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.
The entire process of applications is tiring and stressful, but the kind of exposure you get during your one year of LL.M, at a personal and professional level, will make it all worth it.
GULC allows LL.M. students to pursue an externship program in the Spring Semester, which I felt would increase my practical exposure in the United States in addition to theoretical knowledge.
We are the group of only 25 students, which implies that everyone here is purely on merits and probably the best in their sphere.
Fletcher has really a great pool of faculties, which are at par with any other elite institution around the world, in terms of academics and professional expertise.
Public International Law can seem like a bumpy road, especially in the initial years of your practice. You have to zone out yourselves and not look at the steady career progression of your peers working at law firms or as litigators.
Apart from academics, I have developed my management skills, strengthened my critical thinking and autonomous intellect.
One of the great things about HLS is the infinite amount of lunch/coffee talks on so many interesting contemporary and historical legal issues. Not only that, you can also cross-register for courses at other Harvard schools.
At NUS, we used to have 24 hour open book exams, video making, preparing opinions for real life cases at hand, surprise quizzes, etc. which were although demanding, but absolutely interesting and fun.
I think my stint abroad gave me certain confidence to take clients independently. The experience of an LLM instilled a new- found sense of self conviction.
The strong research and analytical skills that I gained while pursuing my LLM coursework have enabled me to quickly grasp and respond to new legal developments.
Make the most of your LLM experience by meeting and interacting with people from diverse backgrounds. Seek to create meaningful bonds with people without only focusing on what’s in it for me.
Aside from the academic opportunities, the chance to spend a year with talented lawyers from across the world is unparalleled, and that alone makes the LLM worth it.
Not shying away from introducing yourself confidently will do wonders for students looking for job opportunities and there will always be somebody who will recognize your true potential.