Statement of purpose


hi im a prospective student for LLM for 2008-09...could somebody guide me as to how to write a good SOP.......
hi im a prospective student for LLM for 2008-09...could somebody guide me as to how to write a good SOP.......
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Nina_A
I would suggest the followings:
1. What is the course that I am applying for?
2. What is it that I want to get out of this course? i.e. your purpose of studying it!
3. What have I done to make me suitable for studying this course? things that would give you an edge...
4. What is my life experience?
5. Combining 3 and 4.

Apart from doing all those, I think the last two paragraphs you put on your personal statement are usually the most important ones. One would revolve around the reason for studying LLM, and the other would be on your choice of school. i.e. Why you would apply to that particular school.

I hope other friends leave you posts here, so that you get a general idea of what to write. Others might have different outlines.
I would suggest the followings:
1. What is the course that I am applying for?
2. What is it that I want to get out of this course? i.e. your purpose of studying it!
3. What have I done to make me suitable for studying this course? things that would give you an edge...
4. What is my life experience?
5. Combining 3 and 4.

Apart from doing all those, I think the last two paragraphs you put on your personal statement are usually the most important ones. One would revolve around the reason for studying LLM, and the other would be on your choice of school. i.e. Why you would apply to that particular school.

I hope other friends leave you posts here, so that you get a general idea of what to write. Others might have different outlines.



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Jai1
Hi Nina...

Can you please suggest me what would be the fate of LL.M. application if the applicant is applying to a specilized LL.M., someting different to his/her past experience.....

I have around 3 years of experience in IP law and also two diplomas in IP law. Now I wanted to shift over to Corporate Laws. How badly it will affect my application for LLM - Corporate Laws....

regards
Hi Nina...

Can you please suggest me what would be the fate of LL.M. application if the applicant is applying to a specilized LL.M., someting different to his/her past experience.....

I have around 3 years of experience in IP law and also two diplomas in IP law. Now I wanted to shift over to Corporate Laws. How badly it will affect my application for LLM - Corporate Laws....

regards
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Nina_A
Dear Jaideep,

I don't personally think that there is anything wrong with it. In fact, I had the same problem, and asked a couple of members in the forum about this. In my humble opinion, you could write about your background in IP Law, and then write down what made you decide to choose corporate law. Try to establish a link whatsoever between IP and corporate law, no matter how difficult it is. e,g. sith happened and brought you to this conclusion, and don't just talk about, SHOWCASE it. Do it confidently and clearly. Hope that helps.
Dear Jaideep,

I don't personally think that there is anything wrong with it. In fact, I had the same problem, and asked a couple of members in the forum about this. In my humble opinion, you could write about your background in IP Law, and then write down what made you decide to choose corporate law. Try to establish a link whatsoever between IP and corporate law, no matter how difficult it is. e,g. sith happened and brought you to this conclusion, and don't just talk about, SHOWCASE it. Do it confidently and clearly. Hope that helps.
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Jai1
Dear Nina,

Thanx 4 ur reply... I m planning to apply to Stanford, UPenn, NYU.... R u already admitted to LL.M... If I provide you with my credentials, can you please give ur comments?
Dear Nina,

Thanx 4 ur reply... I m planning to apply to Stanford, UPenn, NYU.... R u already admitted to LL.M... If I provide you with my credentials, can you please give ur comments?
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Nina_A
Jaideep,

I believe I am in no professional position to advise you on that, but if there is anything about writing your personal statement, I will be more than happy to help. (although I need to say that will be from MY prospective.)
Jaideep,

I believe I am in no professional position to advise you on that, but if there is anything about writing your personal statement, I will be more than happy to help. (although I need to say that will be from MY prospective.)
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Jai1
Dear Nina,

So kind of you. I am on the way to select the Universities, I should apply for. In this month, I am very busy and may be able to write my SoP next month. At that time I may discuss the same with you.

Thanx & regards
Dear Nina,

So kind of you. I am on the way to select the Universities, I should apply for. In this month, I am very busy and may be able to write my SoP next month. At that time I may discuss the same with you.

Thanx & regards
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Nina_A
Jaideep,

I will be more than happy to be of any help.
Best of luck to you.
Jaideep,

I will be more than happy to be of any help.
Best of luck to you.
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Jai1
Dear Nina,

Please find my message in your LLMGuide Mailbox.

regards
Dear Nina,

Please find my message in your LLMGuide Mailbox.

regards
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petra
Dear Nina,
Could you also look at my personal statement, if you don't mind? By the way, my real name is Nina, so I find it kinda strange addresing you as Nina.
Dear Nina,
Could you also look at my personal statement, if you don't mind? By the way, my real name is Nina, so I find it kinda strange addresing you as Nina.
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hi nina....thanx for ur advise....cud u also check ur LLMGUIDE mailbox.........i need help regarding SOP....cud i get sumbody's SOP who made it to gud universities in USA????
hi nina....thanx for ur advise....cud u also check ur LLMGUIDE mailbox.........i need help regarding SOP....cud i get sumbody's SOP who made it to gud universities in USA????
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Nina_A
Petra,

I would be glad to do that, but I am terribly busy with preparing my personal statement and other documents. My suggetion for you is reading samples on the Internet.
That being said, I will be more than happy to read yours, although I am not sure whether I can be of any help, but if you allow me sometime, I will get back to you on that.

Attorney,

Unfortunately, I have no personal statements.
I have learnt a few things in the last two months and here I just share them with you:

a. One should not include any irrelevant work or life experience in the SoP
b. your essay should not be a list of your achievements, because those are already mentioned in the resume. One is better off mentioning things that might be new to the reader.
c. The depth of what you are writing is much more important than the breadth. Again, you are better off writing in details about two of your experiences for instance than touching on a lot of items.
d. You should not talk about your life or work experiences. You need to showcase them, which is very important.
e. Also the language should be something between conversational and formal. I personally have had to work hard on this part. Imagine yourself as being interviewed, you wouldn't use a lot of sophisticated words. your essay should talk to the reader.
f. Your opening sentence is also very important. It should give the reader some hint on the area of your interest, which the reader will read on in the rest of the eassy.
g. You need to mention why you have chosen that particular university, but you should not overdo that. A good university like Harward or Columbia, are the best, and everyone knows this. So, keep that short, and write something practical about the school.
h. Before doing all that you need to brainstorm. There are many things that you want to include in your essay, for which there could be no space. By brainstorming, you will be less confused, and can decide which items to include in the essay.

Good luck
Nina
Petra,

I would be glad to do that, but I am terribly busy with preparing my personal statement and other documents. My suggetion for you is reading samples on the Internet.
That being said, I will be more than happy to read yours, although I am not sure whether I can be of any help, but if you allow me sometime, I will get back to you on that.

Attorney,

Unfortunately, I have no personal statements.
I have learnt a few things in the last two months and here I just share them with you:

a. One should not include any irrelevant work or life experience in the SoP
b. your essay should not be a list of your achievements, because those are already mentioned in the resume. One is better off mentioning things that might be new to the reader.
c. The depth of what you are writing is much more important than the breadth. Again, you are better off writing in details about two of your experiences for instance than touching on a lot of items.
d. You should not talk about your life or work experiences. You need to showcase them, which is very important.
e. Also the language should be something between conversational and formal. I personally have had to work hard on this part. Imagine yourself as being interviewed, you wouldn't use a lot of sophisticated words. your essay should talk to the reader.
f. Your opening sentence is also very important. It should give the reader some hint on the area of your interest, which the reader will read on in the rest of the eassy.
g. You need to mention why you have chosen that particular university, but you should not overdo that. A good university like Harward or Columbia, are the best, and everyone knows this. So, keep that short, and write something practical about the school.
h. Before doing all that you need to brainstorm. There are many things that you want to include in your essay, for which there could be no space. By brainstorming, you will be less confused, and can decide which items to include in the essay.

Good luck
Nina

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Hi Guys ,

I have gone through your replies , even I am applying for year 2008-09 . U guys should also check accepted.com for good tips on SOP writing and much more info regarding application to law school.

Having said this I myself also need help drafting my SOP so if you guys help me do so plz ...........Can any one for that matter send me any copy of a specimen SOP ?

Regards
Keep posted
Hi Guys ,

I have gone through your replies , even I am applying for year 2008-09 . U guys should also check accepted.com for good tips on SOP writing and much more info regarding application to law school.

Having said this I myself also need help drafting my SOP so if you guys help me do so plz ...........Can any one for that matter send me any copy of a specimen SOP ?

Regards
Keep posted
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Nina_A
Kethipathak,

That's a good website. I have already read the matrials on that. I have also read the instructions and samples on www.essayedge.com. I think it's a good website. It has very good tips.
Kethipathak,

That's a good website. I have already read the matrials on that. I have also read the instructions and samples on www.essayedge.com. I think it's a good website. It has very good tips.
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Jai1
Hi Nina,

I am in the final stage of preparation of supporting documents including my SoP. I have sent a P.M.
Plz reply.

Regards
Hi Nina,

I am in the final stage of preparation of supporting documents including my SoP. I have sent a P.M.
Plz reply.

Regards
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ferarg
Any good example to send of a SOP for an LLM ? thanks.
Any good example to send of a SOP for an LLM ? thanks.
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meetmeannu
could anyone mail me the propforma of Sop and CV at anurag.adv@gmail.com
thnx
could anyone mail me the propforma of Sop and CV at anurag.adv@gmail.com
thnx
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chuck
Dear Nina,

I appreciate the tips you've given so far. I find it very helpful.

I just have one question. How should you answer the question of "what will you do with your LLM"?

I understand that the reality is most LLM's return to their home country. But on the SOP, should you say that is your intention? Or if you're aiming to get a job in the US, should you direct your writing on that instead?

On the one hand, I'm told for JD students it's crucial to discuss how one can contribute to the US legal community. But what should LLM's do?

Thanks for you input everyone.
Dear Nina,

I appreciate the tips you've given so far. I find it very helpful.

I just have one question. How should you answer the question of "what will you do with your LLM"?

I understand that the reality is most LLM's return to their home country. But on the SOP, should you say that is your intention? Or if you're aiming to get a job in the US, should you direct your writing on that instead?

On the one hand, I'm told for JD students it's crucial to discuss how one can contribute to the US legal community. But what should LLM's do?

Thanks for you input everyone.
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Dear all,

Thank you very much for the useful information and tips. I am currently planning to apply to Georgetown LLM for Fall 2009. Any Georgetown LLM graduates? I have a JD equivalent from Europe and a Master's degree in international relations in Georgetown University. I am interested in working as a lawyer with international organizations or US Government. Could anyone please e-mail me a sample of Sop and CV at jihanebourjaoui@yahoo.com

Thank you so much for your advice
Dear all,

Thank you very much for the useful information and tips. I am currently planning to apply to Georgetown LLM for Fall 2009. Any Georgetown LLM graduates? I have a JD equivalent from Europe and a Master's degree in international relations in Georgetown University. I am interested in working as a lawyer with international organizations or US Government. Could anyone please e-mail me a sample of Sop and CV at jihanebourjaoui@yahoo.com

Thank you so much for your advice
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akshaya
Hey!!
I am also planning for Georgetown LLM, after obtaining 3 years of professional experience in India. Kindly mail me the SOP and CV sample at akshayapurohit2006@gmail.com.
Thanks
Hey!!
I am also planning for Georgetown LLM, after obtaining 3 years of professional experience in India. Kindly mail me the SOP and CV sample at akshayapurohit2006@gmail.com.
Thanks
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