I recently noticed many uninformed and delusive posts in this guide for the past 4 years that I want to reflect upon briefly. This is mostly for future applicants to avoid some mistakes we all fell for.
1) Do you pursue a brand or an education or both? mostly, brands are there because they reflect the quality of the education you get, but in some cases, it might get tricky when you are choosing between the best possible brands in the world. Like choosing between Columbia's corporate or Harvard's, Berkeley's IP or UPenn, NYU's Tax or Stanford. It can get even worse like being torn between two LLM programs at a top UK Law school and a top US Law school. Don't let names play the only role in your admission decision. Put practicalities first as long as the name is still so prestigious.
2) "NYU's LLM is a very large program, it admits 400 people and they sit in the same class!" : This is a very widespread misconception. NYU's LLM does admit 400 candidates out of more than 2800. But here is a couple of things; firstly, many of the admitted students are Americans who are pursuing an LLM in taxation, some claim that they may amount as high as 150 students. Accordingly, the number of admitted foreigners may amount to only 250 which is very close to the number that Columbia admits. Secondly, LLMs don't sit in the same class. They are dispersed upon various courses alongside with 2 and 3 Ls according to their course preferences. Some in this guide who studied there has provided that the class is around 50-70 with famous courses and can get to only 10-25 students at other courses. Therefore, if you are comparing between Columbia and NYU, which takes place annually, please disregard the class size argument while reaching your decision.
3) Prestige and selectivity: we all might agree that the less the acceptance rate is, the more prestigious the Law school will be. The misconception lies in the next step, which is checking the acceptance rates of the JDs. Although sometimes it might reveal a lot about the Law school's overall selectivity, it gets more deceiving the larger the Law school is. As a larger selective Law school will always let in more applicants than a smaller selective one. Also, take into consideration the number of LLM applicants and how many of them are admitted each year. And accordingly, you can figure out the acceptance rate of the LLM program.
4) UK LLMs vs US LLMs: sometimes people face a dilemma while choosing between Chicago, NYU, and Columbia and Oxbridge. Many countries prefer US LLMs more as they are considered more competitive to get in. Also, they allow you to take the US bar exam which, by its turn, can allow you to be admitted for the UK bar, but not vice versa. While UK, especially oxbridge, are much more better than US Law schools in the PhD they offer.
5) Please do take everything you read in this guide with a grain of salt. And try to do your own objective researches. Because only you can know what is the best Law school for you.
[Edited by The will of fire on Apr 23, 2017]