I'm currently in my last year of law school- the problem is I'm studying for a 'licence' (bachelor's degree) in French law and I'm an American looking to practice in the US later on (yes, I know I should've done my research 3 years ago...). I'm applying to a few LLM programs here and there, mostly at T-14 schools, but recently I've come across a two-year JD program for international lawyers offered at Arizona Law. Tuition is only $29,000 and I'm seriously considering this option as I'm aware that JDs hold a lot more weight than LLMs when it comes to employment in the US. Also if I do opt for the JD I'd be paying the same if not less total tuition than that of the LLM.
The only issue here is I know UA isn't in the top tier of law schools and I feel like I have a chance of getting into better schools by applying to LLM programs (I know there's always the possibility of transferring after my 1st year). Is there some sort of consensus on what is better for job prospects, a JD from a lower tier school or an LLM from a top tier school (eg Michigan, Duke, etc)? Thanks!
[Edited by confusedsusan on Feb 17, 2018]