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Hi!
I am a Portuguese Lawyer with more than 9 years in private practice in Portugal.
I have already attended the EYL in Edinburgh where I had the chance to attend 3 different placements with a Solicitor firm, a QC and also a clerkship with a senior Judge period at The Court of Session outer house all this after a period of classes ranging IP to Contract law at the University of Edinburgh, Faculty of Law.
I have also practised in a former Portuguese Colony, nowadays a Chinese special administrative region, Macau where I am also qualified to practice thus due to an economic partnership agreement between Macau and Beijing eligible to apply to the Chinese Bar.
I would appreciate if you could advise me on a quality LLM combining Management and Law with a strong diet of IP law.
Should I choose the USA (considering the current strong Euro value) or the UK.
I'm 36 yrs old. Will I be considered by US schools as a grandparent or not so much by US schools but by US companies or lawfirms (in case I wish to apply to any vacancy after the LLM)
Thanks in advance to all of you!

Hi!
I am a Portuguese Lawyer with more than 9 years in private practice in Portugal.
I have already attended the EYL in Edinburgh where I had the chance to attend 3 different placements with a Solicitor firm, a QC and also a clerkship with a senior Judge period at The Court of Session outer house all this after a period of classes ranging IP to Contract law at the University of Edinburgh, Faculty of Law.
I have also practised in a former Portuguese Colony, nowadays a Chinese special administrative region, Macau where I am also qualified to practice thus due to an economic partnership agreement between Macau and Beijing eligible to apply to the Chinese Bar.
I would appreciate if you could advise me on a quality LLM combining Management and Law with a strong diet of IP law.
Should I choose the USA (considering the current strong Euro value) or the UK.
I'm 36 yrs old. Will I be considered by US schools as a grandparent or not so much by US schools but by US companies or lawfirms (in case I wish to apply to any vacancy after the LLM)
Thanks in advance to all of you!
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Advogado

Any information about this thread?
I had the chance to narrow my list to 2 LLM programs Boalt Hall and Northwestern Uni./Kellog LLM/MBA, any hints about these two programs or perhaps any other option?
Thanks

Any information about this thread?
I had the chance to narrow my list to 2 LLM programs Boalt Hall and Northwestern Uni./Kellog LLM/MBA, any hints about these two programs or perhaps any other option?
Thanks
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EDIpostgra...

I am a US attorney who did an LLM in international law after law school. If you are looking to practice law in the US the LLM really only matters if you are specialising in something such as tax, estate planning, maritime, etc...very specialised fields. Frankly, most firms don't give a toss about LLMs for US educated lawyers. However, since you were trained outwith the US it could prove useful, especially with your background working in the Chinese market. The MBA combined programme will be beneficial from the MBA side if you are looking for more of a consultant role I would imagine in the States, too. You will likely be a bit older than most of the other students in the programme as typically we do LLMs in the closest few years just out of law school.
Finally, I would go with Northwestern...have heard nothing but rave reviews and the school has a great international reputation! Good luck!

I am a US attorney who did an LLM in international law after law school. If you are looking to practice law in the US the LLM really only matters if you are specialising in something such as tax, estate planning, maritime, etc...very specialised fields. Frankly, most firms don't give a toss about LLMs for US educated lawyers. However, since you were trained outwith the US it could prove useful, especially with your background working in the Chinese market. The MBA combined programme will be beneficial from the MBA side if you are looking for more of a consultant role I would imagine in the States, too. You will likely be a bit older than most of the other students in the programme as typically we do LLMs in the closest few years just out of law school.
Finally, I would go with Northwestern...have heard nothing but rave reviews and the school has a great international reputation! Good luck!
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Advogado

Thank you for your sound advice!
It helped a lot...
My only concern respects the fact that applications to US Law schools are closed for the 2008/09 academic year therefore I will also need to consider UK Law Schools.
Do you feel your advice regarding the Chinese market would also apply to Bristish Solicitors Firms.
If so, I would also consider Edinburgh and Dundee in order to complete my LLM. Do you recommend me any other Uni in the U.K.?
Thanks in advance.
Best Regards

Thank you for your sound advice!
It helped a lot...
My only concern respects the fact that applications to US Law schools are closed for the 2008/09 academic year therefore I will also need to consider UK Law Schools.
Do you feel your advice regarding the Chinese market would also apply to Bristish Solicitors Firms.
If so, I would also consider Edinburgh and Dundee in order to complete my LLM. Do you recommend me any other Uni in the U.K.?
Thanks in advance.
Best Regards
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EDIpostgra...

I think it would definitely apply to the UK firms as well. China is the hot market for Western firms now so anyone with knowledge of that market will go far I should suspect. Unless you are interested in oil and gas, I wouldn't bother with Dundee. I actually took LLM courses there in conjunction with mine at Edinburgh as I started in the energy field. They were excellent but that is really where I feel their strong suit ends.
Obviously I am partial to Edinburgh as this is where I did my LLM and am writing my PhD. Plus, you will find quite a few European lawyers here who are returning to school after many years of practice. I would suspect that the UK deadlines are soon, if not passed, too so you should probably not waste any time. All the best!

I think it would definitely apply to the UK firms as well. China is the hot market for Western firms now so anyone with knowledge of that market will go far I should suspect. Unless you are interested in oil and gas, I wouldn't bother with Dundee. I actually took LLM courses there in conjunction with mine at Edinburgh as I started in the energy field. They were excellent but that is really where I feel their strong suit ends.
Obviously I am partial to Edinburgh as this is where I did my LLM and am writing my PhD. Plus, you will find quite a few European lawyers here who are returning to school after many years of practice. I would suspect that the UK deadlines are soon, if not passed, too so you should probably not waste any time. All the best!
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