LL.M. 出願条件を分析 Columbia LL.M. 2021年入学に向けて

本日は同校のFAQサイトから需要ポイントを確認していきたいと思います。

Columbia LL.M. FAQ
https://www.law.columbia.edu/admissions/llm-admissions/frequently-asked-questions-faq

◆ Submit Your Application

Q. I missed the application deadline of December 18, 2020. Can I still apply for the 2021–2022 program?

A. No. Check back in September 2020 for the application to the 2022–2023 program.

【チェックポイント】Columbiaの場合は12月18日までに書類一式を提出することが求められます。締め切り日以降に提出した書類も席の空き状況に応じて受け入れる(Rolling Admissions Cycle System)を導入するロースクールとは条件が異なりますのでご注意ください。

Q. Do I need to wait for LSAC to process my transcripts, letters of recommendation, and TOEFL scores before I can submit my online application?

A. No. Submit your online application as soon as you have completed it. LSAC’s Credential Assembly Service (CAS) will forward a copy of these documents to us in a report that will automatically attach itself to your application.

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Columbiaへの出願に限らず、LSAC (Law School Admissions Council)の出願書類提出サービス(Credential Assembly Service:通称CAS)使用が多くのロースクールで必須となっています。成績表、テストスコアレポート、推薦状の準備が整い次第、LSACへ随時提出してください。

Q. LSAC told me that my documents will not be processed by the December 18, 2020 deadline. Will my application still be considered?

A. Yes. Our application deadline is a postmark deadline. This means that your online application must be submitted and your transcripts and letters of recommendation posted by mail to LSAC by December 18, 2020. We account for delays in processing.

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上記回答箇所にはTranscript(成績表)とletters of recommendation (推薦状)はLSACへ12月18日までに必着です。特に推薦状をオンラインではなく郵送する際には十分な時間を確保ください。

Q, Does applying through the Early Review Program increase my chances of admission?

A. No. This program only guarantees a decision by late December. We encourage early applications for those who feel they have compiled their strongest possible application by November 1.

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「11月1日のEarly Review Programを逃すと合格確率が下がりますか?」という質問をよく受けます。最重要事項は、早期出願書類提出が目的ではなく、合格水準するレベルの書類を提出することです。

Q. Will Columbia confirm that my application was received?

A. Yes, we will send you an email confirmation that includes a link to our online Application Status page. We will also notify you when your application is deemed complete. In order to be sensitive to all cultures and identities, we address official application correspondence to your first and last name.

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受験生の誰しもが出願書類の受領状況は気になるところですが、上述の通りan e-mail confirmationの着信状況を自らのメールアカウントでご確認ください。

次回も、引き続きColumbia LL.M.のFAQサイト(以下をご参照ください)を皆さんと一緒に確認しながら、重要なポイントを解説いたします。

https://www.law.columbia.edu/admissions/llm-admissions/frequently-asked-questions-faq

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Columbia University LL.M. Program 締切日発表

Columbia University LL.M. Programが早々に出願締め切り日を発表しました。

Early Review 2020年11月1日
同校を第一志望とする受験生を対象としたものです。ここでの注意すべき点は、11月1日までに大学以降の教育機関で発行された成績表、推薦状、レジュメ、エッセイ、アプリケーションフォーム、テストスコアの全書類がAdmissions Officeに必着という点です。

Regular Review 2020年12月18日
Regular Reviewは、その他の主要なLL.M.プログラムと同様に12月中旬に設定されております。Early Reviewの時と同じく全出願書類がAdmissions Officeに必着です。

https://www.law.columbia.edu/admissions/llm/apply-llm-program

Early Reviewで出願した方が有利になるのか?
早く出願することだけではなく、提出書類の質を高めることが最優先です。プログラムが求めるMinimum Requirementに達しない状態、さらにはEssayが80%程度の出来栄えで出願したとしても合格は極めて難しいと言わざるを得ません。受験生の目標は出願ではではなく、志望校への合格です。
Columbiaのように、複数の締め切り日を設定するLL.M.プログラムは他にも存在します。出願書類、スコアを検討した結果、Early ReviewではなくRegular Reviewにむけてそれぞれの質を高めて出願したほうが、合格の可能性を高める場合もあります。自らが納得する書類のクオリティー、スコアを揃えた上で出願へと踏み切っていきましょう。

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次回の投稿では質の高い書類のクオリティ、出願要件を満たすスコアについてColumbia LL.M.のFAQサイト(以下をご参照ください)を皆さんと一緒に確認しながら、重要なポイントを解説いたします。

Columbia LL.M. FAQ
https://www.law.columbia.edu/admissions/llm-admissions/frequently-asked-questions-faq

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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.

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