly through the faculty. But for international tribunals I'm not sure, maybe Cambridge is better for its name.
Thanks for your advice!![quote][quote]Hello,
I have secured admission to both Cambridge and Graduate Institute, Geneva for a LLM in International Law. While I feel extremely priviliged to be offered a spot at both these places,it is equally difficult to let one go.

So, I thought I would seek some help from here. At Cambridge, I would like to graduate with a Specialism in International Law.Upon completion of the LLM, I hope to get some work experience at an International Organisation/ International Tribunal.

While both courses are fantastic, I wanted to know about the recruitment opportunities possible from both these places. Can someone who went to Cambridge and specialised in International Law there give me an idea on the sort of recruitment opportunities that Cambridge helps you get?. Given how competitive the UN is-is the location of Geneva and the institutional support at Graduate Institute a much better bet than Cambridge and therefore a better choice despite the historical reputation of Cambridge University?

Thanks in advance for any response.[/quote]

If you are looking for jobs for international organisations like UN, ILO or WTO, I believe Graduate Institute would help you the best. They have formal and informal connections with international organisations, internships are provided frequently and IOs often recruit interns directly through the faculty. But for international tribunals I'm not sure, maybe Cambridge is better for its name.[/quote]
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xyz1010
Don't know if you've already made a decision but here are some things to consider: If you want to get experience at an international organisation either university could work for you. Cambridge and the Graduate Institute are both excellent choices. Admittedly, the Graduate Institute is much better located in terms of accessing these organisations. In my experience there are many opportunities that pop up on a short term basis (especially for students who do not have a vast amount of relevant experience yet). At the Graduate Institute many students pursue part-time internships on the side with NGOs and permanent representations (to the UN and its specialised agencies or the WTO, etc.). These often constitute jumping boards to bigger and better opportunities as they allow you to network, familiarise yourself with the environment and application processes, etc. Unfortunately, Cambridge cannot offer the same level of access.
However, there are enough other things at Cambridge to keep you busy during the semester that constitute valuable experience and might make your CV look good once you're trying to find a job in an IO. I know quite some people who pursued LLMs at Cambridge and ended up going to Geneva (admittedly the city attracts highly qualified people from all over the world so the Cambridge degree might not be the reason they made it there).

In the end you should really have a close look at the individual programs and perhaps consider what area of law really attracts your attention. Make a choice based on the individual professors but don't overdo it either. You won't be able to follow 20 classes in one year. If there are two or three professors that really attract your attention go to that school. When Crawford was still at Cambridge the choice might have been easier but by now the faculty at neither school is more interesting as such, the individual field of law may still make a difference though.

Good Luck!


Thanks for the advice. Narrowing down one area of International Law is not something I want to do yet even though, as you suggested, I should. I certainly want to focus on IHL/IHRL but am also very interested in WTO Law and Cambridge would give me the flexibility to sort of do both. However, I am leaning towards Geneva simply because I will probably have a loan to repay after graduation and the comparatively better access to recruitment opportunities is crucial in that regard. Thanks again!
[quote]Don't know if you've already made a decision but here are some things to consider: If you want to get experience at an international organisation either university could work for you. Cambridge and the Graduate Institute are both excellent choices. Admittedly, the Graduate Institute is much better located in terms of accessing these organisations. In my experience there are many opportunities that pop up on a short term basis (especially for students who do not have a vast amount of relevant experience yet). At the Graduate Institute many students pursue part-time internships on the side with NGOs and permanent representations (to the UN and its specialised agencies or the WTO, etc.). These often constitute jumping boards to bigger and better opportunities as they allow you to network, familiarise yourself with the environment and application processes, etc. Unfortunately, Cambridge cannot offer the same level of access.
However, there are enough other things at Cambridge to keep you busy during the semester that constitute valuable experience and might make your CV look good once you're trying to find a job in an IO. I know quite some people who pursued LLMs at Cambridge and ended up going to Geneva (admittedly the city attracts highly qualified people from all over the world so the Cambridge degree might not be the reason they made it there).

In the end you should really have a close look at the individual programs and perhaps consider what area of law really attracts your attention. Make a choice based on the individual professors but don't overdo it either. You won't be able to follow 20 classes in one year. If there are two or three professors that really attract your attention go to that school. When Crawford was still at Cambridge the choice might have been easier but by now the faculty at neither school is more interesting as such, the individual field of law may still make a difference though.

Good Luck![/quote]

Thanks for the advice. Narrowing down one area of International Law is not something I want to do yet even though, as you suggested, I should. I certainly want to focus on IHL/IHRL but am also very interested in WTO Law and Cambridge would give me the flexibility to sort of do both. However, I am leaning towards Geneva simply because I will probably have a loan to repay after graduation and the comparatively better access to recruitment opportunities is crucial in that regard. Thanks again!
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