Cambridge Application 2021-2022


llmhopeful...

Starting to get a bit hopeless about this whole process. Is it true (potentially from earlier threads, if anyone knows?) that this whole thing will go beyond March 1st?


Same... I think it would be better if they just notified people by email rather than having some find out by checking their portal! Or have some other consistent notification system.

It does say on the LLM page that all decisions will be made by 1st March but that it may take longer to be notified? So that tells us... precisely nothing... 

[Edited by llmhopeful2020 on Feb 24, 2021]

[quote]Starting to get a bit hopeless about this whole process. Is it true (potentially from earlier threads, if anyone knows?) that this whole thing will go beyond March 1st? [/quote]<br><br>Same... I think it would be better if they just notified people by email rather than having some find out by checking their portal! Or have some other consistent notification system.<br><br>It does say on the LLM page that all decisions will be made by 1st March but that it may take longer to be notified? So that tells us... precisely nothing...&nbsp;
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Madmanul

Starting to get a bit hopeless about this whole process. Is it true (potentially from earlier threads, if anyone knows?) that this whole thing will go beyond March 1st?


It will, I reckon, based on the last year's stats.

[quote]Starting to get a bit hopeless about this whole process. Is it true (potentially from earlier threads, if anyone knows?) that this whole thing will go beyond March 1st? [/quote]<br><br>It will, I reckon, based on the last year's stats.
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HSouza

Unsuccessful here as well. Good luck to everyone. 

Unsuccessful here as well. Good luck to everyone.&nbsp;
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jameshowar...

Unsuccessful here as well. Good luck to everyone. 


It's all good HSouza. You did well. May I know if you were notified and if you know, when did your status change? 

[quote]Unsuccessful here as well. Good luck to everyone.&nbsp; [/quote]<br><br>It's all good HSouza. You did well. May I know if you were notified and if you know, when did your status change?&nbsp;<br><br>
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Would it be possible for those whose application was unsuccessful to write a little bit about their profile? 

Would it be possible for those whose application was unsuccessful to write a little bit about their profile?&nbsp;
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HSouza

Unsuccessful here as well. Good luck to everyone. 


It's all good HSouza. You did well. May I know if you were notified and if you know, when did your status change? 

I wasn't notified, I checked the portal and it had changed over the night. 

[quote][quote]Unsuccessful here as well. Good luck to everyone.&nbsp; [/quote]<br><br>It's all good HSouza. You did well. May I know if you were notified and if you know, when did your status change?&nbsp;<br><br>I wasn't notified, I checked the portal and it had changed over the night.&nbsp;<br> [/quote]
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Madmanul

Unsuccessful here as well. Good luck to everyone. 


Unsuccesful =) 



I wasn't notified, I checked the portal and it had changed over the night. 

[quote][quote][quote]Unsuccessful here as well. Good luck to everyone.&nbsp; [/quote]<br><br>Unsuccesful =)&nbsp;<br><br><br><br>I wasn't notified, I checked the portal and it had changed over the night.&nbsp;<br> [/quote] [/quote]
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jameshowar...



Unsuccesful =) 

Sorry to hear that. Do you mind sharing just briefly what your profile was? Good luck in your other applications and future endeavours! 



[quote][quote][quote][quote]Unsuccessful here as well. Good luck to everyone.&nbsp; [/quote]<br><br>Unsuccesful =)&nbsp;<br><br>Sorry to hear that. Do you mind sharing just briefly what your profile was? Good luck in your other applications and future endeavours!&nbsp;<br><br><br><br>
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Madmanul





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[quote][quote][quote][quote][quote]Unsuccessful here as well. Good luck to everyone.&nbsp; [/quote]<br><br>Unsuccesful =)&nbsp;<br><br>Sorry to hear that. Do you mind sharing just briefly what your profile was? Good luck in your other applications and future endeavours!&nbsp;<br><br>[/quote]<br><br>
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LLMCan2020

Hey guys. I applied last year and I know it is a very nerve-racking process, especially at the end of February. Just wanted to let you know it can go until mid-March for the University to submit acceptance letters. Do not lose hope, you are almost there!! 

Hey guys. I applied last year and I know it is a very nerve-racking process, especially at the end of February. Just wanted to let you know it can go until mid-March for the University to submit acceptance letters. Do not lose hope, you are almost there!!&nbsp;<br>
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anastasias

Unsuccessful for the LLM :(
Good luck to everyone else waiting, hope you have good news soon!

Unsuccessful for the LLM :(<br>Good luck to everyone else waiting, hope you have good news soon!
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ratpart

Rejected. Have a 1st, references from well-known academics who I got along well with, internships at international law firms, a statement of purpose that was read by a previous LLM alumna and research experience. No idea what I could've done better. Also got screwed on training contract applications and feel absolutely screwed. 



if anyone who actually got in could provide some info on their profile I would be grateful.

Rejected. Have a 1st, references from well-known academics who I got along well with, internships at international law firms, a statement of purpose that was read by a previous LLM alumna and research experience. No idea what I could've done better. Also got screwed on training contract applications and feel absolutely screwed.&nbsp;<br><br><br><br>if anyone who actually got in could provide some info on their profile I would be grateful.<br><br>
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jameshowar...

Rejected. Have a 1st, references from well-known academics who I got along well with, internships at international law firms, a statement of purpose that was read by a previous LLM alumna and research experience. No idea what I could've done better. Also got screwed on training contract applications and feel absolutely screwed. 



if anyone who actually got in could provide some info on their profile I would be grateful.



You're not alone! Just got rejected as well. I understand some people here are reluctant to talk about their  profile but I'm happy to share mine. Graduated with a first from the University of Bristol (which in my eyes is a pretty good law school). Good academic references from tutors whom I have good relations with. Won some law school prizes for being the best mark for my undergraduate modules. Tailored my application to my strengths and interests. Just like you, I did all I can but apparently that's still not good enough (for Cambridge at least).

Am I disappointed? Of course. My heart sank to the bottom when I saw the rejection because honestly I thought I had a shot. But at the end of the day, we can only speculate as to why we are rejected but sometimes an element of luck is involved in these applications. I guess the applicants this year are just so much stronger. That doesn't mean we are any less and it's definitely not the end of the world.

Don't beat yourself too hard over it. The chances of getting rejected are so much higher than being accepted. The fact you met the requirements to qualify for an application is something you should be proud of. We can always try again next year or move on and do something else in life. To those who are yet to receive a decision, stay strong and all the best and to those who got in, many congratulations and I hope you all have a nice experience at Cambridge!

[quote]Rejected. Have a 1st, references from well-known academics who I got along well with, internships at international law firms, a statement of purpose that was read by a previous LLM alumna and research experience. No idea what I could've done better. Also got screwed on training contract applications and feel absolutely screwed.&nbsp;<br><br><br><br>if anyone who actually got in could provide some info on their profile I would be grateful.<br><br> [/quote]<br><br>You're not alone! Just got rejected as well. I understand some people here are reluctant to talk about their&nbsp; profile but I'm happy to share mine. Graduated with a first from the University of Bristol (which in my eyes is a pretty good law school). Good academic references from tutors whom I have good relations with. Won some law school prizes for being the best mark for my undergraduate modules. Tailored my application to my strengths and interests. Just like you, I did all I can but apparently that's still not good enough (for Cambridge at least).<br><br>Am I disappointed? Of course. My heart sank to the bottom when I saw the rejection because honestly I thought I had a shot. But at the end of the day, we can only speculate as to why we are rejected but sometimes an element of luck is involved in these applications. I guess the applicants this year are just so much stronger. That doesn't mean we are any less and it's definitely not the end of the world.<br><br>Don't beat yourself too hard over it. The chances of getting rejected are so much higher than being accepted. The fact you met the requirements to qualify for an application is something you should be proud of. We can always try again next year or move on and do something else in life. To those who are yet to receive a decision, stay strong and all the best and to those who got in, many congratulations and I hope you all have a nice experience at Cambridge!<br><div><br></div><div>
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llmhopeful...

Rejected. Have a 1st, references from well-known academics who I got along well with, internships at international law firms, a statement of purpose that was read by a previous LLM alumna and research experience. No idea what I could've done better. Also got screwed on training contract applications and feel absolutely screwed. 



if anyone who actually got in could provide some info on their profile I would be grateful.



You're not alone! Just got rejected as well. I understand some people here are reluctant to talk about their  profile but I'm happy to share mine. Graduated with a first from the University of Bristol (which in my eyes is a pretty good law school). Good academic references from tutors whom I have good relations with. Won some law school prizes for being the best mark for my undergraduate modules. Tailored my application to my strengths and interests. Just like you, I did all I can but apparently that's still not good enough (for Cambridge at least).

Am I disappointed? Of course. My heart sank to the bottom when I saw the rejection because honestly I thought I had a shot. But at the end of the day, we can only speculate as to why we are rejected but sometimes an element of luck is involved in these applications. I guess the applicants this year are just so much stronger. That doesn't mean we are any less and it's definitely not the end of the world.

Don't beat yourself too hard over it. The chances of getting rejected are so much higher than being accepted. The fact you met the requirements to qualify for an application is something you should be proud of. We can always try again next year or move on and do something else in life. To those who are yet to receive a decision, stay strong and all the best and to those who got in, many congratulations and I hope you all have a nice experience at Cambridge!




So sorry to hear this, and thanks for sharing so much info - it seems like an incredibly competitive set of applications this year! 

You’ve got the right attitude though and I’m certain you’ll do incredible things! 

Best of luck with everything.

[quote][quote]Rejected. Have a 1st, references from well-known academics who I got along well with, internships at international law firms, a statement of purpose that was read by a previous LLM alumna and research experience. No idea what I could've done better. Also got screwed on training contract applications and feel absolutely screwed.&nbsp;<br><br><br><br>if anyone who actually got in could provide some info on their profile I would be grateful.<br><br> [/quote]<br><br>You're not alone! Just got rejected as well. I understand some people here are reluctant to talk about their&nbsp; profile but I'm happy to share mine. Graduated with a first from the University of Bristol (which in my eyes is a pretty good law school). Good academic references from tutors whom I have good relations with. Won some law school prizes for being the best mark for my undergraduate modules. Tailored my application to my strengths and interests. Just like you, I did all I can but apparently that's still not good enough (for Cambridge at least).<br><br>Am I disappointed? Of course. My heart sank to the bottom when I saw the rejection because honestly I thought I had a shot. But at the end of the day, we can only speculate as to why we are rejected but sometimes an element of luck is involved in these applications. I guess the applicants this year are just so much stronger. That doesn't mean we are any less and it's definitely not the end of the world.<br><br>Don't beat yourself too hard over it. The chances of getting rejected are so much higher than being accepted. The fact you met the requirements to qualify for an application is something you should be proud of. We can always try again next year or move on and do something else in life. To those who are yet to receive a decision, stay strong and all the best and to those who got in, many congratulations and I hope you all have a nice experience at Cambridge!<br><div><br></div><div>
</div> [/quote]<br><br>So sorry to hear this, and thanks for sharing so much info - it seems like an incredibly competitive set of applications this year!&nbsp;<br><br>You’ve got the right attitude though and I’m certain you’ll do incredible things!&nbsp;<br><br>Best of luck with everything.
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jameshowar...

Rejected. Have a 1st, references from well-known academics who I got along well with, internships at international law firms, a statement of purpose that was read by a previous LLM alumna and research experience. No idea what I could've done better. Also got screwed on training contract applications and feel absolutely screwed. 



if anyone who actually got in could provide some info on their profile I would be grateful.



Apologies for the rant, but I feel that this is something I should share with everyone reading (now or in the future). Consider me as your personal therapist and motivator 1f602

A former student from my university was rejected 3 times before he was eventually admitted albeit he was aiming for Oxford rather than Cambridge. 

He was rejected from Cambridge when he was applying for undergrad and ended up in Bristol. Tried again for his Masters (in Oxford) right after he graduated and got rejected again. Tried again the next time and the same results. Only on the 4th try did he get in. And guess what? He's now a lecturer there who is in charge with the admission process! It's crazy where life takes you so don't be disheartened. You have every right to curse, cry and complain but do move on from it. Don't discredit what you have achieved so far from this rejection. Much love guys

[quote]Rejected. Have a 1st, references from well-known academics who I got along well with, internships at international law firms, a statement of purpose that was read by a previous LLM alumna and research experience. No idea what I could've done better. Also got screwed on training contract applications and feel absolutely screwed.&nbsp;<br><br><br><br>if anyone who actually got in could provide some info on their profile I would be grateful.<br><br> [/quote]<br><br>Apologies for the rant, but I feel that this is something I should share with everyone reading (now or in the future). Consider me as your personal therapist and motivator&nbsp;:joy:<br><br>A former student from my university was rejected 3 times before he was eventually admitted albeit he was aiming for Oxford rather than Cambridge.&nbsp;<br><br>He was rejected from Cambridge when he was applying for undergrad and ended up in Bristol. Tried again for his Masters (in Oxford) right after he graduated and got rejected again. Tried again the next time and the same results. Only on the 4th try did he get in. And guess what? He's now a lecturer there who is in charge with the admission process! It's crazy where life takes you so don't be disheartened. You have every right to curse, cry and complain but do move on from it. Don't discredit what you have achieved so far from this rejection. Much love guys<br><br>
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Gobbledygo...

Rejected. Have a 1st, references from well-known academics who I got along well with, internships at international law firms, a statement of purpose that was read by a previous LLM alumna and research experience. No idea what I could've done better. Also got screwed on training contract applications and feel absolutely screwed. 



if anyone who actually got in could provide some info on their profile I would be grateful.



This may not quite be the answer you (or the others - this question appears very common here) were looking for, but I don't think asking about people's profiles will give you much help. Admissions will try to create a good mix of people from different backgrounds every year, so it's really more about trying to not have the profiles that all the others are having. This is why people sometimes are rejected one year but might be accepted the next year with more or less the same application. They will want their mix of academics, fresh grads, experienced students, people with unique degree combinations, etc., so that they can learn from each other. Perhaps there were a lot of people from your country/university/jurisdiction applying, and someone there stuck out a bit more. There seems to also be a lot more postgrad applications this year for most unis, so this might also have been a particularly tough year. Without going into any detail about it, I doubt my own profile is particularly academic, but I was still admitted to the PhD early (well, early compared to what little there is in terms of forum news anyway) - possibly because it isn't quite the profile you'd expect for their PhDs or the particular field of research. Your background looks strong, so I'm sure you'll stand a decent chance next year as well! Maybe I'll see you then. 

[quote]Rejected. Have a 1st, references from well-known academics who I got along well with, internships at international law firms, a statement of purpose that was read by a previous LLM alumna and research experience. No idea what I could've done better. Also got screwed on training contract applications and feel absolutely screwed.&nbsp;<br><br><br><br>if anyone who actually got in could provide some info on their profile I would be grateful.<br><br> [/quote]<br><br>This may not quite be the answer you (or the others - this question appears very common here) were looking for, but I don't think asking about people's profiles will give you much help. Admissions will try to create a good mix of people from different backgrounds every year, so it's really more about trying to not have the profiles that all the others are having. This is why people sometimes are rejected one year but might be accepted the next year with more or less the same application. They will want their mix of academics, fresh grads, experienced students, people with unique degree combinations, etc., so that they can learn from each other. Perhaps there were a lot of people from your country/university/jurisdiction applying, and someone there stuck out a bit more. There seems to also be a lot more postgrad applications this year for most unis, so this might also have been a particularly tough year. Without going into any detail about it, I doubt my own profile is particularly academic, but I was still admitted to the PhD early (well, early compared to what little there is in terms of forum news anyway) - possibly because it isn't quite the profile you'd expect for their PhDs or the particular field of research. Your background looks strong, so I'm sure you'll stand a decent chance next year as well! Maybe I'll see you then.&nbsp;
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LLM_2021

Really sorry to hear about the rejections rolling in. I am still at the "under review" stage. 

I was wondering if any of you above would mind sharing if your last names start with early alphabets? I'm quite a way down (my last name starts with S), so I don't know whether it is still a long wait for me (if this is even the way in which they sequence applications for evaluation!)

Really sorry to hear about the rejections rolling in.&nbsp;I am still at the "under review" stage.&nbsp;<br><br>I was wondering if any of you above would mind sharing if your last names start with early alphabets? I'm quite a way down (my last name starts with S), so I don't know whether it is still a long wait for me (if this is even the way in which they sequence applications for evaluation!)
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Gobbledygo...

Really sorry to hear about the rejections rolling in. I am still at the "under review" stage. 

I was wondering if any of you above would mind sharing if your last names start with early alphabets? I'm quite a way down (my last name starts with S), so I don't know whether it is still a long wait for me (if this is even the way in which they sequence applications for evaluation!)


It's definitely not alphabetical. They'll take the applicants they want the most first, then do their scoring game and compare applicants to create the best mix until they have made enough offers to estimate a full course. 

[quote]Really sorry to hear about the rejections rolling in.&nbsp;I am still at the "under review" stage.&nbsp;<br><br>I was wondering if any of you above would mind sharing if your last names start with early alphabets? I'm quite a way down (my last name starts with S), so I don't know whether it is still a long wait for me (if this is even the way in which they sequence applications for evaluation!) [/quote]<br><br>It's definitely not alphabetical. They'll take the applicants they want the most first, then do their scoring game and compare applicants to create the best mix until they have made enough offers to estimate a full course.&nbsp;
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StressMax

Just saw my rejection notification as well. Worked at tier-one law firms, founded my own law firm at the age of 26, references from world-famous academic/practitioner, and Supreme Court judge. Just to add, I was around the top of my class and was voted to be one of the top young lawyers in my country. I really don't know what I could have done differently. I really wish the rest of you all the very best!

Just saw my rejection notification as well. Worked at tier-one law firms, founded my own law firm at the age of 26, references from world-famous academic/practitioner, and Supreme Court judge. Just to add, I was around the top of my class and was voted to be one of the top young lawyers in my country. I really don't know what I could have done differently. I really wish the rest of you all the very best!
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dpr12

Looking at past threads, it looks like this year's applicant pool is incredibly qualified (we also must take into account many re-applicants that were actually admitted). For those of us still under review/on GAO evaluation, let’s be patient and hopefully we’ll have news soon!

Looking at past threads, it looks like this year's applicant pool is incredibly qualified (we also must take into account many re-applicants that were actually admitted). For those of us still under review/on GAO evaluation, let’s be patient and hopefully we’ll have news soon!
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