Bachellors in law from Mexican university - apply for JD


So Im a Mexican-American citizen and i studied law in a mexican university, i know my immigration status wouldnt be a problem if i decided to go study in the us, but my concern is if i would be able to enter a JD with the studies i already have, or LLM, and if so, could i work as a paralegal o anything in the law labor area. Thanks
So Im a Mexican-American citizen and i studied law in a mexican university, i know my immigration status wouldnt be a problem if i decided to go study in the us, but my concern is if i would be able to enter a JD with the studies i already have, or LLM, and if so, could i work as a paralegal o anything in the law labor area. Thanks
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Are you licensed in Mexico already? This would make a huge difference. Only a few jurisdictions, like WA, CA, VT, DC straight up let you take the bar with a civil law degree and a US LLM. If you had a common law degree from England or Australia it would be different, and if you’re licensed in Mexico suddenly a lot more US jurisdictions open up to you. I believe in CA you can take their incredibly difficult bar exam as is if you’re licensed in any jurisdiction anywhere in the world.

You can paralegal anywhere in the US, that’s no problem, but you really need to pick a spot to practice law. An American law license is not really all that valuable outside of the state that issued it. They’re just not portable.

[Edited by jwpetterchak on Dec 01, 2019]

Are you licensed in Mexico already? This would make a huge difference. Only a few jurisdictions, like WA, CA, VT, DC straight up let you take the bar with a civil law degree and a US LLM. If you had a common law degree from England or Australia it would be different, and if you’re licensed in Mexico suddenly a lot more US jurisdictions open up to you. I believe in CA you can take their incredibly difficult bar exam as is if you’re licensed in any jurisdiction anywhere in the world.

You can paralegal anywhere in the US, that’s no problem, but you really need to pick a spot to practice law. An American law license is not really all that valuable outside of the state that issued it. They’re just not portable.
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