Dogar The Brave
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Hi everyone,

I'm thinking of applying to several UK/Irish institutions for an LLM in 2021 which are as follows:

Cambridge
LSE
KCL
UCL
Edinburgh
Trinity College Dublin

My main preference at the moment is Edinburgh (for the particular LLM programme I am hoping to do).

I understand that the LLM process is incredibly competitive. I just want to know what are my chances of getting accepted to any of the above with the following:

My undergraduate degree was in Economics and Politics and International Relations from University College Dublin. First and second year were borderline 2:1 results, then third year I spent abroad on exchange (which was pass/fail; I passed it overall), then in fourth year I got a first class honours (3.80 GPA). My overall GPA was 3.43 (average of second and fourth year) so a strong 2:1 overall.

I then did a "Masters in Common Law" (basically a law conversion course but a 2 year Masters programme; the equivalent of a BCL in Ireland or an LLB in the UK (I think that's what you guys call your undergrad law degree anyway)) in the same university in the Sutherland School of Law (ranked number one law school in Ireland) and received a 2:1 overall (average of the 2 years) which a GPA of 2.23.

I have worked in an international legal firm for a year and have other legal experience like being on the editorial board of my university's annual law review.

Any advice in relation to the above would be much appreciated. I obviously make the 2.1 cut-off for five of the six universities mentioned above but how competitive are they regardless? I understand the 2.1 is just a minimum requirement.
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(Original post by Dogar The Brave)
Hi everyone,

I'm thinking of applying to several UK/Irish institutions for an LLM in 2021 which are as follows:

Cambridge
LSE
KCL
UCL
Edinburgh
Trinity College Dublin

My main preference at the moment is Edinburgh (for the particular LLM programme I am hoping to do).

I understand that the LLM process is incredibly competitive. I just want to know what are my chances of getting accepted to any of the above with the following:

My undergraduate degree was in Economics and Politics and International Relations from University College Dublin. First and second year were borderline 2:1 results, then third year I spent abroad on exchange (which was pass/fail; I passed it overall), then in fourth year I got a first class honours (3.80 GPA). My overall GPA was 3.43 (average of second and fourth year) so a strong 2:1 overall.

I then did a "Masters in Common Law" (basically a law conversion course but a 2 year Masters programme; the equivalent of a BCL in Ireland or an LLB in the UK (I think that's what you guys call your undergrad law degree anyway)) in the same university in the Sutherland School of Law (ranked number one law school in Ireland) and received a 2:1 overall (average of the 2 years) which a GPA of 2.23.

I have worked in an international legal firm for a year and have other legal experience like being on the editorial board of my university's annual law review.

Any advice in relation to the above would be much appreciated. I obviously make the 2.1 cut-off for five of the six universities mentioned above but how competitive are they regardless? I understand the 2.1 is just a minimum requirement.
Leading postgraduate courses at reputable universities are always fairly competitive but it seems like you've got a good CV to back up your application, especially given that you have experience in the legal progression to support your grades.

It probably makes sense to apply to a few different LLM courses - just in case you don't get offered a place on your first choice course - but it sounds like you're already intending to do that.

The only other thing you could do is contact the law departments of LLM course leads at the universities you are most interested in to ask them a little more about their application process - what sort of references do they require, will there be an interview stage, for example? This will help you prep and polish your application, as well as ensuring you have the necessary documentary evidence and referee information ready when/if asked for it.

Hope that helps and good luck with your applications!

Amy
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