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gemma13
Dear forum members,

I'm preparing my application to HLS and would like to exchange information about the application process with other LLM-Guide members,

Just read that many applicants submit 3 LoRs. However two suffice as stated on the HLS website (HLS strongly recommends that at least one letter of recommendation come from an academic source).

http://www.law.harvard.edu/prospective/jd/apply/recs.html

Best
gemma
Dear forum members,

I'm preparing my application to HLS and would like to exchange information about the application process with other LLM-Guide members,

Just read that many applicants submit 3 LoRs. However two suffice as stated on the HLS website (HLS strongly recommends that at least one letter of recommendation come from an academic source).

http://www.law.harvard.edu/prospective/jd/apply/recs.html

Best
gemma
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hopeful19
Gemma,
I too am preparing to apply to HLS LLM programme. My interest is in Human Rights and International Law. I'll also need financial aid. Wonder what kind of aid HLS has to offer ??
Gemma,
I too am preparing to apply to HLS LLM programme. My interest is in Human Rights and International Law. I'll also need financial aid. Wonder what kind of aid HLS has to offer ??
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hobbit
Hi!

Can someone please clarify whether 2 LORs for HLS should be okay (that's the minimum) - or will it be disadvantageous, given that HLS recognises, and is infact correct, that almost all applicants submit 3!

Anyone particularly with personal experience on this one?

Thanks.
Hi!

Can someone please clarify whether 2 LORs for HLS should be okay (that's the minimum) - or will it be disadvantageous, given that HLS recognises, and is infact correct, that almost all applicants submit 3!

Anyone particularly with personal experience on this one?

Thanks.
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hopeful19
Hello@Hobbit,
HLS wants at least two LORs but their experience is that most applicants submit three. I don't think you are at a disadvantage if you submit two.
Hello@Hobbit,
HLS wants at least two LORs but their experience is that most applicants submit three. I don't think you are at a disadvantage if you submit two.
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hobbit
@hopeful19 - Thanks very much. I hope it doesn't - all the HLS people I know had submitted three!!
@hopeful19 - Thanks very much. I hope it doesn't - all the HLS people I know had submitted three!!
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sark
Hey there!

What do you think about referring to my CV in the 2 questions regarding publications and professional experience respectively???

Thanks and good luck!
Hey there!

What do you think about referring to my CV in the 2 questions regarding publications and professional experience respectively???

Thanks and good luck!
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mra337
Hey there!

What do you think about referring to my CV in the 2 questions regarding publications and professional experience respectively???

Thanks and good luck!


I did the same and was admitted. So yes, maybe it's not exactly what they wanted, but it doesn't knock you out.
<blockquote>Hey there!

What do you think about referring to my CV in the 2 questions regarding publications and professional experience respectively???

Thanks and good luck!</blockquote>

I did the same and was admitted. So yes, maybe it's not exactly what they wanted, but it doesn't knock you out.
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Anees
Hello Everyone,

I graduated with CGPA 3.1 from one of the top universities in Pakistan. I did my 5 years BA-LLB on full scholarship from the university. I just want to whether I would be eligible to apply for Harvard LLM program or not?
Hello Everyone,

I graduated with CGPA 3.1 from one of the top universities in Pakistan. I did my 5 years BA-LLB on full scholarship from the university. I just want to whether I would be eligible to apply for Harvard LLM program or not?

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Generally speaking, LOR's are not an influential factor in the LL.M. admission process.
Generally speaking, LOR's are not an influential factor in the LL.M. admission process.
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Jack13
Generally speaking, LOR's are not an influential factor in the LL.M. admission process.


Are you serious?
<blockquote>Generally speaking, LOR's are not an influential factor in the LL.M. admission process. </blockquote>

Are you serious?
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law01
Generally speaking, LOR's are not an influential factor in the LL.M. admission process.


I believe you are a bit misled if you truly think that reference letters are not an influential factor; they are probably the most important factor (after your grades)!!!
<blockquote>Generally speaking, LOR's are not an influential factor in the LL.M. admission process. </blockquote>

I believe you are a bit misled if you truly think that reference letters are not an influential factor; they are probably the most important factor (after your grades)!!!
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gemma13
I agree. This is what they say themselves:

"In evaluating LLM applications, we will take into consideration applicants' academic performance in their university and law studies, their ability to write a cogent legal essay, their English language proficiency, the quality of their letters of recommendation, their professional and personal accomplishments, and other factors."
I agree. This is what they say themselves:

"In evaluating LLM applications, we will take into consideration applicants' academic performance in their university and law studies, their ability to write a cogent legal essay, their English language proficiency, the quality of their letters of recommendation, their professional and personal accomplishments, and other factors."
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rosie2704
Hi to all,

I hope the application process is going well for everyone! I am currently finalizing my personal statement and I was wondering a couple of things...
- As indicated, we can cite our sources in footnotes. However, do we need to include a bibliography as well?
- Regarding the footnotes, is there a particular model of writing the references that must be used? Or will any coherent system do?

Thank you and best of luck to all! :)
Hi to all,

I hope the application process is going well for everyone! I am currently finalizing my personal statement and I was wondering a couple of things...
- As indicated, we can cite our sources in footnotes. However, do we need to include a bibliography as well?
- Regarding the footnotes, is there a particular model of writing the references that must be used? Or will any coherent system do?

Thank you and best of luck to all! :)
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grumpyJD
Hi, It sounds like you're on top of things I'm just at the bullet point stage and debating whether to submit this application at all. If I do cite, I plan to follow my home system (Canada/McGill Guide) because I just can't imagine learning another method and applying it properly. Besides, they know we are foreign :-) At least, that's my very casual approach to it. I see an application to Harvard as my wild card entry. Great if it happens but I am not counting on it...I never even considered a bibliography but my topic is a bit vast so I will avoid one.
Hi, It sounds like you're on top of things – I'm just at the bullet point stage and debating whether to submit this application at all. If I do cite, I plan to follow my home system (Canada/McGill Guide) because I just can't imagine learning another method and applying it properly. Besides, they know we are foreign :-) At least, that's my very casual approach to it. I see an application to Harvard as my wild card entry. Great if it happens but I am not counting on it...I never even considered a bibliography but my topic is a bit vast so I will avoid one.
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rosie2704
Thanks for the advice, grumpyJD! I decided not to include a bibliography. Application is submitted! Now, let the 4-month wait begin... :)
Thanks for the advice, grumpyJD! I decided not to include a bibliography. Application is submitted! Now, let the 4-month wait begin... :)
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gemma13
Have you seen this blog entry by a current HLS student discussing many application questions?

http://hlsllm.tumblr.com/post/102288202913/admissions

I think it's really useful!!!
Have you seen this blog entry by a current HLS student discussing many application questions?

http://hlsllm.tumblr.com/post/102288202913/admissions

I think it's really useful!!!
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Paloma88
Hello forum members:

Do you guys know what does the preferred deadline of November 15th mean?

Is my chance to be admitted reduced when I send my application after the 15th of November, even if all my supporting material is received by the admission committee before December 1st?

Thanks!
Hello forum members:

Do you guys know what does the preferred deadline of November 15th mean?

Is my chance to be admitted reduced when I send my application after the 15th of November, even if all my supporting material is received by the admission committee before December 1st?

Thanks!
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hobbit
Hello forum members:

Do you guys know what does the preferred deadline of November 15th mean?

Is my chance to be admitted reduced when I send my application after the 15th of November, even if all my supporting material is received by the admission committee before December 1st?

Thanks!


I don't think so. I know people who have got admitted who submitted their application on 1st even..HLS does not following rolling system of evaluation, and therefore it should not matter who submitted how early or how late within the deadlines.
<blockquote>Hello forum members:

Do you guys know what does the preferred deadline of November 15th mean?

Is my chance to be admitted reduced when I send my application after the 15th of November, even if all my supporting material is received by the admission committee before December 1st?

Thanks!</blockquote>

I don't think so. I know people who have got admitted who submitted their application on 1st even..HLS does not following rolling system of evaluation, and therefore it should not matter who submitted how early or how late within the deadlines.
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Paloma88
Thank you very much!
Now I have another question and I would like to hear your advice please.
I have four letters of recommendation. Two from teachers, one from my actual boss (The director of National Agency) and one from an important human rights activist I used to worked with.
Since I can send three letters at the most, which one do you think I should send?
Thank you
Thank you very much!
Now I have another question and I would like to hear your advice please.
I have four letters of recommendation. Two from teachers, one from my actual boss (The director of National Agency) and one from an important human rights activist I used to worked with.
Since I can send three letters at the most, which one do you think I should send?
Thank you
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Dear Guys,
Glad to be here.
I have one question pertaining to the application fee and it is making me run nuts!
In my country, it is almost impossible to come by credit cards as the banks give debit cards. As such, i am stuck on how to pay the USD 85, which is already too much btw. Can someone tell me what i can do in the circumstances? I am freaking out!
Dear Guys,
Glad to be here.
I have one question pertaining to the application fee and it is making me run nuts!
In my country, it is almost impossible to come by credit cards as the banks give debit cards. As such, i am stuck on how to pay the USD 85, which is already too much btw. Can someone tell me what i can do in the circumstances? I am freaking out!
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