I am a foreign lawyer from India and have received admit from UC Irvine for General LLM. However, I see that UCI does not participate in job fairs neither do they have on campus placements for LLM. I wanted to know whether it would be a good decision to go ahead with LLM at UC Irvine or should I consider USD for LLM? Also LLM in business law or LLM in tax law has greater scope? I have experience of working in corporate law and compliance however, I wanted to know which LLM specialization would help me find a job here in the US?
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As an LLM isn't really a good enabler of international mobility - and most aren't designed for this purpose - job fairs and the like will be not very big deals (as they would be for, say, an MBA program...)
If you don't already have the legal qualification to practice law in a US state, transitioning into the US from practicing law elsewhere is really an uphill battle. There might be opportunities where you're not practicing - where for example you are providing legal support or consultation - but these are not *super* common and frankly will probably not pay that well.
Compounding the situation is that, if you don't already have work authorization for the US, there's not really a sure-fire route to permanent residency. You'd of course get a temporary OPT visa after an LLM, but the trouble would come in converting to an H1B, which is awarded by lottery and not a certainty, even with a job offer. Employers are aware of this situation and may be hesitant to hire those without permanent residency because of it.
Not to dissuade you from doing an LLM, these are great programs and can add a lot to your profile, if you decide to go back to your home country. Just take some time to consider your career goals.
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