Thoughts on UK LLM and career development


I am new here so first of all I want to say Hi.

I am not sure whether this is an appropriate question for this board. I would like to ask about your thoughts on the value of a UK LLM in terms of career development for a junior associate. I have been thinking about take a break from work to go back to school. I am in my early 30s. US trained JD with a tax LLM already. Although I have been out of law school for 7 yrs, I am currently a 3rd-4th year associate because I changed practice field a few years ago. I am doing international tax and wealth succession planning at a law firm in the US that is considered as big law (but not one of those mega firms).

A bit of everything that make me start thinking about a UK LLM. I want to spend some time on learning more about tax / international tax, etc. I also want to take a break from law firm practice and live somewhere else for a bit while I am still (relatively) young and have no children. My husband's job is rather flexible and can work from home. Another thought is that maybe a UK LLM would give me a chance to have a few years of experience working in London. My area of practice serves high networth private clients. London would be a great place.

The hesitation is that my academic background is not strong. I have no published paper, etc. My grade at law school was just okay and my law school was an average school that most of you probably never heard of. I highly doubt that I would be able to get into Oxford, Cambridge, LSE, etc. Then I start to wonder whether any big law in London would hire anyone outside those schools.

Anyways, if anyone is willing share some thoughts career development of a UK LLM, it would be greatly appreciated. It would also be great to hear what kind of jobs you are able find after graduation.

Thank you!

I am new here so first of all I want to say Hi.

I am not sure whether this is an appropriate question for this board. I would like to ask about your thoughts on the value of a UK LLM in terms of career development for a junior associate. I have been thinking about take a break from work to go back to school. I am in my early 30s. US trained JD with a tax LLM already. Although I have been out of law school for 7 yrs, I am currently a 3rd-4th year associate because I changed practice field a few years ago. I am doing international tax and wealth succession planning at a law firm in the US that is considered as big law (but not one of those mega firms).

A bit of everything that make me start thinking about a UK LLM. I want to spend some time on learning more about tax / international tax, etc. I also want to take a break from law firm practice and live somewhere else for a bit while I am still (relatively) young and have no children. My husband's job is rather flexible and can work from home. Another thought is that maybe a UK LLM would give me a chance to have a few years of experience working in London. My area of practice serves high networth private clients. London would be a great place.

The hesitation is that my academic background is not strong. I have no published paper, etc. My grade at law school was just okay and my law school was an average school that most of you probably never heard of. I highly doubt that I would be able to get into Oxford, Cambridge, LSE, etc. Then I start to wonder whether any big law in London would hire anyone outside those schools.

Anyways, if anyone is willing share some thoughts career development of a UK LLM, it would be greatly appreciated. It would also be great to hear what kind of jobs you are able find after graduation.

Thank you!
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Hi! Can’t you apply to London firms directly without an LLM?

Hi! Can’t you apply to London firms directly without an LLM?
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Thank you!  I am sure I can or look for a recruiter.  But I do want to go back to school for like a year. 

Hi! Can’t you apply to London firms directly without an LLM?

Thank you!  I am sure I can or look for a recruiter.  But I do want to go back to school for like a year.  [quote]Hi! Can’t you apply to London firms directly without an LLM? [/quote]
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I’ve heard JD and bar admission allows you to practice in the UK ???? I am doing Cambridge LLM atm and must say it is a great “gap year”

I’ve heard JD and bar admission allows you to practice in the UK ???? I am doing Cambridge LLM atm and must say it is a great “gap year”<br>
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I’ve heard JD and bar admission allows you to practice in the UK ???? I am doing Cambridge LLM atm and must say it is a great “gap year”


I have not looked into that.  How was the admission process?  Cambridge would be super but I am afraid that my background is not good enough.  

[quote]I’ve heard JD and bar admission allows you to practice in the UK ???? I am doing Cambridge LLM atm and must say it is a great “gap year”<br> [/quote]<br><br>I have not looked into that.&nbsp; How was the admission process?&nbsp; Cambridge would be super but I am afraid that my background is not good enough.&nbsp;&nbsp;
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They usually want a first or upper-second in your
previous degree, and there are about 200 students, quite a few places

They usually want a first or upper-second in your<br>previous degree, and there are about 200 students, quite a few places
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