There is a great way to get your LLM application noticed: don't let it be late! As with so many things, it is best to be organised, prepared and punctual, taking into consideration any application requirements and deadlines. This is surely the most ideal way to ensure success when applying to schools offering the LLM courses you want to pursue.
However, life is not always that simple of course. Extenuating circumstances can lead to delays, problems and sometimes even late applications. So, what can you do if this applies to you? Fortunately, there are a number of options with regards to this, which can maximise your chances of acceptance despite the possibility of being late.
Bear in mind, the reality is that you are already starting out with a disadvantage, given that you are, to be frank, late. But all is not lost, as there are things you can do to make up for this shortcoming.
Naturally, your academic merit will always be taken into account. Essays, grades, and previous qualifications always contribute to your perceived academic prowess. However, it is also important to bear in mind that other factors such as your attitude, the manner in which you communicate, and even how tidy (or otherwise) your application is, all contribute to the overall impression that you give.
So, how best can you maximise your chances of your late LLM application being accepted?
Well, it may seem obvious, but your first port of call should always be your chosen university's admissions office. Some universities have policies of not accepting late applications, so checking whether this is the case is first and foremost. If you are lucky enough to get a positive response from the admissions office (they tell you that late applications can be accepted) or indeed, if they say no, and you have the determination and momentum to find out for sure, it is always worth contacting a supervisor, admissions tutor, or other senior academic within the relevant department at your chosen university.
Once the acceptance of late applications has been established, there are further things you can do to maximise your prospects of gaining a place on your chosen LLM course. For example, exemplary referees (and several of them) are paramount. Referees are always important regardless, but in the circumstances of a late LLM application, even more so. Try to obtain a number of references from highly regarded academics and tutors from your previous studies who know you well, and this will without doubt serve to help persuade the admissions panel of your strengths and merits.
It will also serve you well to ensure that your bundle of academic papers are absolutely watertight. Showcase your very best work, have any and all of your best assignments, legal essays and dissertations available for inspection, dissection and cross-examination, and make sure you know them inside out.
In short, it is better not to be late. But if this cannot be avoided, the steps above will help to improve your chances of success significantly.
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