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LL.M. Application

Pericles LL.M. Admissions Information

Below you will find the timetable for applying and other important information regarding admissions.

Admission Eligibility

An LL.M. (Master of Laws) is a second degree in law. This program is open to those who have completed a law degree or are in their final year of their first law degree. On rare ocassions, business persons without law degrees but with strong legal backgrounds are accepted to the program.

The program is designed especially for foreign, particularly Russian and other continentally trained lawyers, who are interested in some knowledge of American and common law legal methods. Because the course requirements reflect this intent, this program is not appropriate for U.S. lawyers seeking a second degree in U.S. law.

Application Package

You will need to submit the application package to be admitted into the LL.M. program. The following is a list of items necessary to be submitted before you will be considered:

  • Pericles LL.M. application form. (Should be completed online) Click here to open an account ).
  • Personal Statement, written in English should be uploaded under your online account, answering why you want to obtain an LL.M. degree, what you hope to learn from your studies, and describing any highlights about your background that you believe will be an asset to an LL.M. program. Concise writing is appreciated; 800-1000 word essays (about 1.5-2 pages) are preferred.
  • Telephone numbers and email addresses of at least two references (preferably one academic reference and one work reference).
  • A transcript (grade report) from all institutions of higher learning in which you have studied should be uploaded through your online account. (You need NOT supply official stamped or notarized copies. Instead you may bring the original to Pericles and we will copy it here. You should NOT translate your documents).
  • An application fee of 1000 rubles can be paid via bank or paid at the reception desk before the LL.M. entry exam. This application fee is NOT refundable.
  • A digital photograph (suitable for an ID) in .jpg, .tif, .bmp or .psd format for upload under your online account (if you don't have one you can request our staff to take your photo when you hand in your application).
  • Results of the Pericles LL.M. entrance exam. Students will be required to take an entrance exam before being accepted into the program. The exam is based on the same principles as the LSAT and TOEFL. However, students can expect see logical questions centering on the topic of law. This examination is waived for lawyers working for our sponsoring law firms.

 

LL.M. Application

Term Schedule and Admission Deadlines

 

If Applying for Spring 2017

November 21, 2016: The priority deadline for submission of online application and 1000 rubles application fee is passed. You can still submit an application to the program. Please call the admissions office (495) 649-22-73 or email to admissions@pericles.ru for details.

November 25, 2016: Deadline for completion of applications that were submitted without all necessary information. Applications that are submitted without complete information should be accompanied by a written request for extra time. Applicants must submit their applications by the application date to be eligible for any scholarships or need based financial aid.

November 21-25, 2016: Applicants should take an admissions test. Applicants should bring their notebooks to take the test. A few notebooks are available at Pericles which can be reserved upon phone request. Those who can't take exam in the scheduled slots this week, should contact the admissions director to arrange exam taking for another day.

December 11, 2016: Deadline for completion of financial aid applications. Deadline for new and continuing students to select courses and pay the non-refundable deposit on courses selected. (Note that a late fee of 2000 rubles per course applies for students who register after the deadline date. We encourage students to register for courses by the mid-December, to assure timely delivery of textbooks. Balance of payment is due one week before the start date of the course unless a financial aid agreement specifies otherwise.)

January 14 , 2017: Deadline for enrolment of students sponsored by participating law firms and companies.

January 18-19, 2017: Orientation evenings (Reguired meetings and study sessions for all new students) and first day of classes and semester launch party for new and continuing students.

March 6-8 , 2017: Spring mid-semester break.

April 20, 2017: Last day of classes.

April 25-29, 2017: Examination days for all full semester courses.

 

If Applying for Fall 2017

July 14 , 2017: Deadline for submission of online application and 1000 ruble application fee. Applications that are submitted without complete information should be accompanied by a written request for extra time, and the student should submit the completed version of the application by July 14, 2017.

July 17-20 , 2017: New applicants should take an admissions test.

July 31 , 2017: Deadline for completion of applications that were submitted without all necessary information.

August 2, 2017 : Deadline for continuing students to select courses and pay a 7080 ruble non-refundable deposit on coures selected.

August 6, 2017: Deadline for completion of financial aid applications.

August 18 , 2017: Deadline for new students to select courses and pay the 7080 ruble non-refundable deposit on courses selected. (Balance of payment is due one week before the start date of the course unless a financial aid agreement specifies otherwise).

September 3, 2017: Deadline for enrolment of students sponsored by participating law firms and companies.

(Tentative) September 15 , 2011: Orientation day (Reguired meetings and study sessions for all new students).

(Tentative) September 18, 2017: First day of classes.

(Tentative) Nov 1- 8, 2017: Fall mid-semester break.

(Tentative) December 16, 2017: Last day of classes.

December 18-23 , 2017: Examination days for all full semester courses.

Pre-requisite Course

For those who are uncertain that their English ability is high enough to be admitted to or successfully complete the LL.M. prgram, we recommend Legal English. This course is designed to enhance speaking and writing abilities of law students, practicing lawyers, and other legal professionals. The focus of this course is on Anglo-Saxon legal terminology and principles. However, there is a heavy concentration on business law topics. You can expect to cover topics such as Sources of Law, Torts and Crimes, Contract Law, International Trade, Property, Debtor/Creditor Law, Commercial Paper & Corporations. If you wish to take this course your English should be upper-intermediate, as this course is also used to help give you the necessary English practice to allow you to study in advanced level courses. The results of your Pericles LL.M. entrance exam, as well as your personal statement will decide whether or not you will be required to take Legal English before taking courses in Pericles LL.M. Program. Many students take Legal English before applying to the LL.M. program in order to be better prepared for the entrance exam. The terminology covered in this course includes most of the terminology on the LL.M. entrance exam.

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