【2024-2025】Cambridge(Judge) 出願締切日とエッセイ課題発表


Application deadlines
Round 1: 27 Aug 2024
Round 2: 7 Oct 2024
Round 3: 6 Jan 2025
Round 4: 31 Mar 2025

You must complete the careers objectives statement and 3, shorter essays:

Please provide details of your post-MBA career plans. The statement should not exceed 500 words and must address the following:
What are your short and long-term career objectives? How will the Cambridge MBA equip you to achieve these?
Looking at your short-term career goal, describe the research you have done to understand how this industry/role/location recruits MBA talent and what they are looking for in a candidate?
How confident do you feel about meeting your short-term career goal? What skills/characteristics do you already have that will help you to achieve them, and what preparation are you doing now?
Tell us about a time when you made a professional mistake. How could it have ended differently? (up to 200 words)
Tell us about the best team you worked with. What made the team successful? (up to 200 words)
Provide an example of when someone else positively impacted your life. What did you learn from this experience? (up to 200 words)


Chizuko Okada

【2024-2025】UC-Berkeley (Haas)出願締切日とエッセイ課題発表

UC-Berkeley (Haas)が出願締切日とエッセイ課題を発表しました。昨シーズンからVideo essayが導入されましたが、今年も導入されています。

Round 1
Deadline: September 12, 2024
Decision: December 12, 2024

Round 2
Deadline: January 9, 2025
Decision: March 27, 2025

Round 3
Deadline: April 3, 2025
Decision: May 8, 2025

Required Essay #1
What makes you feel alive when you are doing it, and why? (300 words maximum)

Required Essay #2
What are your short-term and long-term career goals, and how will an MBA from Haas help you achieve those goals?
Short-term career goals should be achievable within 3-5 years post-MBA, whereas long-term goals may span a decade or more and encompass broader professional aspirations.
(300 words max)

Required Essay #3
One of our goals at Berkeley Haas is to develop leaders who value diversity and to create an inclusive environment in which people from different ethnicities, genders, lived experiences, and national origins feel welcomed and supported.

Describe any experience or exposure you have in the area of diversity, equity, inclusion, justice, and belonging whether through community organizations, personal, or in the workplace?

Candidates seeking consideration for mission-aligned fellowships may use this space to reflect on their commitment to the mission of those fellowships. (300 words max)

Video essay
The Berkeley MBA program develops leaders who embody our four Defining Leadership Principles. Briefly introduce yourself to the admissions committee, explain which Defining Leadership Principle resonates most with you, and tell us how you have exemplified the principle in your personal or professional life.

Please review the Defining Leadership Principles in advance and take time to prepare your answer before recording. You will be able to test your audio-visual connection before recording. Video essays should last 1-2 minutes and may not exceed 2 minutes.

Optional essays
The admissions team takes a holistic approach to application review and seeks to understand all aspects of a candidate’s character, qualifications, and experiences. We will consider achievements in the context of the opportunities available to a candidate. Some applicants may have faced hardships or unusual life circumstances, and we will consider the maturity, perseverance, and thoughtfulness with which they have responded to and/or overcome them.

Optional Information #1
We invite you to help us better understand the context of your opportunities and achievements.

Optional Information #2

This section should only be used to convey relevant information not addressed elsewhere in your application. This may include explanation of employment gaps, academic aberrations, supplemental coursework, etc. You are encouraged to use bullet points where appropriate.


Chizuko Okada

【2024-2025】Columbia Business School J-termの出願締切日とエッセイ課題発表

Columbia Business School (CBS) がJ-termの締め切りとエッセイ課題を発表しました。昨シーズンからCBSは出願締め切りに対してラウンド制が導入されましたが、J-termにおいても同様になりました。

January term (J-Term) deadlines:

J-Term Round 1: June 18, 2024
J-Term Round 2: August 15, 2024

Essay Questions

Applicants must complete two short answer questions and three essays.

Short Answer Question: What is your immediate post-MBA professional goal? (50 characters maximum)

January Short Answer Question: Why do you prefer the January-entry term? (50 characters maximum)

Examples of possible responses:
“Work in business development for a media company.”
“Join a strategy consulting firm.”
“Launch a data-management start-up.”

Essay 1
Through your resume and recommendation, we have a clear sense of your professional path to date. What are your career goals over the next three to five years and what is your long-term dream job? (500 words)

Essay 2
The Phillips Pathway for Inclusive Leadership (PPIL) is a co-curricular program designed to provide students with the skills and strategies needed to develop as inclusive leaders. Through various resources and programming, students explore and reflect on the following five inclusive leadership skills: Mitigating Bias and Prejudice; Managing Intercultural Dialogue; Addressing Systemic Inequity; Understanding Identity and Perspective Taking; and Creating an Inclusive Environment.

Describe a time or situation when you had the need to utilize one of these five skills, and tell us the actions you took and the outcome. (250 words)

Essay 3
We believe Columbia Business School is a special place with a collaborative learning environment in which students feel a sense of belonging, agency, and partnership–academically, culturally, and professionally.
How would you co-create your optimal MBA experience at CBS? Please be specific. (250 words)

Optional Essay
If you wish to provide further information or additional context around your application to the Admissions Committee, please upload a brief explanation of any areas of concern in your academic record or personal history. This does not need to be a formal essay. You may submit bullet points. (Maximum 500 Words)


Chizuko Okada


AGOSでは毎月LLM留学準備セミナーを開催しており、経歴書 (以下CV)やエッセイ(Personal Statement)、推薦状の役割から出願スケジュールの策定を中心に解説しています。本日は、入学審査官が最初に目を通すと言われるCVについて説明します。

CVは i) 学業実績、 ii) 職務経験実績、iii) 職場外での活動実績(例:プロボノ活動)から構成されており、出願者はこれらの関連情報を1-2枚にまとめます。LL.M.出願者は自らの専門性、出願するプログラムの特定分野に合致させたCVを作成しなければなりません。例えば、出願先のLL.M.プログラムで知的財産法について深く学ぶことを目的としてかかげる場合は、その分野に関連した項目をアピールするために、大学から現在へいたるまでの経験を表現していきましょう。

フォーマット:各校の指定はありませんが、i) 文字の大きさ、ii) フォント, iii) 太字、iv) イタリック体などを適切に活用し、読みやすいCVを作成します。『見やすい』=『入学審査官へのアピール度向上』と捉えてください。

学業実績欄では、i)ゼミでの活動、ii)卒業論文の執筆、iii)奨学金、iv)成績に対する表彰歴, v)学内での活動(ディベート大会、模擬裁判、法律相談サークル活動)など、法学分野とのつながりを持つ内容を記載してください。また、学部時代の情報のみならず、法科大学院(該当者のみ)、そして司法研修所(該当者のみ)在学時の活動も記載します。

Seminars: selected as 1 of 15 members by academic performance, for two-year Civil Law Seminar (2016), and Corporate Law Seminar (2017)

職務実績欄では、これまでに関わった案件全てをリストアップするのではなく、LL.M.プログラム入学後に希望する専門分野と関わりある分野の実績を述べてください。そして、そうした案件への貢献度をアピールするためにも、具体的な行動を表す動作動詞(Action Verb/Power Verb)を用いること、さらに可能な限り成果を数値化しましょう。

Leading 5 member team to draft and review complaints, answers, interrogatories and motions; conducted and supervised discovery, including interviews with key witnesses in English and Japanese;established guidelines for document review (January 2023 to present)
Reviewed and confirmed client compliance with regulations; supervised redrafting of compliance guidelines for Sweedish client with a team of 3 junior paralegals (December 2022)



LLM留学準備セミナー 予約はこちら

Eiki Satori

2025年LLM留学を目指して:Information Sessionの活用

2023-24年シーズンのLL.M.出願も大詰めを迎える時期になりました。今月はChicago, Columbia, Harvard, さらにはStanfordの審査結果が発表されます。AGOS LL.M.受験生にとって最良の結果を強く願っております。また一方で、すでに2024-25年シーズンは始まっています。テスト対策以外の準備は進めていますか?本日は、Columbia UniversityやUC Berkeleyで開催されている、LLM受験生を対象とするオンライン説明会を紹介いたします。

Columbia University
Columbia’s LLM Program: Learn More
・Location: Online
・Thursday, March 14, 2024 | 04:00PM to 04:30 PM (米国東部時間)

Columbia’s LLM Program: Learn More
・Location: Online
・Thursday, April 18, 2024 | 04:00PM to 04:30 PM (米国東部時間)


University of California, Berkeley
Virtual Information Session
・Location: Online
・Thursday, March 21, 2024 | 09:00AM to 10:00 AM (米国西部時間)
・Thursday, April 4, 2024  | 09:00AM to 10:00 AM (米国西部時間)
・Thursday, April 18, 2024 | 05:00PM to 06:00 PM (米国西部時間)
・Thursday, May 2, 2024   | 09:00AM to 10:00 AM (米国西部時間)



LLM留学に向けて、これから準備を開始する方は、4/6 (土)に開催するLLM留学基礎セミナー(オンライン形式)へご出席ください。当日は主にi)入学審査の概要、ii)出願書類とテストスコアの役割、iii) 出願スケジュールの立て方について解説いたします。ご予約は下記サイトにて承っております。

Eiki Satori

Columbia LLM 12/21まで出願期限延長のお知らせ

いよいよ今年もあと残すところ数週間となりました。今月は中盤から後半にかけ、Berkeley, Chicago, New York, さらにはPennsylvaniaの締め切り日が続きますので、まさに出願の大詰めの時期ですね。Columbia Law Schoolより下記メールを昨日付けで受信しました。

メール内の(NY time)とは米国東海岸の時間帯 (Eastern Time)を指します。


Dear Eiki,

You asked, we listened! Given the volume of requests we received to submit a late application and our change to an earlier deadline this year, we will be reopening our applications to the Executive LL.M. and LL.M. programs. The application will open at 12:00am (NY time) on December 14 and close at 11:59pm (NY time) December 21.

Please continue to work with LSAC and your recommenders to submit your transcripts or letters of recommendation. Do not worry if there are slight delays with LSAC. We understand it takes time on their end to process as well, so as long as you submit the Columbia application by December 21, you have met the requirement. We cannot, however, review your application until we have all documents from LSAC.

Decisions for our Executive LL.M. program will be sent on a rolling basis through January. Decisions for our LL.M. program will be sent simultaneously the first week of March.

If you are having a technical issue with submitting your application, please contact LSAC at LLMinfo@LSAC.org.

As always, we are here to help if you have questions! You can reply directly to this email or contact us at gradprograms@law.columbia.edu.

Office of Graduate Degree Programs
しかしながら、Columbia出願に際しては、Personal Statementに加えshort essayの提出が求められます。これらは同校の願書(アプリケーションフォーム)内の7. Educational Objectives欄でご確認ください。以下は設問内容(計2題)です。

Please choose ONE of the following questions to answer. (Maximum word count: 150/ character count:1000)
• What quality do you value most in a friend? Do you also value this quality in a classmate? Why or why not?

• If you could live anywhere in the world for a year, where would you choose? Please explain why.

• Which single line from a poem or song significantly impacted your perspective? Please share how these words changed you.

• What is a memory that is important to you? Please elaborate.

以下は別の設問です。(Maximum word count:250 / character count 1250)

A hallmark of the Columbia experience is being able to learn and thrive in an equitable and inclusive community with a wide range of perspectives. Tell us about an aspect of your own perspective, viewpoint, or lived experience that is important to you, and describe how it has shaped the way you would learn from and contribute to Columbia’s diverse and collaborative community.


Eiki Satori



◉ CV / Resumeに関するチェックポイント
1) 卒業年:成績表(Transcript/LSAC Evaluation Report)に記載されている卒業年と一致していますか?
2) 通貨表記:アメリカのロークスクールへ出願するにも関わらず、CV / ResumeにはYenと記載しているケースがあります。
3) 金額の計算:従来の金額よりゼロが不足していることはありませんか?
4) 在職・在籍期間:誤って記載することで、不要なキャリア上の空白期間が(書面上において)生じてしまいます。
5) フォントの種類:Times New Romanで統一されている思いきや、異なるフォントが入り交ざっている場合があります。また、フォントの種類に加え、フォントサイズや行間設定も統一してください。
6) アメリカ英語とイギリス英語:両言語に関するスペルの違い(例:Organization/Organisation)にはご注意ください。

◉ Personal Statementに関するチェックポイント
1) 出願校名
2) プログラム名
3) Certificate名
4) 科目名
5) 教授の名前
6) 卒業生の名前/卒業生の名前
7) 字数制限:character(文字数)とword(単語数)の違いにご注意ください。
8) スペルや文法の誤植にもご注意ください。
9) 設問で問われている内容を網羅しているかご確認ください。


Eiki Satori

米国LL.M. Columbia, NYU, UC Berkeley, Univ. of Pennsylvania:学校説明会のご案内

今回はColumbia, NYU, UC Berkeley, Univ. of Pennsylvaniaが主催する独自の出願イベント(プログラム説明会)を紹介いたします。準備時間の制約はあると思いますが、必要に応じて各校の主催するイベントを活用しつつ、出願書類のクオリティーをより高めてください。

Columbia University
Visit and Contact Us | Columbia Law School

Craft Your Best Application for Columbia’s ELLM and LLM Programs
Tuesday, September 26, 2023 at 10:00 AM (Eastern Time)
Join us for a virtual event where the Office of Graduate Programs staff will walk you through the application process for our Graduate Degree programs. There will also be ample time to answer any questions you may have. All who are interested in applying or planning to apply are encouraged to participate.

New York University
同校のイベントは、i) Information Session, ii) Explore the Graduate Division, iii) Application Clinic, iv) Scholarship and Financingのテーマごとに分かれて開催されます。

University of California Berkeley

Thursday, Sept. 21 @ 4 – 5 p.m. (PT, California Time)
Thursday, Oct. 5 @ 9 – 10 a.m. (PT, California Time)
Thursday, Oct. 19 @ 4 – 5 p.m. (PT, California Time)
Join representatives from our Advanced Degree Programs staff to hear more about what it’s like to pursue your LL.M. degree at Berkeley Law. This informal session will also allow time for a Q + A portion as well. We look forward to meeting you!

University of Pennsylvania

Members of the Master in Law team are available to meet with prospective students for one on one 30-minute appointments. These appointments offer an opportunity for you to ask questions about our programs and offerings, the Law School, and the application process.

Eiki Satori

9/14 2023-24 LSAC Law School Forums Law Schools at the September Digital Forum – LLM only

いよいよ9月に入り、出願書類の準備をスタートさせるアプリカントも増えてきました。New York University(締め切り日:2023年12月20日)を含め、その他のLL.M.プログラムからも続々と締め切り日が発表されています。


Q. If you attended a recruiting session, please provide the date and location. (Maximum characters 250)

LL.M.アプリカントを対象とするrecruiting sessionは、i) LL.M.アプリカント向け(ライブ・オンライン)、ii) LSACが主催するLL.M.アプリカント向け(ライブ・オンライン)に分類できます。上述のような設問は、If you attendと問いかけてはいるものの、出願先への関心度の高さをアドミッション側へ伝えるためにも、そうした設問に回答できるよう準備してはいきましょう。

先日、Columbia Law Schoolから受信したメールには以下の内容が記載されていました。

We are excited to announce that applications are open for Columbia Law School’s Executive LL.M. in Global Business Law and LL.M. programs! The application deadline for both programs is December 1, 2023.

“applications are open”は、“入力可能“を意味します。多数の入力項目欄はあるものの、入力した内容を保存する機能も備わっているたえ、隙間時間を活用しながら、準備を進めることが可能です。

LSACの開催する9月14日<現地時間>に開催する2023-2024 LSAC Law School at the September Digital Forum – LLM Only への参加校が決まりました。イベントの開催時刻と合わせてこちらのサイトにてご確認ください。

September 14, 2023 / 6 a.m. to 9 a.m. ET
(September 14, 202319:00-22:00 日本時間)
Register by September 12


主な参加予定校:Boston University, UCLA, University of Chicago, Duke University, University of Michigan, Northwestern University, University of Pennsylvania, Vanderbilt University, Washington University School of Law

Eiki Satori

2023-2024 LLM出願締め切り日(NEW)と適切な出願時期


University of California, Berkeley

Cornell University

Duke University

Northwestern University

University of Michigan

University of Virginia

Georgetown University

■ 適切な出願時期とは?
出願情報を調査する中で、締め切り日にはi) Rolling Admissionsとii) Regular Decision Policyの二つのタイプが存在することがお分かりいただけると思います。そして、Rolling Admissionsを採用するUniversity of Virginiaの出願要綱には下記の内容が確認できます。

Although completed LL.M. applications are not due until Feb. 1, the Graduate Committee follows a “rolling admissions” policy and offers of admission may be made before the Feb. 1 deadline. Therefore, it is advantageous to apply early.

2月1日を待たずして、どのタイミングで出願するのが得策なのでしょうか?この判断基準として、i) ここ数年間の出願傾向、ii) 難易度、iii) カリキュラム内容を精査した上でのフィット感の3つを考慮することが重要です。一方で、出願傾向は流動的なものですから、『過去はこうだったから今でも・・』といった考え方は当てはまりませんのでご注意ください。

この『Rolling Admissions』を採用する学校は他にも存在します。学校の特徴を理解することはもちろんですが、こうした出願情報も確認した上で、合格のための戦略を策定していきましょう。



Eiki Satori