Columbia v. Oxford


Background: Looking at employment post LLM. Might marginally prefer London over New York.

Any thoughts?


Background: Looking at employment post LLM. Might marginally prefer London over New York.

Any thoughts?

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fg

I would go to Columbia.

I had job offers for London and NYC with my Columbia LLM but I think it would be much harder to get a job in NYC with an Oxford BCL (you can't participate in the NY job fair, for example, and not having a US degree may affect your ability to sit the NY bar depending on your country of origin). I imagine you would be able to get a job in London easily with an Oxford degree.

Fg.

I would go to Columbia.

I had job offers for London and NYC with my Columbia LLM but I think it would be much harder to get a job in NYC with an Oxford BCL (you can't participate in the NY job fair, for example, and not having a US degree may affect your ability to sit the NY bar depending on your country of origin). I imagine you would be able to get a job in London easily with an Oxford degree.

Fg.
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hey wishful thinking that depends on two factors:

1, are you already a qualied lawyer in your home country?
2. where would you like to practice: US or UK?

hey wishful thinking that depends on two factors:

1, are you already a qualied lawyer in your home country?
2. where would you like to practice: US or UK?

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fg

I think he said he marginally prefers London.

I think he said he marginally prefers London.
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oh ok!

if you prefer london over NY, then i would seriously recommend you doing the BCL if and only if you are a qualified lawyer in your home country. If you are not a qualifed lawyer in your home country then you will find it difficult to get a job in a london law firm at an associate level. if a law firm in london offers you a post with them they will ask you do the PGDL and LPC - this is another 2 years of study - followed by 2 years of a training contract ie work experience, before you reach associate level.

On the other hand, if you are not qualified then you should opt for Columbia. After the LLM you can take the NY bar and apply for associate positions in NY law firms whose salaries start in the region of 100k. having said that i am not sure how easy it is getting a job there - i hear different stories as how easy it is. If you do get one, then you can work there for 2-3 years (instead of doing the pgdl and lpc) and then hop across the pond and work in london.

oh ok!

if you prefer london over NY, then i would seriously recommend you doing the BCL if and only if you are a qualified lawyer in your home country. If you are not a qualifed lawyer in your home country then you will find it difficult to get a job in a london law firm at an associate level. if a law firm in london offers you a post with them they will ask you do the PGDL and LPC - this is another 2 years of study - followed by 2 years of a training contract ie work experience, before you reach associate level.

On the other hand, if you are not qualified then you should opt for Columbia. After the LLM you can take the NY bar and apply for associate positions in NY law firms whose salaries start in the region of 100k. having said that i am not sure how easy it is getting a job there - i hear different stories as how easy it is. If you do get one, then you can work there for 2-3 years (instead of doing the pgdl and lpc) and then hop across the pond and work in london.
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am a qualified lawyer with over three years of post-qualification experience... and entitled to take the QLTT, therefore.

tending towards the BCL . . . [it seems to be slightly cheaper- also]

primary interest is tech law - any idea how the employment scene is ?

am a qualified lawyer with over three years of post-qualification experience... and entitled to take the QLTT, therefore.

tending towards the BCL . . . [it seems to be slightly cheaper- also]

primary interest is tech law - any idea how the employment scene is ?



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