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  1. CrunchoMunch

    How can I strengthen my application to Oxbridge?

    I have no desire to pursue a Phd. I want to do a masters and go to law school. Does the fact that I did not write a senior history thesis or win any major history awards be a disadvantage? I'm sorry for asking the same question. I'm really nervous.
  2. CrunchoMunch

    How can I strengthen my application to Oxbridge?

    I have specific interests in the Tudor and Victorian period.
  3. CrunchoMunch

    How can I strengthen my application to Oxbridge?

    I have interests in the early modern period and modern British history. In college, I dabbled largely in Roman history, but I explored a bit of German and Middle Eastern History as well. Due to my strong poly sci background and constitutional background, I could see myself doing well in political history/constitutional history. I'm hoping to pass off my political science publication/award as a sign that I can write a strong dissertation on British constitutionalism within the early modern/modern period to the admissions committee. For theories, idk yet. I do not know Latin, but a potential supervisor advised that it would not be necessary though helpful. My overall question is though does the fact that I did not write a senior history thesis or win any major history awards/publications count against me for application to the M.S.T? I have perfect history grades, and I will have very strong letters of reference. Will that be enough in itself for admission? When people talk about research on this forum do they mean research skills in general within the humanities/social sciences or do they mean historical research skills specifically?
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    How can I strengthen my application to Oxbridge?

    And I won't need any funding. I will be paying for all of it.
  5. CrunchoMunch

    How can I strengthen my application to Oxbridge?

    Also, my research topic will be politically oriented.
  6. CrunchoMunch

    How can I strengthen my application to Oxbridge?

    I'm applying for an M.S.T., but I hope to convert it to an MPHIL after my first year. I've spoken to the admissions committee about this.
  7. CrunchoMunch

    How can I strengthen my application to Oxbridge?

    Hello, I have a 4.0 in my history major, and I've done honors work in political science. I won an award for my senior thesis on Scalia, and I published my article on Chief Justice Roberts. Will I be at a disadvantage because my senior thesis was not on history even though I've maintained a 4.0 in my history courses and written several seminar papers?
  8. So in other words, the U.S. Attorney's Office is probably easier?
  9. CrunchoMunch

    Oxford MPHIL V Harvard MPP

    So you think that my stint with TFA will look better on my resume than a degree from Oxford?
  10. Out of curiosity, which agency is the most selective to get hired? People say that legal and non-legal jobs at the State Department and the CIA are unicorn jobs, but AUSA positions at the DOJ are hard to come by, and I don't see them mentioned as unicorn jobs. They arguably receive just as many apps for each position as do the State Department and CIA. Why is this so?
  11. CrunchoMunch

    Oxford MPHIL V Harvard MPP

    Thank you for both of your responses. I am well aware that I cannot land my long-term goals straight out of law school. What I'm asking is which degree would look better throughout the course of my professional career in public service whether it be as a federal judge later or as an AUSA? Which would be of more benefit in my professional growth as a lawyer. My initial goals out of law school are an Article III clerkship/big law. After that, hopefully the DOJ and then a transition into academia, state government, or the judiciary. What I'm asking which degree will help me the most in my career whether it be long-term or short-term?
  12. CrunchoMunch

    Oxford MPHIL V Harvard MPP

    Hello all, I am relatively new to grad cafe forum, so I apologize if I come off as naive or inexperienced in my first post. I am contemplating my options for graduate school which I will begin in the near future. In regard to my background, I am a current TFA corp member who hopes to go to law school after the typical two year stint. My ultimate goal is to work as a constitutional lawyer for the appellate division of the DOJ in Las Vegas, Nevada (my hometown) and become a law firm partner, a federal judge, or a professor of constitutional law here. My first option for grad school would be to apply to Oxford for a two year Mphil in history/political science and then law school. I've already spoken to a supervisor who is very interested. My second option would be to go to Oxford for a year (if at all) and attend a joint jd mpp program preferably with hks/georgetown law. My heart tells me to go for the first option as I'm a huge history buff and it's cheaper. Also, I'm not much of a quantitative guy, and I'm told that the mpp has a strong quant component. Plus, my joint jd mpp plan is probably more expensive especially if I factor in the year at Oxford, and I would limit my options for law schools. Finally, I imagine that I could always attend hks for a midcareer masters while it would be harder to attend Oxford midcareer. At the same time, the second option seems more appealing because I think that a degree from hks would probably look better for a public service career because of the faculty (David Gergen, Roger Porter) and networking options. Am I right in this career? Which option should I chose? Would one degree look better than the other for the field I want to go into or would both be equally regarded? In any case, I am very confused and ask for your counsel. Academically and professionally, I think that I am well-qualified. I've been published, elected to Phi Beta Kappa, and won awards for my internships and academic projects. This also provided me with some food for thought.
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