I was wondering if I could get thoughts on my admission prospects at a top US school for an LLM (NYU, Harvard, Columbia, possibly also Northwestern and Georgetown).
I'm an Australian lawyer with approximately eight years of experience working in the legal industry (6 years from working at law firms and for the state government as an undergrad / pre admission) and 2 years post admission experience as a lawyer working in commercial litigation. I have also worked in Tribunals and Courts as an associate (akin to a judicial clerk). I didn't graduate with the best of marks but have a distinction WAM and an Honours degree (not a first) from UNSW (one of the top 5 universities in Australia). By way of volunteer experience and extra circulars, I didn't have much time during my undergrad as I was working a lot but have volunteered in various capacities at community legal centres and participate in a few mentorship programs as a mentor, mainly for women of colour in the legal profession. I will hopefully be receiving four letters of recommendation; from two of my law school professors who taught in subjects focused on human rights and justice (subjects in which I received a high distinction or upper distinction grade), from a federal court judge and from the head of the Tribunal where I worked.
I intend to use the LLM as a pathway into public interest law and move away from commercial. My program of study would be focused on forced migration, transitional justice and de-radicalisation, all of which are informed by my personal background as a former refugee.
I would be most interested in getting into either of Harvard, Columbia or NYU but am quite concerned that university marks are not great but hope that my lived experience and work experience will be influential in my application.
Thanks in advance!!
[Edited by susr on Oct 22, 2021]