Cambridge PhD Programme


Gollu

It's probably worth calling as it seems that the poster above's call was received well and updates were shared.


Ok cool.. is thr a number to call when its at the degree committee? Wld u know?

[quote]It's probably worth calling as it seems that the poster above's call was received well and updates were shared.
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Ok cool.. is thr a number to call when its at the degree committee? Wld u know?
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hereigoaga...

I assume that calling the law faculty and asking for admissions is your best bet

I assume that calling the law faculty and asking for admissions is your best bet
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Gollu

I assume that calling the law faculty and asking for admissions is your best bet

[quote]I assume that calling the law faculty and asking for admissions is your best bet [/quote]

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LegalLife

Interestingly, the only 2 updates to BOGS both had their interviews.

That should say something about poor me with no interview. Rejection coming my way soon. LOL

Interestingly, the only 2 updates to BOGS both had their interviews.

That should say something about poor me with no interview. Rejection coming my way soon. LOL
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joeyman365

Interestingly, the only 2 updates to BOGS both had their interviews.

That should say something about poor me with no interview. Rejection coming my way soon. LOL


It is strange. I thought interviews generally weren't required? The website indicates admissions are made on a rolling basis, so there's no need to fear yet! Plus, Cambridge isn't even your top choice!

[quote]Interestingly, the only 2 updates to BOGS both had their interviews.

That should say something about poor me with no interview. Rejection coming my way soon. LOL[/quote]

It is strange. I thought interviews generally weren't required? The website indicates admissions are made on a rolling basis, so there's no need to fear yet! Plus, Cambridge isn't even your top choice!
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LegalLife

Interestingly, the only 2 updates to BOGS both had their interviews.

That should say something about poor me with no interview. Rejection coming my way soon. LOL


It is strange. I thought interviews generally weren't required? The website indicates admissions are made on a rolling basis, so there's no need to fear yet! Plus, Cambridge isn't even your top choice!


I don't understand the reason why you added the last statement.

But nevertheless, even though Cambridge was not my first choice and I have admission elsewhere, a few issues with my initial first choice now leave me interested in the outcome of the Cambridge application. Whether or not I eventually go there is another issue though.

[Edited by LegalLife on Feb 15, 2017]

[quote][quote]Interestingly, the only 2 updates to BOGS both had their interviews.

That should say something about poor me with no interview. Rejection coming my way soon. LOL[/quote]

It is strange. I thought interviews generally weren't required? The website indicates admissions are made on a rolling basis, so there's no need to fear yet! Plus, Cambridge isn't even your top choice![/quote]

I don't understand the reason why you added the last statement.

But nevertheless, even though Cambridge was not my first choice and I have admission elsewhere, a few issues with my initial first choice now leave me interested in the outcome of the Cambridge application. Whether or not I eventually go there is another issue though.
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hereigoaga...

I think you're reading too deep into the comment, I dont think joeyman365 meant anything negative by it! :)

I think you're reading too deep into the comment, I dont think joeyman365 meant anything negative by it! :)

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joeyman365

Interestingly, the only 2 updates to BOGS both had their interviews.

That should say something about poor me with no interview. Rejection coming my way soon. LOL


It is strange. I thought interviews generally weren't required? The website indicates admissions are made on a rolling basis, so there's no need to fear yet! Plus, Cambridge isn't even your top choice!


I don't understand the reason why you added the last statement.

But nevertheless, even though Cambridge was not my first choice and I have admission elsewhere, a few issues with my initial first choice now leave me interested in the outcome of the Cambridge application. Whether or not I eventually go there is another issue though.


I'm sorry to hear of your change in luck at UCL. The last I remember, you were ending up at UCL unless something fundamental changed, which is why I thought the Cambridge application was less important to you. Now that your situation at UCL has changed, of course I hope something at Cambridge works out for you!

I've looked at prior admission statistics and usually Cambridge offers spots to about 50-60 applicants, so I think there will be many more acceptances.

[quote][quote][quote]Interestingly, the only 2 updates to BOGS both had their interviews.

That should say something about poor me with no interview. Rejection coming my way soon. LOL[/quote]

It is strange. I thought interviews generally weren't required? The website indicates admissions are made on a rolling basis, so there's no need to fear yet! Plus, Cambridge isn't even your top choice![/quote]

I don't understand the reason why you added the last statement.

But nevertheless, even though Cambridge was not my first choice and I have admission elsewhere, a few issues with my initial first choice now leave me interested in the outcome of the Cambridge application. Whether or not I eventually go there is another issue though.[/quote]

I'm sorry to hear of your change in luck at UCL. The last I remember, you were ending up at UCL unless something fundamental changed, which is why I thought the Cambridge application was less important to you. Now that your situation at UCL has changed, of course I hope something at Cambridge works out for you!

I've looked at prior admission statistics and usually Cambridge offers spots to about 50-60 applicants, so I think there will be many more acceptances.
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LegalLife



It is strange. I thought interviews generally weren't required? The website indicates admissions are made on a rolling basis, so there's no need to fear yet! Plus, Cambridge isn't even your top choice!


I don't understand the reason why you added the last statement.

But nevertheless, even though Cambridge was not my first choice and I have admission elsewhere, a few issues with my initial first choice now leave me interested in the outcome of the Cambridge application. Whether or not I eventually go there is another issue though.


I'm sorry to hear of your change in luck at UCL. The last I remember, you were ending up at UCL unless something fundamental changed, which is why I thought the Cambridge application was less important to you. Now that your situation at UCL has changed, of course I hope something at Cambridge works out for you!

I've looked at prior admission statistics and usually Cambridge offers spots to about 50-60 applicants, so I think there will be many more acceptances.


Due to some change in personal circumstances, there is a huge possibility that I wont be heading to UCL. Right now, we are trying to deal with it but if it doesn't get resolved in time, I will have to give up UCL which is killing me but well....

Thankfully, I do have 2 backup admissions elsewhere but they are not as a priority as UCL was and definitely not better ranked than Cambridge so that's why Cambridge has a slot at this point.

Good luck to everyone. It will soon be over and we will look back and laugh about all our anxiety.

And no hard feelings joeyman!

[quote][quote][quote][quote]Interestingly, the only 2 updates to BOGS both had their interviews.

That should say something about poor me with no interview. Rejection coming my way soon. LOL[/quote]

It is strange. I thought interviews generally weren't required? The website indicates admissions are made on a rolling basis, so there's no need to fear yet! Plus, Cambridge isn't even your top choice![/quote]

I don't understand the reason why you added the last statement.

But nevertheless, even though Cambridge was not my first choice and I have admission elsewhere, a few issues with my initial first choice now leave me interested in the outcome of the Cambridge application. Whether or not I eventually go there is another issue though.[/quote]

I'm sorry to hear of your change in luck at UCL. The last I remember, you were ending up at UCL unless something fundamental changed, which is why I thought the Cambridge application was less important to you. Now that your situation at UCL has changed, of course I hope something at Cambridge works out for you!

I've looked at prior admission statistics and usually Cambridge offers spots to about 50-60 applicants, so I think there will be many more acceptances.[/quote]

Due to some change in personal circumstances, there is a huge possibility that I wont be heading to UCL. Right now, we are trying to deal with it but if it doesn't get resolved in time, I will have to give up UCL which is killing me but well....

Thankfully, I do have 2 backup admissions elsewhere but they are not as a priority as UCL was and definitely not better ranked than Cambridge so that's why Cambridge has a slot at this point.

Good luck to everyone. It will soon be over and we will look back and laugh about all our anxiety.

And no hard feelings joeyman!
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jjjxxx

Hi guys, could I ask for your opinions on supervisor vs. institution? As I would receive funding from my government, this won't be an issue in deciding where to go. My supervisor at UCL is kind of a star professor in my research area, but the reputation of Oxbridge and LSE appears to be better than UCL. The potential supervisor at Oxford is very interested on my proposal and LSE asked me for an interview. I don't put much hope on Cam as I feel my views on that research was different from my potential supervisor during the interview and also my status hasn't change. But I have to make my decision as early as possible due to my personal circumstance. Do you think the institution is more important than supervisor for PhD students' future academic career and I should wait for Oxford and LSE before making my decision on where to go? I would really appreciate your opinions on this.

Cheers and good luck for your applications!

Hi guys, could I ask for your opinions on supervisor vs. institution? As I would receive funding from my government, this won't be an issue in deciding where to go. My supervisor at UCL is kind of a star professor in my research area, but the reputation of Oxbridge and LSE appears to be better than UCL. The potential supervisor at Oxford is very interested on my proposal and LSE asked me for an interview. I don't put much hope on Cam as I feel my views on that research was different from my potential supervisor during the interview and also my status hasn't change. But I have to make my decision as early as possible due to my personal circumstance. Do you think the institution is more important than supervisor for PhD students' future academic career and I should wait for Oxford and LSE before making my decision on where to go? I would really appreciate your opinions on this.

Cheers and good luck for your applications!
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joeyman365

Hi guys, could I ask for your opinions on supervisor vs. institution? As I would receive funding from my government, this won't be an issue in deciding where to go. My supervisor at UCL is kind of a star professor in my research area, but the reputation of Oxbridge and LSE appears to be better than UCL. The potential supervisor at Oxford is very interested on my proposal and LSE asked me for an interview. I don't put much hope on Cam as I feel my views on that research was different from my potential supervisor during the interview and also my status hasn't change. But I have to make my decision as early as possible due to my personal circumstance. Do you think the institution is more important than supervisor for PhD students' future academic career and I should wait for Oxford and LSE before making my decision on where to go? I would really appreciate your opinions on this.

Cheers and good luck for your applications!


That's a very tough question. It may be one that you want to ask your professors or administrators who have experience with academic hiring and promotion. I have often heard that who you work with is the most important factor. Your supervisor will be the one who promotes you on the job market through references. The more respect hiring committees have for your supervisor and the more respect your supervisor has for you, the better the chance of you being hired. Like most jobs, knowing the right people matters.

However, this is only what I've been told, not what I know first hand. It also may be different in different countries. The other consideration is that if you will be returning to your home country for work, then none of the professors may be well known there and then school name may be more important.

Just my thoughts.

[quote]Hi guys, could I ask for your opinions on supervisor vs. institution? As I would receive funding from my government, this won't be an issue in deciding where to go. My supervisor at UCL is kind of a star professor in my research area, but the reputation of Oxbridge and LSE appears to be better than UCL. The potential supervisor at Oxford is very interested on my proposal and LSE asked me for an interview. I don't put much hope on Cam as I feel my views on that research was different from my potential supervisor during the interview and also my status hasn't change. But I have to make my decision as early as possible due to my personal circumstance. Do you think the institution is more important than supervisor for PhD students' future academic career and I should wait for Oxford and LSE before making my decision on where to go? I would really appreciate your opinions on this.

Cheers and good luck for your applications![/quote]

That's a very tough question. It may be one that you want to ask your professors or administrators who have experience with academic hiring and promotion. I have often heard that who you work with is the most important factor. Your supervisor will be the one who promotes you on the job market through references. The more respect hiring committees have for your supervisor and the more respect your supervisor has for you, the better the chance of you being hired. Like most jobs, knowing the right people matters.

However, this is only what I've been told, not what I know first hand. It also may be different in different countries. The other consideration is that if you will be returning to your home country for work, then none of the professors may be well known there and then school name may be more important.

Just my thoughts.
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jjjxxx

Hi guys, could I ask for your opinions on supervisor vs. institution? As I would receive funding from my government, this won't be an issue in deciding where to go. My supervisor at UCL is kind of a star professor in my research area, but the reputation of Oxbridge and LSE appears to be better than UCL. The potential supervisor at Oxford is very interested on my proposal and LSE asked me for an interview. I don't put much hope on Cam as I feel my views on that research was different from my potential supervisor during the interview and also my status hasn't change. But I have to make my decision as early as possible due to my personal circumstance. Do you think the institution is more important than supervisor for PhD students' future academic career and I should wait for Oxford and LSE before making my decision on where to go? I would really appreciate your opinions on this.

Cheers and good luck for your applications!


That's a very tough question. It may be one that you want to ask your professors or administrators who have experience with academic hiring and promotion. I have often heard that who you work with is the most important factor. Your supervisor will be the one who promotes you on the job market through references. The more respect hiring committees have for your supervisor and the more respect your supervisor has for you, the better the chance of you being hired. Like most jobs, knowing the right people matters.

However, this is only what I've been told, not what I know first hand. It also may be different in different countries. The other consideration is that if you will be returning to your home country for work, then none of the professors may be well known there and then school name may be more important.

Just my thoughts.


Thank you joeyman365! You have always been helpful and encouraging on this post.

I think you are right and I should learn more about academic hiring process. Currently I think LSE won't be a better option than UCL as these two universities are at the same level but the supervisors are not really comparable. But I guess I'll wait for Oxford.

Returning to my country due to the funding contract won't be an issue for me as it would allow me to work for arbitration cases related to my country or international organisations for two years, before I could be free to do whatever I want. That's something I would like to do even not for funding.

Congratulations for your change of status and hope you'll get a formal offer soon!

[quote][quote]Hi guys, could I ask for your opinions on supervisor vs. institution? As I would receive funding from my government, this won't be an issue in deciding where to go. My supervisor at UCL is kind of a star professor in my research area, but the reputation of Oxbridge and LSE appears to be better than UCL. The potential supervisor at Oxford is very interested on my proposal and LSE asked me for an interview. I don't put much hope on Cam as I feel my views on that research was different from my potential supervisor during the interview and also my status hasn't change. But I have to make my decision as early as possible due to my personal circumstance. Do you think the institution is more important than supervisor for PhD students' future academic career and I should wait for Oxford and LSE before making my decision on where to go? I would really appreciate your opinions on this.

Cheers and good luck for your applications![/quote]

That's a very tough question. It may be one that you want to ask your professors or administrators who have experience with academic hiring and promotion. I have often heard that who you work with is the most important factor. Your supervisor will be the one who promotes you on the job market through references. The more respect hiring committees have for your supervisor and the more respect your supervisor has for you, the better the chance of you being hired. Like most jobs, knowing the right people matters.

However, this is only what I've been told, not what I know first hand. It also may be different in different countries. The other consideration is that if you will be returning to your home country for work, then none of the professors may be well known there and then school name may be more important.

Just my thoughts. [/quote]

Thank you joeyman365! You have always been helpful and encouraging on this post.

I think you are right and I should learn more about academic hiring process. Currently I think LSE won't be a better option than UCL as these two universities are at the same level but the supervisors are not really comparable. But I guess I'll wait for Oxford.

Returning to my country due to the funding contract won't be an issue for me as it would allow me to work for arbitration cases related to my country or international organisations for two years, before I could be free to do whatever I want. That's something I would like to do even not for funding.

Congratulations for your change of status and hope you'll get a formal offer soon!

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LegalLife

Hi guys, could I ask for your opinions on supervisor vs. institution? As I would receive funding from my government, this won't be an issue in deciding where to go. My supervisor at UCL is kind of a star professor in my research area, but the reputation of Oxbridge and LSE appears to be better than UCL. The potential supervisor at Oxford is very interested on my proposal and LSE asked me for an interview. I don't put much hope on Cam as I feel my views on that research was different from my potential supervisor during the interview and also my status hasn't change. But I have to make my decision as early as possible due to my personal circumstance. Do you think the institution is more important than supervisor for PhD students' future academic career and I should wait for Oxford and LSE before making my decision on where to go? I would really appreciate your opinions on this.

Cheers and good luck for your applications!


As indicated above, it is a tough call.

The feeling I have got from speaking with professors is interesting. There is a general consensus that it is more about who your supervisor is than where you went. If your supervisor is an expert in the field and teaches at Westminster, he is more likely to be more respected than some unknown lecturer at Oxbridge. Strange but well, that seems to be the reality.

At the end of the day, you are going to be stuck with the supervisor for the next 3-5 years and it is important that you stay on the same page and start on the same page to avoid constant friction. So if UCL and Oxford feel like they are a great fit with you and the supervisors are stars in the field, if it was me, I would choose them over Cam.

But again, that is just my view. I would suggest, as above, that you consider this quite carefully and then speak with post doctorates and people more familiar with the PHD system.

[quote]Hi guys, could I ask for your opinions on supervisor vs. institution? As I would receive funding from my government, this won't be an issue in deciding where to go. My supervisor at UCL is kind of a star professor in my research area, but the reputation of Oxbridge and LSE appears to be better than UCL. The potential supervisor at Oxford is very interested on my proposal and LSE asked me for an interview. I don't put much hope on Cam as I feel my views on that research was different from my potential supervisor during the interview and also my status hasn't change. But I have to make my decision as early as possible due to my personal circumstance. Do you think the institution is more important than supervisor for PhD students' future academic career and I should wait for Oxford and LSE before making my decision on where to go? I would really appreciate your opinions on this.

Cheers and good luck for your applications![/quote]

As indicated above, it is a tough call.

The feeling I have got from speaking with professors is interesting. There is a general consensus that it is more about who your supervisor is than where you went. If your supervisor is an expert in the field and teaches at Westminster, he is more likely to be more respected than some unknown lecturer at Oxbridge. Strange but well, that seems to be the reality.

At the end of the day, you are going to be stuck with the supervisor for the next 3-5 years and it is important that you stay on the same page and start on the same page to avoid constant friction. So if UCL and Oxford feel like they are a great fit with you and the supervisors are stars in the field, if it was me, I would choose them over Cam.

But again, that is just my view. I would suggest, as above, that you consider this quite carefully and then speak with post doctorates and people more familiar with the PHD system.
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jjjxxx

Hi guys, could I ask for your opinions on supervisor vs. institution? As I would receive funding from my government, this won't be an issue in deciding where to go. My supervisor at UCL is kind of a star professor in my research area, but the reputation of Oxbridge and LSE appears to be better than UCL. The potential supervisor at Oxford is very interested on my proposal and LSE asked me for an interview. I don't put much hope on Cam as I feel my views on that research was different from my potential supervisor during the interview and also my status hasn't change. But I have to make my decision as early as possible due to my personal circumstance. Do you think the institution is more important than supervisor for PhD students' future academic career and I should wait for Oxford and LSE before making my decision on where to go? I would really appreciate your opinions on this.

Cheers and good luck for your applications!


As indicated above, it is a tough call.

The feeling I have got from speaking with professors is interesting. There is a general consensus that it is more about who your supervisor is than where you went. If your supervisor is an expert in the field and teaches at Westminster, he is more likely to be more respected than some unknown lecturer at Oxbridge. Strange but well, that seems to be the reality.

At the end of the day, you are going to be stuck with the supervisor for the next 3-5 years and it is important that you stay on the same page and start on the same page to avoid constant friction. So if UCL and Oxford feel like they are a great fit with you and the supervisors are stars in the field, if it was me, I would choose them over Cam.

But again, that is just my view. I would suggest, as above, that you consider this quite carefully and then speak with post doctorates and people more familiar with the PHD system.


Thank you LegalLfe for your helpful suggestions!

Am I right to think that when looking for academic job, people care more about your academic output and reference letters rather than where you come from? and I think a respected supervisor would be more helpful in this sense. In my case there's no doubt among all the interested supervisors, my UCL supervisor is the one I trust most academically and has a strong network with other world-renowned professors in this field. I'm reading his book and I feel myself really wish to do with him. I'm just not quite sure about which way could lead to a better academic career.

You are right and I would talk to more people in this field.

Good luck with your applications!

[quote][quote]Hi guys, could I ask for your opinions on supervisor vs. institution? As I would receive funding from my government, this won't be an issue in deciding where to go. My supervisor at UCL is kind of a star professor in my research area, but the reputation of Oxbridge and LSE appears to be better than UCL. The potential supervisor at Oxford is very interested on my proposal and LSE asked me for an interview. I don't put much hope on Cam as I feel my views on that research was different from my potential supervisor during the interview and also my status hasn't change. But I have to make my decision as early as possible due to my personal circumstance. Do you think the institution is more important than supervisor for PhD students' future academic career and I should wait for Oxford and LSE before making my decision on where to go? I would really appreciate your opinions on this.

Cheers and good luck for your applications![/quote]

As indicated above, it is a tough call.

The feeling I have got from speaking with professors is interesting. There is a general consensus that it is more about who your supervisor is than where you went. If your supervisor is an expert in the field and teaches at Westminster, he is more likely to be more respected than some unknown lecturer at Oxbridge. Strange but well, that seems to be the reality.

At the end of the day, you are going to be stuck with the supervisor for the next 3-5 years and it is important that you stay on the same page and start on the same page to avoid constant friction. So if UCL and Oxford feel like they are a great fit with you and the supervisors are stars in the field, if it was me, I would choose them over Cam.

But again, that is just my view. I would suggest, as above, that you consider this quite carefully and then speak with post doctorates and people more familiar with the PHD system.[/quote]

Thank you LegalLfe for your helpful suggestions!

Am I right to think that when looking for academic job, people care more about your academic output and reference letters rather than where you come from? and I think a respected supervisor would be more helpful in this sense. In my case there's no doubt among all the interested supervisors, my UCL supervisor is the one I trust most academically and has a strong network with other world-renowned professors in this field. I'm reading his book and I feel myself really wish to do with him. I'm just not quite sure about which way could lead to a better academic career.

You are right and I would talk to more people in this field.

Good luck with your applications!
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gyfk

Hi! Would anyone knows what approval from department means? I am still under consideration by degree committee. Does that mean only passed in terms of basic eligibility?

Hi! Would anyone knows what approval from department means? I am still under consideration by degree committee. Does that mean only passed in terms of basic eligibility?
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LegalLife

Hi! Would anyone knows what approval from department means? I am still under consideration by degree committee. Does that mean only passed in terms of basic eligibility?


The degree committee is the one that will recommend an offer to BOGS.

So being under consideration by it simply means that your file is now being reviewed to see whether or not a recommendation for an offer will be made. For PHD, this includes finding a suitable and willing supervisor for you on top of ensuring that you fulfill the academic qualifications.

[quote]Hi! Would anyone knows what approval from department means? I am still under consideration by degree committee. Does that mean only passed in terms of basic eligibility? [/quote]

The degree committee is the one that will recommend an offer to BOGS.

So being under consideration by it simply means that your file is now being reviewed to see whether or not a recommendation for an offer will be made. For PHD, this includes finding a suitable and willing supervisor for you on top of ensuring that you fulfill the academic qualifications.
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gyfk

Hi! Would anyone knows what approval from department means? I am still under consideration by degree committee. Does that mean only passed in terms of basic eligibility?


The degree committee is the one that will recommend an offer to BOGS.

So being under consideration by it simply means that your file is now being reviewed to see whether or not a recommendation for an offer will be made. For PHD, this includes finding a suitable and willing supervisor for you on top of ensuring that you fulfill the academic qualifications.


Thanks ! Fingers crossed!!!! I think being under consideration by degree committee means our applications have not been reviewed them yet. We would need to wait until 9th of March haha...

[quote][quote]Hi! Would anyone knows what approval from department means? I am still under consideration by degree committee. Does that mean only passed in terms of basic eligibility? [/quote]

The degree committee is the one that will recommend an offer to BOGS.

So being under consideration by it simply means that your file is now being reviewed to see whether or not a recommendation for an offer will be made. For PHD, this includes finding a suitable and willing supervisor for you on top of ensuring that you fulfill the academic qualifications.[/quote]

Thanks ! Fingers crossed!!!! I think being under consideration by degree committee means our applications have not been reviewed them yet. We would need to wait until 9th of March haha...
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LegalLife

Offers have started going out.

An alumni friend of mine got his offer on Friday afternoon.

Offers have started going out.

An alumni friend of mine got his offer on Friday afternoon.
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bgg

Offers have started going out.

An alumni friend of mine got his offer on Friday afternoon.


Same here. I was under consideration by the BOGS for a few days and the official offer came on Friday.

[quote]Offers have started going out.

An alumni friend of mine got his offer on Friday afternoon.[/quote]

Same here. I was under consideration by the BOGS for a few days and the official offer came on Friday.
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LegalLife

Offers have started going out.

An alumni friend of mine got his offer on Friday afternoon.


Same here. I was under consideration by the BOGS for a few days and the official offer came on Friday.


Congratulations to you all.

[quote][quote]Offers have started going out.

An alumni friend of mine got his offer on Friday afternoon.[/quote]

Same here. I was under consideration by the BOGS for a few days and the official offer came on Friday.[/quote]

Congratulations to you all.
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