カテゴリー別アーカイブ: LL.M.

LL.M. Application Process:U of Chicagoの出願要綱サイトより

本日から10月となりました。来月にも出願を控える受験生も多いのではないでしょうか。
9月からレジュメの作成へ着手する出願者も目立ち始め、今月からはEssay (Personal Statement/Statement of Purpose)を書き始める方々も増えてくるものと思われます。

そうした中、下記U of Chicago LL.M Programの出願要綱サイトには出願プロセスが丁寧に述べられています。同校への出願者でなくとも、LSAC経由で出願する方々は目を通しておかれてはいかがでしょうか?
https://www.law.uchicago.edu/llm/apply

APPLICATION STEP # 1

Please supply the information requested in the Basic Information Form for LLM Students and submit it electronically before you submit your application materials. Although all of the information requested is also supplied by you on the Application for Admission, submitting this information to us electronically before you apply will enable the Admissions Office to expedite the processing of your application materials once they are available.

When you submit the Basic Information Form for LLM Students you will receive an acknowledgement statement which will contain a BIF code. This BIF code must be entered in response to one of the questions on the Application for Admission.

APPLICATION STEP # 2

Candidates applying for admission to the LLM Program must use the LSAC LLM Credential Assembly Service. Chicago requires both the Document Assembly Service (DAS) and the International Transcript Authentication and Evaluation Service (ITAES). Applicants must submit all the required materials through LSAC: application for admission with the supporting documents described below, academic transcripts, letters of recommendation (at least two and no more than four), TOEFL or IELTS scores, and the $85 application fee. We do not waive the application fee. If your answers to any of the questions on the Application for Admission require further explanation, or if there is other information not called for that you think may assist the Graduate Studies Committee in considering your application, you are encouraged to add this additional information to your personal statement.

Please submit with the Application for Admission the following supporting documents:

  • A description – in the form of a resume, curriculum vitae, or similar document – of your academic and professional background. In this document, please describe as fully as necessary the significance of any honors or distinctions so that the Graduate Studies Committee may compare your academic performance with others. It may be helpful to look at the sample resume PDF posted on our Web page before preparing this document.
  • A brief personal statement (one to three pages) describing the academic interests you wish to pursue at Chicago and your career plans following completion of our program. There is no particular format (font, word size, margin) for the personal statement. You should use your own judgment in selecting a format that you would find comfortable to read yourself.

APPLICATION STEP # 3

Financial aid application. Admitted applicants who wish to be considered for financial assistance from the Law School will be asked at the time of admission to supply information about their own and their family’s financial circumstances. Funds to support students in the LLM program are exceedingly limited. Grants are available only in a small portion of the total cost. Therefore, applicants requiring financial aid should make every effort to obtain assistance from their governments, families, employers, or other outside sources.

THREE COMMON SOURCES OF CONFUSION IN THE APPLICATION PROCESS:

  1. Name Inconsistency. Sometimes applicants with several family names or nicknames use one name on the application and a different name on their LSAC registration. Applicants should always use the same formulation of their names on the Basic Information Form, the Application for Admission and the registration for LSAC services.  When applicants use different names it is difficult for those who process the applications to match materials and email messages submitted on behalf of one applicant. For the purposes of the application process, we ask all applicants to follow the name order convention used in most countries: first (given) name followed by last (family) name.
  2. TOEFL/IELTS test date changes. Applicants are asked on our application to indicate the date they took or plan to take the TOEFL/IELTS examination. Our policy is to make an application complete, assuming all other required documents have been submitted, when we have received the scores for the language test listed on the application. Therefore, applicants who 1) decide not to take that test,  2) decide not to have that score submitted to us, or 3) decide to take the test at a later date, should notify us so that their applications can be made complete with the appropriate language test scores. Once an application has been made complete, it is submitted to the Graduate Studies Committee for review and subsequent scores will not be added to the application after that. Applicants who wish to take subsequent TOEFL or IELTS exams after their applications have been made complete may do so, but they should wait to request reconsideration of their applications with new scores until after they have received an initial decision on the application AND have actual new scores that can be submitted to us.
  3. Online application status checker assumption. The LLM Program does not use an online application status checker, although some candidates assume we do because other schools and programs have such a system. When an application becomes available to us through LSAC, it will be acknowledged with an email message. The same thing will happen when an application becomes complete. These email messages are sent as soon as possible but applicants should understand that when application volume is particularly heavy, it may take several days or a week to acknowledge receipt of applications or completion status. Once an application is complete, there will be no further status messages until the decision email is sent in February.

 

【LL.M. 2018年入学用出願締め切り日】:University of Washington

Univ. of Washington, Seattleの各種 LL.M.プログラムに関する出願締め切り日です。

General LL.M. Program
https://www.law.uw.edu/apply/llm/general/admissions/#deadlines
International applicants (who expect to need F or J visas) must submit a full application no later than February 15 of the year in which they plan to commence study at the University of Washington. As the processing of international applications requires extra time, we appreciate early submission of application materials. The General Law LL.M. program is no longer accepting international applications for admission to Autumn 2017.

Asian Comparative Law Program
https://www.law.uw.edu/apply/llm/asian/admissions/
nternational applicants must submit a full application no later than February 15 of the year in which they plan to commence study at the University of Washington. As the processing of international applications requires extra time, we appreciate early submission of application materials.

Global Business Law
https://www.law.uw.edu/apply/llm/global-business-law/admissions/
International applicants must submit a full application no later than February 15 of the year in which they plan to commence study at the University of Washington. As the processing of international applications requires extra time, we appreciate early submission of application materials.

 ■ Health Law
https://www.law.uw.edu/apply/llm/health/
International applicants: Due to the time required for processing international applications, applicants must complete the online application and submit the required application materials to the program by February 15.

Intellectual Property Law and Policy
https://www.law.uw.edu/apply/llm/ip/
International applicants: Due to the time required for processing international applications, applicants must complete the online application and submit the required application materials to the program by February 15.

■ Sustainable International Development Law
https://www.law.uw.edu/apply/llm/sid/
The preferred deadline for international applicants (applicants who must procure a visa to study in the U.S.) is February 15 of the year in which they plan to commence study at the University of Washington. As the processing of international applications requires extra time, we appreciate early submission of application materials.  Applications submitted after February 15 may be considered at the discretion of the program.

■ Tax Law
https://www.law.uw.edu/apply/llm/tax/admissions/#instructions
International applicants are only eligible to apply for Autumn Quarter, and must apply by February 15 of the year they plan to begin classes. This deadline is for those students who need to obtain a visa. Applicants who are residents of the U.S. or are concurrent JD/LL.M. student at UW will use the deadlines for domestic applicants.

 

 

【LL.M. 2018年入学用出願締め切り日】:Indiana University

Indiana University LL.M.プログラムの出願締切日です。
http://www.law.indiana.edu/admission/graduate-apply/apply-llm-mcl-sjd.shtml

Applicants to the LLM and MCL programs: Though applications will be considered until the class is full, it is recommended that you apply no later than March 1. All applications received by February 1 will be automatically be considered for scholarships. Applications received after February 1 will be considered for scholarships if funds are still available.

Admission requirements

Education: LLM and MCL applicants who received their undergraduate education outside the United States are generally required to have completed a degree in law or a strong undergraduate concentration in legal coursework.

English proficiency: An LLM or MCL candidate for whom English is not their first language must demonstrate fluency in English via a TOEFL score of 87 IBT, IELTS score of at least 7.0, TOEIC score of at least 850, or equivalent TOEFL, IELTS, or TOEIC scores in other formats. An English proficiency score which is slightly lower than our minimum requirement is not rejected outright, especially when other factors, such as educational background and work experience, are outstanding. We do not offer conditional admission in place of the above mentioned test score requirements, but we do have a special LLM and MCL summer program for English and legal English improvement.

【LL.M. 2018年入学用出願締め切り日】:University of Texas, Austin

Texas, Austin LL,Mプログラムの出願締め切り日です。
https://law.utexas.edu/master-of-laws/application-information/

LL.M. applications are processed through the Law School Admission Council (LSAC) LL.M. Applicant Services. LL.M. applications for the 2018-19 academic year will be available starting in late-October and due by March 1, 2018 for priority consideration.

All applicants must register for the LL.M. Credential Assembly Service (LL.M. CAS). Applicants with a foreign law degree will also need to register for the International Transcript Authentication and Evaluation Service.

Applicants with a foreign law degree must demonstrate English proficiency by taking a language test. Applicants are exempt from this requirement if they hold a law degree from a school in: Australia, Canada (outside Quebec), Ireland, New Zealand, South Africa (English medium universities) or the United Kingdom.

An applicant whose first degree in law was taught in English in another country may apply for an exemption from this requirement by submitting an official letter from their law school/university verifying that English was the medium of instruction. Students who request and are granted an exemption are expected to be fully competent English speakers and will not be eligible for extended time on their final exams.

Please note, the LL.M. program at The University of Texas School of Law is extremely selective and currently offers a maximum of 60 seats for each incoming class.

Applicants will need to provide the following documents to the LSAC LL.M. Applicant Services:

  • Your official law school transcript, including award of degree, along with translations into English. Applicants must include all of their higher education transcripts and awards of degree.
  • If you are required to demonstrate English proficiency, we accept official score reports from either the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS). We require a minimum TOEFL score of 101 or better on the Internet-based test, or a minimum score of 7.5 or better on the IELTS.
  • Three letters of recommendation or evaluations.
  • A resume.
  • A personal statement.
  • The $75 LL.M. program application fee, paid through LSAC.

【LL.M. 2018年入学用出願締め切り日】:Boston University

Boston University LL.Mプログラムに関する出願締め切り日です。
http://www.bu.edu/law/admissions/llm-admissions/llm-degree-applicants/

International Applicants*: April 15, 2018

*Please note: the LLM in American Law is open to foreign-trained attorneys only and is only available for Fall entry

【LL.M. 2018年入学用出願締め切り日】:University of Pennsylvania

U of Pennsylvania LL.M.プログラムの締切日が発表されました。
https://www.law.upenn.edu/admissions/grad/admissions.php

Deadlines:

November 15:

Early Notification

Any LLM or LLCM application completed by November 15 will be accepted, rejected, or deferred for further consideration by February 1. To be complete, Penn Law must have received the application and all supporting materials from LSAC.
December 15:

Regular Notification

LLM and LLCM applications are due by December 15. Applicants will be accepted, rejected or wait-listed by mid-March.

If you miss the deadline, you can request a deadline extension. Late applications require an additional $25 late fee.

 

【LL.M. 2018年入学用出願締め切り日】:University of Chicago

University of Chicago, LL.M.プログラムの出願締め切り日が発表されました。
https://www.law.uchicago.edu/llm/dates

以下出願プロセスに関する基本戦略としては、12月15日にテストスコアも含めた全出願書類を提出済み(completed)の状態に持っていけるよう、残り3ヶ月弱の時間を計算して準備を進めていきましょう。

December 15Priority application submission deadline. On or before this date candidates should have submitted their Basic Information Form electronically to the Law School and the following items to the LSAC LLMCAS: application for admission, personal statement, and resume.  Candidates may apply after December 15. They do not need to ask permission to do this. They should understand, however, that they assume the risk that most admission decisions will have been made by the time their applications have been completed and reviewed by the Graduate Studies Committee. Candidates who do apply after December 15 should include with their personal statements an explanation about why they did not apply before the deadline.

January 15Priority application completion deadline. Although most applicants will have completed their applications (application for admission, personal statement, resume, transcripts, TOEFL/IELTS scores, and letters of recommendation) by the December 19 deadline, candidates whose applications are completed between December 15 and January 15 will receive full application review before decisions are sent out on February 15. Applications completed after January 15 will be fully reviewed once they are complete, but those candidates should understand that, as a practical matter, the later we review a completed application, especially if it is substantially later, the less likely we will be able to offer admission. This timing varies from year to year, and it is impossible to predict ahead of time when we will have to stop offering admission to candidates.

【LL.M. 2018年入学用出願締め切り日】:Cornell University

Cornell LL.M.プログラムの出願締め切り日が発表されました。
http://www.lawschool.cornell.edu/admissions/graduate-legal-studies/LLM/LLM.cfm

Application Deadline: December 15, 2017
昨年までとは変わり、締切日が一ヶ月前倒しとなりました。
年々12月に締切日を設定するスクールが増えてきておりますが、同校もその例に含まれます。

これからの時期はLSACへ登録し、(LSACの)システムを使いながら準備を進めていかなければなりませんが、同システムを通して提出する書類が以下のようにまとめられています。ご一読ください。

All applications must be submitted through the Law School Admissions Council (LSAC). A complete application contains the following:

The Credential Assembly Service (CAS) Law School Report including

  • official certification of each degree you have earned
  • two letters of recommendation through LSAC’s Letter of Recommendation Service
  • official TOEFL score if proficiency in English is not met as described above

The completed Cornell Law School LL.M. Application form and supporting documents including

  • statement of interest
  • résumé
  • character & fitness addendum (if required)
  • optional addendum

【LL.M. 2018年入学用出願締め切り日】:University of North Carolina

University of North Carolina, Chapel hill校 LL.M.M.プログラムの出願締め切り日が発表されました。
http://www.law.unc.edu/admissions/llm/faq/

Application materials will be available in mid-October and applications will be reviewed on a rolling admissions format, beginning in November. To allow enough time for the processing and issuance of the required visas, the deadline date for the submission of application materials is May 31.

同大学のLL.M.プログラムは開始からそれほどの年数が経過しておりませんが、近郊のDukeと並ぶノースカロライナを代表する名門大学です。

http://www.law.unc.edu/academics/degreeprograms/llm/

LL.M. students take most of their classes together with UNC law students, sharing their international perspective with and learning American law from UNC faculty and students. Legal areas in which LL.M. students may concentrate their law studies at UNC include:

  • Corporate and Commercial Law
  • Banking and Finance
  • Intellectual Property
  • Environmental Law
  • Health Care Law
  • Human Rights and Civil Rights Law
  • International and Comparative Law
  • Public Law and Regulation

In addition to the UNC law curriculum, LL.M. students may also receive instruction outside the law school, taking advantage of opportunities in other departments on the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill campus. The LL.M. program encourages collaboration between its students and University faculty and students, particularly those in business school and international studies.

上記ハイライト箇所は、同じ大学内におけるcross-registration systemへ言及しています。
同大学にはKenan-Flgaler Schoolという日本人からの留学生も学ぶビジネススクールが存在します。
自らの目的によって、ビジネススクールの科目を履修し、LL.M.課程の卒業単位として可算することも可能です。こうした上記systemを活用し研究対象の幅を広げることも検討してはいかがでしょうか。

【LL.M. 2018年入学用出願締め切り日】Vanderbilt University

Vanderbilt Universityの出願締め切り日が発表されました。
https://law.vanderbilt.edu/prospective-students/llm-program-/llm-admissions-process.php

Applications for the LL.M. may be submitted from September 1 through April 30.

LL.M. Selection Process

Admissions decisions are made on a rolling basis. We make decisions on individual applications as quickly as possible, although the time required may vary from case to case. We evaluate each application thoroughly, reflecting our belief that the quality of the educational environment at Vanderbilt Law School benefits from considering a broad range of information contained in each application.

Note: Vanderbilt Law does not have a minimum score requirement. In general, we look for a TOEFL score of at least 100 or IELTS score of 7.5. We also look at the breakdown for listening, speaking, writing and reading to ensure that all indicate a high level of English proficiency. However, a lower score in one area or overall does not automatically preclude an applicant from consideration for Vanderbilt’s LLM program. Applicants whose test score(s) falls below the targets set forth above, should feel free to highlight any specific issues in the personal statement portion of their application they feel might strengthen their application in this regard, such as time spent in English language environments, work done in English, English language publications, etc.

★ TOEFL vs IELTSスコアの乖離
両テストの換算表では100 vs 7.0になるはずですが、同校では7.5が要求されています。
こうした事は他校でもみられる事ですので、TOEFLからIELTSへ転向して出願を検討している受験生は必ず各校の要求スコアを確認してください。

★要求スコアに対する解釈
足きりスコア、もしくはそうでないないのか。VanderbiltのようにPersonal Statementの紙面を利用し、自らの英語力を伝えることもできるか否か。テストスコアは入学審査場重要ですが、それ以上にテスト、レジュメ、エッセイ(personal statement)、そして推薦状、願書(application form)を通じて発信するメッセージを意識しつつ、出願準備を進めてください。