I recommend the course highly to lawyers and non-lawyers alike for three primary reasons – a nuanced understanding of intellectual property rights; prospective internship and career opportunities post-graduation with WIPO, EUIPO and distinguished professors; and excellent networking opportunities.
There is no such thing as a ‘one size fits all’! What worked for someone else may not necessarily work for you; the same logic applies for an LLM as well!
Please do write your SOP with honesty; write about yourself and your future plans. Remember that the SoP represents you in your absence.
The level of mentorship by faculty members is always valued by the students. The program is intentionally small and ranges from 15-20 students per year.
The fact is, research activity and research led teaching is resource intensive and faculty need time to develop and deliver these.
The breadth of the curriculum, covering 60 courses over 5 years itself was a huge change and brought many new, multidisciplinary course offerings that had never been taught, such as Law and Rural Development, Environmental Law, among others.
I choose Cardiff University as the framework of the course was based on a combination of International Law and International Relations which aims at analysing the legal and political aspects of international affairs affecting public systems all across the world
From a first reading of the description of the courses offered and based on the fact that only about 60 students are admitted each year, I expected the LL.M. Finance program to be competitive and challenging.
The civil services are still fairly a generalist’s domain but I hoped a masters would allow more opportunities for me to work in specific areas. An LLM felt like a better fit with my law degree rather than a public policy course.
Do a masters if you believe it will truly add value to you. If along the way you do get a job abroad, give yourself a pat on the back and grab it!
In 2017, Pallavi Chandrasekhar graduated with an LL.M. from the School of Law at New York University.
In addition to the course being taught from an international comparative point of view our classes at any given point in time easily has students from a minimum of 10 jurisdictions if not more.
If you join as a scholar you learn from lawyers, if you join as a lawyer you learn from scholars. After the completion of the course you will be wired to think differently and get involved in business approached that include innovation.
Aakash Kumbhat is currently an LL.M. candidate at the University College London, where he is specialising in competition law.
Meera Nazer completed the European Masters in Law and Economics ('18), a course she undertook right after completing her undergraduate degree from NUALS.
Cornell Tech is the only post grad school that allows one to pursue an LLM which is completely centred around technology.