The Definitive 2011 Cambridge Thread


Dutchman

Call the BoGS on the phone. The email doesn't work all year. If in doubt, send it in rather than missing the deadline and explain in a covering letter.

Call the BoGS on the phone. The email doesn't work all year. If in doubt, send it in rather than missing the deadline and explain in a covering letter.
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My papers are finally on their way to Cambridge. Phew! At least now I know I did all I can and will never ask myself in the future whether I could have/should have at least tried to get admitted.

Now guys/girls...what is your opinion on the weight the Admissions Committee puts on the statements etc. ? Do you think that maybe with certain applications they don't even bother to read and instead 'disqualify' the applicant based on grades alone?
I know that the statements are not a decisive element of one's app, but how relevant do you think they are? i/if well written clearly..

Good luck to all with your apps!

My papers are finally on their way to Cambridge. Phew! At least now I know I did all I can and will never ask myself in the future whether I could have/should have at least tried to get admitted.

Now guys/girls...what is your opinion on the weight the Admissions Committee puts on the statements etc. ? Do you think that maybe with certain applications they don't even bother to read and instead 'disqualify' the applicant based on grades alone?
I know that the statements are not a decisive element of one's app, but how relevant do you think they are? i/if well written clearly..

Good luck to all with your apps!
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JsDupont

I'm pretty sure they do disqualify some applicants on grades alone...

I'm pretty sure they do disqualify some applicants on grades alone...
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Mac23

I definitely agree with dupont...grades grades grades..the only thing that matters, in my humble opinion.

I definitely agree with dupont...grades grades grades..the only thing that matters, in my humble opinion.
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I come from a non UK university and according to our grading system, I would be in some top 5%, but not in top 1% or 2%. In such cases, I was just wondering whether those statements had any influence on their final decisions... In case they were between a 'nay' and a 'yay', I wondered whether these things could help for the positive decision to prevail.
In the end I guess we can't know..we can only speculate..

Thnx anyway for you opinions on this

I come from a non UK university and according to our grading system, I would be in some top 5%, but not in top 1% or 2%. In such cases, I was just wondering whether those statements had any influence on their final decisions... In case they were between a 'nay' and a 'yay', I wondered whether these things could help for the positive decision to prevail.
In the end I guess we can't know..we can only speculate..

Thnx anyway for you opinions on this
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JsDupont

I certainly hope they have some sort of influence... Otherwise they wouldn't ask to write them

I certainly hope they have some sort of influence... Otherwise they wouldn't ask to write them
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I agree. I would think there are so many qualified applicants that they remain an important part of the application even for the best prospective LLM students.

I agree. I would think there are so many qualified applicants that they remain an important part of the application even for the best prospective LLM students.
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Tallal

They ask for those short essays just to see how motivated you are for the program. So that if few applicants with somewhat similar credentials are compared then they would pick the one who is more willing to do the program and how useful this LLM would be for him in the future.
I think more preference should be given to applicants who have some good work experience and are working in an environment in which they will be valued.

They ask for those short essays just to see how motivated you are for the program. So that if few applicants with somewhat similar credentials are compared then they would pick the one who is more willing to do the program and how useful this LLM would be for him in the future.
I think more preference should be given to applicants who have some good work experience and are working in an environment in which they will be valued.
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cdp2111

Hey guys I submitt my application online and I just check my account on the camsys and says:
"Papers with Degree Committee"
Do you know if this means that my supporting document arrived to Cambridge? Or just that my online application is going under review?
Regards,

Hey guys I submitt my application online and I just check my account on the camsys and says:
"Papers with Degree Committee"
Do you know if this means that my supporting document arrived to Cambridge? Or just that my online application is going under review?
Regards,
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JsDupont

Hey guys I submitt my application online and I just check my account on the camsys and says:
"Papers with Degree Committee"
Do you know if this means that my supporting document arrived to Cambridge? Or just that my online application is going under review?
Regards,


It usually means that your documents arrived in Cambridge and your application has been transfered to the Department.

<blockquote>Hey guys I submitt my application online and I just check my account on the camsys and says:
"Papers with Degree Committee"
Do you know if this means that my supporting document arrived to Cambridge? Or just that my online application is going under review?
Regards,</blockquote>

It usually means that your documents arrived in Cambridge and your application has been transfered to the Department.
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Tallal

My account says the same too.

My account says the same too.
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Do people really care about the little E,I etc. designations for their LLMs? It seems silly, but I guess uber-specialization is trendy.


Speaking only for myself - no, I don't. I'm taking two international classes, but chose to take two others in which I was actually interested rather than a third "international" class so I could get an "I" by my name. I'm not from the UK, so I have no idea if any employer here would care about Is and Es. I don't think that anyone in my home country knows or cares about Cambridge LLM specializations. I'm listing the courses that I'm doing, as well as my thesis title, on my resume, so the subject matter that I'm focusing on is pretty clear to prospective employers (who, for the most part, will share that same focus).

<blockquote>Do people really care about the little E,I etc. designations for their LLMs? It seems silly, but I guess uber-specialization is trendy.
</blockquote>

Speaking only for myself - no, I don't. I'm taking two international classes, but chose to take two others in which I was actually interested rather than a third "international" class so I could get an "I" by my name. I'm not from the UK, so I have no idea if any employer here would care about Is and Es. I don't think that anyone in my home country knows or cares about Cambridge LLM specializations. I'm listing the courses that I'm doing, as well as my thesis title, on my resume, so the subject matter that I'm focusing on is pretty clear to prospective employers (who, for the most part, will share that same focus).
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Elizabeta

Help!

I finished my online application and sent the necessary document, and received a confirmation of delivery by DHL on wednesday, 24 Nov. But my self service area still says "awaiting documents".

Is there any procedure the documents have to pass in order for it to be visible in the self service area?

I'm really worried because 1 Dec is getting very close...

Thanks in advance!

Help!

I finished my online application and sent the necessary document, and received a confirmation of delivery by DHL on wednesday, 24 Nov. But my self service area still says "awaiting documents".

Is there any procedure the documents have to pass in order for it to be visible in the self service area?

I'm really worried because 1 Dec is getting very close...

Thanks in advance!
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Tallal

I also faced the same problem so I called at the Cambridge graduate admissions office and they said that it takes a week for the documents to come at the processing stage. After a week of the receipt of the documents my camsis account stated that the documents are now being processed. So you should not worry much.

I also faced the same problem so I called at the Cambridge graduate admissions office and they said that it takes a week for the documents to come at the processing stage. After a week of the receipt of the documents my camsis account stated that the documents are now being processed. So you should not worry much.
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Elizabeta

If my documents arrived on the 24th, I hope a week will pass before the 1st Dec...

I'll call the Board on Monday morning, hoping to hear good news...

Thank you very much for the info!

If my documents arrived on the 24th, I hope a week will pass before the 1st Dec...

I'll call the Board on Monday morning, hoping to hear good news...

Thank you very much for the info!
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The BoGS is not always very quick to update self-service. It's fine to check to make sure they've received the documents, but in the meantime, you shouldn't panic that self-service has not been updated. I also note that it can take a phenomenally long time (which for some of us was measured in months) between receiving your departmental notice of admission from the Law Faculty and your self-service updating/BoGS sending you a formal letter of admission.

The BoGS is not always very quick to update self-service. It's fine to check to make sure they've received the documents, but in the meantime, you shouldn't panic that self-service has not been updated. I also note that it can take a phenomenally long time (which for some of us was measured in months) between receiving your departmental notice of admission from the Law Faculty and your self-service updating/BoGS sending you a formal letter of admission.
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I had a few days' delay between arrival of application and update to the self-service. Perfectly normal, it seems. Somebody of course has to go through all these mailings, open them, make sure everything is there, and punch it in the computer.

Now the real wait begins!

I had a few days' delay between arrival of application and update to the self-service. Perfectly normal, it seems. Somebody of course has to go through all these mailings, open them, make sure everything is there, and punch it in the computer.

Now the real wait begins!
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JsDupont

I guess I got lucky; my status was updated in 24hrs.

I guess I got lucky; my status was updated in 24hrs.
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KPIZO

Guys i submitted online my aplication but after i submitted already i noted that the documents which we have to sents are too few..i dicided to attach my CV,and a copy of my Degree..will this affects my application due to the facts that i submitted documents which i was not asked?

Guys i submitted online my aplication but after i submitted already i noted that the documents which we have to sents are too few..i dicided to attach my CV,and a copy of my Degree..will this affects my application due to the facts that i submitted documents which i was not asked?
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Tallal

I dont remember whether they allow submission of online documents because I sent my transcripts, letter of recommendations etc through mail. So if you have submitted your transcripts etc through mail then they wouldn't bother about the CV and the degree copy.

I dont remember whether they allow submission of online documents because I sent my transcripts, letter of recommendations etc through mail. So if you have submitted your transcripts etc through mail then they wouldn't bother about the CV and the degree copy.
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