USCvsAUvsBC


LLM_2013
I have recently admitted those universities, and am confused about which University to choose?

I need any kind of suggestion.

thanks,
I have recently admitted those universities, and am confused about which University to choose?

I need any kind of suggestion.

thanks,
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Tristan
A lot of international students are really concerned about rankings, look to US News, in particular, for law school rankings, and often make their decision solely based on those rankings alone. Rankings like US News are, for most part, applicable to the JD programs only. Sure, a highly ranked schools like Harvard, NYU, Columbia, likely have some great teachers to whom you would have access, likely have good resources for students, but there are schools that are not ranked as highly in US News, for whatever reason, that are just as strong as these elite universities in certain areas, American University being such an example.

Although American University Washington College of Law is a very good law school, it is not as highly ranked as USC and BC - US News ranks USC 18th, Boston 31st and American 56th. That being said, American University is ranked #5 in the country in international law (http://grad-schools.usnews.rankingsandreviews.com/best-graduate-schools/top-law-schools/international-law-rankings) and #8 in IP law. Its LL.M. program in international law is regarded as one of the best in the country - on par with NYU, Columbia, etc. - in particular because of AU's reputation in the area of international law. You have some of the top scholars in the field (i.e. Paul Williams http://www.wcl.american.edu/faculty/pwilliams/; Robert Goldman http://www.wcl.american.edu/faculty/goldman/; Horacio Grigera Naón http://www.wcl.american.edu/faculty/grigeranaon/; Padideh Ala'i http://www.wcl.american.edu/faculty/alai/; etc.). In the area of international law, AU is particularly known for international human rights. It really is one of best programs in the country. In addition to the coursework, the law school has programs like the Human Rights Clinic and War Crimes Research Office.

Additionally, AU is located in DC. You'll have access to countless internships with NGOs (even those affiliated with American University such as PILPG (Public International Law & Policy Group)), international orgs, etc. Los Angeles, the home of USC, really lacks in that department. Boston is a tad better than USC, as far as internships/fellowships go, but can not compete with Washington, DC. Also, USC is not in the best part of town. In fact, it is in a terrible part of town.

If you are interested in international law then AU is an easy choice between the schools you mentioned. If you were picking between AU, Georgetown, and NYU, I would advise NYU/Georgetown over AU, because both are just as good in international law and, overall, have a better global reputation than AU, but vis-a-vis BC and USC, AU is significantly more known/respected in the area of international law than either BC/USC and, strategically, is in a much better location. It is sort of like if I was interested in pursuing an LL.M. in maritime law and I was accepted to LL.M. programs at UCL, Durham, Queen Mary, and Southampton, even though UCL, Durham, Queen Mary are, overall, ranked higher than Southampton, I would be inclined to go to Southampton because of the strength of its maritime law program.

As I said, unless you are an American student applying for a JD program, who is interested in working for a major law firm after graduation, the fact that AU is ranked 56th overall is absolutely irrelevant. And even so, there are plenty of JDs from AU at major law firms.
A lot of international students are really concerned about rankings, look to US News, in particular, for law school rankings, and often make their decision solely based on those rankings alone. Rankings like US News are, for most part, applicable to the JD programs only. Sure, a highly ranked schools like Harvard, NYU, Columbia, likely have some great teachers to whom you would have access, likely have good resources for students, but there are schools that are not ranked as highly in US News, for whatever reason, that are just as strong as these elite universities in certain areas, American University being such an example.

Although American University Washington College of Law is a very good law school, it is not as highly ranked as USC and BC - US News ranks USC 18th, Boston 31st and American 56th. That being said, American University is ranked #5 in the country in international law (http://grad-schools.usnews.rankingsandreviews.com/best-graduate-schools/top-law-schools/international-law-rankings) and #8 in IP law. Its LL.M. program in international law is regarded as one of the best in the country - on par with NYU, Columbia, etc. - in particular because of AU's reputation in the area of international law. You have some of the top scholars in the field (i.e. Paul Williams http://www.wcl.american.edu/faculty/pwilliams/; Robert Goldman http://www.wcl.american.edu/faculty/goldman/; Horacio Grigera Naón http://www.wcl.american.edu/faculty/grigeranaon/; Padideh Ala'i http://www.wcl.american.edu/faculty/alai/; etc.). In the area of international law, AU is particularly known for international human rights. It really is one of best programs in the country. In addition to the coursework, the law school has programs like the Human Rights Clinic and War Crimes Research Office.

Additionally, AU is located in DC. You'll have access to countless internships with NGOs (even those affiliated with American University such as PILPG (Public International Law & Policy Group)), international orgs, etc. Los Angeles, the home of USC, really lacks in that department. Boston is a tad better than USC, as far as internships/fellowships go, but can not compete with Washington, DC. Also, USC is not in the best part of town. In fact, it is in a terrible part of town.

If you are interested in international law then AU is an easy choice between the schools you mentioned. If you were picking between AU, Georgetown, and NYU, I would advise NYU/Georgetown over AU, because both are just as good in international law and, overall, have a better global reputation than AU, but vis-a-vis BC and USC, AU is significantly more known/respected in the area of international law than either BC/USC and, strategically, is in a much better location. It is sort of like if I was interested in pursuing an LL.M. in maritime law and I was accepted to LL.M. programs at UCL, Durham, Queen Mary, and Southampton, even though UCL, Durham, Queen Mary are, overall, ranked higher than Southampton, I would be inclined to go to Southampton because of the strength of its maritime law program.

As I said, unless you are an American student applying for a JD program, who is interested in working for a major law firm after graduation, the fact that AU is ranked 56th overall is absolutely irrelevant. And even so, there are plenty of JDs from AU at major law firms.
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hr.llm
Tristan, Thank you for your comment.

I am in the same fix as well. Between USC and AU, confused which one to select!

USC has the best program in Entertainment Law whereas AU is known for its international law and I am interested in both.

Very difficult decision to make
Tristan, Thank you for your comment.

I am in the same fix as well. Between USC and AU, confused which one to select!

USC has the best program in Entertainment Law whereas AU is known for its international law and I am interested in both.

Very difficult decision to make
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flaszu
I am going to finish my application to AU this weekend and I am praying to get accepted!!!
I am going to finish my application to AU this weekend and I am praying to get accepted!!!
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hr.llm
Good luck with that!

Is AU your first choice?
Good luck with that!

Is AU your first choice?
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flaszu
Hi hr.llm, I visited the campus last november and as a I work in the public field is my first choice. They have an amazing Human Rights program there.

Good luck with your choise!!
Hi hr.llm, I visited the campus last november and as a I work in the public field is my first choice. They have an amazing Human Rights program there.

Good luck with your choise!!
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Stagista11
why don't you get in touch with BC and AU (which are ranked lower than USC), and ask for an incentive (usually a cut in tuitions)? they might just answer no, but I guess it is worth trying
why don't you get in touch with BC and AU (which are ranked lower than USC), and ask for an incentive (usually a cut in tuitions)? they might just answer no, but I guess it is worth trying
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hr.llm
Yeah I have sent both of them an email regarding the same.
Yeah I have sent both of them an email regarding the same.
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