Help! Please!


Hi.

I'm a Brazilian law student and I'll apply for USD, GWU, Tulane and SMU. I'm not quite sure about my chances of getting accepted by USD (my first choice).
- My GPA is 7.8/10;
- I'm still a student, so, no professional experience (except for an intership; I'm working for this law firm for almost and year and a half).
- Got a great LOR from my employer (don't know whoelse to ask... I just don't know any law professor that well to ask him/her to write me one) I'm thinking about asking my english teacher....
- My law school do not rank students;
Do I have any chance to get accepted by USD? I emailed them and they told me that applicants do not compete with each other and they accept whoever they think is able to do a good LLM.

Another doubt is: if I get accepted by any of these schools without any kind of fin aid, I will not have the +/- $35,000. I'll be able to get $15,000 tops. So, I'll need to work. I've heard that the Student Visa do not allow us to work outside the campus. Is that right? I was thinking about working anywhere that pays good. Don't care if its serving tables or cleaning bathrooms, as long as I get mony enough to pay for the LLM. (The USD LLM program accept part-time students, which makes easier to study and work).

I have so many other doubts, but thank you if you could help me with those.

Mila

Hi.

I'm a Brazilian law student and I'll apply for USD, GWU, Tulane and SMU. I'm not quite sure about my chances of getting accepted by USD (my first choice).
- My GPA is 7.8/10;
- I'm still a student, so, no professional experience (except for an intership; I'm working for this law firm for almost and year and a half).
- Got a great LOR from my employer (don't know whoelse to ask... I just don't know any law professor that well to ask him/her to write me one) I'm thinking about asking my english teacher....
- My law school do not rank students;
Do I have any chance to get accepted by USD? I emailed them and they told me that applicants do not compete with each other and they accept whoever they think is able to do a good LLM.

Another doubt is: if I get accepted by any of these schools without any kind of fin aid, I will not have the +/- $35,000. I'll be able to get $15,000 tops. So, I'll need to work. I've heard that the Student Visa do not allow us to work outside the campus. Is that right? I was thinking about working anywhere that pays good. Don't care if its serving tables or cleaning bathrooms, as long as I get mony enough to pay for the LLM. (The USD LLM program accept part-time students, which makes easier to study and work).

I have so many other doubts, but thank you if you could help me with those.

Mila
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TiGGer

Ever thought of doing the LLM somewhere else than the US? I am doing mine in England paying 3,400 Ponds (equals less than 10,000 Dollars). Good quality and British English. One of my collegues is from Brazil as well and he really enjoys it. Or what about New Zealand or Australia, France, Germany or the Netherlands? All of these countries should guarantee high academic standard and you pay far less than 35,000 Dollars. However, if you want to work in the US later on, doing the course there makes sense, of course.

Ever thought of doing the LLM somewhere else than the US? I am doing mine in England paying 3,400 Ponds (equals less than 10,000 Dollars). Good quality and British English. One of my collegues is from Brazil as well and he really enjoys it. Or what about New Zealand or Australia, France, Germany or the Netherlands? All of these countries should guarantee high academic standard and you pay far less than 35,000 Dollars. However, if you want to work in the US later on, doing the course there makes sense, of course.
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Hi, TiGGer. Thank you for your answer!

I thought about Europe, but schools I found seemed to be harder to be accepted and more expensive than the US ones. Specially in England, right? Euro is a very strong currency and Pound is even stronger. I thought that it would be cheaper to try LLM in the US. But if you have some advice I'd be love to hear it. I'll take the TOEFL on August, 2nd. So, I have till there to decide which schools to apply.

Regards.

Hi, TiGGer. Thank you for your answer!

I thought about Europe, but schools I found seemed to be harder to be accepted and more expensive than the US ones. Specially in England, right? Euro is a very strong currency and Pound is even stronger. I thought that it would be cheaper to try LLM in the US. But if you have some advice I'd be love to hear it. I'll take the TOEFL on August, 2nd. So, I have till there to decide which schools to apply.

Regards.
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yasmin78

Hey Milla

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Hey Milla

I sent you a pm
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invictus88

Hi, TiGGer. Thank you for your answer!

I thought about Europe, but schools I found seemed to be harder to be accepted and more expensive than the US ones. Specially in England, right? Euro is a very strong currency and Pound is even stronger. I thought that it would be cheaper to try LLM in the US. But if you have some advice I'd be love to hear it. I'll take the TOEFL on August, 2nd. So, I have till there to decide which schools to apply.

Regards.


This is not true. Even with a strong pound and euro, the tuition of European universities will still be much cheaper than the tuition of many US universities. Where you study in the US, however, will greatly affect your living expenses. New York and Boston, for example, will be much more expensive than Michigan or Missouri.

<blockquote>Hi, TiGGer. Thank you for your answer!

I thought about Europe, but schools I found seemed to be harder to be accepted and more expensive than the US ones. Specially in England, right? Euro is a very strong currency and Pound is even stronger. I thought that it would be cheaper to try LLM in the US. But if you have some advice I'd be love to hear it. I'll take the TOEFL on August, 2nd. So, I have till there to decide which schools to apply.

Regards.</blockquote>

This is not true. Even with a strong pound and euro, the tuition of European universities will still be much cheaper than the tuition of many US universities. Where you study in the US, however, will greatly affect your living expenses. New York and Boston, for example, will be much more expensive than Michigan or Missouri.
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Hi, invictus88! Thank you for your answer!!

Actually, after Tigger's post, I checked some universities in Europe and England and found that tuition was around 10,000 euros/pounds. Considering how much euro is worth, and pound is even more expensive to me, I would still think that US tuition (around US$ 30,000) is about the same or even cheaper the European tuition. And I am not considering cost of living in England or any other country in Europe. As you said, I have the option of choosing some place cheaper to live in the US, which I don't think it would be easier to do in Europe! What do you think about that? ;)

p.s.: I'm considering Real (R$) exchange rate (I'm Brazilian).

Hi, invictus88! Thank you for your answer!!

Actually, after Tigger's post, I checked some universities in Europe and England and found that tuition was around 10,000 euros/pounds. Considering how much euro is worth, and pound is even more expensive to me, I would still think that US tuition (around US$ 30,000) is about the same or even cheaper the European tuition. And I am not considering cost of living in England or any other country in Europe. As you said, I have the option of choosing some place cheaper to live in the US, which I don't think it would be easier to do in Europe! What do you think about that? ;)

p.s.: I'm considering Real (R$) exchange rate (I'm Brazilian).
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lchopan

Mila,

i thought about staying in Europe as well, but decided to apply to schools in the USA, but only to those offering scholarships. I'm applying for spring semster wich makes it more difficult becuase not many schools offer spring admission. American Univeristy has full scholarships for LLMs. I thought about applying to other state schools because they are cheaper but the internship/job opportunities in Missouri or Colorado are not as good as DC. I'm only applying to the top LLM programs ( NYU, Columbia,Harvard, Georgetown and AU) it's worth the debt. Also if you are studying on a F-1 visa you can't work outside of campus. good luck!

Mila,

i thought about staying in Europe as well, but decided to apply to schools in the USA, but only to those offering scholarships. I'm applying for spring semster wich makes it more difficult becuase not many schools offer spring admission. American Univeristy has full scholarships for LLMs. I thought about applying to other state schools because they are cheaper but the internship/job opportunities in Missouri or Colorado are not as good as DC. I'm only applying to the top LLM programs ( NYU, Columbia,Harvard, Georgetown and AU) it's worth the debt. Also if you are studying on a F-1 visa you can't work outside of campus. good luck!
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invictus88

Hi, invictus88! Thank you for your answer!!

Actually, after Tigger's post, I checked some universities in Europe and England and found that tuition was around 10,000 euros/pounds. Considering how much euro is worth, and pound is even more expensive to me, I would still think that US tuition (around US$ 30,000) is about the same or even cheaper the European tuition. And I am not considering cost of living in England or any other country in Europe. As you said, I have the option of choosing some place cheaper to live in the US, which I don't think it would be easier to do in Europe! What do you think about that? ;)

p.s.: I'm considering Real (R$) exchange rate (I'm Brazilian).


At roughly US$2/GBP 1, 10,000 pounds will turn out to be around US$20,000, which is still significantly cheaper than US$30,000. At roughly US$1.6/EUR 1, EUR 10,000 will be equivalent to only around US$16,000. Take note that many of the top law schools cost more than US$30,000. Columbia, for example, costs around US$37,000. Tuition at University College London, even at the non-UK/EU citizen rate, is around GBP 13,000 or US$26,000.

<blockquote>Hi, invictus88! Thank you for your answer!!

Actually, after Tigger's post, I checked some universities in Europe and England and found that tuition was around 10,000 euros/pounds. Considering how much euro is worth, and pound is even more expensive to me, I would still think that US tuition (around US$ 30,000) is about the same or even cheaper the European tuition. And I am not considering cost of living in England or any other country in Europe. As you said, I have the option of choosing some place cheaper to live in the US, which I don't think it would be easier to do in Europe! What do you think about that? ;)

p.s.: I'm considering Real (R$) exchange rate (I'm Brazilian).</blockquote>

At roughly US$2/GBP 1, 10,000 pounds will turn out to be around US$20,000, which is still significantly cheaper than US$30,000. At roughly US$1.6/EUR 1, EUR 10,000 will be equivalent to only around US$16,000. Take note that many of the top law schools cost more than US$30,000. Columbia, for example, costs around US$37,000. Tuition at University College London, even at the non-UK/EU citizen rate, is around GBP 13,000 or US$26,000.
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