Everything you need to know about the LL.M.
The U.S. LL.M. has become the degree of choice for foreign lawyers across the globe. Earning an LL.M. in the United States certainly can enhance careers for international students who usually only have bachelor’s degrees, said George Edwards, professor and director of the LL.M. track in international human rights at the Indiana University School of Law-Indianapolis.
“They learn about the United States and they go back to work for law firms or corporations or the governments of their countries,” he said. “They become ambassadors and diplomats; they may even become president of their country. Everybody benefits from that.”
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LL.M. programs for international students: What to consider in your selection
Whether you’re an international student who wants to practice in the United States or a practicing foreign lawyer looking to study American law, an American LL.M. program might be your ticket.
Q: How should I get started? And what should I know?
A: Determine your motivation and reasons behind getting your LL.M. Whatever your preferred field, look for a program with a specific theoretical or pedagogical orientation rather than a general LL.M. program with no focus.
Also, the more diverse the program is, the more opportunities you’ll have for networking and studying with experienced professionals. Don’t forget to look at alumni, who make up the program’s contacts and history.
Make sure you leave the program with a thorough understanding of basic American common law — you’ll need that whether you intend to practice in the United States or take your knowledge back home with you.