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Posted Sept. 14, 2015

Six Simple Steps To LLM Application Success

So you know you want to study a Master of Laws program and you’ve even chosen your preferred law school and narrowed it down to the LLM program you want to study. Now it’s time to make sure you get on the course…

Our blog will tell you the six simple steps to guarantee application success! 

1. Meet all relevant deadlines

It can take time to prepare all the necessary documentation for your LLM application – make sure you have the time to meet the application deadline as sending in a late application is not the best way to make a good first impression.

2. Market yourself effectively

 Don’t be shy – you are great, and you need to make sure the admissions committee realise this too! Demonstrate your strengths and make sure you can illustrate them with relevant examples.

3. Write a great personal statement

Your LLM personal statement needs to be both persuasive and concise. You need the admissions board to choose you for the LLM program – but you have to get your point across in a concise way so they have the time to read it all. You don’t want them to give up reading it before they reach the end because you’ve gone way over the word count. Approach your personal statement in the same way as you would a CV cover letter – summarising all that is great about you and outlining the reasons why you are the perfect person for the course.

4. Choose the right referees

It is far better to submit a reference from an academic or professional referee that obviously knows you really well, then to opt for a seemingly more impressive referee who doesn’t know you properly.

5. Include all the right documentation

It is imperative that you include all the right documentation so that you come across as efficient and well prepared. You will probably need to include your completed application form, personal statement, references, copies of previous qualifications, and if you are an overseas student you will probably also need to include evidence of your English language skills (TOEFL/IELTS scores, etc). Check with your chosen law school to make sure you are sending in everything you need!

6. Prepare for an interview

Some law schools require potential LLM candidates to be interviewed before they are accepted for the course. This gives the admissions panel a chance to find out what you are really like. An interview is a great opportunity for you to showcase your brilliance and let the admissions panel see how perfect you are for the course.

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Farah Feb. 2, 2020, 4:10 a.m.

Hi there,

I have a 8 yrs plus experience of AML and Financial crimes but a bachelor's degree in Commerce and a MBA with few domain related certifications like CFE and ACAMS.

Can I apply for LLM plus if you can suggest any good university which accepts application from non law graduate.


Charlotte King Feb. 2, 2020, 11:34 a.m.

Hi Farrah – many good UK universities will happily accept LLM students with proven work experience in the relevant field (ie business experience for an LLM in Business) rather than simply law qualifications. I suggest you contact the law schools that you are interested in directly and see if they will consider you with your excellent experience and business qualifications. Good luck!

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