There is no reason to panic. Stop. Take a deep breath. And consider the following dozen pre-application tips.
Before you submit your LL.M. applications, ask yourself these 12 important questions:
1. Setting goals. Did I decide what my career, professional, personal, academic goals are? Did I remember that to reach my goals successfully, I need to know what my goals are? How can I achieve my career goals if I have not identified my career goals in advance?
2. Honest self-inventory. Did I take a thorough, honest inventory of my own academic background and accomplishments, test scores, and experience to determine which schools might be “best” for me, and apply to those schools? To look forward, I need to look back first.
3. Realism. Was I you realistic about my goals, experience, attributes and finances? I will be disappointed if I set unrealistic goals.
4. Promote Self. In my applications did I clearly state who I am and advocate on my own behalf? I have to take put my best foot forward!
5. Convey my LL.M. goals? Did I inform the schools about my career and personal goals and about other traits of mine that cannot be discerned from my grades, test scores, or class rank? I have to figure out how to make sure that the schools sees everything about me and my background so that the school will be convinced that I’m a great candidate to join their LL.M. program.
6. Paint convincing picture. Did I demonstrate to the schools that I am mature, professional, collegial and hardworking? I have to do a great job of advocating on my own behalf.
7. OK to ask for help! Did I ask a classmate, professor, or academic advisor to assist by reviewing my documents, while at the same time making certain that I prepared my own application, and that I wrote my own personal statement or essay? I have to
8. Take a break before pressing “send”! After I “completed” my applications, did I set them down overnight or for a couple of days, and then look at them with a fresh eye – to help make sure they had no errors? I should not be too hasty!
9. Technical review. Did I spell-check my applications carefully to make certain they contained no errors, and make sure I was consistent and accurate in spelling, font, punctuation, proper grammar; non-usage of slang, and clarity in abbreviations?
10. Discipline. Did I follow all directions, and meet, or beat, all deadlines? If I cannot follow directions in my application, how will I be able to follow what my law school professors advise?
11. Advance research. Did I research each school thoroughly through its websites, through general internet searches, through current students and alumni, and other sources to try to learn as much as possible about the school so I could make an
informed judgment that each school to which I am applying will in fact be the “best school for me”?
12. Anything else? Did I review all sections of www.LLMRoadMap.com to see if I missed any tips before I submitted my LL.M. application? Is it now time to sit back and wait for LL.M. programs to which I applied to send me me an admission e-mail!