Posted Sept. 21, 2015
Once you have accepted your offer to study LLM at your preferred university and completed pre-enrolment processes, you will need to complete full enrolment when you arrive in person on campus. This will be followed by a series of induction events that will introduce you to the LLM study program and help you choose your modules. Immediately the week after you will find yourself in your first LLM class!
Going back to enrolments, the below points will give you an indicative guide as to what to expect from these sessions. Enrolment is a very important step that gets you formally registered with the college and allows you to begin LLM lectures and familiarise yourself with college facilities. It is strongly advised that you check with your college beforehand for up-to-date information on the dates, times and locations for enrolment!
1. Read the instructions
When you arrive on campus, you will be given instructions to attend enrolment in college on particular days. This information may be shared with you via email or updates on the college website, so make sure you check regularly. Also it is advisable to check dates that have been allotted to you for enrolment – these can be limited as induction events follow soon thereafter, so it won’t be sensible to miss your enrolment slot or arrive late.
Make sure to carry the required IDs and documents that are listed in your enrolment instruction pack. Most importantly you will need to show your pre-enrolment documentation and reference numbers that you were given at the time of accepting the offer. Enrolments are usually done electronically by college representatives using PCs on the spot, so it should all be done quickly, although do pack some water and light snacks in case the process takes longer than expected.
3. At the enrolment
Once you arrive in college, follow the instructions and visit the designated spots for completing your enrolment. There will be several information points where you can ask for guidance at any point. It can be a good idea to ask any questions or concerns that you may have so that your transition to settling quickly with campus life is dealt with early on. Among other things, you will be given a ‘Welcome Pack’ containing instructions on enrolment and other registration processes. This may also contain the schedule of induction events.
4. Arriving late for enrolment
If you are unable to make it in time for the enrolment that you have been allotted let the admissions office in college know ASAP by emailing/calling them.
Typically induction events take place immediately after the enrolments end. If enrolments take place over weekends, then induction events will span from the following Monday until Friday. You will then have only the following weekend to get ready before your LLM classes begin!
During induction week, you will be invited to attend events and session to introduce you to the faculty and get to know about the LLM specialisms that are being offered. It would a good idea to decide on events that you plan to attend in advance and prepare questions that you could ask.
Induction sessions will probably include:
* Campus tours
* Presentations by faculty on LLM specialisms
* Guidance on selecting taught modules, essay topics and tutorial support
* Guidance on dissertation schedules and writing
* Presentations on student facilities and services including library tours, gym memberships, learning and development courses, etc.
* Information about career events, moot courts and internship opportunities
* Local city tours covering important landmarks
CHECKLIST FOR INDUCTION SESSIONS
1. Take notes
Scribble away as much information as you can so that you can refer back to it later. Induction sessions can be a bit exhausting if you planned to attend several sessions in a day.
2. Carry a campus map
It would save you a lot of time finding your way or asking for directions if you printed out or downloaded the college map on your phone.
3. Attend info sessions on utilities
Students usually tend to skip sessions that cover a tour of the library or give essential information on support facilities on campus. It would be better to attend them so you don’t spend time in figuring things out once classes begin.
Some of the induction events on LLM programs are followed by networking sessions where you will get the opportunity to ask specific questions to faculty/alumni. Make the most of this opportunity.
5. Make friends!
Induction sessions are the best time to make LLM buddies. You may end up meeting people who decide to take similar modules as you or who plan on doing the same specialisation. This can help in sharing your experiences and putting together a study group.
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