US Law Student Considering LLMs in Europe


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Hello everyone,

I am a law student in my 3L (final) year at a US law school. I have received an offer with a US law firm for when I graduate, but for multiple reasons I have decided that I would really like to work at a firm in Europe (most likely London, since I am only fluent in English). Can anyone tell me if completing a European LLM would be helpful and worth it considering my background? Particularly I have been looking into UK programs (LSE, UCL, KCL, QMUL), a couple German ones (ILF and Bucerius) as well as the EMLE.

While I really would like to do all I can to work in Europe, my biggest concern is quickly finding employment when I graduate. As an American I have significant student debt that I will have to begin paying off soon after completing an LLM, so it's very important that I'm able to start working at a firm shortly after graduation. I realize that getting employment at a firm is never a guarantee, but if I can find an LLM with relatively successful firm placement I would happily apply. Thanks for any advice!

Hello everyone,

I am a law student in my 3L (final) year at a US law school. I have received an offer with a US law firm for when I graduate, but for multiple reasons I have decided that I would really like to work at a firm in Europe (most likely London, since I am only fluent in English). Can anyone tell me if completing a European LLM would be helpful and worth it considering my background? Particularly I have been looking into UK programs (LSE, UCL, KCL, QMUL), a couple German ones (ILF and Bucerius) as well as the EMLE.

While I really would like to do all I can to work in Europe, my biggest concern is quickly finding employment when I graduate. As an American I have significant student debt that I will have to begin paying off soon after completing an LLM, so it's very important that I'm able to start working at a firm shortly after graduation. I realize that getting employment at a firm is never a guarantee, but if I can find an LLM with relatively successful firm placement I would happily apply. Thanks for any advice!
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grumpyJD

It will be tough to get a job without a British passport or some type of work authorisation....For what it's worth, I know people who have gone to the UK and qualified as a barrister and/or solicitor without too much trouble (other Canadian lawyers). You can apply to have your credentials assessed while you're still in the US and see what they tell you. That would be quicker and cheaper than an LLM, I would assume.

It will be tough to get a job without a British passport or some type of work authorisation....For what it's worth, I know people who have gone to the UK and qualified as a barrister and/or solicitor without too much trouble (other Canadian lawyers). You can apply to have your credentials assessed while you're still in the US and see what they tell you. That would be quicker and cheaper than an LLM, I would assume.
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