The most important and differentiating factor of the ILF LL.M. course was that the curriculum built in 2 months of mandatory internship.
I would strongly recommend prospective applicants who wish to pursue LLM in the courses relating to dispute resolution/settlement to at least gain two years of experience, which must include some exposure to the trial-court advocacy.
My number one advice to any LL.M. applicant would be to be a 100% sure as to why you want to pursue your masters and what value addition will the course bring to the table.
It is rightly put that true learning begins at the end of your comfort zone and that’s exactly how I’d like to quote my LLM experience
In this lifetime, at some point or the other, I wanted to study in SOAS because I’ve learnt from alumnus and professors alike that it is like the JNU of the world.
While the LLM has its own strong set of advantages for a lawyer, an MBA presents me with a unique opportunity to learn something entirely alien to lawyers.
Like every international trained lawyer, I had two options either to appear for National Committee on Accreditation (“NCA”) examinations or take up a master's course in Canada.
I feel that a lot of times, applicants explain how the particular course would help them in their career but they do not focus on how they would be benefitting the university.
LL.M. students don’t just study and network with other LL.M.s, but are integrated into the law school community taking classes with J.D students and networking with alumni.
Many people in India opt for the traditional LLM route but I realized that a degree that is geared more towards academia did not align with my goal of practicing abroad.
The way law schools function and operate in the US blew my mind, especially their Socratic method of lectures.
Most pre-law students think that one, they can take out all the student loans and easily pay them back when they start working. This is simply untrue and makes many attorneys depressed as they struggle to pay their bills!
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For both graduates and students, I think it is crucial to understand the kind of financial commitment that an LL.M. would require.
Remember that an LLM is not the only option out there! In depth research is necessary as every degree, every university and every course offers something different.
I did not want to do a master’s degree for the sake of doing one. Because to my mind, it is more than just a career milestone - rather, it needs to serve some predefined purpose.