If registration at the university is free (at least for the moment), to be admitted in M2 remains a selective process in law school (in most other sectors, the selection is now done at the entrance of the university. Master).
To help you through this step, Nicolas Gentile has just published a very useful book: Chronicle of a student in M2 – How I passed the selection in master of law . And for the occasion, here are three tips to prepare (and succeed) your application, directly from the book …
1 – Submit a personalized application
The CV and the cover letter are two documents that need special attention: they can make you stand out as well as automatically disqualify you.
The most classic mistake is to use the same letter of motivation for all applications , changing only a few residual elements … and it shows! Each course has its own particularities that must be taken into account in its application and any training director will appreciate receiving a letter really addressed to him, reflecting a thoughtful application and putting forward a professional project consistent with the training requested.
Ditto for the CV: it is supposed to reflect both your personality and the adequacy of your background with the training . It is therefore useful to highlight the appropriate elements and pay particular attention to the form … And do not forget that the CV is often the main support that the jury has in front of you during the interview. admission, so avoid piping on your mastery of Farsi or your passion for astronomy if this is not the case.
2 – Contact current / former students
At the time of selection in M2 right, there is a certain war of information: you must be better informed than your competitors . Contacting the current (or former) students of the master in question will allow you to better anticipate the obstacles of the selection, and possibly to have an overview of the back of the scenery (which will prevent you from making the wrong choice) .
Their help can be invaluable because these interlocutors are (often) best placed to answer your questions: they have asked them also and have the necessary distance to bring the right answers. Feel free to solicit several students, you will gain both transparency and objectivity.
3 – Do not self-censor
Self-censorship is common among students: they tend to consider that their file is not up to the requirements of this or that particular training. It is necessary to keep in mind that the notes, although important, are not a decisive criterion for the integration of an M2 … As I say in Chronique of a law student (volume 2) , I have -Even been admitted in all the M2 to which I applied while I was far from being a major promo!
And as Professor Patrick Morvan reminds us in the Preface of a student's Chronicle in M2 : " Nothing is written: a modest course (even with a catch-up session or a single repetition) can lead to an excellent Master 2 ( or equivalent training) then open to a brilliant career .
However, you should not be too sure of yourself by focusing on just one course or university. The weaker your file is, the more you have to submit applications to ensure a place … and you are not safe from a good surprise!