Motivation letter for a LLM

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Anonymous:
Hey everybody,
I am applying for LLM Program and have to write a letter of motivation.
It would be just great if someone who knows a lot about this type of letter (and English Emotion: wink) could read it and give me some good advice.
Thank you very much Emotion: smile

soooo here it goes:

Dear Madam or Sir,

I am writing to you in connection with the LLM by Dissertation and Coursework Program starting February 2008 at the Victoria University of Wellington, for which I would like to apply. In the following letter I will explain why I think that the Victoria University of Wellington is the ideal university for me.

First of all I would like to give you some background information about me. I was raised in a small town called N### situated in Israel next to Tel Aviv. I left Israel with my family when I entered the tenth grade to a nice small town called H#### in Germany. Later I moved to the German University city G####, where I graduated law school and finished on 21 of May 2007 the first Staatsexamen (State Law examination) in the state Hessen in Germany with 10.56 points i.e. with the German ‘Prädikat’ (outstanding results - in comparison: national average: about 6.0 points). And I am working now for six month as a legal assistant at ###### (LLP) in F##### at the ###### department and at the ##### department.

During the time in H##### I have participated (both as a participant and as an interpreter) in many exchange programs such as the exchange program between the ##### High School in Pennsylvania and #### Gymnasium ##### or the German- Poland Israel Canoe Sportsman exchange. Additionally after I graduated high school I have been backpacking on my own in G#### for a month (with a ZIS scholarship) and composed a report about the synagogues in G#### while visiting the different Jewish communities in G####. The different people and places that I have visited due to this time made me more open to the world and ultimately, more curious to experience more.

During my study in G#### I gained a broad interest field. I have studied as a double study economics during the third till the six term. I participated in the annual commercial arbitration Moot-Court in Vienna and represented the University of G##### at the oral proceedings, I wrote different Seminars and worked for almost two years at the professorship of professor #######, which is a professorship for criminal law, criminal proceedings and international criminal law. During this time I have done some research for example about comparative law esp. about euthanasia and suicide in Germany and in Israel - from criminal and ethical aspects.

Due to this, the main focus of my law study was economic law, international criminal law and international civil law. On account of this international focus it is my hope learn in the future more about different law systems and Jurisdictions in other countries and to work at this field.

Since I read in the Internet and in the handbook of postgraduate law (2007) about the Victoria University of Wellington I think that writing a LLM by dissertation and coursework will be a good opportunity for me to do research in aboard and to learn about a foreign law System. I hereby believe, that the option of doing a LLM by dissertation and coursework will give me on one hand the opportunity to visit several different courses that matches my fields of interest (international criminal- civil law and economic law) and on the other hand will give me an option to deal intensly one legal subject during the dissertation (ideally about the legal handling of suicide and euthanasia in New Zealand).

Additionally it is a common knowledge that any work at an international field requires very good English skills that can only be gained by living in an English speaking country.

New Zealand is my first choice as a foreign country for my LLM, both because fellow students have spoken very highly of the education in New Zealand and the LLM program in the Victoria University of Wellington in particular, and because, as a member of the DAV (German Alps Association) a hobby wall climber, hiker and a former member of the "Kanu Club M####" (canoe club) I always dreamed about visiting New Zealand.

I enclose curriculum vitae, a Study-Transcript and a reference from Professor Dr. W#### #####. Please contact me if you require any further details or documents (e.g. certificates for courses I passed).

I hope to hear from you in the near future.

Yours faithfully,
Ruth #######

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Thank you very much for your help
Ruth
Anonymous:
heyy...i read there about your zis schoolarschip and well i want to know as lot as i can about it.....i have been looking in the internet and yeah i know about the challenge and bla bla bla but what i really wanna know is when you do this challenge, do you win a schoolarschip in any school that you want to?...or do you win something beside the experece? (and when i talk about something is if you win a schoolarschip Emotion: smile )

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