new US green card holder , non- English native speaker, can I find a job in US with LLM degree?


Hi, everyone,
I am a Chinese lawyer, born and bred in China. But I get married with a US citizen, and now I already have US green card.
I have practiced Chinese law in China for 9 years. But my English is still not quite good, I think JD would be hard for me, because I am not confident that I can get a good score in LSAT, in addition, it takes much longer and costs more. I have some savings but not much, I don't want to add too much burden to my lovely husband. Hence, I think LLM may suit me better.
my biggest concern is I heard that it is extremely hard to find a job with a LLM degree. I am a bit worried about that. I am not dreaming about law firms, I just hope I can find a job to afford my own life. Would LLM help with that? Thank you guys!

[Edited by wanglina2009 on Sep 10, 2018]

Hi, everyone,
I am a Chinese lawyer, born and bred in China. But I get married with a US citizen, and now I already have US green card.
I have practiced Chinese law in China for 9 years. But my English is still not quite good, I think JD would be hard for me, because I am not confident that I can get a good score in LSAT, in addition, it takes much longer and costs more. I have some savings but not much, I don't want to add too much burden to my lovely husband. Hence, I think LLM may suit me better.
my biggest concern is I heard that it is extremely hard to find a job with a LLM degree. I am a bit worried about that. I am not dreaming about law firms, I just hope I can find a job to afford my own life. Would LLM help with that? Thank you guys!
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chicken so...
To be frank, an LLM is not a typical route to getting a job in a law firm in the US. A JD will hold much more value for you in this sense.

Fortunately, a few law schools are offering shorter JD programs (typically 2 years long), aimed at foreign attorneys:

https://llm-guide.com/articles/two-year-jd-programs-for-foreign-lawyers

Either way, your green card will come in handy, but, still, law firms will be more likely to recruit from JD programs.
To be frank, an LLM is not a typical route to getting a job in a law firm in the US. A JD will hold much more value for you in this sense.

Fortunately, a few law schools are offering shorter JD programs (typically 2 years long), aimed at foreign attorneys:

https://llm-guide.com/articles/two-year-jd-programs-for-foreign-lawyers

Either way, your green card will come in handy, but, still, law firms will be more likely to recruit from JD programs.
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Carladvrj
I am in the same situation, im a lawyer in Brazil and I will be arriving in New York, new green card holder and I was thinking of applying to a LLM, so I can get a job in my field, after doing the Bar Exam and becoming a lawyer there. which state are you going ?
I am in the same situation, im a lawyer in Brazil and I will be arriving in New York, new green card holder and I was thinking of applying to a LLM, so I can get a job in my field, after doing the Bar Exam and becoming a lawyer there. which state are you going ?
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