Hello, I'm a Brazilian federal judge for 3 years, and have published 3 academic articles so far (one in a top international antitrust review). I’m currently thinking about applying to the Harvard LLM but I;m scared about my GPA not being high enough, I think it is upper second class by what I've seen in Oxford. I would like to know if do you have any idea about my admission chances in Oxbridge? I did a strong extracurricular activities, and have the intention to return to my homeland to start an academic career invested in industrial policy (so Cambridge would be better). Thank you very much,
Cambridge/Oxford Admission as a federal judge
Both Cambridge (LLM and MCL) and Oxford (Mjur and BCL) asks for a minimum first class, so if you don't think your GPA is good enough for the Harvard LLM, it is unlikely to be good enough for Oxbridge.
Anecdotally, I have heard of the occasional upper second class getting admitted, but that is certainly not the norm. There is no harm giving it a shot though. I believe you chances are even slimmer for Oxford. They are even more stringent with the first class requirement, and applicants typically have a high first class and a good class rank.
It might be worth looking at other US law schools a tier below Harvard, as they typically value work experience more than Oxbridge. You should also look at other good UK LLM programmes, such as the LSE or UCL LLM.
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