The 2012 Cambridge Thread


flens

sigh.. i feel like an idiot.

i didn't upload my photo to the self service page and my application was just "awaiting consideration by dept" all along...

i did submit my other docs but i don't know whether they got through....

is anyone else's application still "awaiting consideration"??

sigh.. i feel like an idiot.

i didn't upload my photo to the self service page and my application was just "awaiting consideration by dept" all along...

i did submit my other docs but i don't know whether they got through....

is anyone else's application still "awaiting consideration"??
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Yalta008

My status still reads "Under Consideration by Degree Committee".

Sigh.

My status still reads "Under Consideration by Degree Committee".

Sigh.
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psyfi

Hasn't got anything to do with the photo, that doesn't matter.

Hasn't got anything to do with the photo, that doesn't matter.
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flens

Hasn't got anything to do with the photo, that doesn't matter.


thanks :)

<blockquote>Hasn't got anything to do with the photo, that doesn't matter.</blockquote>

thanks :)
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Hasn't got anything to do with the photo, that doesn't matter.


thanks :)


My status is still ''awaiting consideration''. And I've talked to Cambridge two weeks ago to inquire about a missing document. They said everything was fine with my application. So basically, I don't think that people having their status set to ''awaiting'' have to worry. It doesn't seem to have anything to do with missing documents, at least.

<blockquote><blockquote>Hasn't got anything to do with the photo, that doesn't matter.</blockquote>

thanks :)</blockquote>

My status is still ''awaiting consideration''. And I've talked to Cambridge two weeks ago to inquire about a missing document. They said everything was fine with my application. So basically, I don't think that people having their status set to ''awaiting'' have to worry. It doesn't seem to have anything to do with missing documents, at least.
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mra

Good morning everybody.

I received a conditional offer for the MCL Course. My status on CamSys changed from "Under Consideration..." to "Awaiting decision..." as well.

The offer was sent to me by e-mail. In the attached document, the university. In the document, it reads "Detailed information about the precise conditions of your own offer will be provided shortly on your self-service web page, so please continue to check to find out when this information
has been made available". And further: "Once your self-service web page has been updated indicating you have been officially offered a place on the MCL, your next step is to decide if you wish to accept the offer, and respond accordingly."

Up to now, I didn't find any update.

I apllied for the LL.M. Course as well. The status for this application still is "Under consideration...".

Good morning everybody.

I received a conditional offer for the MCL Course. My status on CamSys changed from "Under Consideration..." to "Awaiting decision..." as well.

The offer was sent to me by e-mail. In the attached document, the university. In the document, it reads "Detailed information about the precise conditions of your own offer will be provided shortly on your self-service web page, so please continue to check to find out when this information
has been made available". And further: "Once your self-service web page has been updated indicating you have been officially offered a place on the MCL, your next step is to decide if you wish to accept the offer, and respond accordingly."

Up to now, I didn't find any update.

I apllied for the LL.M. Course as well. The status for this application still is "Under consideration...".
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tynagh

Congrats to those who received MCL offers! What are your backgrounds? First in Company Law? Corporate experience?


Many thanks RiverCam, that's very kind. I graduated from law school ranking first in class and I am working as a corporate lawyer since 2009. I did not do moot court, but a number of similar extracurricilar activities. I think academic credentials and interest/experience in corporate law are more important.

<blockquote>Congrats to those who received MCL offers! What are your backgrounds? First in Company Law? Corporate experience?</blockquote>

Many thanks RiverCam, that's very kind. I graduated from law school ranking first in class and I am working as a corporate lawyer since 2009. I did not do moot court, but a number of similar extracurricilar activities. I think academic credentials and interest/experience in corporate law are more important.
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hejonas

so, do you think an early change to 'under consideration by degree committee' is any indication of the chances?

so, do you think an early change to 'under consideration by degree committee' is any indication of the chances?
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krka

Heights of joblessness... Has anybody come up with a trend for when (which time of the day) status updates occur on CamSIS?

Does anybody else suffer from acute camsistisis- That syndrome when you find yourself checking your camsis status every 30 mins or so when you are online? :P

And guys, just a thought, I am so paranoid that I check my spam account daily also, just in case an offer email found its way there :(

Congrats to all MCL offer holders!

Heights of joblessness... Has anybody come up with a trend for when (which time of the day) status updates occur on CamSIS?

Does anybody else suffer from acute camsistisis- That syndrome when you find yourself checking your camsis status every 30 mins or so when you are online? :P

And guys, just a thought, I am so paranoid that I check my spam account daily also, just in case an offer email found its way there :(

Congrats to all MCL offer holders!
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antk

so, do you think an early change to 'under consideration by degree committee' is any indication of the chances?

Better chances than 'awaiting consideration'

<blockquote>so, do you think an early change to 'under consideration by degree committee' is any indication of the chances?</blockquote>
Better chances than 'awaiting consideration'
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mitzi

Yes, I wonder this as well. If your application went quite quickly to the degree committee, does this mean anything?

Yes, I wonder this as well. If your application went quite quickly to the degree committee, does this mean anything?
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student83

I don't think so. It rather looks like they are waiting with the offers now until all remaining applications are processed and compared with each other...but who knows?:)

I don't think so. It rather looks like they are waiting with the offers now until all remaining applications are processed and compared with each other...but who knows?:)
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mitzi

The speculation is haunting me haha. However, at this point I'm just glad to have gotten past the department's weeding out process and am considered competitive enough to make it to the degree committee stage.

The speculation is haunting me haha. However, at this point I'm just glad to have gotten past the department's weeding out process and am considered competitive enough to make it to the degree committee stage.
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An interesting observation, after applying to some American schools as well, is how much weight the extracurricular activies carries. The American schools seem look a lot more at these than Cambridge, I did not have a great chance to point them out in the latter's application forms. Even though I am very satisfied with my grades, I believe that I have my strength in what I have done through part-time jobs, different varieties and organizations. This makes me much more uncertain about the Cambridge decision than the decisions from the American schools.

An interesting observation, after applying to some American schools as well, is how much weight the extracurricular activies carries. The American schools seem look a lot more at these than Cambridge, I did not have a great chance to point them out in the latter's application forms. Even though I am very satisfied with my grades, I believe that I have my strength in what I have done through part-time jobs, different varieties and organizations. This makes me much more uncertain about the Cambridge decision than the decisions from the American schools.
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Stcd

I've heard that too actually, but not sure. Actually time by time I've heard different opinions but it probably depends on how people see the application. For example former graduate and postgraduate told me that the principle topic is "How much are you interesting to them". Another guy said "the grades", my lecturer (Oxford Uni) said "extra curriculum activities".

I have fair grades however I rely myself on my CV and International moot court victories and awards.

Good luck to all!

I've heard that too actually, but not sure. Actually time by time I've heard different opinions but it probably depends on how people see the application. For example former graduate and postgraduate told me that the principle topic is "How much are you interesting to them". Another guy said "the grades", my lecturer (Oxford Uni) said "extra curriculum activities".

I have fair grades however I rely myself on my CV and International moot court victories and awards.

Good luck to all!
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Well, I am not sure, but the school does not give us many words to describe the other activities, as opposed to the LSAC forms. That has to be an indication that supports my impression :)

Well, I am not sure, but the school does not give us many words to describe the other activities, as opposed to the LSAC forms. That has to be an indication that supports my impression :)
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pipiripao

i feel the exact same way... They wont let you provide a statement of purpose, instead they make us fill out a text. On the other hand, i had to provide my CV on my own initiative as an extra document, they dont even request it.
I find it troubling too that they had like 5 spaces to enter our previous academic institutions, and thats not my strenght

under this scenario, i believe my chances are very slim...although its nice to hear the same fears from someone else. Atleast im not alone

good luck to you all

i feel the exact same way... They wont let you provide a statement of purpose, instead they make us fill out a text. On the other hand, i had to provide my CV on my own initiative as an extra document, they dont even request it.
I find it troubling too that they had like 5 spaces to enter our previous academic institutions, and thats not my strenght

under this scenario, i believe my chances are very slim...although its nice to hear the same fears from someone else. Atleast im not alone

good luck to you all
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Frontal

Saying that Cambridge selects almost exclusively based on grades while US law schools attach more importance to extra curricular activities is, in my humble opinion, an oversimplification. For example the LSAC based application for the NYU LL.M. program I applied to leaves practically no room for anything else than your first law school degree grades (you can only input ONE former work experience). I think it is also a question of using the possibilities the Cambridge application gives you. For example I would consider the decision NOT to apply for all the scholarships available (including Gates) a tactical error, as this gives you the opportunity to write two additional personal statements which will consequently form a part of the application form and be read by the people deciding on your application. So, especially if your grades are not stellar and, thus, chances to get a scholarship are not high, it makes sense to apply for them in order to have an additional opporutnity to present your extra curricular stuff. I also know for sure that the Degree Committee also reads the personal reference which you only have to submit if applying for the Gates Scholarship. There are other places in the GRADSAF which you can use to elaborate on extra curricular stuff (such as, for example, A14 and A15).

Saying that Cambridge selects almost exclusively based on grades while US law schools attach more importance to extra curricular activities is, in my humble opinion, an oversimplification. For example the LSAC based application for the NYU LL.M. program I applied to leaves practically no room for anything else than your first law school degree grades (you can only input ONE former work experience). I think it is also a question of using the possibilities the Cambridge application gives you. For example I would consider the decision NOT to apply for all the scholarships available (including Gates) a tactical error, as this gives you the opportunity to write two additional personal statements which will consequently form a part of the application form and be read by the people deciding on your application. So, especially if your grades are not stellar and, thus, chances to get a scholarship are not high, it makes sense to apply for them in order to have an additional opporutnity to present your extra curricular stuff. I also know for sure that the Degree Committee also reads the personal reference which you only have to submit if applying for the Gates Scholarship. There are other places in the GRADSAF which you can use to elaborate on extra curricular stuff (such as, for example, A14 and A15).
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I see your point, and it might vary from school to school in the US. After applying to four US schools I thought I had seen a pattern :) Anyway, I do not think that the Cambridge forms allowed me to point out my qualities in a sufficient way.

I see your point, and it might vary from school to school in the US. After applying to four US schools I thought I had seen a pattern :) Anyway, I do not think that the Cambridge forms allowed me to point out my qualities in a sufficient way.
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Frontal

I see your point, and it might vary from school to school in the US. After applying to four US schools I thought I had seen a pattern :) Anyway, I do not think that the Cambridge forms allowed me to point out my qualities in a sufficient way.


Yeah, I know what you mean. I can also relate to your statement "Even though I am very satisfied with my grades, I believe that I have my strength in what I have done through part-time jobs, different varieties and organizations."

This is why I was positively surprised when I found out that the Degree Committee people do in fact look beyond your law school grades.

<blockquote>I see your point, and it might vary from school to school in the US. After applying to four US schools I thought I had seen a pattern :) Anyway, I do not think that the Cambridge forms allowed me to point out my qualities in a sufficient way. </blockquote>

Yeah, I know what you mean. I can also relate to your statement "Even though I am very satisfied with my grades, I believe that I have my strength in what I have done through part-time jobs, different varieties and organizations."

This is why I was positively surprised when I found out that the Degree Committee people do in fact look beyond your law school grades.
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