Harvard LLM good for US big law job?


I'm a Canadian JD thinking of doing the Harvard LLM but was wondering whether it is a good idea for getting a US big law job either in New York or Boston. Would the Harvard LLM help with getting a US big law job? Does US big law recruit Harvard LLM grads? Is there on campus recruitment?

I know some Canadians who went directly to NY big law from Canadian JDs without ever doing an LLM. I will write the Massachusetts bar exam to start and later if needed can get the NY one too.

I graduated with the Canadian JD a few years ago and worked since in government but have not practiced because in Canada you have to article for a year and there are very few government positions. I have no interest in practicing in Canada due to the low salaries and lack of opportunities.

I think I could probably get into the Harvard LLM because already taking a few law courses at Harvard Extension, with As in the program and finishing up a general Masters so have the GPA and references plus a lot of public service experience. I just don't know how helpful the LLM would be for securing a big law position versus the cost.

Just to clarify, I don't need the LLM to write the bar exam as will be doing that regardless for Massachusetts.

I'm a Canadian JD thinking of doing the Harvard LLM but was wondering whether it is a good idea for getting a US big law job either in New York or Boston. Would the Harvard LLM help with getting a US big law job? Does US big law recruit Harvard LLM grads? Is there on campus recruitment?

I know some Canadians who went directly to NY big law from Canadian JDs without ever doing an LLM. I will write the Massachusetts bar exam to start and later if needed can get the NY one too.

I graduated with the Canadian JD a few years ago and worked since in government but have not practiced because in Canada you have to article for a year and there are very few government positions. I have no interest in practicing in Canada due to the low salaries and lack of opportunities.

I think I could probably get into the Harvard LLM because already taking a few law courses at Harvard Extension, with As in the program and finishing up a general Masters so have the GPA and references plus a lot of public service experience. I just don't know how helpful the LLM would be for securing a big law position versus the cost.

Just to clarify, I don't need the LLM to write the bar exam as will be doing that regardless for Massachusetts.
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When it comes to LLM and Big Law, having a LLM from Harvard will not have a significant impact compared to the other T6 law schools (Yale, Stanford, Chicago, Columbia and NYU). All LLM graduates tend to struggle getting a BL position because they cannot actually compete with JD graduates (3 years of education means a lot in academic terms).


The dealbreaker here is generally the experience. As long as you are able to demonstrate a longstanding track in a foreing country or particular knowledge in a specific area your odds will increase. Otherwise you will need some contacts from your previous employer in your native place (i.e. a law firm or a big company, mostly a client).

[Edited by LLM20242 on May 27, 2024]

When it comes to LLM and Big Law, having a LLM from Harvard will not have a significant impact compared to the other T6 law schools (Yale, Stanford, Chicago, Columbia and NYU). All LLM graduates tend to struggle getting a BL position because they cannot actually compete with JD graduates (3 years of education means a lot in academic terms). <div><br>
<br></div><div>The dealbreaker here is generally the experience. As long as you are able to demonstrate a longstanding track in a foreing country or particular knowledge in a specific area your odds will increase. Otherwise you will need some contacts from your previous employer in your native place (i.e. a law firm or a big company, mostly a client).</div>
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When it comes to LLM and Big Law, having a LLM from Harvard will not have a significant impact compared to the other T6 law schools (Yale, Stanford, Chicago, Columbia and NYU). All LLM graduates tend to struggle getting a BL position because they cannot actually compete with JD graduates (3 years of education means a lot in academic terms).
The dealbreaker here is generally the experience. As long as you are able to demonstrate a longstanding track in a foreing country or particular knowledge in a specific area your odds will increase. Otherwise you will need some contacts from your previous employer in your native place (i.e. a law firm or a big company, mostly a client).

It sounds like there's no point in doing an LLM then, at least not from a cost benefit perspective. Canadian JDs are recognized as ABA equivalent JDs in Massachusetts so can write the bar exam there and then transfer the score to NY if necessary. I had a classmate from Canada who got hired into NY big law without doing an LLM. Actually they did the LLM at HLS a few years after working in NY and being hired with no more than 1 year of experience from Canada.

I would be more interested in a medium sized firm or maybe in house somewhere like in tech or a bank.

I don't work in law in Canada and didn't do articling so there is no legal experience, no company since I work in government, and definitely no client.

Sounds like I should focus on getting a green card or sponsorship and go the JD Preferred route instead.

I think the real reason most LLMs don't get hired is due to immigration, meaning they can't do a TN visa and require full sponsorship.

[Edited by HarvardStudent on May 28, 2024]

[quote]When it comes to LLM and Big Law, having a LLM from Harvard will not have a significant impact compared to the other T6 law schools (Yale, Stanford, Chicago, Columbia and NYU). All LLM graduates tend to struggle getting a BL position because they cannot actually compete with JD graduates (3 years of education means a lot in academic terms). <div><br>The dealbreaker here is generally the experience. As long as you are able to demonstrate a longstanding track in a foreing country or particular knowledge in a specific area your odds will increase. Otherwise you will need some contacts from your previous employer in your native place (i.e. a law firm or a big company, mostly a client).<br></div> [/quote]<br>It sounds like there's no point in doing an LLM then, at least not from a cost benefit perspective. Canadian JDs are recognized as ABA equivalent JDs in Massachusetts so can write the bar exam there and then transfer the score to NY if necessary. I had a classmate from Canada who got hired into NY big law without doing an LLM. Actually they did the LLM at HLS a few years after working in NY and being hired with no more than 1 year of experience from Canada.<br><br>I would be more interested in a medium sized firm or maybe in house somewhere like in tech or a bank.<br><br>I don't work in law in Canada and didn't do articling so there is no legal experience, no company since I work in government, and definitely no client.<br><br>Sounds like I should focus on getting a green card or sponsorship and go the JD Preferred route instead.

I think the real reason most LLMs don't get hired is due to immigration, meaning they can't do a TN visa and require full sponsorship. <br>
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