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Easiest LLM Programme for LLB with low GPA


adro
I'm intending to study for an LLM in the UK after I've graduated. I'm studying in New Zealand and the Honours Programme is only by invitation. Therefore I'm just graduating with a LLB. My GPA isn't fantastic... you're looking at a C+ to B- average (leaning more towards the B-)

A lot of the LLM programmes in UK require a 2:1 degree so I'm not too sure how I would fair since I'll probably be graduating with an LLB (B- avg).

I'm not too fussed about on location/distance learning, I don't mind either.

Was wondering if any has advice re. a good LLM programme with relatively lax entry requirements?
I'm intending to study for an LLM in the UK after I've graduated. I'm studying in New Zealand and the Honours Programme [i.e. LLB (Hons)] is only by invitation. Therefore I'm just graduating with a LLB. My GPA isn't fantastic... you're looking at a C+ to B- average (leaning more towards the B-)

A lot of the LLM programmes in UK require a 2:1 degree so I'm not too sure how I would fair since I'll probably be graduating with an LLB (B- avg).

I'm not too fussed about on location/distance learning, I don't mind either.

Was wondering if any has advice re. a good LLM programme with relatively lax entry requirements?
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robot6
QMUL, Durham, Bristol, probably Edinburgh. LSE might be worth a shot, as well. Why don't you consider US schools? I think you have a decent chance at Columbia and NYU.

[Edited by robot6 on Aug 09, 2017]

QMUL, Durham, Bristol, probably Edinburgh. LSE might be worth a shot, as well. Why don't you consider US schools? I think you have a decent chance at Columbia and NYU.
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adro
Thanks robot6 for replying!

Hmm I was actually looking to apply to Edinburgh until I looked at the entry requirements. Not too sure if it is too ambitious a choice

I was leaning towards Edinburgh because the LLM courses they offer seemed pretty attractive and it's convenient that they offer distanced learning. (Was looking at LLM in Medical Law & Ethics and LLM in IT Law) My only reservation was the cost of study. The fees are 18,400gbp which I assume is on the higher end of the spectrum, though correct me if I'm wrong.

I haven't exactly checked out US schools yet but now that you've mentioned it, I'll take look at Columbia and NYU! (Thanks)

I'm just quite worried because it seems like you need a 2:1 honours degree to do an LLM. This puts me in a weird position because in my school, only the top 10% (30 out of 300) will be invited to join the honours programme. The majority of us graduates without honours so I'm not too sure how I should go about doing this.

I did consider getting an admissions consultant but am not too sure if its worth the money... What do you think?
Thanks robot6 for replying!

Hmm I was actually looking to apply to Edinburgh until I looked at the entry requirements. Not too sure if it is too ambitious a choice

I was leaning towards Edinburgh because the LLM courses they offer seemed pretty attractive and it's convenient that they offer distanced learning. (Was looking at LLM in Medical Law & Ethics and LLM in IT Law) My only reservation was the cost of study. The fees are 18,400gbp which I assume is on the higher end of the spectrum, though correct me if I'm wrong.

I haven't exactly checked out US schools yet but now that you've mentioned it, I'll take look at Columbia and NYU! (Thanks)

I'm just quite worried because it seems like you need a 2:1 honours degree to do an LLM. This puts me in a weird position because in my school, only the top 10% (30 out of 300) will be invited to join the honours programme. The majority of us graduates without honours so I'm not too sure how I should go about doing this.

I did consider getting an admissions consultant but am not too sure if its worth the money... What do you think?
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robot6
I don't know how strict Edinburgh is with grades, but I think it gives some leeway like most other schools. I think they publicly mention 2:1 to maintain the perception that the admission standards are high; in a way, it also operates as some sort of deterrent for students who don't meet the stated requirement. You can look for Edinburgh's LLM admission statistics online (try the UK FOI site) and I believe the offer rate is around 50%.

I'm not sure about costs, but US schools tend to cost more. I also wouldn't recommend getting an admissions consultant. I personally think the service they offer is placebo. I think if your grades are not stellar, they'll just say the same thing: highlight your other strengths (moot, law journal, extracurriculars, etc). Just have a friend proofread your essays.
I don't know how strict Edinburgh is with grades, but I think it gives some leeway like most other schools. I think they publicly mention 2:1 to maintain the perception that the admission standards are high; in a way, it also operates as some sort of deterrent for students who don't meet the stated requirement. You can look for Edinburgh's LLM admission statistics online (try the UK FOI site) and I believe the offer rate is around 50%.

I'm not sure about costs, but US schools tend to cost more. I also wouldn't recommend getting an admissions consultant. I personally think the service they offer is placebo. I think if your grades are not stellar, they'll just say the same thing: highlight your other strengths (moot, law journal, extracurriculars, etc). Just have a friend proofread your essays.
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