LLM - Personal Statement

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  1. FutureCity

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    Hello,

    I am considering applying for part-time LLM programs in London. I was wondering if anyone has gone through the process and could share recommendations/advice.

    Also, any sample LLM Personal Statements that I can review? Any advice would be greatly appreciated.

    Thanks.
     
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  2. Karin

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    Hi! This may be quite late but I successfully applied for LLM at UCL so please drop me a message and I am happy to share my Personal Statement with you :)
     
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  3. Erica

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    I'd be happy to share mine with you as well! I've written two statements, one for LSE and one for UCL - drop me a message.
     
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    Hi Erica and Karin,

    Hope you both are doing good. I am an international student applying at UCL and LSE for LLM 2021 and currently writing my statement of academic purpose. However, I'm really struggling with it. Therefore, I will be very thankful to you if you can provide me with any help and advice for writing an outstanding personal statement.

    Thanks and Regards
    Alina Asif
     
  5. Ashleigh Smithson

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    Hiya, I did my LL.M at Leeds.

    No one in history, has ever been rejected because their personal statement isnt strong enough. So don't stress yourself. Postgrad admission isnt as rigorous as rigorous as undergrad.

    Be sure to assert clearly with atleast 3 reasons why you are attracted to the course. Spend two reasons speaking about why the uni, and then one reason speaking about how the LL.M will impact your future career. I did this in like 250 words all together.
     
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  6. James Gostage

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    Hi Alina,

    I have just come across this thread;

    I would also be happy to give any advice/share my statement for the UCL LLM should you want. :)
     
  7. FutureCity

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    Thanks, that’s good advice! I ended up getting accepted to all the three universities I applied to.

    The personal statement is important but the structure you outlined does the job.
     
  8. Law_Grad1

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    Hey!

    I did an LLM at UCL - happy to answer any questions you might have (just shoot me a PM!).

    I split my UCL statement into three points:

    1) why I'd chosen UCL (location + what it represents as an academic institution)
    2) why I'd chosen an LLM / my specific area (I'd written my dissertation on the area in undergrad and loved it so decided to continue at post-grad. Plus I absolutely love legal research)
    3) how I thought it would impact my career going forward.

    Looking back, it was really just an 'okay' statement but I think, as has been said, its not as competitive as undergrad just because its not really necessary in the legal profession. (even though acceptance should definitely not be taken for granted!)

    If you want any help on modules or professors I can offer my own experiences as examples, but I finished end of 2018 and graduated last summer so may be a bit dated.
     
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    I applied to UCL and LSE in 2016 and got in so happy to share mine as well if you are interested! :) Let me know
     
  10. Jessica Booker

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    I think this is a great structure to go with - I have reviewed some LLM applications from my time working in careers services and I'd generally recommend this approach. Obviously how much weighting you put on each section is very much down to you and your motivations.

    The only thing I could say to potentially include is how you think you may fit into/support the wider LLM/student community. Sometimes people will mention this and what they are looking to get out of their time at the university beyond the completion of the degree.
     
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  11. Erica

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    I've just sent you a PM!
     

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