LLM at London Universities (particularly at LSE)

N.9

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  • Jan 1, 2021
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    Hello everyone,

    I'm really interested in doing an LLM at LSE, but I'm unsure whether I meet the academic requirements and was wondering whether anyone with direct experience in this arena would be kind enough to provide any input.

    So, I come from a non-law background, with a strong 2.1 in that degree. I then completed a post-grad LLB at BPP and achieved only a 2.1 with 61. I also completed an LLM Legal Practice (also) at BPP and achieved a Merit (62). On their website, LSE's requirements state that I should have 'a very good degree in another discipline together with very good grades in an appropriate graduate diploma in law (such as the UK's Graduate Diploma in Law) may also qualify for a place.'

    If I understand correctly, I am quite sure that my grades won't be sufficient, assuming they strictly abide by this policy. Is there any wiggle-room in reality?

    The card up my sleeve is that I also have quite excellent experience (a year's worth) in the specialism I wish to pursue, so might this work considerably in my favour and pull me over, where my grades fail me?

    I'd also appreciate any input as to my likelihood of receiving an offer for LLMs at Kings and UCL, which are my second choices!

    Any input, thoughts etc would be greatly appreciated!
     
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    Hi! I only had a mid 2.1 at the time of applying (I was in my third year of the LLB at LSE). I was offered a place, conditional on receiving a 2.1 overall with at least 65% across years 2-3, so it seems that there is at least some wiggle room.

    However, I believe that you might be a bit late as my friend who applied in late February this year was told that, because "the programme has reached its quota", her application has been added to the reserve list in case a place becomes available. Feel free to reach out to Graduate Admissions to confirm this though!
     

    Karin

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    Hi, I think it really depends on other applicants and how many applications they get. Sometimes people apply even in May and it is fine while other times they select all candidates in March.

    As per the grades, I think it really depends - what did they tell you? When I applied to UCL, I got a conditional offer and had to have at least 65% in my final year of the LLB. I suggest you call them & ask!

    Hope it works out for you!
     

    N.9

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    Hi! I only had a mid 2.1 at the time of applying (I was in my third year of the LLB at LSE). I was offered a place, conditional on receiving a 2.1 overall with at least 65% across years 2-3, so it seems that there is at least some wiggle room.

    However, I believe that you might be a bit late as my friend who applied in late February this year was told that, because "the programme has reached its quota", her application has been added to the reserve list in case a place becomes available. Feel free to reach out to Graduate Admissions to confirm this though!
    Thanks very much for the response! Ah I see, well I've finished my formal studies (undergraduate and other post-grad degrees) so I'm stuck with the grades I have haha.

    No, you're right I'm definitely late for this cycle, but I've spoken to them to understand their process and confirm that indeed they have a reserve list etc. Would it be okay for me to message you in the future re the LSE LLM at large, please? No worries, if not :)
     

    N.9

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    Hi, I think it really depends on other applicants and how many applications they get. Sometimes people apply even in May and it is fine while other times they select all candidates in March.

    As per the grades, I think it really depends - what did they tell you? When I applied to UCL, I got a conditional offer and had to have at least 65% in my final year of the LLB. I suggest you call them & ask!

    Hope it works out for you!
    Hello, thanks very much for responding :).

    You're right, that's what graduate admissions told me; they said that while I have a 65 in my undergraduate, and a lower 2.1 in post grad studies the fact that I have a year's worth of experience at the European Commission in Competition (my intended specialism) might well tide me over, though it does depend on the other candidates and what they offer too.

    Thanks again for your insight!
     
    Thanks very much for the response! Ah I see, well I've finished my formal studies (undergraduate and other post-grad degrees) so I'm stuck with the grades I have haha.

    No, you're right I'm definitely late for this cycle, but I've spoken to them to understand their process and confirm that indeed they have a reserve list etc. Would it be okay for me to message you in the future re the LSE LLM at large, please? No worries, if not :)
    No worries at all! And sure, feel free to reach out with any questions in the future through here or e.g. LinkedIn :)
     
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