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Statement/Essay

 

米国大使館と日米教育委員会(フルブライト・ジャパン)が開催したロー・スクール説明会&フェアで多数のパネリストが一番難しかった書類として掲げたのが、Personal Statement (PS)でした。

 

Personal StatementやEssayは審査基準の中で最も重きを置かれるものです。カウンセリングでも一番時間を費やします。与えられ課題に沿って答えを書くのは当たり前ですから必要条件として、どうしたらユニークで説得力のある十分条件に近いStatementになるのでしょうか。他の出願者と何をどうセグメントするとユニークなStatementになるのでしょうか。どのスクールもプログラムをアピールしたいポイントを出願者にホームページを通じて強調していますが、それらのアピールポイントをそのままリストアップしたら、そのスクールに行きたい理由になるのでしょうか?学位を得るために必要な単位を取るだけですか?履修する科目は明確な方向性をもっていますか?POS (Plan of Study)が大雑把すぎませんか?研究テーマが古すぎませんか?研究し尽くされたテーマではありませんか?当たり前ですが、MBAとは違い教授が審査するという点はしっかり頭に入れておきましょう。Academicなmatchingが非常に重要です。

 

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以下、LL.M.受講生サイトからの主要スクールのStatement/Essay課題を抜粋しました。

 

Harvard Stanford UCLA
Columbia U.Chicago U.Virginia
Georgetown U.Michigan U.Southern California
U.Pennsylvania Northwestern U.Washington
UC, Berkeley Duke

形式(Font, Font Size, Single Space, Double Space, Margin, Etc.)

New York Cornell

 

 

Harvardlink

 

Step 3: Essays/Uploads 17.

 

Personal Statement

Please read parts a. and b. below carefully and write an essay addressing both questions, with part a. constituting at least half of the total length. Your entire statement should be no more than 1,500 words - anything exceeding the word limit will be disallowed. Please type or word-process your statement, with your full name on the top of each page and your signature at the end, and attach it to your application.

 

a. Briefly describe either an important issue in your field of interest or a current legal problem facing a particular country, region, or the world, and then propose a theoretical framework or a legal analysis or strategy to address this issue.

 

b. Please tell us something about yourself - in particular, why you wish to pursue an LL.M. degree at Harvard and how doing so connects with what you have done in the past and what you plan to do in the future.

Important: Your personal statement must address the above questions specifically, and must be solely the product of your own efforts. We reserve the right to disqualify a statement written by, or with the help of, someone other than the applicant.

 

Note: There is a word limit of 1,500 words; please provide a word count at the end of your essay. Please be sure to type or word-process your statement in 12-point font, with at least one-inch (2.5 cm.) margins on each side.

To help ensure successful processing, please include a file extension (e.g. essay.doc) and limit the size of uploaded files to 2MB.

 

[ 岩崎注記 ]1500語まで。出題は2題。a(例:興味ある分野の重要な問題もしくは日本が現在直面している法的な問題に対する分析か解決策)を1500語の半分以上書く必要がある。bは通常のPSと同じ。なお、aが全くbと関係ない問題を選ぶのは難し。12ポイントで上下左右すべて1-inch25mmのマージン。ステートメントの最後にワード数をタイプ、各頁の上部に氏名を明示し、最後にはサインが必要。ファイル名は、例えば、essay.doc のようにファイルの拡張子を付け、ファイルの容量は2MBを制限とする。Harvardはファイルタイプとしてpdfも受け付けるので、Statementをワードで作成し印刷し、用紙の最後に署名をし、スキャナーで読み取り、pdf形式で保管しアップロードすることになる。署名はHarvardのみ。他のスクールは署名不要。

 

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Columbialink

 

Directions

You must upload to the online application a detailed Personal Statement describing your background, academic interests, the program of study you wish to follow and your reasons for doing so. You should prepare this statement without assistance from others. The format of the statement should not exceed three double-spaced pages using a 12-point font with standard margins. We will not consider your application without a Personal Statement, and will not accept a resume or curriculum vitae in place of the statement.

 

[ 岩崎注記 ] オンライン上のObjectivesで専攻分野や履修科目を登録するので、内容に注意。Objectivesの画面参照。12ポイントのフォントと通常のマージンのダブル・スペースで3頁まで。卒業要件単位に参入してくれる6単位をロー・スクール以外の他学部(ビジネス・スクールや公共政策学スクールなど)でも履修可。ただし、24単位中最大限6単位を取ってしまうと、ロー・スクールでの単位が18単位しかなくなり、NYBarが受けられなくなる。NYBarには20単位が必要。ステートメントに他学部の教科も書くのは学際的な勉学や研究をするために良いことではあるが、合格して入学する場合は再考すること。

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Georgetownlink

 

Personal Statement

All applicants must prepare a detailed "personal statement" describing your background, goals, and reasons for applying to the graduate program. Include any information that you feel will assist the Graduate Admissions Committee in its decision. Georgetown Law actively recruits students from diverse racial, economic, and ethnic backgrounds.

 

Optional Statement

Applicants may submit any additional information they would like the Graduate Admissions Committee to consider when reviewing their application.

 

[ 岩崎注記 ] 長さに関する情報が無いので問い合わせてみた。真に受ける?

 

Dear Iwasaki,

 

Thank you for your email and your interest in Georgetown Law. There is neither a word nor a page limit with regard to the personal statement. Applicants may therefore write as much or as little as they would like provided they address their background, goals, and reasons for applying to the LL.M. program. They may also include any pertinent information they believe will help the Admissions Committee in making its decision.

 

I hope this information was helpful. Please let me know if you have any further questions and we look forward to receiving your application.

 

Sincerely,
Lucy Van Pelt
Office of Admissions
Georgetown University Law Center

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Univ. of Pennsylvania link

 

Personal Statement

 

Please submit a personal statement, of no more than two typed pages, addressing your reasons for pursuing a graduate degree at Penn Law. Your essay may describe how Penn Law would complement earlier studies or prepare you for future professional work; your interest in a particular legal field and its application to existing issues in your country or the world; or more broadly how your study here would serve other goals or interests.

 

[ 岩崎注記 ] 使用できるファイルのフォーマットは DOC, HTM, HTML, TXT, WP, WPD, RTF, WPS, WPT, DOCX

Note: PDFs are not supported because they may contain items that cannot be merged with other documents.

2頁まで。

 

UC, Berkeley link

 

Statement of Purpose and Personal Summary

 

Two written essays are required of all applicants. Because only a limited number of qualified applicants may be admitted each year, the Advanced Law Degree Programs Committee gives careful consideration to each applicant's essays. Each essay should be limited to no more than about two pages of double-spaced text.

 

For the statement of purpose, please describe your legal interests and the particular area of study you intend to undertake as an advanced law student. Indicate your professional plans following completion of your study at Berkeley Law. If your decision to pursue advanced legal study at the School of Law is based on a desire to work with particular members of the faculty or to take particular courses, please indicate the names of the faculty or the courses in your statement. (Please note: sabbaticals or other leave arrangements, as well as course scheduling changes, make it impossible to provide a definitive announcement of the availability of courses and faculty.)

 

For the personal summary, please provide a brief account of your personal history, with emphasis on the development of your interest in law and in the particular area of law in which you wish to pursue further study. The personal summary should not be a text version of your c.v. or resume, but rather a short account to better acquaint the application reviewers with who you are and the life experiences you will bring to the program.

 

The Statement of Purpose and the Personal Summary, plus a copy of your current resume/c.v. must be uploaded to the attachments section of the online application. Please DO NOT also mail us a paper copy of these documents.

 

[ 岩崎注記 ] 特に付きたい教授を特定のこと。過去の職務との関連があるか?ダブルスペースで2頁まで。PDFは使用不可。その他の指示は無い。

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New York link

 

Personal Statement

 

Please include your name and LSAC number on all attachments.

Personal Statement All applicants must electronically attach to the online application a brief statement of no more than 500 words. Applicants may describe their professional interests and goals or, since the Committee on Graduate Admissions does not grant interviews, they may use the statement to describe aspects of themselves and/or their work that are not apparent from their other application materials. Applicants should include their reasons and qualifications for applying for a particular program or specialization, and applicants to the Legal Theory program are encouraged to address their main field(s) of interest within legal theory.

 

[ 岩崎注記 ] 500語まで。氏名とLSAC番号を明記。PDFは使用不可。その他の指示は無い。500ワードで書けると思いますか?はい、書けます。

 

Stanfordlink

 

Directions

 

Please attach a statement of two to three pages that will inform the Admissions Committee about the applicant's experience in legal practice, and interest in graduate study (in the applicable specialization). This statement should also discuss the applicant's professional goals, and how the completion of an LLM degree could benefit his or her legal career.

 

[ 岩崎注記 ] 2〜3頁。他に指示は無い。

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Univ. of Chicago link

 

Directions

 

Attach a brief statement (1 to 3 pages) describing the academic interests you wish to pursue at Chicago and your career plans following completion of our program.

 

[ 岩崎注記 ] これだけです! PDFのPaper Applicationには何の情報もありません。

 

ChicagoはLSACからでもPDFのPaperでも出願できます。ただし、LSACでもPaperでも出願する前に、Basic Information Form for LL.M. studentslink を提出する必要があります。

 

 

Univ. of Michigan link

 

Michigan's student body is one of the law school's richest resources. Each entering class is composed of people who bring a unique spectrum of experiences and perspectives to the law school community. With this in mind, please use this essay as an opportunity to introduce yourself to the Graduate Admissions Committee. Each of the required essays must be submitted in English. There is no required length for the essays, but 4-6 pages for Q. 40 and 41 together tend to work well for most applicants.You must write at least one of these essays - either the Personal Statement (Q. 40) or the Statement of Purpose (Q. 41) - in English yourself. However, if you wish, you may write the second essay in your native language so long as you submit it with an English translation provided by a third party.


40. Personal Statement: Please focus on one or two specific experiences or aspects of your education (in the very broadest sense) or career which have been particularly important to you, rather than restating the information provided on resume. You could also, for example, tell us what you believe Michigan has to offer you and you to offer Michigan. Or, how might your perspectives and experiences enrich the quality and breath of intellectual life of our community or enhance the legal profession? Or, what do you think are the skills and values of a good lawyer? How does this relate to your original (and current?) aspirations for your career?

41. Statement of Purpose: Please describe your areas of academic interest and your career goals. Indicate your reasons for wishing to pursue graduate study at Michigan Law, and how this will contribute to your professional development. You could, for example, focus on your hopes for your career after completing the LLM at Michigan. You could also, for instance, describe how your education, experience and development so far support these hopes and plans.

 

[ 岩崎注記 ] こんなに長く書きます。でも、41は、原則、作成してありますから、40.を追加で書きます。40はネタを2つ用意しないと長く書けません。

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Northwestern link

 

In place of a personal statement please answer the following questions. Each question should be answered separately in a one to two-page typed, double-spaced statement or electronic attachment. Consider this an opportunity to introduce yourself to the Admissions Committee through these questions. Please include your name and Social Security Number (if you have one) at the top of each page.

Required

Question 1

Briefly assess your career progress to date. How does the Northwestern Law LLM, LLM IHR, or LLM/Kellogg Program meet your educational needs and career goals?

Please choose one out of the two questions below.

Question 2

Please provide a statement addressing your personal and professional achievements. You are encouraged to discuss your community involvement and personal background.

Question 3

Briefly discuss a professional or personal challenge and how you resolved and/or addressed the situation.

 

[ 岩崎注記 ] 1番は必須、2番と3番はどちらか1題。1〜2頁でダブルスペース

 

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Duke link

 

You are required to submit a 2-5 page personal statement. If you apply via LSAC, use the electronic attachment. The personal statement should include the applicant's professional and educational experience, special areas of interest, previous overseas experience, and any other information that supports the application. Please let us know if there is a special reason for applying to Duke Law School such as family members who are alumni or who are living in North Carolina, or a spouse or significant other with admission to a nearby school or who is also applying to the LLM program.

 

[ 岩崎注記 ] 2〜5頁

 

 

Cornell link

 

Statement of interest : A detailed (approximately 750 words) personal statement of interest is an essential part of the application. The statement should include a discussion of your purpose in obtaining the degree, and an explanation of your research and study interests and their relation to your previous education and professional goals. Please include your full name on the top of each page of the statement of interest.

 

[ 岩崎注記 ] 750語で、各頁に氏名を明記。

 

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UCLAlink

 

Personal Statement

 

An important aspect of the application is the personal statement, in which applicants describe their objectives in pursuing graduate legal studies at UCLA School of Law. Discuss any matters relevant to your ability to succeed in law school and the practice of law, and any attributes, experiences, or interests that would enable you to make a distinctive contribution to UCLA School of Law and the legal profession. The personal statement should be typed double-spaced in 12-point font, and should not exceed three pages in length.

 

[ 岩崎注記 ] ダブルスペース、12ポイント、3頁まで。

 

Univ. of Virginia link

 

Personal Statement

Please submit an electronic attachment labeled Personal Statement to tell us more about yourself that would be helpful in evaluating your application. 500 word maximum.

 

Academic and Career

Describe the principal subject areas in which you wish to concentrate your studies and how it relates to your short and long-term career plans.

 

[ 岩崎注記 ] Personal Statementは短くでも500語。

 

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Univ. of Southern California link

 

Personal Statement

 

Personal Statements must be submitted with your LSAC online application. Your personal statement should include personal, academic and professional background and your reasons for seeking an advanced degree. Limit to no more than three pages.

 

[ 岩崎注記 ] 3頁以内。

 

Univ. of Washingtonlink

 Asia, Global Business and Development LLM

 

Statement of Purpose describing applicant’s background, primary area of interest and preferred LL.M. track, practical or academic experience in the area, and how the LL.M. will be used after graduation (may be submitted online). The University of Washington School of Law has a strong commitment to public service; one of the elements of the statement of purpose that is evaluated in selection is the applicant’s plan for using this degree to contribute to their own legal system and society after graduation.

 

Univ. of Washingtonlink

 IP Law

 

A statement of purpose indicating why you wish to pursue graduate study in intellectual property or technology business law.

 

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Statement/Essayの形式について

 

作成したStatementやCVやLetter of Recommendationの形式が洗練されていないと、英語の文章を作成したことが少ない とか、英語の文章を読んだことが少ないとか、内容が濃ければ形式なんて関係ない出願者なのかと誤解されます。それより国際的な業務に関わっていないんだなというのがすぐ分かってしまいます。

 

まずフォントのことです。文章作成で最も一般的に使用するMS Wordは、ディフォルトで邦文は「MS明朝」で欧文は「Century」ですが、Centuryは欧米人にTimes New Romanと比較して洗練されていない印象を与えますので要注意です。 最も使用されるフォントはTimes New RomanやArialです。フォント・サイズもHarvardは12ポイントを指定してます。他のスクールでは必ずしも12ポイントある必要はありませんが、語数を詰めるために9ポイントでは老眼が多い教授には読めませんのでマイナスです。

 

MS Wordのマージンのディフォルトは上35mm、右左下は30mm、ヘッダーは15mm、フッターは17.5mmですが、このディフォルトで使用することはありません。Statementでは、原則、上下左右1インチ(≒25mm)開ければ良いと思います。

 

Statementの長さは上記から分かるように(1)語数による場合と(2)頁数による場合があります。語数の場合はFont Size, Margin, Spacingに関わらず500wordsであれば、そのまま500wordです。ワード・カウントすればすぐ分かります。頁数の場合、Font SizeとMarginのことが分かっていないと、1頁に入れることができる語数が100words前後も違ってきますので、注意して下さい。

 

スペーシングのディフォルトはSingle Spaceですが、スクールによってはDouble Spaceで3頁というような指定があります。MS Word 2010ではホームのタブの段落の行間で調整します。ショートカットはControl + 2 です。

 

MSWordDoubleSpace

 

 

 

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