In these uncertain times it’s important to keep your goals in mind so that once the global health crisis has passed you’re still on track to fulfill your academic and career dreams.
Law schools around the world are currently closed due to Covid-19. The virus thrives on human contact, so governments and academic institutions worldwide –particularly in the UK, US, France, Italy, Spain, Japan, South Korea and China – are doing everything they can to reduce any unnecessary human interaction, even going so far as to quarantine entire villages, to try and halt the spread of Coronavirus. However, it is important to bear in mind that at some point, hopefully in the near future, this pandemic will be under control and at this stage normal life will resume around the world. This is why it’s essential to stay on track with your law studies and make sure you apply for your LLM program.
Although law schools currently have their physical gates closed, their online portals are very much still open, and this means you can still access all the information you need to learn about the various LLM programs on offer and apply for your Master of Laws for the academic year 2020/21.
Here are the ways you can do this.
Take a virtual tour
Most law schools will host a virtual tour on their website. Virtual tours are a great way to explore your potential new surroundings from the comfort of your own home. And let’s face it, if you are planning on studying your LLM overseas, a virtual tour is the best (and certainly the most affordable) way to see what the various options of law school campus are like, anyway.
Attend an online open day
Although many law schools were already offering online LLM open days – for example the online chats at City Law School in London – since the outbreak of Covid-19, institutions have all pretty much adapted any upcoming Master of Laws events they had scheduled to be held online. Online open days are a great way to find out more about the courses you are interested in. Attendees usually have to pre-register for the event and then once it starts law school academics and other faculty staff will be on hand to answer any queries live. There will also usually be a selection of seminars and/or lectures held for students to attend remotely to enable them to get a good idea of what the subjects they would be studying are really like as well as the learning methods employed by the law school.
Connect with other students
Another great way to get a better idea of what a law school would be like to attend is by talking to LLM students that are already studying or have studied at the institution of interest. Although at present meeting people, unless essential, is very much not an option, connecting with former and current LLM students can still be achieved via social media. Most law schools will have a Facebook page, as will many alumni groups. There are also law school societies, which are great sources of information, and will have members eager to help you get in touch with former and present students to find out what the LLM course you are interested in is like.
Once you have done all of the necessary research and narrowed down your LLM choices to one or two, you can submit your application online. Admissions offices are still open and processing LLM applications, and in many cases law schools have extended their application deadlines for entry in the academic year 2020/21 to accommodate challenges being faced by potential LLM students as a result of Covid-19.