LL.M 出願校の選択:その① プログラムに求めるものの整理

本日は出願校の選択の具体的な方法についてのアドバイスです。
Columbia University LL.M Programを例にとって説明します。

サイトから抜粋
https://www.law.columbia.edu/admissions/graduate-legal-studies/llm-program
From working on a law journal or with faculty on research, to participating in pro bono projects or student organizations—the possibilities for learning, networking, and growing professionally at Columbia Law School are extraordinary. We offer unparalleled opportunities for experiential learning through our clinics, externships, and skills-based courses, such as the ever-popular Deals and Negotiation workshops. In addition, our centers and programs enrich our students’ education through daily lectures, roundtable discussions, and conferences, and also serve as catalysts for scholarly work and student involvement on issues and activities in the law.
As a Columbia LL.M. student, you become part of one of the world’s preeminent universities, and are invited to take courses in other schools—such as Columbia Business School and the School of International and Public Affairs—making the LL.M. a truly interdisciplinary degree.
For an inside look into the Columbia LL.M. Program, visit the Graduate Legal Studies blog, The Columbia LL.M. Experience.

上記のポイントをまとめると以下になります。
1. Law Journalへの関与
2. Facultyのバックグランド
3. Pro Bono Projectへの参加
4. 学生団体(Student Organization)
5. Clinics
6. Externship
7. Workshop (例:Deals and Negotiation)
8. Centers and Programs (研究所や特別プログラム)
9. 他大学院からの授業履修(例:Business School, School of International and Public Affairs)
10. 専門分野(科目)

こういった項目から自分にとって優先度が高いものを選定することが志望校選定の第一歩となります。たとえば、10の専門分野(科目)を軸に学校選択作業を進める際は、在籍期間中に履修したい科目をリストアップすることです。

各科目のシラバス内容は以下から確認できます。
https://www.law.columbia.edu/courses/search

学校調査の方法の詳細を知りたい方は、ぜひLLM出願エッセイ作成セミナーにお越しください。学校調査の方法と、それらの情報をどう書類に盛り込んでいくかを解説いたします。

上記セミナー参加後は、個々の状況に応じてアドバイスを差し上げるLLM出願戦略コンサルティング 個別クイックアドバイスをお受けください。一人一人の状況にあわせた出願戦略をアドバイスをいたします。

次回はカリキュラムリサーチについて具体的に解説していく予定です。

Eiki Satori

Where to apply?

Reach

Where to Apply? Choosing which schools to apply to in your home country can be difficult enough, but doing so in another can be even harder. How can you choose a good balance of safety, likely, and reach schools that would all be a good fit for you and your goals? Here are some things to consider:

  1. Minimum requirements vs class profile. Reaching the minimum requirements for admission is a great start, but it’s worth checking out the class profile to see how you’ll compare to your classmates. If your TOEFL is lower, will you be able to participate fully in discussions? If you have much more work experience, what will your new network provide you?
  2. Location. Outside of class, what will your life look like? What opportunities can the school offer based on its location? For example, schools near Washington DC can offer more government-focused opportunities.
  3. Specialisations and concentrations. In addition to the core courses, how can this school help you focus on your area of interest? You can consider any internships or field work experience offered in addition to official concentrations offered. Some schools also allow you to design your own specialisation from their many courses.
  4.  Employment stats. If you’re self-sponsored and looking for a job after graduation, careers services and access to employers may be more important to you than for a sponsored candidate returning to a guaranteed job. Cost and scholarship options should also factor into your decision.

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