One piece of advice I would give prospective doctoral students of any discipline is to have a very clear idea of what you want to enact but also be aware and prepared for the fact that this will change.
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.
At the end of the day, the market is tough. One’s hard work coupled with some luck (without the aid of any arbitration-specific Felix Felicis) may bear fruit only if and when the ‘right opportunity manifests at the right time’.
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.
Some of my the people I know used the guidance of an LL.M. counsellor, instead I choose to call my friends and get after their life to proof read my SOP and give me their suggestions
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!
In 2017, Garima Prakash completed the University of Barcelona's Master of Laws in International Economic Law and Policy (IELPO LL.M.)
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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.