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Successful Statements of Excellence in International Law & Closely Related Areas

Sample 1st Paragraph Tax Law LLM, Pakistani Applicant to the LSE

A student from Pakistan who is now entering his final year of study towards the LLB Degree at the University of London in the School of Oriental and African Studies, I would like to proceed with my studies and upon finishing my LLB Degree, begin studying immediately towards my LLM Degree. While I am aware that your distinguished LLM Program at the London School of Economics has many qualified applicants, my grades reflect that I am capable of doing well in a rigorous program such as yours and I feel strongly that I am the best fit for LSE because of your mission, devotion to diversity, and commitment to the cause of economic and political progress in the Developing World. I hope to be accepted to the LSE primarily on the basis of my plans to contribute to economic development as a reformist tax lawyer in my native country, Pakistan, an especially critical player in regional, Middle East issues.

Sample Petition to Have the TOEFL Requirement Waived for LLM Applicant

Dear Mr. X,

I deeply appreciate your openness to student questions and petitions. The student-friendly nature of XXU is one of the reasons that I have my heart set on attending your highly competitive program—it is my absolute first choice. I have been accepted to 2 other programs based on an interview with the TOEFL subsequently waved and I ask you to please consider a similar arrangement for XXU. If you confirm, however, that no exception can be made even in light of my special circumstances, I will take it ASAP.

I have been working as a paralegal in New York for almost 5 years now. Since my arrival, my workplace has been all English and I have spent long hours working in English; even outside of the workplace my life has been almost entirely in English. I now even dream mostly in English, reflecting my level of absorption or adoption of the language. I still devote 70 hours a week to being a legal professional and taking the TOEFL, especially preparing to excel as I would so like to do, would be most difficult at this time, particularly since the test itself does little to advance my legal education. I thank you for your reconsideration and I want to emphasize that I am prepared to take the TOEFL if I have to—XXU will be worth it.

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