I would like to get some opinions from you guys here.
I got my LL.B (GPA 3.3)and LL.M( GPA 4.0) in China and now doing my Ph.D in EU. This year I prepare to apply for Oxbridge. My IELTS is 8 and I only published one paper in English and one in Italian. Have been to UNIDROIT, EUI and Max Planck to do some research. Since the GPA of my LL.B is quite low, I am wondering whether I have a chance to get in the programmes. I am really worried about the GPA stuff.
Could anyone be kind enough to give me some opinions?Or can anyone give me more information about the admission criteria. Thank you very much in advance.
I guess the PhD you are doing and both of the LLB and LLM you already have are for civil law? Otherwise there is little point to apply for yet another LLM. To my understanding, most high-ranked UK LLM programs tend not to accept students who already have a LLM, I think I've read similar policy in the Oxbridge application materials. However, if your LLM does not cover common law than the story could be different.
However, (correct me if I am wrong) UK universities do emphasis a lot in the honors (or GPA) of your first degree. Both Oxbridge requires (generally) a first class honor to be considered and I think that is mostly the case. How did you come up your GPA (since I think it is not applicable in China)? You may want to check with other applicants in this forum (or directly with the school you plan to apply) how your LLB results should be converted (They might turn out to be higher than you think).
Alternatively you might want to consider top US law schools, I heard they are not as keen as the Brits in terms of undergraduate results, if you did great in your LLM and have excellent references (maybe plus publications), you stand a better chance for a place in top programs.
BTW, there are a few /lecturers/asso. prof./prof. in my law school who originally studied their LLB in China and used that to study common law LLM then PhD in overseas top law schools, just for your reference....