Oxford BCL/MJur and Cambridge LLM Applicants 2010/2011


castrili
Hi, maybe someone can help me.
My transcripts are not in english...is it ok to just get a certified translation of them or is it necessary for the Embassy or the British Council to certify the translation?
Thanks!
Hi, maybe someone can help me.
My transcripts are not in english...is it ok to just get a certified translation of them or is it necessary for the Embassy or the British Council to certify the translation?
Thanks!
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lil81
Dear toffka, I was wondering about d payment as well. But I have just submitted my application and they debit d exact amount in GBP from my credit card..
Dear toffka, I was wondering about d payment as well. But I have just submitted my application and they debit d exact amount in GBP from my credit card..
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despite
hi,

for the application paper for Cambridge, I had a 12,5 at my staatsexam .Do you write your grade from your home country or do you try to "translate" it in a UK grade?

thank you


Any advice?
<blockquote>hi,

for the application paper for Cambridge, I had a 12,5 at my staatsexam .Do you write your grade from your home country or do you try to "translate" it in a UK grade?

thank you</blockquote>

Any advice?
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littledoll
It's always very hard to "translate" grades. I am also applying with foreign grades and several other unis told me that I can use my grading system. I guess unis like Cambridge have enough experience to know how to evaluate grades from a different system. But if in doubt just write the admissions office and email.
Btw, 12,5 is very good. :-)
It's always very hard to "translate" grades. I am also applying with foreign grades and several other unis told me that I can use my grading system. I guess unis like Cambridge have enough experience to know how to evaluate grades from a different system. But if in doubt just write the admissions office and email.
Btw, 12,5 is very good. :-)
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It says it is 'in your interest to apply as soon as you are ready' although the deadline is 17th. Does this mean they give offers before the deadline?? Don't really understand.
Also- there doesn't seem to be much space to write about reasons for doing the course does there? I was suprised at that.
It says it is 'in your interest to apply as soon as you are ready' although the deadline is 17th. Does this mean they give offers before the deadline?? Don't really understand.
Also- there doesn't seem to be much space to write about reasons for doing the course does there? I was suprised at that.
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littledoll
I don't think that they give offers before that deadline because they only want you application by the 17th. You can send in your transcripts etc later. At least that is how I understood it.
Regarding the reasons, I was also surprised at that. But as heard from a professor who studied in Cambridge himself that really the most important things are your grades and rank (if available) and your references. That's basically what they base their decision on. If you won'T make it in this round, he said, they'll tae a closer look at you reasons. Howeverit has been a while since he has been there, so i am not sure if it is still like that.
I don't think that they give offers before that deadline because they only want you application by the 17th. You can send in your transcripts etc later. At least that is how I understood it.
Regarding the reasons, I was also surprised at that. But as heard from a professor who studied in Cambridge himself that really the most important things are your grades and rank (if available) and your references. That's basically what they base their decision on. If you won'T make it in this round, he said, they'll tae a closer look at you reasons. Howeverit has been a while since he has been there, so i am not sure if it is still like that.
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lil81
Dear all,

I hav submited my online application. However, upon accessing my self service account, I did refer to d application pack (paper application) to guide me in my application and i ended up getting a little confused about the instructions for d submission of supporting documents -

1. Are we to send our degree certificate? D self service account and cover sheet bears no indication that we should whereas d application pack checklist requires this document to be submitted.

2. I need confirmation on the number of copies of documents to be submitted. According to d self service account - cover sheet (1 copy), 1st reference (3 copies), 2nd reference (3 copies), transcripts (1 copy) and language test results (1 copy). According to d graduate application checklist, d number of copies for d references are d same but 3 copies each of transcript, degree certificate and language test results is necessary.

3. Lastly, pertaining to my referees, I hav received from 1 of my referees, a sealed envelope of my reference. However, the official seal (stamp) of d department is in a language other than English and I saw that my referee has signed above (not across) that official stamp. But d signature and d stamp of d department has been covered with clear tape. Is this acceptable? I am having difficulty to contact my referee. (Im stil trying to get my 2nd referee)..

I did emailed the Board of Graduate Studies, but all i got was a set of standard FAQs...

Help.... Anyone?
Dear all,

I hav submited my online application. However, upon accessing my self service account, I did refer to d application pack (paper application) to guide me in my application and i ended up getting a little confused about the instructions for d submission of supporting documents -

1. Are we to send our degree certificate? D self service account and cover sheet bears no indication that we should whereas d application pack checklist requires this document to be submitted.

2. I need confirmation on the number of copies of documents to be submitted. According to d self service account - cover sheet (1 copy), 1st reference (3 copies), 2nd reference (3 copies), transcripts (1 copy) and language test results (1 copy). According to d graduate application checklist, d number of copies for d references are d same but 3 copies each of transcript, degree certificate and language test results is necessary.

3. Lastly, pertaining to my referees, I hav received from 1 of my referees, a sealed envelope of my reference. However, the official seal (stamp) of d department is in a language other than English and I saw that my referee has signed above (not across) that official stamp. But d signature and d stamp of d department has been covered with clear tape. Is this acceptable? I am having difficulty to contact my referee. (Im stil trying to get my 2nd referee)..

I did emailed the Board of Graduate Studies, but all i got was a set of standard FAQs...

Help.... Anyone?
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Awojc
Got admitted to Oxford last year but i could not take it up so i am reapplying again for 2010/2011. I believe all the fear about addressing references are unfounded. For degree certificates Cam requires them but for Ox they are useless. References not sealed and signed across the seal are just as good as never written. If yours were done that way resend them properly done.
Got admitted to Oxford last year but i could not take it up so i am reapplying again for 2010/2011. I believe all the fear about addressing references are unfounded. For degree certificates Cam requires them but for Ox they are useless. References not sealed and signed across the seal are just as good as never written. If yours were done that way resend them properly done.
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plethora
Hi Awojc, mind sharing with us your brief cv so that we can reckon our chances?
Hi Awojc, mind sharing with us your brief cv so that we can reckon our chances?
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Awojc
plethora,

I graduated 1st of about 400 in my primary law degree in Nigeria, with First Class. I also finished with First Class at the Nigerian Law School in my Bar Qualification Exams.

I only had about one year work experience in a Nigerian top-notch law firm by the time i was admitted.

Be that as it may, i think the First Class and Best Overall thing is good, but only a beginning. Thousands of applicants also have First Class, and many of them are from schools that are ordinarily considered light years ahead of the crop of Universities in my country.

References help, but for Ox, I suspect that the decider is the written work, and statement of purpose. The writted work because it is where you showcase your ability to reason like a lawyer and make good coherent sense out of a gamut of facts facing a particular legal theory; the statement of purpose because that is where you show how much you know of the BCL, and why you should be given a chance at it. Sadly many people apply for the BCL without as much as a thought as to the course content, and what they plan to do with them.

Note that I am currently reapplying to Oxford, I hope I am re-admitted, although I know it is not authomatic. So I am just in the same shoes as you guys are.

I hope i have made an attempt at providin the answer(s) to your question. I am still very much around if you require further clarifications.
plethora,

I graduated 1st of about 400 in my primary law degree in Nigeria, with First Class. I also finished with First Class at the Nigerian Law School in my Bar Qualification Exams.

I only had about one year work experience in a Nigerian top-notch law firm by the time i was admitted.

Be that as it may, i think the First Class and Best Overall thing is good, but only a beginning. Thousands of applicants also have First Class, and many of them are from schools that are ordinarily considered light years ahead of the crop of Universities in my country.

References help, but for Ox, I suspect that the decider is the written work, and statement of purpose. The writted work because it is where you showcase your ability to reason like a lawyer and make good coherent sense out of a gamut of facts facing a particular legal theory; the statement of purpose because that is where you show how much you know of the BCL, and why you should be given a chance at it. Sadly many people apply for the BCL without as much as a thought as to the course content, and what they plan to do with them.

Note that I am currently reapplying to Oxford, I hope I am re-admitted, although I know it is not authomatic. So I am just in the same shoes as you guys are.

I hope i have made an attempt at providin the answer(s) to your question. I am still very much around if you require further clarifications.
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plethora
Thanks Awojc, that was very impressive and informative!
Thanks Awojc, that was very impressive and informative!
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Cedric
Hi guys

I'm in Cambridge doing the LL.M at the moment and for all those applying now: it looks daunting now but it isn't too bad. There are 157 people in the LL.M this years so plenty of chances to get in...

try to relax..
Hi guys

I'm in Cambridge doing the LL.M at the moment and for all those applying now: it looks daunting now but it isn't too bad. There are 157 people in the LL.M this years so plenty of chances to get in...

try to relax..
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mkd2010
hey guys!

it appears we are gonna have a long wait...has anyone of you already apllied? do you know whether there is a certain maximun number of applicant they admit from a certain school or country?
hey guys!

it appears we are gonna have a long wait...has anyone of you already apllied? do you know whether there is a certain maximun number of applicant they admit from a certain school or country?
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grany
Hi guys

I'm in Cambridge doing the LL.M at the moment and for all those applying now: it looks daunting now but it isn't too bad. There are 157 people in the LL.M this years so plenty of chances to get in...

try to relax..


Hi Cedric,

Congratulations for getting into Cambridge!
Could you share your experience and tell us how long applicants generally have to wait before receiving an answer? Do they make offers before the deadline?Or do everybody has to wait for months??
Also, could you give us information about your "profile" so we can have an idea about their criteria of selection?

Thanx very much for your answer!
<blockquote>Hi guys

I'm in Cambridge doing the LL.M at the moment and for all those applying now: it looks daunting now but it isn't too bad. There are 157 people in the LL.M this years so plenty of chances to get in...

try to relax..</blockquote>

Hi Cedric,

Congratulations for getting into Cambridge!
Could you share your experience and tell us how long applicants generally have to wait before receiving an answer? Do they make offers before the deadline?Or do everybody has to wait for months??
Also, could you give us information about your "profile" so we can have an idea about their criteria of selection?

Thanx very much for your answer!
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Cedric
Hi guys

I'm in Cambridge doing the LL.M at the moment and for all those applying now: it looks daunting now but it isn't too bad. There are 157 people in the LL.M this years so plenty of chances to get in...

try to relax..


Hi Cedric,

Congratulations for getting into Cambridge!
Could you share your experience and tell us how long applicants generally have to wait before receiving an answer? Do they make offers before the deadline?Or do everybody has to wait for months??
Also, could you give us information about your "profile" so we can have an idea about their criteria of selection?

Thanx very much for your answer!


Hi

The first offers came in around the middle of February, Oxford was a bit later (they all came out on the same day for Ox). So I guess you are all in for a longish wait.

As far as profile goes, I talked to many people on the LL.M and my impression is that one has a first class degree and some things on top of that (mooting, publications or sports awards...). There are people from all ages and countries. As I said before, we have 157 people and about 250 offer were made, I think. So chances are pretty high you can get it in. It's not exactly the most exclusive LL.M out there...

Let me know if you have specific questions..
<blockquote><blockquote>Hi guys

I'm in Cambridge doing the LL.M at the moment and for all those applying now: it looks daunting now but it isn't too bad. There are 157 people in the LL.M this years so plenty of chances to get in...

try to relax..</blockquote>

Hi Cedric,

Congratulations for getting into Cambridge!
Could you share your experience and tell us how long applicants generally have to wait before receiving an answer? Do they make offers before the deadline?Or do everybody has to wait for months??
Also, could you give us information about your "profile" so we can have an idea about their criteria of selection?

Thanx very much for your answer!</blockquote>

Hi

The first offers came in around the middle of February, Oxford was a bit later (they all came out on the same day for Ox). So I guess you are all in for a longish wait.

As far as profile goes, I talked to many people on the LL.M and my impression is that one has a first class degree and some things on top of that (mooting, publications or sports awards...). There are people from all ages and countries. As I said before, we have 157 people and about 250 offer were made, I think. So chances are pretty high you can get it in. It's not exactly the most exclusive LL.M out there...

Let me know if you have specific questions..

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lil81
Dear mkd2010,

I have submitted my online application two weeks ago and sent in my supporting documents last friday.. I asked my 1st referee to reseal the reference as advised by Awojc (thanks)..

I am crossing my fingers now. Hopefully I've submitted everything properly.. By end of this week, I'd start on my oxford application..
Dear mkd2010,

I have submitted my online application two weeks ago and sent in my supporting documents last friday.. I asked my 1st referee to reseal the reference as advised by Awojc (thanks)..

I am crossing my fingers now. Hopefully I've submitted everything properly.. By end of this week, I'd start on my oxford application..
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grany
Thank you Cedric for your message.
I guess I am going to try to forget about this bloody application for a while then...and cross my fingers!

Thank you Cedric for your message.
I guess I am going to try to forget about this bloody application for a while then...and cross my fingers!




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Cedric
gd luck !


Thank you Cedric for your message.
I guess I am going to try to forget about this bloody application for a while then...and cross my fingers!


gd luck !

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Thank you Cedric for your message.
I guess I am going to try to forget about this bloody application for a while then...and cross my fingers!




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sv
Quick question!!

Anybody sent in their supporting documents by courier?? I'm from India and will courier. The Camsis site indicates a different address for applications by courier and by post, however, the Applicant Cover Sheet indicates that I have to send to a specific address (the one that the Camsis indicates for post). Can anyone shed any light on this??

thanks!
Quick question!!

Anybody sent in their supporting documents by courier?? I'm from India and will courier. The Camsis site indicates a different address for applications by courier and by post, however, the Applicant Cover Sheet indicates that I have to send to a specific address (the one that the Camsis indicates for post). Can anyone shed any light on this??

thanks!
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toffka
That's a good question! I'm also gonna send application materials by DHL and they demand indication of a specific person to whom they shall transfer the docs! did anyone face this problem?


Quick question!!

Anybody sent in their supporting documents by courier?? I'm from India and will courier. The Camsis site indicates a different address for applications by courier and by post, however, the Applicant Cover Sheet indicates that I have to send to a specific address (the one that the Camsis indicates for post). Can anyone shed any light on this??

thanks!
That's a good question! I'm also gonna send application materials by DHL and they demand indication of a specific person to whom they shall transfer the docs! did anyone face this problem?


<blockquote>Quick question!!

Anybody sent in their supporting documents by courier?? I'm from India and will courier. The Camsis site indicates a different address for applications by courier and by post, however, the Applicant Cover Sheet indicates that I have to send to a specific address (the one that the Camsis indicates for post). Can anyone shed any light on this??

thanks! </blockquote>
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