UVA, Chicago


Hi, I know the class size of UVA and Chicago are extremely small, like less than 50 a year.

How do you think about it?

they are both great schools, but small class may have many disadvantages, like the school does not care LLM that much.....and chances of getting in is smaller as well.
To be honest, I dont understand why they rather have small class..........CLS has a huge class, everybody says it is very selective..

Hi, I know the class size of UVA and Chicago are extremely small, like less than 50 a year.

How do you think about it?

they are both great schools, but small class may have many disadvantages, like the school does not care LLM that much.....and chances of getting in is smaller as well.
To be honest, I dont understand why they rather have small class..........CLS has a huge class, everybody says it is very selective..

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Gregor2009

Personally, I would prefer a small class size. It would mean that the program is more exclusive and you actually get to know the faculty members better. Also, as for job opportunities, you are more likely to secure an interview as there is less competition (of course this is personal opinion so please do not start a world war here!)

Personally, I would prefer a small class size. It would mean that the program is more exclusive and you actually get to know the faculty members better. Also, as for job opportunities, you are more likely to secure an interview as there is less competition (of course this is personal opinion so please do not start a world war here!)
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Whether a small or a large group, in my view the best size will depend pretty much on your personal goals. As an UVA alumnus, I can tell that a small group guarantees that the most courses you will sign up for will be largely dominated by JDs, which in most cases is very good. The Professors will assume from the outset that the class is strong and thus be as demanding as they would typically be, whereas in LLM classes (in UVA you have only one, which is not even mandatory), some Professors may have the tendency to treat foreigners as handicapped students. In this kind of program, because LLM are so few (and will rarely sit together in the same courses), LLM and JDs are treated as equals. So, if you are very interest in the academic experience, in one word: studying, I frankly believe that a program with few LLMs will likely be more of a challenge and, thus, more rewarding. Small programs, such as UVAs, allow the faculty and coordinators to be very attentive to LLMs needs. At UVA, the job fair coordinator would review the CVs of all the LLMs, presentation letters, and also provide them with all the training they require for the interviews. On the other hand, if you feel that networking is as important as studying which by the way is fair , I would say that large groups might suit you better. This is because, whether you like it or not, in the aggregate LLMs naturally get along more easily with LLMs, even if from another parts of the globe. Therefore, if it is very important to you to see and be seen then probably a large group will accord you more opportunities to build personal and professional relationships that will endure.

Whether a small or a large group, in my view the best size will depend pretty much on your personal goals. As an UVA alumnus, I can tell that a small group guarantees that the most courses you will sign up for will be largely dominated by JDs, which in most cases is very good. The Professors will assume from the outset that the class is strong and thus be as demanding as they would typically be, whereas in LLM classes (in UVA you have only one, which is not even mandatory), some Professors may have the tendency to treat foreigners as handicapped students. In this kind of program, because LLM are so few (and will rarely sit together in the same courses), LLM and JDs are treated as equals. So, if you are very interest in the academic experience, in one word: studying, I frankly believe that a program with few LLMs will likely be more of a challenge and, thus, more rewarding. Small programs, such as UVA’s, allow the faculty and coordinators to be very attentive to LLMs’ needs. At UVA, the job fair coordinator would review the CVs of all the LLMs, presentation letters, and also provide them with all the training they require for the interviews. On the other hand, if you feel that networking is as important as studying – which by the way is fair –, I would say that large groups might suit you better. This is because, whether you like it or not, in the aggregate LLMs naturally get along more easily with LLMs, even if from another parts of the globe. Therefore, if it is very important to you to “see and be seen” then probably a large group will accord you more opportunities to build personal and professional relationships that will endure.
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