MIDS low student-faculty ratio requires a relatively small class with around 50 students each year. The selection process is therefore highly competitive and based upon the strenghts of each candidate's academic credentials and experience in general and in the field of international dispute settlement in particular.
To be eligible, candidates must have received, or expect to receive by the summer prior to the start of the course, at least a first complete law degree (such as a Bologna master, a JD, or an LLB).
Candidates from other academic areas holding a Master degree or its recognized equivalent might be considered on a case-by-case basis. These candidates must submit an explanation for their interest to undertake the MIDS and provide assurances as to their legal background in order to successfully complete the MIDS.
Applicants whose primary language is not English or who did not receive their university education in the English language must submit official standardized test results (IELTS, overall minimum of 7 and, preferably, no less than 6.5 in any skill, or TOEFL, minimum 100 points). Cambridge English Language Assessments are also accepted. For this type of exam, students should achieve an overall minimum of a B grade in the Certificate in Advanced English or a C in the Certificate of Proficiency in English.
Applicants with at least two years of professional experience in English, as well as those who have completed full-time university studies in English, may request a waiver of this requirement. The admission committee will assess the merits of the waiver and may require an interview to be conducted with the candidate.
All details are available here.
Reflecting on our alumni members profile at the time of joining the MIDS, there are some assets which, although not required, are typically listed in their resumes and that prospective candidates may well want to consider before joining the MIDS: