Hi! I'm in the process of making my application to KCL for the same specialism - I've been struggling to find any information on the Transnational Law page about maximum personal statement length (I know in the online form it says 4000 characters, but then there's an option to upload a document if it's longer than that - do you know if there's a maximum for the uploaded document, and how long did you make your own statement if you can remember?)
I was also wondering if you found any specific guidance on the site as to what they want us to discuss in the statement, or whether you just did the standard stuff? For example, I know some universities specifically ask that you outline your dissertation topic, whereas others don't, but couldn't find anything on the KCL site!
Would appreciate advice from anyone who's applied to KCL, thanks! :)
Hi there :)
Regarding the personal statement, I personally wrote one on a .doc file and uploaded it as a .pdf file. I don't think there's any limit if you choose to upload your own file for the personal statement instead of filling the 4000 characters box. My personal statement for KCL is 1,359 words long (so 2 pages) and it was fine. But then, I have a friend who's currently undertaking the LLM there, and she got in with a 700 words personal statement, so it's really up to you.
KCL is indeed vague in terms of their expectations regarding the personal statement ... Personally, I wrote about my interest in international law (how and why it began, and the reason I chose to undertake my current degree), my interest in a particular domain (I am extremely keen on disarmament affairs, so I discussed my interest in that area and why, as well as my intention to write my dissertation/masters thesis on that topic), my interest in King's College and London as a city, and then I concluded with my career plans and how the LLM would greatly assist me in materialising my projects. I used the same format for my applications for UCL and QMUL as well. :)
Hope this helps!
Did you get admitted even with your 2page Personal statement? I ask this because I called king's college and emailed them twice on this issue for clarity and they were very clear that the PS should be ONE PAGE. so I guess you need to be careful the advice you give.