August 17, 2020, by Jackie Thompson
My experience of applying for a masters
By Amelia Hadjianastasi, American studies and history student
I’ve been thinking about my next step after University throughout my studies. Having considered my interests, I’ve decided to further my education by studying a postgraduate course in order to pursue a legal career.
As I’m studying American studies and history at Nottingham, I knew that completing a conversion course, the Graduate Diploma in Law (GDL), would be the first step. I chose to apply to the LLM Law and Legal Practice Course, which allows you to complete the GDL as a masters degree, making it eligible for postgraduate funding. Overall, I feel that completing a postgraduate degree is a good investment in my future, enhancing my career prospects.
What the application process involved
Having attended a careers event in the first week of my final year, it was made clear that the application process for this law course was going to be competitive. The application was completed online, via a central admissions system called Lawcabs, which limits applications to one per academic year. Thus, I felt the pressure to ensure my form was right the first time.
I was required to complete a personal statement indicating my reasons for applying, my interests and motivations, skills and achievements, along with hobbies, work experience and any supporting evidence of my interest in law.
I was also required to submit a suitable reference, which one of my tutors kindly agreed to complete. Overall the application process was challenging but made more comfortable with the assistance I received.
The help I received from the Careers team
As I was limited to one application per academic year, I was keen to ensure that my application was as strong as it could be.
Having previously gained invaluable assistance from the Careers team regarding my CV, I had no hesitation in asking for help regarding my application. I received an instant friendly and professional response, and the adviser looked over and offered constructive feedback on my personal statement.
In particular, they were extremely helpful with tackling some of my concerns. For example, I was worried about my inability to complete relevant work experience with law firms due to the current Coronavirus restrictions. I was advised of existing virtual work experience through InsideSherpa, which I could complete and add to my application, giving it greater strength.
The Careers team made the application process experience seamless.
My advice to students thinking about undertaking a postgraduate course
My advice to anyone thinking about undertaking a postgraduate course would be to not hesitate, especially if you have high career aspirations, wish to widen your knowledge or become an expert in your field.
The application process can be daunting, and therefore having a great Careers team at the University is invaluable. I would recommend to anyone to seek their advice and guidance.
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