Getting into the LLM, PhD or SJD programme of your choice is a highly competitive business – your application is going to be assessed against many others, sometimes hundreds of others.
You might be required to submit a writing sample as part of your post-graduate application. Your writing sample has a number of purposes, among which is that it has to demonstrate your awareness of academic conventions and ethics regarding citing sources and avoiding plagiarism. If you are in doubt, consult us for advice and one of our law professors will assist you with your writing sample.
A writing sample is a really important tool for an admissions committee to assess your application (or for an employer to assess your suitability as a new employee). In any case, the writing sample should demonstrate your writing ability, and especially your analytical skills. Careful selection of the sample is essential, so contact us for more details.
There are usually quite specific rules regarding the sample. Some universities will ask you to submit a piece of work that has already been submitted and graded, and you are not allowed to make any changes to it. Sometimes you are allowed to create a new piece of work. There is a word limit, too, perhaps 2,000 or 3,000 words would be normal for most LLM programmes.
Check the details carefully as it will affect your selection. We can help you with the requirements and in selecting your piece of writing.
The first decision you have two make is whether to create a completely new piece of writing or use something that you’ve submitted earlier on a course or perhaps as part of your employment.
We can help you regardless. Fill in the form below and we will guide you from this moment until you submit your writing sample.