Advice for a non-lawyer


verre
Hi everyone,

I really could need some advice, opinions on what to do with my future ;-)

I have a background in business (Bsc) and I am currently doing a master in law and economics (LLM, 1 year). After this I am considering to do another LLM preferably in International Economic Law (Kent University, Brussels campus/Strathclye University/ Glasgow or Queen Mary, London/King's College, London) or a general LLM at LSE.

I am aware of the fact that after this I will not be able to practice law, but I feel that such an LLM will add some value for a career in an international organization.

Does anyone have experiences with doing such an LLM without an explicit law undergraduate degree? Is it doable?

Moreover, I was thinking about applying to a Training Contract at a British Law firm. Is this advisable to a German citizen? I do wanna work in the international economic law world, so I am not necessarily bound towards Germany (more likely Brussels).

I am sorry for this elaborate post, but I would very much like any kind of recommendations/ ideas or experiences with these kind of studies..

Thanks in advance!
Hi everyone,

I really could need some advice, opinions on what to do with my future ;-)

I have a background in business (Bsc) and I am currently doing a master in law and economics (LLM, 1 year). After this I am considering to do another LLM preferably in International Economic Law (Kent University, Brussels campus/Strathclye University/ Glasgow or Queen Mary, London/King's College, London) or a general LLM at LSE.

I am aware of the fact that after this I will not be able to practice law, but I feel that such an LLM will add some value for a career in an international organization.

Does anyone have experiences with doing such an LLM without an explicit law undergraduate degree? Is it doable?

Moreover, I was thinking about applying to a Training Contract at a British Law firm. Is this advisable to a German citizen? I do wanna work in the international economic law world, so I am not necessarily bound towards Germany (more likely Brussels).

I am sorry for this elaborate post, but I would very much like any kind of recommendations/ ideas or experiences with these kind of studies..

Thanks in advance!
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P_Martini
I am sort of confused by this path, to be honest. Maybe that's just because I really don't understand the non-legal world, but this just strikes me as confusing.

I think one of the questions you will have to think about is what value another LL.M. will offer you that your current one does not. I have to say that, though I did an undergraduate law degree, I would consider a second LL.M. pretty much worthless in terms of changing my career prospects. (I say that with the slight exception of doing one in a language other than my native tongue, which is English.)

Also, I mean, regardless of what you see as the primary benefit of a second LL.M., do you want to just practice law? And, if you do, you should know that it is exceedingly difficult to convince people that you want to do something other than be a lawyer once you've pursued that process. You tend to get type-cast as a lawyer.

In sum, I guess this is just one data point for you, but I would consider the value of adding a second LL.M., and then I would think about what I really wanted to do. (Easier said than done, I know.) If I decided I wanted to be a lawyer, I might just do a training contract. And if I decided I wanted another path, maybe a different degree would suit you better? A Ph.D. path in economics or development or something? I don't know . . . .
I am sort of confused by this path, to be honest. Maybe that's just because I really don't understand the non-legal world, but this just strikes me as confusing.

I think one of the questions you will have to think about is what value another LL.M. will offer you that your current one does not. I have to say that, though I did an undergraduate law degree, I would consider a second LL.M. pretty much worthless in terms of changing my career prospects. (I say that with the slight exception of doing one in a language other than my native tongue, which is English.)

Also, I mean, regardless of what you see as the primary benefit of a second LL.M., do you want to just practice law? And, if you do, you should know that it is exceedingly difficult to convince people that you want to do something other than be a lawyer once you've pursued that process. You tend to get type-cast as a lawyer.

In sum, I guess this is just one data point for you, but I would consider the value of adding a second LL.M., and then I would think about what I really wanted to do. (Easier said than done, I know.) If I decided I wanted to be a lawyer, I might just do a training contract. And if I decided I wanted another path, maybe a different degree would suit you better? A Ph.D. path in economics or development or something? I don't know . . . .
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Verona
Moreover, I was thinking about applying to a Training Contract at a British Law firm. Is this advisable to a German citizen?

They won't take you as a trainee. Your options in law would be either a paralegal (documentation officer, knowhow person, etc.) or a full law degree instead of another LLM. If you decide to obtain it outside Germany, you would still have some time to practice before you reach the retirement age ;-)))
<blockquote> Moreover, I was thinking about applying to a Training Contract at a British Law firm. Is this advisable to a German citizen?</blockquote>
They won't take you as a trainee. Your options in law would be either a paralegal (documentation officer, knowhow person, etc.) or a full law degree instead of another LLM. If you decide to obtain it outside Germany, you would still have some time to practice before you reach the retirement age ;-)))
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