For both graduates and students, I think it is crucial to understand the kind of financial commitment that an LL.M. would require.
If we can somehow emulate, let’s say the ‘Tutorial’ concept from the BCL course into the Indian legal education system (it’s a long shout, I know!), then we can truly have the National Law Universities/Law Schools amongst the most prestigious in the world.
My first and foremost (albeit philosophical) advice would be to question yourself do you absolutely need an LLM since it is a significant investment of resources and time, so it is only logical that you question if you really need to do an LLM.
I would recommend studying and learning as much as possible, and networking with people, both in and out of the university in one’s filed, as two most important aspects of an LL.M. program.
International Commercial Arbitration was taught by four different professors, with different cultural and work backgrounds. Interacting with Professor Gerhard Wagner (my thesis supervisor) was in itself an experience.
Apart from UMich, I looked at Oxbridge, Harvard, Yale, Columbia, Chicago and Berkeley. Of these, I received acceptances from Berkeley and Michigan, while UChicago placed me on their waitlist.