The 2012 Cambridge Thread


Hi everyone,

I have recently started to work on my application to both the LLM and the MCL programme at Cambridge. Since they recently opened to send applications, I thought that I was time to create a new thread for us insecure people with a lot of questions that are going to apply for the school year of 2012-2013 :)

I just met a little problem on the web application. When I fill out which course I want to apply for, I chose the MCL programme. My problem is that I do not know what to fill in at A (3) "Final Award", as the MCL is not the choice there. Should I select "LLM", or keep it the option blank?

If there are any other Norwegians out there with the same plans as I have, I would appreciate to get in touch to talk about some special issues I see will arise for us Norwegians.
Hi everyone,

I have recently started to work on my application to both the LLM and the MCL programme at Cambridge. Since they recently opened to send applications, I thought that I was time to create a new thread for us insecure people with a lot of questions that are going to apply for the school year of 2012-2013 :)

I just met a little problem on the web application. When I fill out which course I want to apply for, I chose the MCL programme. My problem is that I do not know what to fill in at A (3) "Final Award", as the MCL is not the choice there. Should I select "LLM", or keep it the option blank?

If there are any other Norwegians out there with the same plans as I have, I would appreciate to get in touch to talk about some special issues I see will arise for us Norwegians.
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The MCL is designed to be the most challenging and elite programme in the UK. So they will demand for a great GPA certainly. I also have a suspicion that some work experience in corporate law might play a significant role in admission to the programme. Good luck anyway!
The MCL is designed to be the most challenging and elite programme in the UK. So they will demand for a great GPA certainly. I also have a suspicion that some work experience in corporate law might play a significant role in admission to the programme. Good luck anyway!
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Yes, I believe so too. I am currently a law student in my last year, so I think it is going to be hard. But as long as I have a slight chance of getting in, I am applying :)

I am a bit surprised that the application forms does leave to few chances to describe extra-curricular activities. During law school, I have had several part-time jobs that I think is quite relevant for my application. Because I have so few words in section A(14) and that I don't think that there is a possibility to send a CV, I feel that I'm not allowed to show my full potential. Does this mean that Cambridge focuses mostly on grades and references?
Yes, I believe so too. I am currently a law student in my last year, so I think it is going to be hard. But as long as I have a slight chance of getting in, I am applying :)

I am a bit surprised that the application forms does leave to few chances to describe extra-curricular activities. During law school, I have had several part-time jobs that I think is quite relevant for my application. Because I have so few words in section A(14) and that I don't think that there is a possibility to send a CV, I feel that I'm not allowed to show my full potential. Does this mean that Cambridge focuses mostly on grades and references?
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Hi Lex. Just curious, are you considering the MLF at Oxford as well? If so, why not (why are you only considering the MLC at Cam.)?

Best.
Hi Lex. Just curious, are you considering the MLF at Oxford as well? If so, why not (why are you only considering the MLC at Cam.)?

Best.
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Hi there.

I considered the MLF for a while, but I decided not to. There are several reasons for that. First of all, I do not think that the MLF fits my interests as well as the MCL, mainly because of the strong emphasis on economics. Although it would be great to broaden my understanding of economics, I wanted to focus on corporate and international law. Furthermore, with a tight schedule this autumn, I had to choose just a few programmes to apply for. I also know about more Norwegians that has taken the LLM at Cambridge, and I hope that Cam likes us vikings ;)

Are you thinking about applying for the MLF? If so, why? Are you by the way American? Why are you planning to study in UK?
Hi there.

I considered the MLF for a while, but I decided not to. There are several reasons for that. First of all, I do not think that the MLF fits my interests as well as the MCL, mainly because of the strong emphasis on economics. Although it would be great to broaden my understanding of economics, I wanted to focus on corporate and international law. Furthermore, with a tight schedule this autumn, I had to choose just a few programmes to apply for. I also know about more Norwegians that has taken the LLM at Cambridge, and I hope that Cam likes us vikings ;)

Are you thinking about applying for the MLF? If so, why? Are you by the way American? Why are you planning to study in UK?
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Yes, American although I have lived abroad and work at a "global" law firm. My wife and I would like to live in europe. I had been considering an MBA, but wan't to remain practicing law so it seems that getting a purley business degree doesn't make much sense. Oxford seems to have the best program for what I'm looking for. Have had friends that have pursued LLMs and one PhD candidate; they only have good things to say.
Yes, American although I have lived abroad and work at a "global" law firm. My wife and I would like to live in europe. I had been considering an MBA, but wan't to remain practicing law so it seems that getting a purley business degree doesn't make much sense. Oxford seems to have the best program for what I'm looking for. Have had friends that have pursued LLMs and one PhD candidate; they only have good things to say.
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cng1238
Just to say 'Hi' as I have just created an application for the Cambridge LLM. On my final year LLB in Hong Kong and am excited about the opportunity to study law in UK, hopefully with my family. Currently planning to apply for Oxford, LSE and UCL as well. Good luck everyone!
Just to say 'Hi' as I have just created an application for the Cambridge LLM. On my final year LLB in Hong Kong and am excited about the opportunity to study law in UK, hopefully with my family. Currently planning to apply for Oxford, LSE and UCL as well. Good luck everyone!
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psyfi
I'm one of those trying their luck in Cambridge, too.
I'm one of those trying their luck in Cambridge, too.
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Mamasita
Just wanted to say hi myself! Working on my MCL app as we speak, I'm really stuck on the personal statement or what the app calls the reasons applying for the course - and I shouldn't be as I've been working in corporate law for the last three years!

I really wish to get the app in as early as possible because, as you all already know, they'll be accepting only 30 people, so any advantage is surely good.

Good luck to everyone!
Just wanted to say hi myself! Working on my MCL app as we speak, I'm really stuck on the personal statement or what the app calls the reasons applying for the course - and I shouldn't be as I've been working in corporate law for the last three years!

I really wish to get the app in as early as possible because, as you all already know, they'll be accepting only 30 people, so any advantage is surely good.

Good luck to everyone!
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Cedric
Good luck to everyone applying for the Cambridge LL.M.
It is a great year to undertake so do try your best!

C.
Good luck to everyone applying for the Cambridge LL.M.
It is a great year to undertake so do try your best!

C.
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trellick
i am applying as well (for the LL.M.), so hello there!

did anybody submit the online-application already? i am wondering why the appl.-form does accept slightly more characters for some of the motivation questions (A12-A15) without any problems. i am planning to shorten my answers anyway, but the form is really annoying, it also has more characters in each line than indicated - i am not supposed to switch to the next one myself after 130 chars., am i?

cheers, t.
i am applying as well (for the LL.M.), so hello there!

did anybody submit the online-application already? i am wondering why the appl.-form does accept slightly more characters for some of the motivation questions (A12-A15) without any problems. i am planning to shorten my answers anyway, but the form is really annoying, it also has more characters in each line than indicated - i am not supposed to switch to the next one myself after 130 chars., am i?

cheers, t.
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Marsellus
Hello everyone,
I am also applying for the MCL programme, but I'm not sure if it is really necessary to upload the Curriculum Vitae. What do you guys think?
Hello everyone,
I am also applying for the MCL programme, but I'm not sure if it is really necessary to upload the Curriculum Vitae. What do you guys think?
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cng1238
i am applying as well (for the LL.M.), so hello there!

did anybody submit the online-application already? i am wondering why the appl.-form does accept slightly more characters for some of the motivation questions (A12-A15) without any problems. i am planning to shorten my answers anyway, but the form is really annoying, it also has more characters in each line than indicated - i am not supposed to switch to the next one myself after 130 chars., am i?

cheers, t.


Hi trellick,

I have just submitted my application last night, now waiting for the referees to do their work :)

As to your questions, the online system will prompt you if your responses are too long before you submit the application, despite you are allowed to save the work in progress with responses that are longer than expected. So you are right to keep the words within the limit.

What I did with my responses was this: I typed the passage in MS Word, just like a normal document, then copied the whole thing to the Notepad (the basic text editor comes with Windows) so that all the formatting except paragraphs was maintained, then I copied again the whole lot from the Notepad to the text filed provided by the online application form. It worked for me this way and I hope it works for you too.

Good luck.

cng1238
<blockquote>i am applying as well (for the LL.M.), so hello there!

did anybody submit the online-application already? i am wondering why the appl.-form does accept slightly more characters for some of the motivation questions (A12-A15) without any problems. i am planning to shorten my answers anyway, but the form is really annoying, it also has more characters in each line than indicated - i am not supposed to switch to the next one myself after 130 chars., am i?

cheers, t.</blockquote>

Hi trellick,

I have just submitted my application last night, now waiting for the referees to do their work :)

As to your questions, the online system will prompt you if your responses are too long before you submit the application, despite you are allowed to save the work in progress with responses that are longer than expected. So you are right to keep the words within the limit.

What I did with my responses was this: I typed the passage in MS Word, just like a normal document, then copied the whole thing to the Notepad (the basic text editor comes with Windows) so that all the formatting except paragraphs was maintained, then I copied again the whole lot from the Notepad to the text filed provided by the online application form. It worked for me this way and I hope it works for you too.

Good luck.

cng1238
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cng1238
Good luck to everyone applying for the Cambridge LL.M.
It is a great year to undertake so do try your best!

C.


Thanks Cedric. Could you kindly share with us a little about how you chose your college and whether you finally got into the college you picked?

Obviously it is too late for me now as I have submitted my application however I guess others would be interested to know. Thanks in advance.
<blockquote>Good luck to everyone applying for the Cambridge LL.M.
It is a great year to undertake so do try your best!

C.</blockquote>

Thanks Cedric. Could you kindly share with us a little about how you chose your college and whether you finally got into the college you picked?

Obviously it is too late for me now as I have submitted my application however I guess others would be interested to know. Thanks in advance.
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trellick
i am applying as well (for the LL.M.), so hello there!

did anybody submit the online-application already? i am wondering why the appl.-form does accept slightly more characters for some of the motivation questions (A12-A15) without any problems. i am planning to shorten my answers anyway, but the form is really annoying, it also has more characters in each line than indicated - i am not supposed to switch to the next one myself after 130 chars., am i?

cheers, t.


Hi trellick,

I have just submitted my application last night, now waiting for the referees to do their work :)

As to your questions, the online system will prompt you if your responses are too long before you submit the application, despite you are allowed to save the work in progress with responses that are longer than expected. So you are right to keep the words within the limit.

What I did with my responses was this: I typed the passage in MS Word, just like a normal document, then copied the whole thing to the Notepad (the basic text editor comes with Windows) so that all the formatting except paragraphs was maintained, then I copied again the whole lot from the Notepad to the text filed provided by the online application form. It worked for me this way and I hope it works for you too.

Good luck.

cng1238


many thanks, cng, that'll help a lot! good luck!
<blockquote><blockquote>i am applying as well (for the LL.M.), so hello there!

did anybody submit the online-application already? i am wondering why the appl.-form does accept slightly more characters for some of the motivation questions (A12-A15) without any problems. i am planning to shorten my answers anyway, but the form is really annoying, it also has more characters in each line than indicated - i am not supposed to switch to the next one myself after 130 chars., am i?

cheers, t.</blockquote>

Hi trellick,

I have just submitted my application last night, now waiting for the referees to do their work :)

As to your questions, the online system will prompt you if your responses are too long before you submit the application, despite you are allowed to save the work in progress with responses that are longer than expected. So you are right to keep the words within the limit.

What I did with my responses was this: I typed the passage in MS Word, just like a normal document, then copied the whole thing to the Notepad (the basic text editor comes with Windows) so that all the formatting except paragraphs was maintained, then I copied again the whole lot from the Notepad to the text filed provided by the online application form. It worked for me this way and I hope it works for you too.

Good luck.

cng1238</blockquote>

many thanks, cng, that'll help a lot! good luck!
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cng1238
Hi trellick,

I just discovered a mistake in my previous thread:

"so that all the formatting except paragraphs was [removed]".

cng1238
Hi trellick,

I just discovered a mistake in my previous thread:

"so that all the formatting except paragraphs was [removed]".

cng1238
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trellick
Hi trellick,

I just discovered a mistake in my previous thread:

"so that all the formatting except paragraphs was [removed]".

cng1238


no problem, i guessed so.

did you really have a restriction to lines *and* characters or was it a matter of characters alltogether in the end? what i mean is do you waste characters if you leave lines half blank due to paragraphs?

cheers and good luck for your application!
<blockquote>Hi trellick,

I just discovered a mistake in my previous thread:

"so that all the formatting except paragraphs was [removed]".

cng1238</blockquote>

no problem, i guessed so.

did you really have a restriction to lines *and* characters or was it a matter of characters alltogether in the end? what i mean is do you waste characters if you leave lines half blank due to paragraphs?

cheers and good luck for your application!
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cng1238
Well, my statement wasn't that long so I can afford some wastes for paragraphs, it so happened that the whole statement was 1920 characters including everything (counted using the Wordcount function in MS Word), if you have a longer response, I do not see why you can't have it all squeezed into a single paragraph. Hope this helps.
Well, my statement wasn't that long so I can afford some wastes for paragraphs, it so happened that the whole statement was 1920 characters including everything (counted using the Wordcount function in MS Word), if you have a longer response, I do not see why you can't have it all squeezed into a single paragraph. Hope this helps.
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trellick
Well, my statement wasn't that long so I can afford some wastes for paragraphs, it so happened that the whole statement was 1920 characters including everything (counted using the Wordcount function in MS Word), if you have a longer response, I do not see why you can't have it all squeezed into a single paragraph. Hope this helps.

it does, many thanks. i guess i will keep it short and have paragraphs.
<blockquote>Well, my statement wasn't that long so I can afford some wastes for paragraphs, it so happened that the whole statement was 1920 characters including everything (counted using the Wordcount function in MS Word), if you have a longer response, I do not see why you can't have it all squeezed into a single paragraph. Hope this helps.</blockquote>
it does, many thanks. i guess i will keep it short and have paragraphs.
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Hi everyone,

I hold an offer for the LLM for 2012 (I deferred my place from 2011) so I've been through the admissions process successfully and will be happy to try and answer any questions anyone has. Hopefully you will all be my future classmates!
Hi everyone,

I hold an offer for the LLM for 2012 (I deferred my place from 2011) so I've been through the admissions process successfully and will be happy to try and answer any questions anyone has. Hopefully you will all be my future classmates!
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