Employment from Tax LLM?


I have heard that getting employed by a big firm even with a Tax LLM from Georgetown or NYU is highly grade dependent these days. But several friends have also told me that, even if you do very well at either GULC or NYU in Tax, it's still enormously tough to get hired if you haven't previously worked in Tax, which I have not.

So, realizing that nothing is a sure thing these days, is there any truth to the idea that big-firm employers are reluctant to hire Tax LLMs from the top places if they don't have prior experience in Tax? It's obvious that prior experience would help, but I'm less clear on whether no prior tax experience is a huge impediment.

Seems like employers and state bars don't know what to do with the glut of attorneys so they keep moving the goalposts. I mean, if you can't get a job with a JD and you can't get a job with an LLM from a top school if you lack experience in the field, the whole legal profession looks like more and more of a big sham. Am I wrong?

I have heard that getting employed by a big firm even with a Tax LLM from Georgetown or NYU is highly grade dependent these days. But several friends have also told me that, even if you do very well at either GULC or NYU in Tax, it's still enormously tough to get hired if you haven't previously worked in Tax, which I have not.

So, realizing that nothing is a sure thing these days, is there any truth to the idea that big-firm employers are reluctant to hire Tax LLMs from the top places if they don't have prior experience in Tax? It's obvious that prior experience would help, but I'm less clear on whether no prior tax experience is a huge impediment.

Seems like employers and state bars don't know what to do with the glut of attorneys so they keep moving the goalposts. I mean, if you can't get a job with a JD and you can't get a job with an LLM from a top school if you lack experience in the field, the whole legal profession looks like more and more of a big sham. Am I wrong?
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I have heard that getting employed by a big firm even with a Tax LLM from Georgetown or NYU is highly grade dependent these days. But several friends have also told me that, even if you do very well at either GULC or NYU in Tax, it's still enormously tough to get hired if you haven't previously worked in Tax, which I have not.

So, realizing that nothing is a sure thing these days, is there any truth to the idea that big-firm employers are reluctant to hire Tax LLMs from the top places if they don't have prior experience in Tax? It's obvious that prior experience would help, but I'm less clear on whether no prior tax experience is a huge impediment.

Seems like employers and state bars don't know what to do with the glut of attorneys so they keep moving the goalposts. I mean, if you can't get a job with a JD and you can't get a job with an LLM from a top school if you lack experience in the field, the whole legal profession looks like more and more of a big sham. Am I wrong?


Actually you are wrong. The biggest misconception right now is the abundance of attorneys, this couldn't be further from the truth. Ever since the decline of law school applicants, the market for attorneys has been growing steadily. I know of many firms in dire need of attorneys. Don't be so negative, be optimistic. Stop listening to the non sense and listen to what looks and sounds right to you from your own personal knowledge. Tax work experience is greatly beneficial, but without it I wouldn't say detrimental. Apply and see what happens. No one on these boards will have the qualifications to your question because I highly doubt anyone from these boards are in a hiring position from big firms. Good luck!

<blockquote>I have heard that getting employed by a big firm even with a Tax LLM from Georgetown or NYU is highly grade dependent these days. But several friends have also told me that, even if you do very well at either GULC or NYU in Tax, it's still enormously tough to get hired if you haven't previously worked in Tax, which I have not.

So, realizing that nothing is a sure thing these days, is there any truth to the idea that big-firm employers are reluctant to hire Tax LLMs from the top places if they don't have prior experience in Tax? It's obvious that prior experience would help, but I'm less clear on whether no prior tax experience is a huge impediment.

Seems like employers and state bars don't know what to do with the glut of attorneys so they keep moving the goalposts. I mean, if you can't get a job with a JD and you can't get a job with an LLM from a top school if you lack experience in the field, the whole legal profession looks like more and more of a big sham. Am I wrong?</blockquote>

Actually you are wrong. The biggest misconception right now is the abundance of attorneys, this couldn't be further from the truth. Ever since the decline of law school applicants, the market for attorneys has been growing steadily. I know of many firms in dire need of attorneys. Don't be so negative, be optimistic. Stop listening to the non sense and listen to what looks and sounds right to you from your own personal knowledge. Tax work experience is greatly beneficial, but without it I wouldn't say detrimental. Apply and see what happens. No one on these boards will have the qualifications to your question because I highly doubt anyone from these boards are in a hiring position from big firms. Good luck!
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