Posted Jan. 3, 2020
It doesn't matter where in the world you might be thinking of studying your Masters of Law program, how you actually become an LLM student is pretty much the same process.
So let’s take a look at the steps involved in becoming an LLM student.
Choose your LLM program
First, you need to wade through what topics you want to study. You will want to get chatting with all those contacts you've made along the way at those super-fun networking events. These people might be able to advise you on what could be a good career move as the LLM program you choose is an important career move.
Select your law school
The next step is to check out the law schools – open days and rankings are a popular way to do this, do also check the thoughts of any contacts you may have made along the way. Most law schools have a huge network of local legal professionals in their local area. This means if you know where you want to base your career geographically, it is probably a good idea to pick a well-respected law school that is nearby.
Apply for the LLM
Hopefully, you will know someone who has completed an LLM program and they might be willing to read through your application for you. Once you've written an amazing personal statement give it a few days or even a week or two and then re-read it as you'll probably want to make major changes. And it’s always a good idea to get someone else to cast their eyes over it too in case you’ve made any silly mistakes.
Ace your interview
By now you've probably had at least one successful interview, so you'll know the feeling of when an interview has gone well. Be prepared, do some research about what to expect and be relaxed. Plan your journey to the interview well, with a back-up plan, and don't spend the night before staying up late trying to cram your head with facts.
Sort out your funding
Take a deep breath and speak with your employer, if you're lucky enough to work in the right area of the law, as you never know what they might agree to finance. Otherwise, you might have saved the money already or have a relative who is happy to give you the money. Don't ignore scholarships or bursaries as most law schools will advertise these on their websites, just like the University of Dundee does. Finally, think about this as an investment in your future, so borrowing the funding from a private student loans company or a bank might be a good option for you. Prodigy Finance is a great option for international and home LLM students alike. They are a private student loans company that tailor makes each loan for the student in question and can adjust the loan conditions if the student moves to continue their studies or if study plans change. Because they only deal with students, they are able to offer students better rates and conditions than other financial institutions – and have a better understanding of the financial demands and limitations on students.
Find your accommodation
If you're moving to study course, then you'll need accommodation and it’s a good idea to get this organised as soon as possible. You'll be surprised at what is affordable, so do look at private halls of residence or other options you might think are for undergraduate students as most universities will offer some sort of help as the LSE does. Don't rent anything before you, or someone you really really trust, has a look at it first.
Start your LLM
Phew! You’re finally about to start your new life as an LLM studenty. You’ll start by attending welcome week and meeting a few other LLM students. Now you'll realise that the hard work is about to start and getting a place on the course was the easy bit!
Top 10 law schools worldwide offering LLM programs
Here is a table illustrating the top 10 law schools offering LLM programs worldwide.
Please note that the information here does not constitute financial advice. Prodigy Finance is one of many potential funding options for international postgraduate students. Other student funding options are available and Postgrad.com advises you to research all your options thoroughly before making such a commitment. Postgrad.com accepts no responsibility for your choice of loan and does not endorse or support Prodigy Finance. Prodigy Finance Ltd is authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority, and entered on the Financial Services Register under firm registration number 612713.
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