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Top Tips for LLM Applications

As far as the LLM application process goes, it won’t be unfamiliar to you if you’ve already applied to study at university or other higher education institution. Expect questions about your academic background and personal statements!

How do I apply for an LLM?

Most UK law schools adopt an online application system. A few institutions still accept paper applications (they will specify if this is the case). There is sometimes an administration charge for submitting your application.

What do I need for my application?

Exact requirements may differ between law schools; however, generally you will need the following to apply for an LLM degree:

  • The correct academic requirements (usually an LLB degree, a non-law undergraduate degree or the equivalent if you are an international student).
  • One or two references. At least one of these should be an academic reference if possible.
  • A transcript of your undergraduate degree module grades.
  • Proof of proficiency in the English language (applicable to international students).

There won’t always be a specific form for LLM courses. Many providers seem to state that you will apply for a general LLM and then specialise once you begin the actual degree. Sometimes you will use the general law school or university application system or postgraduate course application system and will have to indicate which course you want to apply for (usually quoting its specific code, for example, and whether you want to study full-time, part-time or as a distance learner).

Organising your references

It’s a good idea to source your references in good time as you will have to include their details in most cases in the online application. If you send an incomplete application it won’t portray the best impression to your prospective law school!

LLM application deadlines

There are generally no set deadlines for LLM courses, though it’s always smart to double check with the provider just in case! Still, you can avoid the risk of your prospective course and start date filling up its places by getting your application in early.

LLM personal statement

Writing an effective personal statement for a postgraduate course isn’t an exact science, but there are certain things you will need to convey such as a passion for the subject and an active interest, usually demonstrated through your experiences.

Take the time to read through the course specification and structure carefully, and anticipate the skills, knowledge and attributes required to do well in the subject.

How will acquiring this particular LLM help you to achieve your goals in your future legal career?

A strong personal statement coupled with an excellent academic record will stand you in good stead for securing a place on your chosen course.

By Jos Weale, Editor,