duke vs georgetown


I got admitted by duke and georgetown. I knew each school has advantages and disadvantages. It is hard for me to decide. Do you guys have any opinion?

If I choose Duke, can I get a chance for getting a job or secondment after LLM? Someone said Duke stundents can’t get a job or secondment chance because of its location (far from NY)
I got admitted by duke and georgetown. I knew each school has advantages and disadvantages. It is hard for me to decide. Do you guys have any opinion?

If I choose Duke, can I get a chance for getting a job or secondment after LLM? Someone said Duke stundents can’t get a job or secondment chance because of its location (far from NY)
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Hello and congratulations! I think that both law schools are amazing and prestigious. Maybe you should have a look about the practice area. For example:
- Georgetown is usually well-known in Tax; and
- Duke is usually well known in Finance (because Pr. Cox is one of the most famous professor in Securities Regulation).

If I choose Duke, can I get a chance for getting a job or secondment after LLM? Someone said Duke students can’t get a job or secondment chance because of its location (far from NY)

I am a LLM student at Duke and it's totally wrong. For example, few Duke LLM students already signed for a position in New York with big law firms. And on my side I am currently interviewing with NY law firm offices. Some of them get a 1 year position, other a permanent position.

The location argument could be true about the networking if you are in a law school based in New York City (like Columbia, NYU, Fordham, ...). In that case it will be easier for you to network because it will be less expensive and you will not loose travel time if you want to take a coffee or a lunch with an attorney of the target law firm. Therefore the problem will be exactly the same if you are at Georgetown of Duke.

If you want to join a law firm in NYC, you will compete with JDs, so decisive factors will be:
- Working Experience: many LLM applicants have more than 3y of experience
- Practice Area: Arbitration, Capital Markets, M&A, ... are among the most sought-after practice area.
- Language Skills: Spanish (could be a strong asset because they want to develop relationship with South America's countries)
- Partnership: sometimes US law firms want to develop relationship with foreign law firms, so it could be powerful if your current/previous law firm has a partnership with a NY law firm.

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Hello and congratulations! I think that both law schools are amazing and prestigious. Maybe you should have a look about the practice area. For example:
- Georgetown is usually well-known in Tax; and
- Duke is usually well known in Finance (because Pr. Cox is one of the most famous professor in Securities Regulation).

[quote]If I choose Duke, can I get a chance for getting a job or secondment after LLM? Someone said Duke students can’t get a job or secondment chance because of its location (far from NY)[/quote]
I am a LLM student at Duke and it's totally wrong. For example, few Duke LLM students already signed for a position in New York with big law firms. And on my side I am currently interviewing with NY law firm offices. Some of them get a 1 year position, other a permanent position.

The location argument could be true about the networking if you are in a law school based in New York City (like Columbia, NYU, Fordham, ...). In that case it will be easier for you to network because it will be less expensive and you will not loose travel time if you want to take a coffee or a lunch with an attorney of the target law firm. Therefore the problem will be exactly the same if you are at Georgetown of Duke.

If you want to join a law firm in NYC, you will compete with JDs, so decisive factors will be:
- [b]Working Experience[/b]: many LLM applicants have more than 3y of experience
- [b]Practice Area[/b]: Arbitration, Capital Markets, M&A, ... are among the most sought-after practice area.
- [b]Language Skills[/b]: Spanish (could be a strong asset because they want to develop relationship with South America's countries)
- [b]Partnership[/b]: sometimes US law firms want to develop relationship with foreign law firms, so it could be powerful if your current/previous law firm has a partnership with a NY law firm.
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