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Hi everyone!

Has anyone applied for the LLM in Law at King's College London?

If so, what marks to you have if you don't mind sharing them? I am in my final year of my undergrad at a redbrick uni and I want to apply. My second-year average mark is 63% and I am heading for a very high 2.1 or low first, as all my final-year marks so far have been firsts. Unfortunately, my first-year marks are all capped at 40% as I struggled with severe depression and instead of deferring my exams, I sat all of them, and, of course, failed them.

I know it is an extremely competitive programme, but do you think I have any chance?

Thank you!
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(Original post by Roz from Oz)
Hi everyone!

Has anyone applied for the LLM in Law at King's College London?

If so, what marks to you have if you don't mind sharing them? I am in my final year of my undergrad at a redbrick uni and I want to apply. My second-year average mark is 63% and I am heading for a very high 2.1 or low first, as all my final-year marks so far have been firsts. Unfortunately, my first-year marks are all capped at 40% as I struggled with severe depression and instead of deferring my exams, I sat all of them, and, of course, failed them.

I know it is an extremely competitive programme, but do you think I have any chance?

Thank you!
The entry requirement is a 2.1 so as long as you have that and good refs you will be fine.
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The entry requirement is a 2.1 so as long as you have that and good refs you will be fine.
They don’t request references, and unfortunately, as I have learned today by calling them, they don’t care for mitigating circumstances and want a 65% average over all three years and not just a 2.1 overall your degree.

Feeling sad and desperate is an understatement. I really wanted a chance to be considered at least.

Should I bother applying anyway just for the sake of it?
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They don’t request references, and unfortunately, as I have learned today by calling them, they don’t care for mitigating circumstances and want a 65% average over all three years and not just a 2.1 overall your degree.

Feeling sad and desperate is an understatement. I really wanted a chance to be considered at least.

Should I bother applying anyway just for the sake of it?
That doesn't seem right at all...
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They don’t request references, and unfortunately, as I have learned today by calling them, they don’t care for mitigating circumstances and want a 65% average over all three years and not just a 2.1 overall your degree.

Feeling sad and desperate is an understatement. I really wanted a chance to be considered at least.

Should I bother applying anyway just for the sake of it?
You're right about 65%, but they have in the past accepted 1 or 2 percentage points below that even without mitigation.

The 65% is overall. If you're on for a high 2:1 in third year, it would seem you have a good chance of making the 65% requirement.
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The issue is that my first year marks are capped at 40% so my average is 40%. My second year average is 62% and all my marks in my third and final year have so far been 72% and 75%. I am really feeling much better and enjoying my course so much and I know I want to specialise in EU law.

My personal statement, according to the careers services at my university and two of my tutors, is very good. But when I called admissions at KCL today to check if I should include mitigating circumstances in a separate letter, they explicitly said that they don’t care for them and want a 65% overall on all three years, which is completely different to what both reps told me on the open day two months ago. And one of them was the postgraduate admissions tutor.

I am so gutted and disappointed in myself. I really really want to study at KCL, but now I don’t know what to do. Should I apply for the sake of it? I know it’s a very competitive course and they get far too many applications, but it seems so unfair...

At the postgrad fair, even LSE and Oxford said they are assessing every application on an individual basis FFS! I didn’t apply to either of them and there no chance I’d ever be accept but both unis told me they accept mitigating circumstances.
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The issue is that my first year marks are capped at 40% so my average is 40%. My second year average is 62% and all my marks in my third and final year have so far been 72% and 75%. I am really feeling much better and enjoying my course so much and I know I want to specialise in EU law.

My personal statement, according to the careers services at my university and two of my tutors, is very good. But when I called admissions at KCL today to check if I should include mitigating circumstances in a separate letter, they explicitly said that they don’t care for them and want a 65% overall on all three years, which is completely different to what both reps told me on the open day two months ago. And one of them was the postgraduate admissions tutor.

I am so gutted and disappointed in myself. I really really want to study at KCL, but now I don’t know what to do. Should I apply for the sake of it? I know it’s a very competitive course and they get far too many applications, but it seems so unfair...
Apply anyway. It is not as if the number of places you can apply to are limited to 5, like it is at undergrad. Apply and apply elsewhere.

I am aware they have recently been pushing this 65% line, but as I said it is not entirely accurate as I know people who've got in with less than that and certainly less than that across the 3 years. This is not to say you'll get in, but it is a possibility at the very least.

Their website says it's overall:

Undergraduate degree with high 2:1 honours (i.e. overall average of at least 65%) in Law or a degree with at least 70% law content.
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I think that I will apply anyway just so that I don’t have any regrets later. I never thought that I had it in the bag, but I had a little bit of hope that maybe...
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