“Breath, relax, you have nothing to be nervous about”. Those are the first words the member of the admissions committee at Boston University (BU) told me when I called him for my interview. Indeed, as part of the LL.M application process, universities may require it as the final step before giving you their decision. The interview is supposed to last from 20 to 30 minutes and is described as a chance for the admission committee to learn about our interests and plans for study but is also an opportunity for us to ask all our questions.
I was asked common questions, that students of the “Grande Ecole du Droit” had already been prepared for, especially considering our Professional Project’s test. Indeed, I had to explain how the LL.M is essential for my professional career, why I was choosing BU, what courses I am interested in, which Masters 2 I will plan to apply to… After this first part, I asked all my questions about the University (courses, housing, public transports, scholarships). What struck me the most is how every student seems to have a special treatment. For instance, regarding the courses, he explained that the first week, I would have a meeting with him so we could talk about the areas in law that I am interested in order to organize together my schedule. Then, during the first two weeks, we would meet regularly to see if the courses and/or the teachers were what I expected and if not, then, I could drop from this class and choose another one. What a change from our French system ! He underlined how at BU, personalized programs are a great concern. After that, I was able to ask him about the New York Bar exam. Having an academic point of view on this topic was very important for me since he helps students every year that wish to pass this exam. Furthermore, he clarified the fact that the LL.M will not allow students to stay and practice in the US. However, after their LL.M they have the possibility to do short-term internships in law-related settings, including in-house legal departments, law firms, and non-profit organizations.
To conclude, I would say that this interview went very well and felt like an easy-going conversation.
By Mai Le Van