I recently graduated with a law degree from the University of Mumbai , India and I am confused between the two options stated above . My ultimate goal is settlement and in this case , Australia seems like a better option , however , the Australian JD might be of 3 years if I dont get any credit for prior studies and also , I am seeing news that the Australian legal market is quite saturated . On the other hand , there is the LLM from UK . Obviously , the settlement route will be a little tough in UK , and I am really not aware of the job market scene there right now with the whole Brexit situation. All advice/opinions are welcome , Please help out!
JD in Australia or LLM in UK ?
Very few LLMs confer a right to practice law in most countries. Only some US states have that rule. Very few UK, Australia, NZ or Canadian LLMs will provide a pathway to the bar on its own. The job market for immigrant lawyers is always tough but can be overcome with diligence and networking. Are you already licensed in another jurisdiction? This matters.
Yes I am licensed in India . The JD in Australia is a postgraduate law degree , its not a Masters degree so I will be entitled to practice law and yes I know that , although in UK , I can do the LPC course and try to get admitted as a solicitor . Both of them have its pros and cons - Australia is a immigrant friendly country, as of now, but the JD is costly . On the other hand , UK would be much cheaper for me compared to Australia but it doesnt really have a straight route to settlement.
[Edited by sim108 on Dec 27, 2019]
If you’re already licensed to practice law somewhere else, you don’t need to do the LPC- Do the QLTS. Alternative routes to qualification exist for overseas qualified lawyers in most places, and most require articled clerkships. Australia used to have the 457 visa for qualified professionals including hair dressers, engineers and lawyers. The new visa category there may make it easier to settle if you have 3-5 years of work experience.
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