Utility of an LLM - Indian Viewpoint - Commercial Fields


S09
Hi Everybody,

I know it is too late in the day to ask this question, but considering it is decision making time now, I actually would want you people to render your opinion on a few things.

My question is that considering the cost of the LLM in UK, is it a good idea to pursue it? I am aware that it would make me intellectually more sound and give me a lot of exposure, but what about the commercial viability of the Course?

To give a little more perspective on my query- I do not aim at getting into academia, policy making or practising at the Bar (most frequent reasons for doing the masters); in fact I want to join a law firm in India only. Besides, as of today, I also have an offer from a decently good law firm in India to join them in Fall, 2015. In this case does it make sense to leave this offer and proceed to pursue an LLM in Commercial Laws/ Taxation from Universities as Cambridge, LSE, etc?

I'd really appreciate if LLM Holders/Applicants (especially Indians) could provide some valuable insight.

Thanks!
Hi Everybody,

I know it is too late in the day to ask this question, but considering it is decision making time now, I actually would want you people to render your opinion on a few things.

My question is that considering the cost of the LLM in UK, is it a good idea to pursue it? I am aware that it would make me intellectually more sound and give me a lot of exposure, but what about the commercial viability of the Course?

To give a little more perspective on my query- I do not aim at getting into academia, policy making or practising at the Bar (most frequent reasons for doing the masters); in fact I want to join a law firm in India only. Besides, as of today, I also have an offer from a decently good law firm in India to join them in Fall, 2015. In this case does it make sense to leave this offer and proceed to pursue an LLM in Commercial Laws/ Taxation from Universities as Cambridge, LSE, etc?

I'd really appreciate if LLM Holders/Applicants (especially Indians) could provide some valuable insight.

Thanks!
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Ka83
Hi Everybody,

I know it is too late in the day to ask this question, but considering it is decision making time now, I actually would want you people to render your opinion on a few things.

I'd really appreciate if LLM Holders/Applicants (especially Indians) could provide some valuable insight.



As someone who was involved in recruitment at a leading firm, I can say this that having an LLM ordinarily makes no difference to the applicant's chances in applying to a law firm.

Most of the hiring decision revolves around the interview (or interviews) and the background check (from people in previous organisation / same law school / former bosses etc.). The LLM might have a benefit if the interviewer also holds an LLM (esp. same school) but that is quite rare.

Once you get the job the LLM does not help in any further way. An LLM, if not done straight out of law school (or the 2nd year) can actually be disruptive to someone who comes back and joins a firm, in terms of parity with same batch, pay, etc. Hope this helps.
<blockquote>Hi Everybody,

I know it is too late in the day to ask this question, but considering it is decision making time now, I actually would want you people to render your opinion on a few things.

I'd really appreciate if LLM Holders/Applicants (especially Indians) could provide some valuable insight.

</blockquote>

As someone who was involved in recruitment at a leading firm, I can say this that having an LLM ordinarily makes no difference to the applicant's chances in applying to a law firm.

Most of the hiring decision revolves around the interview (or interviews) and the background check (from people in previous organisation / same law school / former bosses etc.). The LLM might have a benefit if the interviewer also holds an LLM (esp. same school) but that is quite rare.

Once you get the job the LLM does not help in any further way. An LLM, if not done straight out of law school (or the 2nd year) can actually be disruptive to someone who comes back and joins a firm, in terms of parity with same batch, pay, etc. Hope this helps.
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S09
Thanks Ka83 for that valuable advice. I've also heard things to the same tune. May I ask whether you are talking about India specifically or are you talking generally?

Also, anyone else with a contrary viewpoint? Kindly share.
Thanks Ka83 for that valuable advice. I've also heard things to the same tune. May I ask whether you are talking about India specifically or are you talking generally?

Also, anyone else with a contrary viewpoint? Kindly share.
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Ka83
Thanks Ka83 for that valuable advice. I've also heard things to the same tune. May I ask whether you are talking about India specifically or are you talking generally?

Also, anyone else with a contrary viewpoint? Kindly share.


I refer to India only. As I remember, most who did their LLMs after year 2/3+ and who returned to join/rejoin domestic firms thereafter were unhappy.
<blockquote>Thanks Ka83 for that valuable advice. I've also heard things to the same tune. May I ask whether you are talking about India specifically or are you talking generally?

Also, anyone else with a contrary viewpoint? Kindly share. </blockquote>

I refer to India only. As I remember, most who did their LLMs after year 2/3+ and who returned to join/rejoin domestic firms thereafter were unhappy.
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