Can international LLB holder make llb equivalent to JD?


ksat
i am a Law graduate (from India),now residing in VA.i want to sit for Bar in VA or DC. But i have some unanwered questions.
1. For Bar one must have ABA approved JD, is there any way i can sit for bar for VA or washington DC? Is it possible dat if sm law college evaluate my LLB degree+ experience+my LLM 1st yr degree(India) , will it become equivalent to JD, to sit for bar?

2.If i do LLM from a VA or DC law school, and get my degree evaluated along with LLM , will it be considered to JD?

3.how can i complete JD in 2 yrs? will i be able to sit for bar then?

i would appreciate the reply.
thanks and regards.
i am a Law graduate (from India),now residing in VA.i want to sit for Bar in VA or DC. But i have some unanwered questions.
1. For Bar one must have ABA approved JD, is there any way i can sit for bar for VA or washington DC? Is it possible dat if sm law college evaluate my LLB degree+ experience+my LLM 1st yr degree(India) , will it become equivalent to JD, to sit for bar?

2.If i do LLM from a VA or DC law school, and get my degree evaluated along with LLM , will it be considered to JD?

3.how can i complete JD in 2 yrs? will i be able to sit for bar then?

i would appreciate the reply.
thanks and regards.
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1) You should be able to submit your qualifications for review by the Boards of Examiners/Bars of VA and DC. If you can, use any formal process they allow for equivalency findings (check the website for each bar). Do not just call and ask on the phone. You may get a mistaken answer.
As a rule, schools will not usually evaluate your education for you. No ABA school will "translate" your degree to be the equivalent of the JD. The equivalency has to be decided by the bar of the state to which you are applying.

2) I believe if you have the appropriate foreign law degree, doing an ABA approved LLM for a certain number of hours may allow you to sit in VA, but again, you should check the exact requirements yourself.

3) There are a few accelerated JD programs offered by various schools which allow you to complete a JD in 2 or 2.5 years. You might want to ask that question specifically on the JD board if you have not already. I believe a few of these schools are ABA approved (but a few are not, so be careful when doing research). If you graduate with a 'JD' from an ABA approved program, you can sit for the bar pretty much anywhere. If you receive a degree that is not a JD or is not ABA approved, you may be able to sit for the bar in a few limited jurisdictions or perhaps not at all.
1) You should be able to submit your qualifications for review by the Boards of Examiners/Bars of VA and DC. If you can, use any formal process they allow for equivalency findings (check the website for each bar). Do not just call and ask on the phone. You may get a mistaken answer.
As a rule, schools will not usually evaluate your education for you. No ABA school will "translate" your degree to be the equivalent of the JD. The equivalency has to be decided by the bar of the state to which you are applying.

2) I believe if you have the appropriate foreign law degree, doing an ABA approved LLM for a certain number of hours may allow you to sit in VA, but again, you should check the exact requirements yourself.

3) There are a few accelerated JD programs offered by various schools which allow you to complete a JD in 2 or 2.5 years. You might want to ask that question specifically on the JD board if you have not already. I believe a few of these schools are ABA approved (but a few are not, so be careful when doing research). If you graduate with a 'JD' from an ABA approved program, you can sit for the bar pretty much anywhere. If you receive a degree that is not a JD or is not ABA approved, you may be able to sit for the bar in a few limited jurisdictions or perhaps not at all.
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ksat
thanks shrinkyDink...i appreciate ur reply...can u please tell what kind of job prospects are there for a LLM passed candidate from ABA approved law school?
thanks shrinkyDink...i appreciate ur reply...can u please tell what kind of job prospects are there for a LLM passed candidate from ABA approved law school?
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pra608
Jobs for LLM graduates are quite limited to the firms that really need international lawyers with specific nationalities(and, mostly, u need NY Bar or Cal Bar to get the opportunity).
Jobs for LLM graduates are quite limited to the firms that really need international lawyers with specific nationalities(and, mostly, u need NY Bar or Cal Bar to get the opportunity).

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pra608 is correct. LLM hiring out of law schools is quite different from JD hiring, and can be limited to a few large employers (law firms and multi-nationals) in need of international attorneys. However, it is not always so bleak. If you go to a top LLM program (Harvard, NYU, etc.), have reasonably strong qualifications already (including language skills or expertise and experience in a certain field), and your English is very good, it will be much easier to find a job than for it would be for less well-qualified LLMs.

Basically, if your status as a foreigner (or your ineligibility for the bar) is truly the only thing that keeps you from being "as good" on paper as a JD candidate, you can probably get a good job. If you are not already a good candidate, an LLM does NOT ADD VALUE (at least not much) to your qualifications. A poorly qualified candidate will not get many top job offers regardless of whether they have an LLM.

That aside, if your expectations are lower (for instance, you would be satisfied with a lower paying legal job), it may be worth it to get an LLM but only if you can get it cheaply and it is the only way to qualify to sit for the bar in the state that you want.
pra608 is correct. LLM hiring out of law schools is quite different from JD hiring, and can be limited to a few large employers (law firms and multi-nationals) in need of international attorneys. However, it is not always so bleak. If you go to a top LLM program (Harvard, NYU, etc.), have reasonably strong qualifications already (including language skills or expertise and experience in a certain field), and your English is very good, it will be much easier to find a job than for it would be for less well-qualified LLMs.

Basically, if your status as a foreigner (or your ineligibility for the bar) is truly the only thing that keeps you from being "as good" on paper as a JD candidate, you can probably get a good job. If you are not already a good candidate, an LLM does NOT ADD VALUE (at least not much) to your qualifications. A poorly qualified candidate will not get many top job offers regardless of whether they have an LLM.

That aside, if your expectations are lower (for instance, you would be satisfied with a lower paying legal job), it may be worth it to get an LLM but only if you can get it cheaply and it is the only way to qualify to sit for the bar in the state that you want.
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