LL.M. Personal statementを分析 Columbia LL.M. 2021年入学に向けて

前回の投稿に続き、Columbia LL.M.のFAQサイトから重要ポイントを確認していきたいと思います。

Q, Do you have any tips for the personal statement?

Your personal statement should describe your background, academic interests, the program of study you wish to follow, and your reasons for pursuing that program. Because you are also submitting a résumé or CV, your personal statement should not simply be a restatement of that information.

Formatting requirements:
• Double-spaced
• 12-point font
• Standard margins
• No more than three pages

上記Personal Statement課題で問われていることを細分化してみます。
1) Your Background
2) Academic Interest
3) The Program of study you wish to follow
4) Your reasons for pursuing that program

1) Your Backgroundという表現自体は広範囲なキャリアへ言及しているように思われますが、ここでは大学以降の経験に絞りましょう。その一方で、Because you are also submitting a résumé or CV, your personal statement should not simply be a restatement of that information.と記されています。Resume/CVに記した数多くの実績を単に重複させるのではなく、これらの実績をさらに掘り下げてPersonal Statementで使用することが求められています。この点から、まずResume/CVのコンテンツからあなたにとって重要な実績を選定することから作業をスタートしましょう。

2) Columbia LL.M.プログラム入学後に学びたい分野(例:Litigation & Dispute Resolution)へ興味/関心を抱いた経緯を考えてみましょう。

3) ここではLL.M.を取得するきっかけとなったエピソードを考えましょう。

4) Columbia LL.M.への出願理由を考える際は、まず” Course Selection Tips”をご覧ください。

そして、1) 専門分野 (Areas of Study)と 2) 関連科目をご確認ください。

Personal Statementを書き始める手順として以下のステップをお勧めします。

i) エッセイ課題内容の把握
ii) 使用するコンテンツの選定(ネタだし)
iii) カリキュラムの調査
iv) Personal Statementアウトラインの作成
v) 書き出し

当セミナーでPersonal Statement作成のコツを丁寧に解説します!

セミナー参加後は、LLM出願戦略コンサルティング 個別クイックアドバイスで個別のアドバイスをお受けください。


Eiki Satori

MBA Applications: Deciding between Round 1 and 2 for International Candidates

One of the challenges with the MBA application is choosing which round or deadline to apply.  Generally, US MBA programs have up to four application rounds.  However, these rounds are mostly applicable for US applicants.  For international candidates, a different approach is necessary because there is a visa requirement that they must adhere.  Given this, most international candidates are encouraged to apply to either Round 1 or 2.

Regarding choosing between Round 1 and 2, the best advice is to self-assess one’s own background and application progress; then, select the round in which he feels most comfortable applying.  Since candidates only have one application opportunity per school each year, they should ensure that their application is at its highest potential before submitting.

To distinguish the advantages and disadvantages between these two rounds, use the following descriptions as guidance.

Round 1 Analysis

Benefit:  Since Round 1 applications are early, one of the benefits of applying in this round is that an applicant will get his results early as well.  This will provide him with the flexibility to apply to additional MBA programs in Round 2 if his results are not satisfactory.  As such, those who apply in Round 1 with unfavourable results will be able to reassess their application, strengthen any areas of weakness, and develop a stronger application for Round 2.  In essence, they will be able to pace their applications better.   Another benefit is that generally in Round 1, there are fewer people who apply.  Given this, the opportunity to stand out is stronger.

Challenge:   Conversely, the main challenge with Round 1 is that it is an early deadline.  Therefore, depending on when an candidate started his application, he may have less time to develop his goals and essays, strengthen his test scores, and request letters of recommendation.  Also, since most international MBA information sessions and events happen later in the year, this might present a dilemma for the candidate in terms of researching about a school and figuring out his “fit.”

Suggestion:  An international candidate should only apply for this round if he has strong test scores (GMAT/GRE and TOEFL), a clear sense of his goals and aspirations, and sufficient time to research about a school beforehand.    This round is also recommended for re-applicants as it will show their dedication to the school.

Round 2 Analysis

Benefit:   The main benefit of Round 2 is that an applicant is given more time to strengthen his MBA application.  This entails more time to develop his MBA goals and essays, to improve his test scores, to request letters of recommendation, and to research schools.    This extra time may be critical for many candidates as it helps to develop their competitive advantage.

Challenge:  The primary challenge with this round is that most MBA applicants (both domestic and international) will apply during this time.  Therefore, the competition is intense.  Also, given that most schools do not encourage Round 3 for international candidates, this means that applicants who apply solely in Round 2 may need to apply to more schools to increase their chances of admittance.   As such, the pacing of these various applications may be challenging.

Suggestion:  Besides having a strong application (i.e. test scores, letters of recommendation, etc.), an applicant needs to develop stories that help differentiate him from the rest of the MBA applicant pool.  This requires self-analysis and reflection.  Thus, personal branding becomes a critical part of the application even more so than in Round 1.

Posted by Lee Moua