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Essential LLM (Master of Laws) Books

Essential LLM BooksNow that you’ve taken the decision to do a Masters in Law, we present a few helpful books that we guarantee won’t gather dust on your bookshelf! Packed with practical tips, advice and information, you’ll find yourself reaching for these handy books again and again.

Choosing the right law school & LLM program

The first thing you need to do is choose your LLM program and law school.

LLM Roadmap (An International Student’s Guide to US Law School Programs) by George E Edwards
George Edwards’ book has received very positive reviews for the depth of its coverage of issues facing international students in search of a US LLM. Presented in a clear, uncomplicated format, this “Roadmap” is a reference guide that simplifies the task of finding the right program at the right school, with the funding you need; applying, and then surviving your LLM program.

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Best Grad Schools 2017 by US News & World Report
Available to read on Kindle and other devices, as well as in paperback, this book is a must-have guide for graduate study in the US, advising on how to select and apply to postgrad law programs and other courses such as business. 

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The Times Good University Guide 2018 by John O’Leary
If you’ve decided to make Britain your base, then get yourself the latest copy of the Times Good University Guide, which has provided information and advice on British Universities, for over 20 years. The Guide covers various aspects of choosing the right institution, looking at ranking, location, living costs, the application process and much, much more.   

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Finding funding 

LLMs are expensive business and every penny helps. While some students are able to secure one main scholarship that takes care of a chunk of their LLM tuition and living costs, others offset part of their costs by pulling together various little sources of funding. We’ve got some great LLM funding opportunities worth £500 each here, in the meantime here is our roundup of books to help you out.

The Grants Register 2017 by Palgrave Macmillan
This book is a stress-buster for the postgrad candidate seeking financial help. The annual Grants Register lists various sources of funding around the world so sit back, relax and flip through; the funding you need just might be on the next page. But be warned, the book comes at a rather hefty price!

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Application & admissions

Once you've chosen your law school, selected your area of interest and sourced your LLM funding. Your next hurdle is getting your application accepted...

LLM BooksThe Law School Admission Game: Play It Like An Expert by Ann K Levine Esq
Written by a former director of admissions for law schools who is now a law school admissions consultant, this book was first published in 2009 with an updated second edition released in May 2013. It is primarily focused on anyone wanting to enter a US law school and covers law school essays, personal statements and scholarships, CVs and resumes, how to explain low grades, securing strong letters of recommendations and many other elements of the ‘game’, as experienced by the author in her decade of work in the admissions field.

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55 Successful Harvard Law School Application Essays by Staff of the Harvard Crimson
For those of you setting your sights on the big ‘H’, or another Ivy League or Russell Group university, here’s a book you might find useful. It features application essays of successful candidates, collated and analysed by staff of the Harvard Crimson, the school’s daily newspaper (Who themselves are successful Harvard applicants!). You may find some of the essays impressive and some a bit blah, so it’s worth bearing in mind that the success of their applications did not rest solely on these essays. Nevertheless, it makes for interesting reading.    

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Meeting English language requirements

Many universities require evidence of proficiency in English from international postgrad students. If English is not your first language and you’re planning to do your LLM in the US, the UK or another English-speaking country then you’re most likely going to encounter either the IELTS or the TOEFL. We have more advice on studying in English here.

Official Guide TOEFL iBT Test (with Audio) by Educational Testing Service
The creators of the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) describe the iBT test as one that measures the ability to use and understand English at university level by evaluating listening, reading, writing and speaking skills on academic tasks. Proudly marketed as the official guide, this book is produced by ETS, the New Jersey-based creators of TOEFL. The pack includes authentic past tests and audio, for listening, reading and writing practice.

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Cambridge IELTS 9 Practice Exams (with Audio and Practice Tests) by Cambridge ESOL
Published in February 2013, this study pack includes past papers and practice questions, including four tests for academic candidates. It comes with audio, making the pack a complete guide to the reading, writing and listening elements of the International English Language Testing System (IELTS).

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Coping with studying overseas

Another important decision you will have made is whether to study your LLM program in your home country or to embark on an academic adventure overseas. Studying a Master of Laws abroad is a decision you won't regret, however you may need a bit of extra support initially. 

Completing Graduate School Long Distance by Darrell L Hammon and Steven K Albiston
If you’re considering doing an LLM in the US, this book is for you. It was first published when studying long distance was becoming more mainstream, and is based on the authors’ own personal experience. Although today’s technology has probably overtaken some of those mentioned in the book, the authors do tackle the age-old issues of time management and developing support groups to help keep you motivated; issues that are as relevant today as when the book was released.

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Study skills

Once you start your Master of Laws program you will soon realise that postgraduate study is very different to studying at undergrad level, and a bit of advice with regards to planning and writing your dissertation will probably be very welcome!

Writing Law Dissertations: An Introduction and Guide to the Conduct of Legal Research by Michael Salter and Julie Mason
Drawing mixed reviews from readers, this book offers specific advice to the legal students about to embark on planning, researching and writing a dissertation and includes advice on choosing a topic. It is marketed at both LLB and LLM students but delivers more value to postgrad legal students.  

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The Postgraduate Research Handbook by Gina Wisker
General advice on researching a postgrad dissertation by the publishers of the well-known Palgrave Study Skills series. The author walks you through the various stages involved in research in a clear, easy-to-read format, including tips on managing the relationship with your supervisor. Although it is targeted at all postgrad students, the content does seem better suited to those doing their masters degree program, rather than PhD candidates. 

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