Cambridge 2011/12


Dutchman
Hey all,
I just arrived at Cambridge for the 2010/11 course and wanted to remind all future applicants that the college choice is REALLY important, so you should pay attention to that one as well.
Let me be quite clear: You are only taught on a faculty level, so it doesn't really matter for your course. However (and this is a BIG however!), most of your social life will take place with your fellow students in the college.
Ok, you'll often hear the sentences "Everybody eventually likes the College at which he/she ends up" or "Its Cambridge anyway". In my very personal opinion, that's quite misleading if not to say bull****. Your college is responsible for your social life as well as your accommodation etc. This year, quite a few people ended up at colleges which weren't able to provide accomodation, and this definitely sucks big time. Furthermore, the richer your college is, there more likely it is they can provide you with excellent facilities etc. Finally, if you want the "classic" Cambridge experience, you'll only really get that at the older colleges. So choose wisely!
You can give two preferences, if none of those colleges accepts you, you'll end up in the "pool", which in 90% of the LLM-cases means you'll end up at a grad college that nobody opted for. The problem is: Most people choose colleges like Trinity, Kings, and St.John's, which are obviously among the most beautiful and wealthy ones. However, Trinity only accepts very very few LLMers each, whereas St.John's and King's accept almost none (if you didn't do your undergrad degree there). Some of the old colleges that apparently tend to take more LLMers are Queens', Jesus, Corpus Christi, etc.
Actually, the english Wikipedia site is quite good if you want to learn more about the colleges:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_colleges_of_the_University_of_Cambridge

One second piece of advice: There will be some very early offers for outstanding applicants, usually made before christmas or in January. Don't panic if you don't get an early offer, though, they'll send out emails for months to come! And remember: This is just an informal email. You can definitely rely on it, but you probably won't receive the actual formal offer letter before late April/May. Again, don't panic and don't spam this board! If you received the email, you're in (of course subject to outstanding conditions like a language test or academic requirements if you hadn't finished your first degree when you applied).
The Cambridge LLM website really describes the whole process pretty accurately.
http://www.law.cam.ac.uk/courses/llm-applications-decisions-process.php

Please note that I will not answer any private messages - if a question is of interest to you, it might as well be of interest to others here, so just post it on the board. Unfortunately, my courses have started, so I don't really know how regularly I'll be able to check by.

Best of luck with your applications!

Dutchman
Hey all,
I just arrived at Cambridge for the 2010/11 course and wanted to remind all future applicants that the college choice is REALLY important, so you should pay attention to that one as well.
Let me be quite clear: You are only taught on a faculty level, so it doesn't really matter for your course. However (and this is a BIG however!), most of your social life will take place with your fellow students in the college.
Ok, you'll often hear the sentences "Everybody eventually likes the College at which he/she ends up" or "Its Cambridge anyway". In my very personal opinion, that's quite misleading if not to say bull****. Your college is responsible for your social life as well as your accommodation etc. This year, quite a few people ended up at colleges which weren't able to provide accomodation, and this definitely sucks big time. Furthermore, the richer your college is, there more likely it is they can provide you with excellent facilities etc. Finally, if you want the "classic" Cambridge experience, you'll only really get that at the older colleges. So choose wisely!
You can give two preferences, if none of those colleges accepts you, you'll end up in the "pool", which in 90% of the LLM-cases means you'll end up at a grad college that nobody opted for. The problem is: Most people choose colleges like Trinity, Kings, and St.John's, which are obviously among the most beautiful and wealthy ones. However, Trinity only accepts very very few LLMers each, whereas St.John's and King's accept almost none (if you didn't do your undergrad degree there). Some of the old colleges that apparently tend to take more LLMers are Queens', Jesus, Corpus Christi, etc.
Actually, the english Wikipedia site is quite good if you want to learn more about the colleges:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_colleges_of_the_University_of_Cambridge

One second piece of advice: There will be some very early offers for outstanding applicants, usually made before christmas or in January. Don't panic if you don't get an early offer, though, they'll send out emails for months to come! And remember: This is just an informal email. You can definitely rely on it, but you probably won't receive the actual formal offer letter before late April/May. Again, don't panic and don't spam this board! If you received the email, you're in (of course subject to outstanding conditions like a language test or academic requirements if you hadn't finished your first degree when you applied).
The Cambridge LLM website really describes the whole process pretty accurately.
http://www.law.cam.ac.uk/courses/llm-applications-decisions-process.php

Please note that I will not answer any private messages - if a question is of interest to you, it might as well be of interest to others here, so just post it on the board. Unfortunately, my courses have started, so I don't really know how regularly I'll be able to check by.

Best of luck with your applications!

Dutchman
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santhalia
Can you please tell me for the LLM aspirants do we have to fill
both:

A(12) Summary details of research proposal or reason for applying for the course

AND

A(15) Career goals and future aspirations
Can you please tell me for the LLM aspirants do we have to fill
both:

A(12) Summary details of research proposal or reason for applying for the course

AND

A(15) Career goals and future aspirations
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Dutchman
Yes, of course you have to fill in both sections.
Yes, of course you have to fill in both sections.
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NSC
I want to pursue LLM in Criminal Law(2011-12). Can i know how's Univ of Sunderland?
I want to pursue LLM in Criminal Law(2011-12). Can i know how's Univ of Sunderland?
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MarkTK
Can you please describe your background? Especialy what do you think was important for getting in cambridge
Can you please describe your background? Especialy what do you think was important for getting in cambridge
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Hey, do the answers to those questions have to be 130 characters including space?
Hey, do the answers to those questions have to be 130 characters including space?
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Opally
If my Ielts result doesn't meet the requirement for the first time, can I resend the result after Nov.15th?
If my Ielts result doesn't meet the requirement for the first time, can I resend the result after Nov.15th?
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