Few questions about how entering an LLM.


Rwandrall

I am in a French/English double degree. I finish my french degree this year and my LLB next year at the University of Essex.

I have a hard time finding proper information and numbers about how LLMs work, and universities often do not tell the whole truth about their admissions process (for understandable reasons) as such i am thinking people here might know practical information that could be helpful to help me make a decision.

- Is the LLM a "natural following" to an LLB, meaning that most Law students do another year right after finishing their LLB for a LLM, or are LLMs an elite degree that have a dozen applicants for one spot in it ?
- Are recommendations, specifically from law professionals (i have done internships in a few firms), a factor ?
- How important is the personal statement ?
- Do universities often do interviews after the original filtering process ?


I have to say i am a bit worried since i am making important life choices over whether i can join or not an LLM program that i am very passionate about joining. Thank you for any information.

I am in a French/English double degree. I finish my french degree this year and my LLB next year at the University of Essex.

I have a hard time finding proper information and numbers about how LLMs work, and universities often do not tell the whole truth about their admissions process (for understandable reasons) as such i am thinking people here might know practical information that could be helpful to help me make a decision.

- Is the LLM a "natural following" to an LLB, meaning that most Law students do another year right after finishing their LLB for a LLM, or are LLMs an elite degree that have a dozen applicants for one spot in it ?
- Are recommendations, specifically from law professionals (i have done internships in a few firms), a factor ?
- How important is the personal statement ?
- Do universities often do interviews after the original filtering process ?


I have to say i am a bit worried since i am making important life choices over whether i can join or not an LLM program that i am very passionate about joining. Thank you for any information.
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hotpursuit

Rwandrall,

Please find my comments and answers below,


Is the LLM a "natural following" to an LLB, meaning that most Law students do another year right after finishing their LLB for a LLM, or are LLMs an elite degree that have a dozen applicants for one spot in it ?------- LLMs are not super elite degrees, the amount aplicants that will be accepted in the program greatly depends on the law school, for example, YLS only accepts 25 students every year, HLS(150), NYU (400) and so on.

Are recommendations, specifically from law professionals (i have done internships in a few firms), a factor ? ---- Not really, usually they prefer recos from law professors, but it is not a requirement.For example, HLS, they explicitly say they prefer recos from law professors but it is not essential.

How important is the personal statement ? ------ Very important I would say, about 1/4 of your application.

Do universities often do interviews after the original filtering process ?--- NO, must Universities does not have a interview process.

Regards,
H.

Rwandrall,

Please find my comments and answers below,


Is the LLM a "natural following" to an LLB, meaning that most Law students do another year right after finishing their LLB for a LLM, or are LLMs an elite degree that have a dozen applicants for one spot in it ?------- LLMs are not super elite degrees, the amount aplicants that will be accepted in the program greatly depends on the law school, for example, YLS only accepts 25 students every year, HLS(150), NYU (400) and so on.

Are recommendations, specifically from law professionals (i have done internships in a few firms), a factor ? ---- Not really, usually they prefer recos from law professors, but it is not a requirement.For example, HLS, they explicitly say they prefer recos from law professors but it is not essential.

How important is the personal statement ? ------ Very important I would say, about 1/4 of your application.

Do universities often do interviews after the original filtering process ?--- NO, must Universities does not have a interview process.

Regards,
H.
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Floris


- Is the LLM a "natural following" to an LLB, meaning that most Law students do another year right after finishing their LLB for a LLM, or are LLMs an elite degree that have a dozen applicants for one spot in it ?

As far as I know, most people doing an LLM are internationals and not domestic students, in my program we were almost 95% foreigners. In my home country it is not the usual way to do an LLM after doing your normal law degree, its an additional possibility, often used for language purposes or people who want to pursue an academic career, before doing a phD.

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- Is the LLM a "natural following" to an LLB, meaning that most Law students do another year right after finishing their LLB for a LLM, or are LLMs an elite degree that have a dozen applicants for one spot in it ?</blockquote>
As far as I know, most people doing an LLM are internationals and not domestic students, in my program we were almost 95% foreigners. In my home country it is not the usual way to do an LLM after doing your normal law degree, its an additional possibility, often used for language purposes or people who want to pursue an academic career, before doing a phD.
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