Cambridge LLM 2015-16


law01
About the 2 academic references, my referees cannot provide an institutional e-mail.
The guidance for prospective students clearly states that they "may not consider the recommendation" if we don't comply with this requirement, and that they will probably ask the referee for a paper copy in case the candidate is considered.

Do you believe I should ask my referees to send the letters directly by post, or should I wait for the Committee to ask for them????


Help please, time is running.


Ask them to send the references by letter. But why can't they provide an institutional email?


Because they are both retired academics, and their institutional e-mail addresses have been blocked.

Do you think that they being retired will affect the validity of their references? I have worked with one of them and the other one was a law school professor.


No, As long as they knew you well! You could try email cambridge admissions and explain to them the reasons for why your referees can not use an institutional email; maybe they will still be willing to accept the referenes via online submission
<blockquote><blockquote><blockquote>About the 2 academic references, my referees cannot provide an institutional e-mail.
The guidance for prospective students clearly states that they "may not consider the recommendation" if we don't comply with this requirement, and that they will probably ask the referee for a paper copy in case the candidate is considered.

Do you believe I should ask my referees to send the letters directly by post, or should I wait for the Committee to ask for them????



Help please, time is running.</blockquote>

Ask them to send the references by letter. But why can't they provide an institutional email?</blockquote>

Because they are both retired academics, and their institutional e-mail addresses have been blocked.

Do you think that they being retired will affect the validity of their references? I have worked with one of them and the other one was a law school professor.</blockquote>

No, As long as they knew you well! You could try email cambridge admissions and explain to them the reasons for why your referees can not use an institutional email; maybe they will still be willing to accept the referenes via online submission
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About the 2 academic references, my referees cannot provide an institutional e-mail.
The guidance for prospective students clearly states that they "may not consider the recommendation" if we don't comply with this requirement, and that they will probably ask the referee for a paper copy in case the candidate is considered.

Do you believe I should ask my referees to send the letters directly by post, or should I wait for the Committee to ask for them????


Help please, time is running.


Ask them to send the references by letter. But why can't they provide an institutional email?


Because they are both retired academics, and their institutional e-mail addresses have been blocked.

Do you think that they being retired will affect the validity of their references? I have worked with one of them and the other one was a law school professor.


No, As long as they knew you well! You could try email cambridge admissions and explain to them the reasons for why your referees can not use an institutional email; maybe they will still be willing to accept the referenes via online submission


Thank you, I tried to contact them a couple of weeks ago and they did not answer, but I will try again before the deadline.

On another subject, do you happen to know if conditional offers are made when IELTS results are sent after the deadline? and when are candidate notified with an offer approximately?
<blockquote><blockquote><blockquote><blockquote>About the 2 academic references, my referees cannot provide an institutional e-mail.
The guidance for prospective students clearly states that they "may not consider the recommendation" if we don't comply with this requirement, and that they will probably ask the referee for a paper copy in case the candidate is considered.

Do you believe I should ask my referees to send the letters directly by post, or should I wait for the Committee to ask for them????



Help please, time is running.</blockquote>

Ask them to send the references by letter. But why can't they provide an institutional email?</blockquote>

Because they are both retired academics, and their institutional e-mail addresses have been blocked.

Do you think that they being retired will affect the validity of their references? I have worked with one of them and the other one was a law school professor.</blockquote>

No, As long as they knew you well! You could try email cambridge admissions and explain to them the reasons for why your referees can not use an institutional email; maybe they will still be willing to accept the referenes via online submission</blockquote>

Thank you, I tried to contact them a couple of weeks ago and they did not answer, but I will try again before the deadline.

On another subject, do you happen to know if conditional offers are made when IELTS results are sent after the deadline? and when are candidate notified with an offer approximately?
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NaSa19
Hello guys,

One of my reference does not know English well. Could he draft a local language letter, and then I translate it to english (he'll sign both) ? Do I have to submit both letters?

Will the examination board call my reference ? I'm afraid that he could not answer those calls :(

Thanks guys!
Hello guys,

One of my reference does not know English well. Could he draft a local language letter, and then I translate it to english (he'll sign both) ? Do I have to submit both letters?

Will the examination board call my reference ? I'm afraid that he could not answer those calls :(

Thanks guys!
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law01
About the 2 academic references, my referees cannot provide an institutional e-mail.
The guidance for prospective students clearly states that they "may not consider the recommendation" if we don't comply with this requirement, and that they will probably ask the referee for a paper copy in case the candidate is considered.

Do you believe I should ask my referees to send the letters directly by post, or should I wait for the Committee to ask for them????


Help please, time is running.


Ask them to send the references by letter. But why can't they provide an institutional email?


Because they are both retired academics, and their institutional e-mail addresses have been blocked.

Do you think that they being retired will affect the validity of their references? I have worked with one of them and the other one was a law school professor.


No, As long as they knew you well! You could try email cambridge admissions and explain to them the reasons for why your referees can not use an institutional email; maybe they will still be willing to accept the referenes via online submission


Thank you, I tried to contact them a couple of weeks ago and they did not answer, but I will try again before the deadline.

On another subject, do you happen to know if conditional offers are made when IELTS results are sent after the deadline? and when are candidate notified with an offer approximately?


I am not sure about the IELTs but I assume this is the case (they will make a conditional offer).
I think that they communicate the offers in March
<blockquote><blockquote><blockquote><blockquote><blockquote>About the 2 academic references, my referees cannot provide an institutional e-mail.
The guidance for prospective students clearly states that they "may not consider the recommendation" if we don't comply with this requirement, and that they will probably ask the referee for a paper copy in case the candidate is considered.

Do you believe I should ask my referees to send the letters directly by post, or should I wait for the Committee to ask for them????



Help please, time is running.</blockquote>

Ask them to send the references by letter. But why can't they provide an institutional email?</blockquote>

Because they are both retired academics, and their institutional e-mail addresses have been blocked.

Do you think that they being retired will affect the validity of their references? I have worked with one of them and the other one was a law school professor.</blockquote>

No, As long as they knew you well! You could try email cambridge admissions and explain to them the reasons for why your referees can not use an institutional email; maybe they will still be willing to accept the referenes via online submission</blockquote>

Thank you, I tried to contact them a couple of weeks ago and they did not answer, but I will try again before the deadline.

On another subject, do you happen to know if conditional offers are made when IELTS results are sent after the deadline? and when are candidate notified with an offer approximately?</blockquote>

I am not sure about the IELTs but I assume this is the case (they will make a conditional offer).
I think that they communicate the offers in March
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Bubbles_24
Hello guys,

One of my reference does not know English well. Could he draft a local language letter, and then I translate it to english (he'll sign both) ? Do I have to submit both letters?

Will the examination board call my reference ? I'm afraid that he could not answer those calls :(


Hey, I had the same problem. My referee himself got the reference translated and then signed it. I haven't heard of Cambridge calling up referees. At least the ones I know who made it to Cambridge didn't have their referees contacted via telephone. All the best:)
<blockquote>Hello guys,

One of my reference does not know English well. Could he draft a local language letter, and then I translate it to english (he'll sign both) ? Do I have to submit both letters?

Will the examination board call my reference ? I'm afraid that he could not answer those calls :(


Hey, I had the same problem. My referee himself got the reference translated and then signed it. I haven't heard of Cambridge calling up referees. At least the ones I know who made it to Cambridge didn't have their referees contacted via telephone. All the best:)
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Bubbles_24
About the 2 academic references, my referees cannot provide an institutional e-mail.
The guidance for prospective students clearly states that they "may not consider the recommendation" if we don't comply with this requirement, and that they will probably ask the referee for a paper copy in case the candidate is considered.

Do you believe I should ask my referees to send the letters directly by post, or should I wait for the Committee to ask for them????

Help please, time is running.


Don't think that it should be a problem. Ask them to submit the references on their letterheads.
<blockquote>About the 2 academic references, my referees cannot provide an institutional e-mail.
The guidance for prospective students clearly states that they "may not consider the recommendation" if we don't comply with this requirement, and that they will probably ask the referee for a paper copy in case the candidate is considered.

Do you believe I should ask my referees to send the letters directly by post, or should I wait for the Committee to ask for them????

Help please, time is running.</blockquote>

Don't think that it should be a problem. Ask them to submit the references on their letterheads.
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About the 2 academic references, my referees cannot provide an institutional e-mail.
The guidance for prospective students clearly states that they "may not consider the recommendation" if we don't comply with this requirement, and that they will probably ask the referee for a paper copy in case the candidate is considered.

Do you believe I should ask my referees to send the letters directly by post, or should I wait for the Committee to ask for them????

Help please, time is running.


Don't think that it should be a problem. Ask them to submit the references on their letterheads.


The referees guidelines specify that they reserve the right to dismiss any reference that doesn't comply with the institutional e-mail address.

In the case of oxford, they ask the referee to explain why he doesn't have an institutional mail.

I believe CAM is more rigid in that aspect and I don't want to take unnecessary risks.

Bubbles do you know what's the deadline to upload documents to the self-service account??? is this independent of the deadline to apply? which is november 1st (tomorrow)
<blockquote><blockquote>About the 2 academic references, my referees cannot provide an institutional e-mail.
The guidance for prospective students clearly states that they "may not consider the recommendation" if we don't comply with this requirement, and that they will probably ask the referee for a paper copy in case the candidate is considered.

Do you believe I should ask my referees to send the letters directly by post, or should I wait for the Committee to ask for them????

Help please, time is running.</blockquote>

Don't think that it should be a problem. Ask them to submit the references on their letterheads.</blockquote>

The referees guidelines specify that they reserve the right to dismiss any reference that doesn't comply with the institutional e-mail address.

In the case of oxford, they ask the referee to explain why he doesn't have an institutional mail.

I believe CAM is more rigid in that aspect and I don't want to take unnecessary risks.

Bubbles do you know what's the deadline to upload documents to the self-service account??? is this independent of the deadline to apply? which is november 1st (tomorrow)
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Cups
Anyone know if the application needs to be submitted for midnight tonight (31/10/2014) or tomorrow midnight (1/11/2014)?

Thanks!

:)
Anyone know if the application needs to be submitted for midnight tonight (31/10/2014) or tomorrow midnight (1/11/2014)?

Thanks!

:)
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RCR84
Anyone know if the application needs to be submitted for midnight tonight (31/10/2014) or tomorrow midnight (1/11/2014)?

Thanks!

:)


Had this question myself, I decided to err on the side of caution and submit before midnight tonight, just applied half an hour ago. Technically I would say that if the application closes on the 1st it would be midnight tomorrow.
<blockquote>Anyone know if the application needs to be submitted for midnight tonight (31/10/2014) or tomorrow midnight (1/11/2014)?

Thanks!

:) </blockquote>

Had this question myself, I decided to err on the side of caution and submit before midnight tonight, just applied half an hour ago. Technically I would say that if the application closes on the 1st it would be midnight tomorrow.
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NaSa19
Hello guys,

One of my reference does not know English well. Could he draft a local language letter, and then I translate it to english (he'll sign both) ? Do I have to submit both letters?

Will the examination board call my reference ? I'm afraid that he could not answer those calls :(


Hey, I had the same problem. My referee himself got the reference translated and then signed it. I haven't heard of Cambridge calling up referees. At least the ones I know who made it to Cambridge didn't have their referees contacted via telephone. All the best:)


Thanks!!! So do you submit/they require you to submit the reference in both English and Your local language? Do we have to tell the board that the referee does not know English, and will submit both versions?

Thank you :)
<blockquote><blockquote>Hello guys,

One of my reference does not know English well. Could he draft a local language letter, and then I translate it to english (he'll sign both) ? Do I have to submit both letters?

Will the examination board call my reference ? I'm afraid that he could not answer those calls :(


Hey, I had the same problem. My referee himself got the reference translated and then signed it. I haven't heard of Cambridge calling up referees. At least the ones I know who made it to Cambridge didn't have their referees contacted via telephone. All the best:)
</blockquote>

Thanks!!! So do you submit/they require you to submit the reference in both English and Your local language? Do we have to tell the board that the referee does not know English, and will submit both versions?

Thank you :)
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Bubbles_24
@dbtrung91
No you need not do anything of that sort. Simply ask your referee to write a reference for you, get it translated and ask him/her to sign it and then upload it. As long as your referee is willing to sign the translated version there shouldn't be any problem:)
@dbtrung91
No you need not do anything of that sort. Simply ask your referee to write a reference for you, get it translated and ask him/her to sign it and then upload it. As long as your referee is willing to sign the translated version there shouldn't be any problem:)
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Bubbles_24
About the 2 academic references, my referees cannot provide an institutional e-mail.
The guidance for prospective students clearly states that they "may not consider the recommendation" if we don't comply with this requirement, and that they will probably ask the referee for a paper copy in case the candidate is considered.

Do you believe I should ask my referees to send the letters directly by post, or should I wait for the Committee to ask for them????

Help please, time is running.


Don't think that it should be a problem. Ask them to submit the references on their letterheads.


The referees guidelines specify that they reserve the right to dismiss any reference that doesn't comply with the institutional e-mail address.

In the case of oxford, they ask the referee to explain why he doesn't have an institutional mail.

I believe CAM is more rigid in that aspect and I don't want to take unnecessary risks.

Bubbles do you know what's the deadline to upload documents to the self-service account??? is this independent of the deadline to apply? which is november 1st (tomorrow)


Well they give you a date once you submit your application right...a period of 14 days or so from the date of submission of the application...but I read it somewhere (I think the law faculty's website) that you should submit all your documents by the deadline (1st nov) or the date given in ur self-service account, whichever is earlier.
Regarding the references, if your referees have institutional mail ids then the question of sending the references in ny other way doesn't arise:)
<blockquote><blockquote><blockquote>About the 2 academic references, my referees cannot provide an institutional e-mail.
The guidance for prospective students clearly states that they "may not consider the recommendation" if we don't comply with this requirement, and that they will probably ask the referee for a paper copy in case the candidate is considered.

Do you believe I should ask my referees to send the letters directly by post, or should I wait for the Committee to ask for them????

Help please, time is running.</blockquote>

Don't think that it should be a problem. Ask them to submit the references on their letterheads.</blockquote>

The referees guidelines specify that they reserve the right to dismiss any reference that doesn't comply with the institutional e-mail address.

In the case of oxford, they ask the referee to explain why he doesn't have an institutional mail.

I believe CAM is more rigid in that aspect and I don't want to take unnecessary risks.

Bubbles do you know what's the deadline to upload documents to the self-service account??? is this independent of the deadline to apply? which is november 1st (tomorrow)</blockquote>

Well they give you a date once you submit your application right...a period of 14 days or so from the date of submission of the application...but I read it somewhere (I think the law faculty's website) that you should submit all your documents by the deadline (1st nov) or the date given in ur self-service account, whichever is earlier.
Regarding the references, if your referees have institutional mail ids then the question of sending the references in ny other way doesn't arise:)
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I can confirm that the uploading of documentation deadline is 14 days in addition to the submission deadline. I have been provided a deadline of 15 November.
I can confirm that the uploading of documentation deadline is 14 days in addition to the submission deadline. I have been provided a deadline of 15 November.
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Bubbles_24
I can confirm that the uploading of documentation deadline is 14 days in addition to the submission deadline. I have been provided a deadline of 15 November.


Yup you are right. I was given a deadline of 14th Nov.
<blockquote>I can confirm that the uploading of documentation deadline is 14 days in addition to the submission deadline. I have been provided a deadline of 15 November.</blockquote>

Yup you are right. I was given a deadline of 14th Nov.
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FCH1
I would like to provide some general comments on LLM admissions at Cambridge, having received helpful and useful advice on this forum previously.

If you're from a UK university, the requirement is a first class honours, and most (if not all) people from UK universities in the 2014-15 batch have a UK first class LLB (i.e 70% and above). I am aware that high 2:1s have made it previously but not in this batch.
If you're from universities outside the UK - you must be placed in the top 5-10% of cohort and this must be clearly evident in the references you supply.

It is possible to jump straight from undergraduate into the LLM. Specifically for the Cambridge LLM, the most important considerations are (1) first class LLB (UK equivalent), (2) referees that detail your academic achievements, e.g., if you have been awarded academic prizes, or been placed on the Dean's list, and (3) a well-polished CV.
The personal statement in the form of questions and answers, do not account for much.
I would like to provide some general comments on LLM admissions at Cambridge, having received helpful and useful advice on this forum previously.

If you're from a UK university, the requirement is a first class honours, and most (if not all) people from UK universities in the 2014-15 batch have a UK first class LLB (i.e 70% and above). I am aware that high 2:1s have made it previously but not in this batch.
If you're from universities outside the UK - you must be placed in the top 5-10% of cohort and this must be clearly evident in the references you supply.

It is possible to jump straight from undergraduate into the LLM. Specifically for the Cambridge LLM, the most important considerations are (1) first class LLB (UK equivalent), (2) referees that detail your academic achievements, e.g., if you have been awarded academic prizes, or been placed on the Dean's list, and (3) a well-polished CV.
The personal statement in the form of questions and answers, do not account for much.
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petitjaune
I agree with everything you say FCH1, except for one thing. I have a 2:1 from a UK University and was offered a place earlier this year. A first class degree is the "normal" required minimum, but it is not mandatory in all cases.
I agree with everything you say FCH1, except for one thing. I have a 2:1 from a UK University and was offered a place earlier this year. A first class degree is the "normal" required minimum, but it is not mandatory in all cases.
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Audacious
Hello all; just a question about the supporting documents.

I have applied for the MCL and the LLM and for some reason it's asking me to upload a language certificate for the LLM, though not the MCL, despite being Irish and having always studied and lived in Ireland.

I checked the FAQs and I apparently I must upload a form saying that I'm aware the Faculty may require me to provide a language cert should I be accepted, which includes an Applicant's Comments area into which I have noted that English is indeed both my native language and the majority language of Ireland...

Anyone else come across this oddity or something similar?
Hello all; just a question about the supporting documents.

I have applied for the MCL and the LLM and for some reason it's asking me to upload a language certificate for the LLM, though not the MCL, despite being Irish and having always studied and lived in Ireland.

I checked the FAQs and I apparently I must upload a form saying that I'm aware the Faculty may require me to provide a language cert should I be accepted, which includes an Applicant's Comments area into which I have noted that English is indeed both my native language and the majority language of Ireland...

Anyone else come across this oddity or something similar?
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daibhi
Hi Audacious,
I've had the exact same problem. I just uploaded a document stating that I believed the request to be in error.
Good luck
Hi Audacious,
I've had the exact same problem. I just uploaded a document stating that I believed the request to be in error.
Good luck
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UltraVires
Hi guys,

I had the same problem; I called graduate admissions and they told me to just write a word document explaining that I should be exempt as I am a UK national who has studied here my whole life. Apparently it's because they do not want to discriminate based on nationality.

Anyhow, good luck to everyone who has applied. This is my first choice, so I really hope to see you all next October if I'm lucky enough to get in.
Hi guys,

I had the same problem; I called graduate admissions and they told me to just write a word document explaining that I should be exempt as I am a UK national who has studied here my whole life. Apparently it's because they do not want to discriminate based on nationality.

Anyhow, good luck to everyone who has applied. This is my first choice, so I really hope to see you all next October if I'm lucky enough to get in.
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S09
Hi Guys,

I need help urgently. So my professor uploaded the reference letter today, but he just informed me that he thinks that MAYBE (he's not sure) he HAS UPLOADED the WRONG reference letter (i.e. a letter which another professor had written for me instead of the one he had written).

I AM SHOCKED AND SCARED RIGHT NOW.

Can someone please tell me that is there something that I can do about this to confirm whether he has uploaded the right letter or not? Has something like this ever happened with anyone?

Please help. Thanks a lot.
Hi Guys,

I need help urgently. So my professor uploaded the reference letter today, but he just informed me that he thinks that MAYBE (he's not sure) he HAS UPLOADED the WRONG reference letter (i.e. a letter which another professor had written for me instead of the one he had written).

I AM SHOCKED AND SCARED RIGHT NOW.

Can someone please tell me that is there something that I can do about this to confirm whether he has uploaded the right letter or not? Has something like this ever happened with anyone?

Please help. Thanks a lot.
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