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

Cambridge(Judge)も出願締め切りとエッセイ課題を発表しました。1stラウンドは8/27ととなっております。アプリケーションは7月にオープン予定ですが
学校調査を十分に行い以下のエッセイ課題に取り組みましょう

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)

詳細はこちら
https://www.jbs.cam.ac.uk/masters-degrees/mba/apply/

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.

詳細はこちら
https://mba.haas.berkeley.edu/admissions/essays

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)

詳細はこちら
https://academics.gsb.columbia.edu/mba/admissions/application-requirements

Chizuko Okada

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。

様々な理由で当初の締め切り日であった12月1日までに出願書類を提出できなかった方は、14日(木)~21日(木)の期間内で出願が可能になります。
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。

まずはご一読ください。

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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.

Sincerely,
Office of Graduate Degree Programs
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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.

ロースクールアプリカントにとっては珍しい設問内容かつ、字数への要求度も厳しいことから、適切な単語/表現の選択など労力を伴います。
出願までの日数は限られますが、ぜひこの機会を活かしてください。

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。

『出願書類』と聞いて真っ先に頭に浮かぶのが、レジュメ、パーソナルステートメント、そして推薦状でしょう。こうした各書類の作成に向けた準備計画を立てることはもちろんですが、これら以外にもアプリケーションフォームを忘れてはいけません。アプリケーションフォームには様々な入力項目(項目数は各校で異なるものの、多いところでは20項目ほど)が並び、これらの入力作業だけでも相応の時間を必要とします。そして、その項目には以下のような設問も含まれることがあります。

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

https://www.lsac.org/lawschoolforums

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

これらのイベントも活用しつつ学校調査も進め、出願書類のコンテンツの質を高めていってください。
Eiki Satori

2023-2024 LLM出願締め切り日(NEW)と適切な出願時期

今回は米国LL.M.プログラムの締め切り日に関する追加情報を共有いたします。

University of California, Berkeley
2023年12月18日
https://www.law.berkeley.edu/academics/llm/application-admission/application-forms-deadlines/#bb0-ll-m-traditional-track-application-1

Cornell University
2023年12月15日
https://www.lawschool.cornell.edu/admissions/ll-m-admissions/

Duke University
2024年2月1日
https://law.duke.edu/internat/llm/appinformation/

Northwestern University
2024年1月15日
https://www.law.northwestern.edu/academics/degree-programs/llms/llm/admission/

University of Michigan
2024年1月15日
https://michigan.law.umich.edu/admissions/apply-llm-program

University of Virginia
2024年2月1日
https://www.law.virginia.edu/graduatestudies/llm-application-instructions

Georgetown University
2023年11月15日
2024年2月5日
https://www.law.georgetown.edu/admissions-aid/graduate-admissions/llm-degree-programs/general-application-requirements/

■ 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。
https://www.law.virginia.edu/graduatestudies/llm-application-instructions

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。

■無料個別相談
アゴス・ジャパンでは、留学アドバイザーが一人一人とお話しさせて頂くことが大切と考えています。
英語の勉強方法、学校の選び方、出願までの進め方、留学費用など何でもお気軽にご相談下さい。
お一人おひとりに最も適したプランをご提案します。ご相談は無料、ご来校、ZoomやSkype、お電話でも可能です。

https://www.agos.co.jp/information/soudan.html

Eiki Satori

2023-2024 LL.M.出願締切日発表:Columbia, Harvard, & Pennsylvania

アメリカのLL.M.プログラムの出願締切日が発表されました。今回は出願締切日までにやるべきことの項目を整理します。

出願締切日

Columbia University
2023年12月1日

https://www.law.columbia.edu/admissions/graduate-admissions/llm/application-process

Harvard University
2023年12月1日

https://hls.harvard.edu/graduate-program/graduate-program-admissions-and-financial-aid/ll-m-admissions/ll-m-application-deadlines-and-materials/

University of Pennsylvania
Early Deadline; 2023年11月15日
Regular Deadline; 2023年12月15日

https://www.law.upenn.edu/admissions/grad/admissions.php

出願締切日までにやるべきこと

出願作業を円滑に進めるためにも、To doの作成から始めていきましょう

        • 出願校の要求テストスコアの把握とその達成までのプラン策定
          ※合計スコアだけではなく、セクションごとに要求スコアが設定される場合も多くあります。
          例:Harvard: a minimum score of 100 on the internet-based test (with a minimum score of 25 on each subsection
          University of Pennsylvania: a TOEFL score of at least 100 (with at least 23 in each section) or IELTS score of 7 (with at least 7 in each section). If your test score(s) fall below the above targets, you should address your English language skills in your personal statement or have your recommenders address your English language abilities in their letters
        • LLM Credential Assembly Serviceの手配(出願に必要な場合)
        • 出願候補先の学校調査
        • オンライン学校説明会に参加(開催される場合)
        • 願書のアカウント作成(多くの学校では9月以降に入力作業が可能)
        • レジュメを作成する
        • パーソナルステートメント作成をする
        • 推薦状依頼
        • 面接対策(必要な場合)

      Eiki Satori

7/11 (火) Columbia LL.M. Information Session in Tokyo

7/11(火)に開催されるColumbia Law School説明会のご案内です。

Join Assistant Dean Julie Sculli and Executive Director Jill Casal along with alumni of Columbia Law’s graduate degree programs for an information session about our innovative Executive LL.M. program and traditional full-year LL.M. program. Coffee will be served and there will be ample time for you to ask any questions you may have!

Tuesday, July 11, 2023 at 4:00 PM (Tokyo Time)
Tokyo Edition Toranomon
4-1-1 Toranomon
Minato-Ku Tokyo, 105-0001
Japan

お申し込み手続きはこちら
https://apply.law.columbia.edu/register/tokyo_summer

過去の合格された受験生の方からは「入学審査事務局の担当者とメールでやり取りをするきっかけになった」、もしくは、「説明会への参加者が少数だったので、その場で自分の質問に回答していただけたことで、懸念点がクリアになった」、さらには、「教室外での学業や生活面での支援体制に対する理解が深まり、これまで以上に入学したいという気持ちが高まった」などの声が寄せられました。また、そのプログラムに対する理解が深まるほど、パーソナルステートメントの進学希望理由に関する記述内容のクオリティーも向上し、全体的に説得力に満ちたステートメントを提出することにもつながります。

昨年度の出願者動向をここ数年来のものとを比較しましても、日本人LL.M.受験生数は増加傾向にあります。そうした状況の中、自分がより『合格するに相応しい受験生』として出願校へアピールするためには、説得力を伴う出願用書類の提出が必須です。テスト対策に時間を注入する時期が続いていることかと思いますが、ぜひ学校説明会を効果的に活用し魅力的な出願書類作成の準備といたしましょう。

Eiki Satori

Wharton MBA 2023-2024 出願要件発表 IELTSの受け入れ開始

Wharton MBA 2023-2024 の出願要件が発表されました。昨年からの変更点はIELTSの受入れを開始した点です。
受験生の皆さんにとっては選択肢が広がりましたね。

Application Timeline & Deadlines

Application Deadline Interview Invitations Decisions
Round 1 September 6, 2023 October 24, 2023 December 14, 2023
Round 2 January 4, 2024 February 16, 2024 March 26, 2024
Round 3 April 2, 2024 April 19, 2024 May 13, 2024

https://mba.wharton.upenn.edu/application-timeline-deadlines/

MBA Application Checklist & Prerequisite Requirements

https://mba.wharton.upenn.edu/mba-application-requirements/#1582747241867-0dd7fde7-cbf6

English Language Test
Results from one of the following tests is required for non-native English speakers with limited exposure to English:

The Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL iBT)
Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE)
The International English Language Testing System (IELTS)

Essays for the 2023-2024 Application Cycle
The Admissions Committee wants to get to know you on both a professional and personal level. We encourage you to be introspective, candid and succinct. Most importantly, we suggest you be yourself. For additional essay writing resources, see the essay tips article!

Essay 1: How do you plan to use the Wharton MBA program to help you achieve your future professional goals? You might consider your past experience, short and long-term goals, and resources available at Wharton. (500 words)

Essay 2: Essay 2: Taking into consideration your background – personal, professional, and/or academic – how do you plan to make specific, meaningful contributions to the Wharton community? (400 words)

Required Essay for all Reapplicants: Please use this space to share with the Admissions Committee how you have reflected and grown since your previous application and discuss any relevant updates to your candidacy (e.g., changes in your professional life, additional coursework, and extracurricular/volunteer engagements). (250 words)

Optional Essay: Please use this space to share any additional information about yourself that cannot be found elsewhere in your application and that you would like to share with the Admissions Committee. This space can also be used to address any extenuating circumstances (e.g., unexplained gaps in work experience, choice of recommenders, inconsistent or questionable academic performance, areas of weakness, etc.) that you would like the Admissions Committee to consider. (500 words)

Chizuko Okada

Columbia MBA 2023-2024 Aug Admission 出願締め切りポリシー変更

Columbia MBA 2023-2024 Aug admission deadlineポリシーが変更となり、これまでのローリングアドミッションが廃止となり3回のラウンドによる出願締め切りになりました。

August 2024 Entry Application Deadlines
The August 2024 application will be available in mid-July.

Round Application Deadline Interview Decisions Released Final Decisions Released
Round 1 September 13, 2023 Mid-October Mid-December
Round 2 January 5, 2024 Early-to-mid February Late March
Round 3 April 3, 2024 Mid-to-late April Early May

To be considered for a particular August round, your application must be completed by 11:59pm Eastern Time on the deadline date for the round in which you apply. Your letter of recommendation and application fee must be submitted by the deadline for your application to be considered complete.
If your application is not completed by the deadline for the current round, it will be rolled into the next available application round in the current cycle for consideration.

The August-entry applications are reviewed in three rounds. While applications will not be reviewed until after each deadline, it is always helpful to apply well before the deadline to ensure all components are received on time. Deposit amounts vary by round. Please review the Deposits page for more information.

If you and your partner are both applying in the same year, we strongly encourage you to apply in the same round so that you will know if your partner has been admitted by the time you have to accept or decline your offer of admission.

詳細はこちら
https://academics.business.columbia.edu/mba/admissions/options-deadlines

Chizuko Okada