CHANCES AT YALE 2020/21


ikaikahn
Good day! I'm applying to the following LL.M. programs: Yale, Harvard, NYU, and Columbia. I, however, have a dilemma about Yale.
Only Yale is asking for a TOEFL, the rest have waived it. I don't know if it'll be worth it to spend the extra $$ if I don't even have a chance of being admitted. Seeking the guidance of this learned forum.

About me:
-Top 1% at the University of London International Programmes (distance learning degree).
-3 years of Jurisprudence lectureship experience at a somewhat well-known undergraduate law school in my home country (not at the top by any means!).
- One domestic journal publication and one forthcoming publication in the William & Mary Journal of Race, Gender and Social Justice (it's ranked top 5 in the US in my area of interest: feminist legal theory).
- Newspaper articles about women's rights.
- Have done advocacy, conferences, and panels on women's rights. Also part of a leading women's rights organization where I have undertaken research and given policy proposals for law reform.

My goal is to become a feminist legal academic. Yale only takes 25 students per year and I don't know if my area of interest and my qualifications is something Yale is looking for. Should I bite the bullet and take the TOEFL?
Good day! I'm applying to the following LL.M. programs: Yale, Harvard, NYU, and Columbia. I, however, have a dilemma about Yale.
Only Yale is asking for a TOEFL, the rest have waived it. I don't know if it'll be worth it to spend the extra $$ if I don't even have a chance of being admitted. Seeking the guidance of this learned forum.

About me:
-Top 1% at the University of London International Programmes (distance learning degree).
-3 years of Jurisprudence lectureship experience at a somewhat well-known undergraduate law school in my home country (not at the top by any means!).
- One domestic journal publication and one forthcoming publication in the William & Mary Journal of Race, Gender and Social Justice (it's ranked top 5 in the US in my area of interest: feminist legal theory).
- Newspaper articles about women's rights.
- Have done advocacy, conferences, and panels on women's rights. Also part of a leading women's rights organization where I have undertaken research and given policy proposals for law reform.

My goal is to become a feminist legal academic. Yale only takes 25 students per year and I don't know if my area of interest and my qualifications is something Yale is looking for. Should I bite the bullet and take the TOEFL?
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I think you should give it a go (current JSD here). They say Yale only takes in 25 and so it is very selective in that way, but I actually got in twice (gave it up the first time to pursue graduate studies in econ). I don't think my grades are that fantastic to be honest (top 5% for law, but really quite mediocre for econ) and had 0 pubs when I first applied to Yale (thereafter, only one).
I think you should give it a go (current JSD here). They say Yale only takes in 25 and so it is very selective in that way, but I actually got in twice (gave it up the first time to pursue graduate studies in econ). I don't think my grades are that fantastic to be honest (top 5% for law, but really quite mediocre for econ) and had 0 pubs when I first applied to Yale (thereafter, only one).
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skydive
Thanks @carlogambino for this encouraging response.

I applied to the LL.M programme. I recently completed a post graduate law degree at one of the top UK universities, although I missed out on a distinction. Nevertheless, I had strong recommendations from my professors at post graduate level who were familiar with my writings and, also had strong recommendations from under graduate law professors. For my undergraduate law degree, I had an excellent academic record graduating as a top student with an average above 70%. However, I am worried about my post graduate degree's rank lack of distinction. Is strong weight attached post graduate degrees in regard to the strength of the application to Yale - considering that the minimum requirement is that one must have graduated with a degree that entitles them to practice (for which I did with a high rank), I wonder which weighs more, considering the highly selective nature of the Yale LLM?
Thanks @carlogambino for this encouraging response.

I applied to the LL.M programme. I recently completed a post graduate law degree at one of the top UK universities, although I missed out on a distinction. Nevertheless, I had strong recommendations from my professors at post graduate level who were familiar with my writings and, also had strong recommendations from under graduate law professors. For my undergraduate law degree, I had an excellent academic record graduating as a top student with an average above 70%. However, I am worried about my post graduate degree's rank lack of distinction. Is strong weight attached post graduate degrees in regard to the strength of the application to Yale - considering that the minimum requirement is that one must have graduated with a degree that entitles them to practice (for which I did with a high rank), I wonder which weighs more, considering the highly selective nature of the Yale LLM?
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