Is it worth it for me to get an LLM in Securities Regulation?


I know the general sentiment is that LLM’s are somewhat useless unless they are for tax, but I find myself in a bit of a predicament.

I want to practice in Securities Regulation when I graduate. I knew prior to taking securities regulation that I was interested in the class, and that interest paid off as I received the highest grade in the class. Unfortunately, securities regulation is the only class offered by my school in that area of law. Couple that with the fact that Michigan is not exactly a hot bed for securities regulation work, and I find myself in a state where I can’t gain valuable experience, and with what I believe is an inadequate knowledge of the law.

I’ve attempted to reach out to law firms who are in that field, both in state (there’s like 2) and out, too no avail. I’ve also reached out to the SEC, but I do not qualify for their legal externship program next year as I will not be enrolled at law school anymore.

I’m seriously considering applying to a securities LLM program so that I can broaden my knowledge of the field, and so that I have a reason to move to an area where I have a better chance at finding employment.

Does this sound like a good idea? Likewise, if anyone has any recommendations for me I would really appreciate hearing them. I’ve waited all of law school to find something that truly engages me and I’ve actually found it. I don’t want to pigeon hole myself into an area of the law where I know I won’t be engaged or happy.

[Edited by Pcoste5378 on Oct 14, 2019]

I know the general sentiment is that LLM’s are somewhat useless unless they are for tax, but I find myself in a bit of a predicament.

I want to practice in Securities Regulation when I graduate. I knew prior to taking securities regulation that I was interested in the class, and that interest paid off as I received the highest grade in the class. Unfortunately, securities regulation is the only class offered by my school in that area of law. Couple that with the fact that Michigan is not exactly a hot bed for securities regulation work, and I find myself in a state where I can’t gain valuable experience, and with what I believe is an inadequate knowledge of the law.

I’ve attempted to reach out to law firms who are in that field, both in state (there’s like 2) and out, too no avail. I’ve also reached out to the SEC, but I do not qualify for their legal externship program next year as I will not be enrolled at law school anymore.

I’m seriously considering applying to a securities LLM program so that I can broaden my knowledge of the field, and so that I have a reason to move to an area where I have a better chance at finding employment.

Does this sound like a good idea? Likewise, if anyone has any recommendations for me I would really appreciate hearing them. I’ve waited all of law school to find something that truly engages me and I’ve actually found it. I don’t want to pigeon hole myself into an area of the law where I know I won’t be engaged or happy.
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Hi — You should ask advice to a SecReg law professor. They will probably provide you an useful advice. For that you could contact a SecReg professor from your former law school or one of the writers of a SecReg casebook like "Securities Regulation: Cases and Materials (Aspen Casebook Series)" — James D. Cox (Duke Law's professor), Robert W. Hillman (UC Davis Law's professor) and Donald C. Langevoort (Georgetown Law's professor). Good luck!

[Edited by # on Oct 16, 2019]

Hi — You should ask advice to a SecReg law professor. They will probably provide you an useful advice. For that you could contact a SecReg professor from your former law school or one of the writers of a SecReg casebook like "Securities Regulation: Cases and Materials (Aspen Casebook Series)" — James D. Cox (Duke Law's professor), Robert W. Hillman (UC Davis Law's professor) and Donald C. Langevoort (Georgetown Law's professor). Good luck!

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