カテゴリー別アーカイブ: LL.M.出願戦略

【2020年入学用 LL.M.出願締め切り日】University of Cambridge

University of Cambridge, LL.M. Programの締め切り日が発表されました。
https://www.llm.law.cam.ac.uk/admissions/how-to-apply.html

The deadline for receipt of LLM applications for the 2020 entry course is 4 December 2019 at 12:00pm (midday) UK time. Late or incomplete applications will not be considered. All applications must be submitted to the University’s Graduate Admissions Office, not to the Faculty of Law. GAO is the central University office handling graduate applications for all Cambridge Faculties and Departments. Please refer to the GAO’s website for details of how to apply: http://www.graduate.study.cam.ac.uk/applying

Please be aware that all LLM applicants who are required to take an IELTS or TOEFL language test must submit their test results at the time of application, for the LLM programme. The deadline for applying for the 2020-2021 programme is 4 December 2019. Please see the section of this website about language requirements under the ‘Admissions Criteria‘ heading for full details of the specific language requirement for the LLM.

Required ability level

Where a compliant IELTS or TOEFL language test certificate is required before an application will be considered, the minimum levels of ability which must be demonstrated are as follows:

1. IELTS: At least 7.5 overall with at least 7.0 in each of the individual sections of reading, writing, listening and speaking.

2. TOEFL: At least 110 overall with at least 25 in each of the individual sections of reading, writing, listening and speaking.

Please note that candidates must meet the minimum requirements in all elements of the language test in the same sitting; it is not possible to combine results from multiple tests in order to meet the language requirement.

【2020年9月入学用出願締め切り日】Harvard Law School, LL.M. Program

Harvard Law School (HLS) LL.M. Programの出願締め切り日が発表されました。

The application deadline for the LL.M. class beginning in August 2020 is December 1, 2019, at 11:59 p.m., U.S. Eastern time.
https://hls.harvard.edu/dept/graduate-program/llm-application-deadlines-and-materials/

In addition to submitting the online LL.M. application by the deadline, applicants must make sure that any other required documents (e.g., transcripts, TOEFL results) are sent out in time for delivery to our office on or before the deadline. Please note that the application deadline will be strictly observed. It is your responsibility to make certain that all required materials reach the Graduate Program office by the deadline.

数多くのアメリカLL.M.プログラムがLaw School Admissions Council (LSAC)の出願代行サービスの理由を義務づける中、同校は独自の出願方式(HLS専用の願書フォームの使用)を実施してきました(LSAC経由で出願できるものの、推薦状はLSAC経由で提出できない**といった多少手間暇がかかります)。自分の手や周囲の推薦者の手を煩わせないためにも、HLSへ出願する際は同校の願書フォーマット(推薦状フォームも含む)を使用して出願することをお勧めします。

**Please note that we do not accept letters of recommendation submitted through LSAC.
https://hls.harvard.edu/dept/graduate-program/llm-admissions-faq/#faq-4-1

We strongly recommend that you have your transcripts/diplomas and TOEFL score to LSAC no later than the beginning of October to ensure we receive your LSAC report by the December 1 deadline.
https://hls.harvard.edu/dept/graduate-program/llm-admissions-faq/#faq-4-1
Harvardへの出願時のみにて適用されるだけでなく、他の出願予定校の締め切り日で12月上旬から中旬の間で締め切りを設定するLL.M.プログラムもあると思います。そうした学校への出願計画を考える上でも、出願関連書類をLSACへ提出するタイミングを見極める参考情報として活用されてはいかがでしょうか。

また、上記では12/1と締め切り日を設定していますが、昨年用のApplication Form内では以下の記述が見られました。
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Your application and all supporting documents must be received by the Harvard Law School Graduate Program office no later than 11:59 p.m. U.S. Eastern time on December 1 (and preferably by November 15).
https://hls.harvard.edu/content/uploads/2018/09/Sample-LLM-Application-2019.pdf
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11/15と12/1ではわずか2週間程度の違いですが、”preferably”という表現を用いてるだけに実質上のEarly Admissions Deadlineの役割を果たしていました。現時点では2020年入学用の締め切りは12/1で11月に関する記述内容は見当たりませんが、9月の時点で2020年出願用の願書を改めて一読する際はDecember 1 (and preferably November 15)の記述があるか否かを確認しましょう。

 

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

Duke, LL.M.の出願書類関連情報を確認していきたいと思います。
https://law.duke.edu/internat/appinformation/#details

Resume

Please submit a resume with your application. If you apply via LSAC, use the electronic attachment.

Personal Statement

You are required to submit a 2-5 page personal statement. If you apply via LSAC, use the electronic attachment. The personal statement should include your professional and educational experience, special areas of interest, previous overseas experience, and any other information that supports your application. Please let us know if there is a special reason for applying to Duke Law School such as family members who are alumni or who are living in North Carolina, or a spouse or significant other with admission to a nearby school or who is also applying to the LLM program.

>>>最長5ページと記されていますが、2から3ページの長さで書き纏めることができる内容を無理やり長くする必要はありません。Duke LL.M.用のPersonal Statementにどういったコンテンツを使うのか?、そしてそのためにも早めに自己分析作業等に着手していきましょう。

Recommendation Letters

A minimum of two letters of recommendation should be submitted on behalf of the LLM applicant. Such letters should not be from relatives or close family friends. The letters should explain the relationship of the writer to the applicant. At least one letter should be from a faculty member well acquainted with the applicant’s academic ability.

If applying electronically, LSAC offers an LOR service for letters of recommendations.  Please follow the instructions on the LSAC site.

If application materials are being submitted in hard copy format directly to the International Studies office, recommendation letter forms must be included and are available for download at our site. Your signature on the recommendation form indicates you have waived your right to the material contained in the recommendation letter and should be included with all letters submitted on your behalf.  Referees may also submit recommendation letters directly to the International Studies office. We prefer recommendation letters in hard copy format but will accept electronic letters if a referee is unable to submit the letters prior to the application deadline.

ご存知のように推薦状の提出方法は、①LSAC経由、もしくは②各スクール独自のフォーマット(各校のHPよりダウンロードします)となります。しかしながら、②の提出方法は一部のスクール(例:Harvard, Michiganなど)に限られますのでご注意ください。

【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.

【LL.M.出願のプロセス】: 推薦状の提出方法など

昨日に続き、今回は推薦状の準備等に関してコメントを述べさせていただきます。

◆推薦状の数について:
各校で異なりますので、各校の出願要綱欄を確認してください。
その記述内容には「2通のみ」、「2通から4通まで受け付ける」とするプログラムも存在するなど、各校によってスタンスが異なります。

◆推薦者:
・Professsor(s) もしくはSupervisor(s)から該当者を選出します。

◆推薦状の提出方法
・出願先プログラムから特別な指示がなければ、LSACのLetter of Recommenation Service(下記urlの内容をご参照ください)を用います。推薦状の提出方法は、原則としてLSACを経由して出願校へ提出する運びとなります。また特別な指定がない限り、推薦状や成績表(Trasncript)を出願校へ直接送付(提出)することは控えてください。
https://www.lsac.org/llm/application-process/letters-of-recommendation/

◆推薦者が英語で(推薦状を)作成できない場合の対応
・原則として、原本(日本語)と英語翻訳版の双方を提出しますが、各校の出願要綱を必ずご確認ください。

【LL.M.出願のプロセス】: LSAC’s LL.M. Credential Assembly Service (CAS)

LL.M.出願者の方々にとって、本格的な準備体制へ移行する時期は『夏場」という見解が多いことかと思いますが、この時期からLL.M. Credential Assembly Service (通称CAS)への登録作業は済ませ、CASのシステムや関連コンテンツをご確認いただくことをお勧めします。

またCASを利用するにあたっては、出身大学、ロースクール(該当者のみ)、司法研修所(該当者のみ)の成績表(Transcript)の提出が必要になります。左記の各成績書類はLSACが指定する第三者機関により評価を受けます。そして、この評価プロセスには2週間程度の時間を要すると言われています。しかしながら、秋口以降には出願者の多くが上記サービス利用に集中することが予想されるため、2週間以上の時間が必要となることも珍しくはありません。

そのため、出来るだけ早い時期に成績表(Transcript)はLSACへ提出するよう手配していきましょう。すでに出願に十分なIELTSやTOEFLスコア等を取得している場合は、スコア・レポートの手配(各テストセンターからLSACへスコアレポートを送付してもらう手続き)も同時に行ってください。

【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.