カテゴリー別アーカイブ: LL.M.

【2019年度 LL.M. 入学用出願締め切り日】: Duke University

Duke University, LL.M.プログラムの出願締め切り日が発表されました。
https://law.duke.edu/internat/appinformation/

Applicants to Duke Law’s LLM, SJD and exchange programs may begin submitting applications for the 2019-2020 academic year on September 1, 2018. The application deadline for the LLM program is January 20, 2019.

Although the application deadline is January 20 for the LLM program and March 20 for the SJD program, candidates are encouraged to apply as early as possible. Admission decisions are made on a rolling basis beginning in January. A rolling basis means that applications are considered until the class is full. Admission to the LLM and SJD program is for fall semester only.

他校のアドミッション方式でも、Dukeと同様に上記”A rolling basis”が採用されるケースもあります。こうした情報は出願戦略を考えていく上で参考にしてください。

Our preferred method for submitting application materials is electronically via LSAC (Law School Admission Council). Please visit the LSAC website for account access or to create a new account. Complete application instructions are available on the electronic application for the Duke Law LLM program.

You may also submit your application materials directly to our office. The application checklist allows you to investigate the options available for both application types. Please note that you must omit the box number from the address if you plan to send application materials via courier (DHL, FedEx, etc.) to the International Admissions office.  Please note that we do not accept applications materials submitted via e-mail.

【2019年度 LL.M. エッセイ課題】New York University

先日の投稿では出願締め切り日を共有しましたが、本日はNYU LL.M.のエッセイ課題などに関する情報を確認したいと思います。
http://www.law.nyu.edu/graduateadmissions/application-required-materials

Personal Statement & Resume

All applicants must electronically attach to the online application a brief personal statement of no more than 500 words. Applicants may describe their professional interests and goals, or they may use the statement to describe aspects of themselves and/or their work that are not apparent from their other application materials. Applicants should include their reasons and qualifications for applying to a particular program or specialization.

  1. 同校のエッセイ課題は毎年500 wordsで出題されております。同校のように字数を制限しないスクールもあることから、まずは制限を設けていないスクールの(エッセイ)課題から着手することをお勧めします。
  2. GoalsはShort-termとlong-term goalの内容を含みます。
  3. このキャリア開発時期にLL.M.を取得したいと思う理由
  4. Qualificationsを伝えるためにも、これまでの(主には)仕事上の実績について述べます。

All applicants must also electronically attach a résumé or curriculum vitae to their application. This document may be one to two pages in length, and should account for all education and work experience, as well as any period of more than three months not spent in school or employed. Publications, presentations, or other career-related information may also be included.

1.レジュメは必ずしも1枚とは限りませんので、まずはレジュメに記す実績等を整理しましょう。
2. LL.M.アプリカントの中には、Publicationに関する実績をお持ちの方もいます。自らの専門性をアピールする機会ですので、レジュメコンテンツとして活用していきましょう。

Due to the large number of LLM applications that we receive each year, the Committee on Graduate Admissions is not able to read or consider writing samples, articles, or research papers submitted with applications. Instead, publications, academic presentations and the like may be noted on an applicant’s résumé or curriculum vitae for consideration by the Committee.

◆上述にもあるように、追加書類等の提出は控えてください。

Any additional information an applicant would like to share with the Committee on Graduate Admissions that is not already present in the other application materials may be electronically attached as an addendum to the online application.

◆追加書類等の提出は行わない代わりに、オンライン願書の特記事項欄(addendum)を活用し、必要に応じて、レジュメ、成績表、エッセイ、推薦状にて言及されていない情報を述べてください。

【2019年度 LL.M. 入学用出願締め切り日】: New York University

New York University, LL.M. Programの出願締め切り日が発表されました。
http://www.law.nyu.edu/graduateadmissions/whentoapply

以下文面にも書かれておりますが、出願関連書類をLSACへ郵送するタイミングについては、くれぐれも注意しましょう。

Applicants must submit their application and materials by the appropriate deadline. It is strongly recommended (though not a requirement) that mailed application materials be received at LSAC two weeks before the application deadline. No guarantees can be made concerning applications submitted, or application materials received by LSAC, after the respective deadline; such applications may be returned unprocessed.

Full-time LLM Program

Applicants with Foreign Education Credentials

  •  December 20, 2018

Prospective students who received their legal education outside of the United States must apply by December 20 for Fall 2019 entry.

【2019年度 LL.M. 入学用エッセイ課題】: Georgetown University

7/31の投稿にした出願締め切り日に加え、エッセイ課題を始めとする出願要綱も発表されました。
https://www.law.georgetown.edu/admissions-aid/graduate-admissions/llm-degree-programs/m-s-l/

■ Personal Statement(エッセイ)
All applicants must submit a detailed “personal statement” (a.k.a. motivation letter) describing your background, goals, and reasons for applying to Georgetown and your chosen program. You should include any information that you feel will assist the Graduate Admissions Committee in its decision. This information should provide the admissions committee with more depth than is available in your transcripts and resume alone regarding your fit for the program and school.

ここでのbackgroundで対象となるキャリアステージは、「大学」、「ロースクール」、「職場」が挙げられます。Describeとありますが、自分が達成してきた事柄を羅列するだけでは審査官が求める内容とは食い違い生じてしまいます。そのため、下記2点に絞り込んだ上でアピールすることを念頭に構成を考えてみましょう。

1) 自分の専門分野
2) Post LL.M.の目標を達成するために必要なスキルや知識:左記の側面を第三者に伝えるためには、具体的なエピソードが必要です。そのエピソードは、レジュメ(CV)の内容とも関わりを持たせなければなりません(レジュメに記載されていない達成事項をPersonal Statementで言及することは回避しましょう)。

上記1)と2)以外で伝える項目としては、LL.M.を米国のロースクールにて学びたいと思った理由。
Post LL.M.の目標(短期と長期)、さらにはGeorgetown LL.M.に進学したいと思う理由です。

While there are no specific formatting requirements the personal statement should only be 1-2 pages (single spaced) or 2-3 pages (double spaced).

Double Space 3ページという文量を考えると、比較的多くのコンテンツを述べることが可能です。他校のエッセイ課題内容や字数、そして志望度合との兼ね合いにもよりますが、「 字数の多いエッセイ課題から書き始め、字数を調整する」という考えに基づいて、各校のエッセイを書き始めることも考え方の1つであると思います。

【2019年度 LL.M. 入学用出願締め切り日】: Georgetown University

Georgetown LL.M. Programの締切日が発表されました。

例年通り、11月の初旬にEarly Application Roundを設定しています。

  1. 志望度
  2. ランキング
  3. 難易度
  4. エッセイの課題内容と字数
  5. 現状のテストスコア
  6. 推薦状の準備状況

の項目を考慮しつつ、その作業準備に取りかかるか否かを判断していきましょう。

以下、Gerogetown LL.M.サイトからの抜粋です。

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Because of the large number of applications we receive and our rolling admissions system, it is to your advantage to complete your application as early as possible in the application cycle. Please note that applications will not be reviewed until all required documentation has been received.

If you are applying for a Certificate alongside a full LL.M. degree program, please refer to the LL.M. dates and deadlines.

Note: the application deadlines listed below are for the Fall 2019 admission cycle. However, we are still accepting applications for Fall 2018 at this time.

Friday, November 9, 2018 (Early Action)**

Early Action Deadline for Foreign-Trained Attorneys
*Applications completed by this deadline will receive a decision by Monday, December 17, 2018.

Friday, February 8, 2019

Regular Action Deadline for Foreign-Trained Attorneys
*Decisions are typically rendered within 6-10 weeks after your application is completed.

What is Early Action**?

Early Action applications are reviewed first in our rolling admissions process and receive early notification.

If you are admitted to an LL.M. program under Early Action, this is not binding. You will have the same deadline as Regular Action admitted students to decide whether or not you will attend Georgetown.

【2019年9月入学用出願締め切り日】Columbia Law School (LL.M.)

Columbia University, LL.M. Programの出願締め切り日ならびに、要綱が発表されました。http://www.law.columbia.edu/admissions/graduate-legal-studies/llm-program/application-instructions/application-deadlines

Early Application DeadlineRegular Application Deadlineの2種類ありますので、どちらのオプションを選択するかは、現状のTOEFLスコアならびに今後の伸びシロも踏まえた上で出願戦略を考えていきましょう。

11月1日の締切日に間に合わせるためには、(遅くとも)夏場過ぎにはレジュメとエッセイの作成作業に着手する必要が生じますが、推薦状の準備(コンテンツの推敲、推薦者への作業依頼等)を考慮しますと、各出願者の事情によっては前倒しで準備を行うことも検討していかなければなりません。

Columbia LL.M.も含め、11月に締切日設定する学校も少なからず出てくると思います。各校の締切日や出願要綱の確認作業も定期的に実施してください。

■ Early Application Deadline:
Applicants for admission to our 2019-2020 LL.M. Program, except those who are in the final year of their first law degree and reapplicants who were not granted admission, have the option of applying through the Early Review Program. The advantage of applying early is that you will most likely have a decision by late December. We encourage early applications from those who feel they have compiled their strongest possible application by November 1, 2018. To be considered under the Early Review Program, you must:

  1. Submit your online application by the early review deadline;
  2. Submit your transcripts, TOEFL scores, and letters of recommendation to LSAC one week in advance of the November 1 deadline so that they have time to process your full CAS report and forward it to us during the Early Review period; and
  3. Specify that you wish to be considered for early review by answering “yes” to the Early Review question in the “Application Deadlines” section of this application.

If you do not meet the above criteria, including taking the TOEFL test by November 1, 2018, we will automatically defer your application for consideration as part of the regular admission cycle.

We will provide a decision for early applicants by the end of December. Applicants will be admitted, rejected, or deferred to the regular admission cycle. If you are admitted through the Early Review Program, you will not be required to withdraw your applications to other LL.M. programs. Admitted candidates will be required to notify us by April 2, 2019 of their intention to matriculate.

Regular Application Deadline:
The Columbia online application, available through LSAC, and all application materials for the CAS Report, including supporting documents, transcripts, and letters of recommendation, must be postmarked to LSAC by December 18, 2018. Applicants who are required to submit a TOEFL score (see our Application Components page for more information) must take the test no later than December 19, 2018 in order to be considered for admission for the 2019-2020 LL.M. Program.

Admission decisions are made on a rolling basis, in most cases no later than late April. Rolling admissions means that we evaluate applications randomly; the date you submitted your application often has no bearing on when you will receive a decision. Some candidates will have a decision in early January, others in late April. (If you submit your application well before the December 19 deadline, for example, you will not necessarily have an earlier decision.) If you have not yet received a decision, it most likely means that the Committee simply has not yet reviewed your application (so you should not worry!). We strive to give every candidate a decision by the end of April.

【2019年秋入学用出願締め切り日とエッセイ課題】: Yale University (LL.M.)

Yale Uiversity, LL.M. Programの出願締め切り日が発表されました。
https://law.yale.edu/studying-law-yale/degree-programs/graduate-programs/llm-program/llm-admission

Applications are accepted for the 2019–2020 academic year from August 1 to December 1, 2018, at 11:59 p.m., U.S. Eastern Time. The December 1 deadline should be understood as the date by which all applications to the LL.M. program should be submitted online through LSAC’s Electronic Application Service of the Law School Admission Council (LSAC). All required supporting documents, such as transcripts, should be received by the LSAC by the December 1 deadline.

Complete the two essay questions and include them, along with your curriculum vitae, as attachments to your applicationTwo separate essays are required as a part of the application to the LL.M. program. Please note that a personal statement is not required and cannot be substituted for or take the place of these required essays.

—In no more than 350 words, describe your reasons for seeking admission to Yale Law School’s LL.M. program, and explain how the LL.M. degree fits in with your plans for teaching after you graduate. Please indicate your areas of interest and what arrangements, if any, you have made concerning employment.

—In no more than 500 words, describe your scholarly research agenda for the near future. Please articulate what you think are the most important issues in your chosen field, and explain why.

【2018-19 LL.M.出願情報】: Harvard Law School

Harvard Law School (HLS)の出願締め切り日が発表されました。
2018年12月1日
http://hls.harvard.edu/dept/graduate-program/apply/

■Class Profile (Class of 2017-18)
http://hls.harvard.edu/dept/graduate-program/llm-profiles/

  • 184 students, 99% of them are international
  • 76% have 2 or more years of practice or teaching/advanced studies experience
  • 26% hold advanced degrees, including 6 doctorates
  • 65 countries / jurisdictions represented from Afghanistan to Yemen
  • 16 Fulbright Scholars
  • 11 Supreme Court clerks
  • 27 full or part-time law teachers
  • 4 current or former judges

■出願書類

  • Online application form
  • CV/Résumé
  • Personal statement, parts (A) and (B)
  • Transcript(s) (including diplomas for all degrees that have been received)
  • Recommendations (at least two)
  • Official TOEFL report (if applicable)
  • Financial Aid application (if applicable)
  • Application fee of US$85

★同校へ出願する際は、他校で使用するLSACのサイト経由で出願する必要はありません。毎年、学校オリジナルのアプリケーションフォーム(上記”出願書類”欄の”Online application form”の入力が必要となります。

★TOEFLのみが有効となるためご注意ください。そして、出願する際には以下の条件を満たすようスコアメイキングに取り組んでください。
For the internet-based test (iBT), we require a total score of at least 100, with at least 25 in each of the four subsections.

Q. よく受験生からは、「学校側が要求するスコア(minimum score)に達していない場合でも出願して大丈夫ですか?」という問い合わせを受けます。

A. その問い合わせに対して学校側が回答をHPに掲載しています。
http://hls.harvard.edu/dept/graduate-program/llm-admissions-faq/#faq-3-3

A. Yes, your application will still be reviewed. However, you will be at a significant disadvantage compared to the other applicants whose TOEFL scores do meet Harvard Law School’s required minimum. Please note that you may retake the TOEFL and send updated scores after the application deadline has passed.

上記のretake the TOEFL and send update scores after the application deadline has passedの行為を受験生間では「スコアの差し替え」と呼びますが、ではこれがいつまで受け付けてもらえるか、こうした明確な回答がウェブ上に掲載されていない時には、出願者の個々の判断に拠ります。

当然のことながら、スコアの差し替えを必要としないように出願戦略を立て、実行していくものの、思い描いた通りに事が進まないこともあります。「少し準備が遅れ気味だけど・・・」という感覚を覚えた折にはそのまま見過ごすことなく、もう一度自らの計画を見直してください。

2018年2月以降の締切日:米国ロースクール(LL.M. )

2月以降でも間に合う米国LL.M.プログラムをいくつか紹介させていただきます。

UCLA
2018/2/15
https://law.ucla.edu/llm-sjd/llm-program/apply/

Fordham University
2018/3/1
https://www.fordham.edu/info/21170/apply/5170/deadlines

Indiana University
2018/3/1
http://www.law.indiana.edu/admission/graduate-apply/apply-llm-mcl-sjd.shtml

University of Southern California
2018/3/1
http://weblaw.usc.edu/how/gip/llm/onlineapplicationstatus.cfm

University of Texas, Austin
2018/3/1
https://law.utexas.edu/master-of-laws/application-information/

George Washington University
2018/3/15
https://www.law.gwu.edu/admission-deadlines-and-key-dates

Boston University
2018/4/15
http://www.bu.edu/law/admissions/llm-admissions/llm-degree-applicants/

University of Minnesota
2018/4/15
https://www.law.umn.edu/admissions/llm-admissions/how-apply

Vanderbilt University
2018/4/30
https://law.vanderbilt.edu/prospective-students/llm-program-/llm-admissions-process.php

Emory University
2018/4/15
http://law.emory.edu/admission/master-of-laws/index.html

Boston College
We accept applications on a rolling basis. We encourage you to apply early in the process.
https://www.bc.edu/bc-web/schools/law/admission-aid/llm-program/llm-admission.html

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.