The 2012 Cambridge Thread


cng1238

hello again,

i have a question to all those who already submitted and have access to CAMsis. what kind of documents can you upload? is there only a section for the required degree certificates or are you able (or even required) to upload proof of everything else you stated in your application (i.e. certificates of awards, transcripts etc...)? i am wondering whether i can upload some additional things (no CV though).

many thanks in advance!


In addition to two reference letters to be submitted by the referees, I was asked to upload:

1. CV
2. Academic transcript
3. IELTS result
4. An ID photo (optional, for student ID card if the app is successful).

Hope this helps.

<blockquote>hello again,

i have a question to all those who already submitted and have access to CAMsis. what kind of documents can you upload? is there only a section for the required degree certificates or are you able (or even required) to upload proof of everything else you stated in your application (i.e. certificates of awards, transcripts etc...)? i am wondering whether i can upload some additional things (no CV though).

many thanks in advance!</blockquote>

In addition to two reference letters to be submitted by the referees, I was asked to upload:

1. CV
2. Academic transcript
3. IELTS result
4. An ID photo (optional, for student ID card if the app is successful).

Hope this helps.
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Mamasita

Nezz, since you hold a three year long LLB, i really don't see any problem for you to apply because as I said, the LLBs in England are mostly 3 years! If your LLB is three years in Macedonia, I presume you are doing a fourth year masters course (I thought this is the way it works with the Bologna system - I felt free to assume that this is what Macedonia applies too)?

As I said, as long as you have graduated from your undergraduate course, I don't see any obstacles for you to apply!

Mamasita

Nezz, since you hold a three year long LLB, i really don't see any problem for you to apply because as I said, the LLBs in England are mostly 3 years! If your LLB is three years in Macedonia, I presume you are doing a fourth year masters course (I thought this is the way it works with the Bologna system - I felt free to assume that this is what Macedonia applies too)?

As I said, as long as you have graduated from your undergraduate course, I don't see any obstacles for you to apply!

Mamasita
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msn

Hello everyone,

I had a doubt regarding payment of application fees. The online app form states that once the application is submitted, credit/debit card details of a candidate are sought. I wanted to know, being an overseas student, as to whether my card details suffice for deduction of the app fees from my bank account or do I need to separately give any instructions to my bank for converting the app fees in Sterling?

People who have submitted their apps could please throw some light on this. Thanks.

M

Hello everyone,

I had a doubt regarding payment of application fees. The online app form states that once the application is submitted, credit/debit card details of a candidate are sought. I wanted to know, being an overseas student, as to whether my card details suffice for deduction of the app fees from my bank account or do I need to separately give any instructions to my bank for converting the app fees in Sterling?

People who have submitted their apps could please throw some light on this. Thanks.

M
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Bolivia!

hello again,

i have a question to all those who already submitted and have access to CAMsis. what kind of documents can you upload? is there only a section for the required degree certificates or are you able (or even required) to upload proof of everything else you stated in your application (i.e. certificates of awards, transcripts etc...)? i am wondering whether i can upload some additional things (no CV though).

many thanks in advance!


In addition to two reference letters to be submitted by the referees, I was asked to upload:

1. CV
2. Academic transcript
3. IELTS result
4. An ID photo (optional, for student ID card if the app is successful).

Hope this helps.



Are you applying to the LLM cng? Because I thought we could not upload a CV.
Please let me know where and how you uploaded it.

Thanks!

<blockquote><blockquote>hello again,

i have a question to all those who already submitted and have access to CAMsis. what kind of documents can you upload? is there only a section for the required degree certificates or are you able (or even required) to upload proof of everything else you stated in your application (i.e. certificates of awards, transcripts etc...)? i am wondering whether i can upload some additional things (no CV though).

many thanks in advance!</blockquote>

In addition to two reference letters to be submitted by the referees, I was asked to upload:

1. CV
2. Academic transcript
3. IELTS result
4. An ID photo (optional, for student ID card if the app is successful).

Hope this helps.</blockquote>


Are you applying to the LLM cng? Because I thought we could not upload a CV.
Please let me know where and how you uploaded it.

Thanks!
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cng1238

hello again,

i have a question to all those who already submitted and have access to CAMsis. what kind of documents can you upload? is there only a section for the required degree certificates or are you able (or even required) to upload proof of everything else you stated in your application (i.e. certificates of awards, transcripts etc...)? i am wondering whether i can upload some additional things (no CV though).

many thanks in advance!


In addition to two reference letters to be submitted by the referees, I was asked to upload:

1. CV
2. Academic transcript
3. IELTS result
4. An ID photo (optional, for student ID card if the app is successful).

Hope this helps.



Are you applying to the LLM cng? Because I thought we could not upload a CV.
Please let me know where and how you uploaded it.

Thanks!


Yes I am applying LLM. Interesting enough, though I was requested to fill out my employment history in the online application form, I was nonetheless requested to upload a CV to CamSIS, through the link "what documents you need to send us" (or something like that). Not sure this is just me or applicable to all applicants.

<blockquote><blockquote><blockquote>hello again,

i have a question to all those who already submitted and have access to CAMsis. what kind of documents can you upload? is there only a section for the required degree certificates or are you able (or even required) to upload proof of everything else you stated in your application (i.e. certificates of awards, transcripts etc...)? i am wondering whether i can upload some additional things (no CV though).

many thanks in advance!</blockquote>

In addition to two reference letters to be submitted by the referees, I was asked to upload:

1. CV
2. Academic transcript
3. IELTS result
4. An ID photo (optional, for student ID card if the app is successful).

Hope this helps.</blockquote>


Are you applying to the LLM cng? Because I thought we could not upload a CV.
Please let me know where and how you uploaded it.

Thanks!</blockquote>

Yes I am applying LLM. Interesting enough, though I was requested to fill out my employment history in the online application form, I was nonetheless requested to upload a CV to CamSIS, through the link "what documents you need to send us" (or something like that). Not sure this is just me or applicable to all applicants.
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I did not have the possibility to send my CV neither.

I have oversent all of the required documents except the language test scores, but I can not send my application. Does anyone know if my application will be sent if I do not send any test scores before the due date?

Regards

I did not have the possibility to send my CV neither.

I have oversent all of the required documents except the language test scores, but I can not send my application. Does anyone know if my application will be sent if I do not send any test scores before the due date?

Regards
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cng1238

I did not have the possibility to send my CV neither.

I have oversent all of the required documents except the language test scores, but I can not send my application. Does anyone know if my application will be sent if I do not send any test scores before the due date?

Regards


Did you pay the application fee? If so I think it is ok for you to send the IELTS result later. Your application shall be deemed submitted if you have everything else completed and sent/uploaded (most important are references and transcripts).

<blockquote>I did not have the possibility to send my CV neither.

I have oversent all of the required documents except the language test scores, but I can not send my application. Does anyone know if my application will be sent if I do not send any test scores before the due date?

Regards</blockquote>

Did you pay the application fee? If so I think it is ok for you to send the IELTS result later. Your application shall be deemed submitted if you have everything else completed and sent/uploaded (most important are references and transcripts).
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Yes, I have done so - and it is stated that I can send an application without any language test score. I just want to be sure that my app is not withdrawn because I did not send any test scores I did not have to send :)

Yes, I have done so - and it is stated that I can send an application without any language test score. I just want to be sure that my app is not withdrawn because I did not send any test scores I did not have to send :)
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trellick

hey everyone,

I have some more questions regarding the supporting documentation.

At the website of the BoGS it says that I must not send a transcript of records or other supporting documentation that was written on, otherwise it will not be accepted. However, all my certificates and the transcript bear stamps of credence and additional signatures of the translator. How did you all handle this - did you upload an uncertified translation?

Btw., where did you upload the translations anyway? There is not place for those in the self-service account!

cheers,
t.

hey everyone,

I have some more questions regarding the supporting documentation.

At the website of the BoGS it says that I must not send a transcript of records or other supporting documentation that was written on, otherwise it will not be accepted. However, all my certificates and the transcript bear stamps of credence and additional signatures of the translator. How did you all handle this - did you upload an uncertified translation?

Btw., where did you upload the translations anyway? There is not place for those in the self-service account!

cheers,
t.
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cng1238

hey everyone,

I have some more questions regarding the supporting documentation.

At the website of the BoGS it says that I must not send a transcript of records or other supporting documentation that was written on, otherwise it will not be accepted. However, all my certificates and the transcript bear stamps of credence and additional signatures of the translator. How did you all handle this - did you upload an uncertified translation?

Btw., where did you upload the translations anyway? There is not place for those in the self-service account!

cheers,
t.


I think it is fine if those writings and stamps are there for legitimate reasons. Supporting documents are uploaded through CamSIS self-service. You will be given access to CamSIS AFTER you pay and submit the application form.

<blockquote>hey everyone,

I have some more questions regarding the supporting documentation.

At the website of the BoGS it says that I must not send a transcript of records or other supporting documentation that was written on, otherwise it will not be accepted. However, all my certificates and the transcript bear stamps of credence and additional signatures of the translator. How did you all handle this - did you upload an uncertified translation?

Btw., where did you upload the translations anyway? There is not place for those in the self-service account!

cheers,
t.</blockquote>

I think it is fine if those writings and stamps are there for legitimate reasons. Supporting documents are uploaded through CamSIS self-service. You will be given access to CamSIS AFTER you pay and submit the application form.
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besha

^Hi everyone!

I am currently arranging all the documents for an application to several British LLM-programmes (CAmbridge as well!) and I am almost done. There are just the academic references missing.
One of my referees told me that he is finished writing and wanted to know about the upcoming procedure of transmission.

My question now is: How do you handle the references? I will apply via the online application systems so I understand that my referee will have to upload the document himself. I will tell him to get a PDF version of the file. But does he have to sign it?? Because if so I would ask him to print it out, sign it and then scan it again to PDF.

What do you think? Do the universities require a signature?

Thanks for any help!

^Hi everyone!

I am currently arranging all the documents for an application to several British LLM-programmes (CAmbridge as well!) and I am almost done. There are just the academic references missing.
One of my referees told me that he is finished writing and wanted to know about the upcoming procedure of transmission.

My question now is: How do you handle the references? I will apply via the online application systems so I understand that my referee will have to upload the document himself. I will tell him to get a PDF version of the file. But does he have to sign it?? Because if so I would ask him to print it out, sign it and then scan it again to PDF.

What do you think? Do the universities require a signature?

Thanks for any help!
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Nezz

Hi derdichter,

It doesn't make a difference if the reference letter is signed by your referee or not. I think one of the main reasons why Cambridge and Oxford ask the referees to send the reference letters themselves instead the applicant, is particularly because of the accuracy of these letters. This is my opinion. However, I asked my referees to put their signature on the letters.

Cheers.
______________
Now, I have a question. I made a stupid mistake while applying, and I realized it this morning when I received an email by the Graduate Reference System asking me to provide a personal reference for myself :| Instead of my personal referee's information, I have typed in MY personal information. Just for the record, the personal reference is provided if you want to be considered for the Gates Scholarship. Is there any way I can make a correction to my application, once I submitted it? If not, will this influence my admission at Cambridge?

P.S. I applied late last night and I was too exhausted, so I could have done more mistakes. My recommendation to all who consider to apply is to be well rested and concentrated.

Hi derdichter,

It doesn't make a difference if the reference letter is signed by your referee or not. I think one of the main reasons why Cambridge and Oxford ask the referees to send the reference letters themselves instead the applicant, is particularly because of the accuracy of these letters. This is my opinion. However, I asked my referees to put their signature on the letters.

Cheers.
______________
Now, I have a question. I made a stupid mistake while applying, and I realized it this morning when I received an email by the Graduate Reference System asking me to provide a personal reference for myself :| Instead of my personal referee's information, I have typed in MY personal information. Just for the record, the personal reference is provided if you want to be considered for the Gates Scholarship. Is there any way I can make a correction to my application, once I submitted it? If not, will this influence my admission at Cambridge?

P.S. I applied late last night and I was too exhausted, so I could have done more mistakes. My recommendation to all who consider to apply is to be well rested and concentrated.
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msn

Dear All,

Had a query regd the application. The online app form says that we cannot copy paste from a word doc but hv to directly type into the space. I have been pasting it from word doc and the field has accepted it. Will the app not show it when its being reviewed by the Admission office?
Anyone who has submitted the app form could guide me.
Thanks
M

Dear All,

Had a query regd the application. The online app form says that we cannot copy paste from a word doc but hv to directly type into the space. I have been pasting it from word doc and the field has accepted it. Will the app not show it when its being reviewed by the Admission office?
Anyone who has submitted the app form could guide me.
Thanks
M
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effloresce

Hi msn

I think it will be fine. I did a mixture of typing in and copying and pasting from a separate word document. What happens is that after you finish the online application form (stages 1 - 8), there will be an automatic application checker to ensure that you've filled in all the necessary fields and that the text you entered hasn't gone over the limit. After that application checker, if everything checks out successfully, at the next page but before submission, you can generate a PDF of the complete application form to double-check that all the info is correct. I did this and all the text appears in the corresponding boxes.

Hi msn

I think it will be fine. I did a mixture of typing in and copying and pasting from a separate word document. What happens is that after you finish the online application form (stages 1 - 8), there will be an automatic application checker to ensure that you've filled in all the necessary fields and that the text you entered hasn't gone over the limit. After that application checker, if everything checks out successfully, at the next page but before submission, you can generate a PDF of the complete application form to double-check that all the info is correct. I did this and all the text appears in the corresponding boxes.
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llmworth

Hello everyone,

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.

Hello everyone,

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.
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cng1238

Hello everyone,

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....

<blockquote>Hello everyone,

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. </blockquote>

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....
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effloresce

I agree with cng's first paragraph. If you are already doing a PhD and have an LLM, I am not sure whether Oxbridge would accept you. Usually the prohibition on prior LLMs is only for LLMs from the UK and not LLMs in general as I know several professors who did an LLM in the US and then went to do one in the UK. You didn't state whether you were interested in doing an LLM or a PhD at Oxbridge but I'll assume it's an LLM since you're on the LLM boards. I'm just not sure what the point of doing another LLM would be, as you already will already have a degree higher than an LLM (your PhD). I think that might be a bigger hurdle than your initial undergrad grades.

I agree with cng's first paragraph. If you are already doing a PhD and have an LLM, I am not sure whether Oxbridge would accept you. Usually the prohibition on prior LLMs is only for LLMs from the UK and not LLMs in general as I know several professors who did an LLM in the US and then went to do one in the UK. You didn't state whether you were interested in doing an LLM or a PhD at Oxbridge but I'll assume it's an LLM since you're on the LLM boards. I'm just not sure what the point of doing another LLM would be, as you already will already have a degree higher than an LLM (your PhD). I think that might be a bigger hurdle than your initial undergrad grades.
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llmworth

Hi cng1238 and effloresce

Thank you for your reply and the information. Both my LL.B and LL.M. is about civil law, so I only have little basic knowledge of common law. I am also not sure whether I can apply for another LL.M. But I know that some Chinese students who already got Ph.D in China(one got Ph.D from HKU) or in EU got admission to HLS, YLS and NYU to do another LL.M. while for UK I do not have enough information.

I study EU law in EU, so now I find that to know more about the UK legal system and also the common law is much better for me in the future. That is the main reason why I want to do another LL.M. in UK. If I can explain more on this issue and point out the connection between the LLM and my research interests, can I make it clear that why I would like to do another LLM after the Ph.D.

Hope that all of you can give me more information.

BTW, cng1238, thank you for your information on the professors in your university. I met two of them when they went to Peking University. Do you think I stand a better chance to secure a place in top US programs?

Hi cng1238 and effloresce

Thank you for your reply and the information. Both my LL.B and LL.M. is about civil law, so I only have little basic knowledge of common law. I am also not sure whether I can apply for another LL.M. But I know that some Chinese students who already got Ph.D in China(one got Ph.D from HKU) or in EU got admission to HLS, YLS and NYU to do another LL.M. while for UK I do not have enough information.

I study EU law in EU, so now I find that to know more about the UK legal system and also the common law is much better for me in the future. That is the main reason why I want to do another LL.M. in UK. If I can explain more on this issue and point out the connection between the LLM and my research interests, can I make it clear that why I would like to do another LLM after the Ph.D.

Hope that all of you can give me more information.

BTW, cng1238, thank you for your information on the professors in your university. I met two of them when they went to Peking University. Do you think I stand a better chance to secure a place in top US programs?
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cng1238

I am also not sure whether I can apply for another LL.M. But I know that some Chinese students who already got Ph.D in China(one got Ph.D from HKU) or in EU got admission to HLS, YLS and NYU to do another LL.M. while for UK I do not have enough information.


It is possible to study for another LLM but I believe you need to convince the law school, knowing that you already have a LLM, to accept you into the program. In your case I do not see that is a problem because you are in the civil jurisdiction. From that point of view, you might want to aim at Oxford Mjur, which is (supposedly) designed for people like you.

I study EU law in EU, so now I find that to know more about the UK legal system and also the common law is much better for me in the future.


If you would allow me, may I ask why you think common law is better for you in the future. Do you want to become an academics or practitioner? If former, I am not sure how much an extra LLM can help. I guess if you want to go academics, a solid PhD and publications score more than a LLM, even a prestigious one. If latter, under what jurisdiction do you want to practice? I am sure you know a LLM does not qualify you as a lawyer in most common law jurisdictions (except I think in the US some LLM will entitle you for the bar exam).

Do you think I stand a better chance to secure a place in top US programs?


From what I understand the answer is yes. Given you have very good LLM (and maybe plus the PhD), quality publication plus superb recommendations from your professors. Having said that, I encourage you to try both UK and US law schools, if you never try you'll never know....

<blockquote>I am also not sure whether I can apply for another LL.M. But I know that some Chinese students who already got Ph.D in China(one got Ph.D from HKU) or in EU got admission to HLS, YLS and NYU to do another LL.M. while for UK I do not have enough information.</blockquote>

It is possible to study for another LLM but I believe you need to convince the law school, knowing that you already have a LLM, to accept you into the program. In your case I do not see that is a problem because you are in the civil jurisdiction. From that point of view, you might want to aim at Oxford Mjur, which is (supposedly) designed for people like you.

<blockquote>I study EU law in EU, so now I find that to know more about the UK legal system and also the common law is much better for me in the future.</blockquote>

If you would allow me, may I ask why you think common law is better for you in the future. Do you want to become an academics or practitioner? If former, I am not sure how much an extra LLM can help. I guess if you want to go academics, a solid PhD and publications score more than a LLM, even a prestigious one. If latter, under what jurisdiction do you want to practice? I am sure you know a LLM does not qualify you as a lawyer in most common law jurisdictions (except I think in the US some LLM will entitle you for the bar exam).

<blockquote>Do you think I stand a better chance to secure a place in top US programs?</blockquote>

From what I understand the answer is yes. Given you have very good LLM (and maybe plus the PhD), quality publication plus superb recommendations from your professors. Having said that, I encourage you to try both UK and US law schools, if you never try you'll never know....


</blockquote>
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Nezz

^Hi everyone!

I am currently arranging all the documents for an application to several British LLM-programmes (CAmbridge as well!) and I am almost done. There are just the academic references missing.
One of my referees told me that he is finished writing and wanted to know about the upcoming procedure of transmission.

My question now is: How do you handle the references? I will apply via the online application systems so I understand that my referee will have to upload the document himself. I will tell him to get a PDF version of the file. But does he have to sign it?? Because if so I would ask him to print it out, sign it and then scan it again to PDF.

What do you think? Do the universities require a signature?

Thanks for any help!


Hi derdicter,

I suppose that your referees have already sent the reference letters, with or without their signature, but anyways, this is for all the candidates who intend to apply for an LLM at Cambridge in the future, and have this kind of doubt.

The Graduate Cambridge System allows the referees to either type in the reference letter online, or upload the reference letter as a .pdf file. This means it doesn't matter if the .pdf file contains a handwritten signature or not, because after they provide all the necessary information for the applicant, there is a blank gap where they should write their signature.

Thus, do not worry so much if your reference letters are signed or not, especially when applying to schools which ask the referees themselves to submit the reference letters.

Cheers,
NG

<blockquote>^Hi everyone!

I am currently arranging all the documents for an application to several British LLM-programmes (CAmbridge as well!) and I am almost done. There are just the academic references missing.
One of my referees told me that he is finished writing and wanted to know about the upcoming procedure of transmission.

My question now is: How do you handle the references? I will apply via the online application systems so I understand that my referee will have to upload the document himself. I will tell him to get a PDF version of the file. But does he have to sign it?? Because if so I would ask him to print it out, sign it and then scan it again to PDF.

What do you think? Do the universities require a signature?

Thanks for any help!</blockquote>

Hi derdicter,

I suppose that your referees have already sent the reference letters, with or without their signature, but anyways, this is for all the candidates who intend to apply for an LLM at Cambridge in the future, and have this kind of doubt.

The Graduate Cambridge System allows the referees to either type in the reference letter online, or upload the reference letter as a .pdf file. This means it doesn't matter if the .pdf file contains a handwritten signature or not, because after they provide all the necessary information for the applicant, there is a blank gap where they should write their signature.

Thus, do not worry so much if your reference letters are signed or not, especially when applying to schools which ask the referees themselves to submit the reference letters.

Cheers,
NG
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