LLM from University of Washington Vs Global Acclerated JD from Seattle University


I have admission offers for LLM from University of Washington and Global Accelerated Juris Doctor from Seattle University. I want to practice law in the United States. I am currently banking on student visa. Post study after one year OPT, I will need the law firm or company which hires me to sponsor my H1B visa. University of Washington is much higher in ranking. As per USNews.com, it ranks 49 and Seattle University ranks 126. But Seattle University would get me a JD degree, be it a Global Accelerated JD and not a regular one. So the choice boils down to LLM from a university that is just within top 50 and Juris Doctor from a university not even in the top 100, but which could potentially open doors to opportunities for someone like me who wants to work and settle in the United States, which an LLM wouldn't. As after all, a JD is a JD. Please suggest which option is better, given my objective of gaining employment as a lawyer in the United States and establishing a legal career there.

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I have admission offers for LLM from University of Washington and Global Accelerated Juris Doctor from Seattle University. I want to practice law in the United States. I am currently banking on student visa. Post study after one year OPT, I will need the law firm or company which hires me to sponsor my H1B visa. University of Washington is much higher in ranking. As per USNews.com, it ranks 49 and Seattle University ranks 126. But Seattle University would get me a JD degree, be it a Global Accelerated JD and not a regular one. So the choice boils down to LLM from a university that is just within top 50 and Juris Doctor from a university not even in the top 100, but which could potentially open doors to opportunities for someone like me who wants to work and settle in the United States, which an LLM wouldn't. As after all, a JD is a JD. Please suggest which option is better, given my objective of gaining employment as a lawyer in the United States and establishing a legal career there.
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Of course! If you want to work in America, JD opens more doors for you. However, LLM’s opportunity for employment is overridden by JD applicants. Imagining that you are employers and you want to recruit between these two candidates, you choose who is accustomed to American Law rather than someone who graduates from LLM. This is my observation. However, you may reconsider apply LLM next year for other schools or boost your resume by working at any prospective firms or legal internships. This will boost your CV. Nevertheless, LLM candidates still can shoot some dream jobs in the state. Passing a bar may increase your chances as well. 

Please go to JD if you can afford it. If not, take LLM and take bar exams.

Of course! If you want to work in America, JD opens more doors for you. However, LLM’s opportunity for employment is overridden by JD applicants. Imagining that you are employers and you want to recruit between these two candidates, you choose who is accustomed to American Law rather than someone who graduates from LLM. This is my observation. However, you may reconsider apply LLM next year for other schools or boost your resume by working at any prospective firms or legal internships. This will boost your CV. Nevertheless, LLM candidates still can shoot some dream jobs in the state. Passing a bar may increase your chances as well.&nbsp;<br><br>Please go to JD if you can afford it. If not, take LLM and take bar exams.
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