Please forgive me for sounding so uninformed but my resources until now have been slim. I'm unsure of what law degree to apply for (JD, LLM, or a dual-degree in which I receive both) based on my personal interests.
Here's my background: Master of divinity from Vanderbilt Divinity School (huge emphasis on social justice there). I have a keen interest in human (and animal) rights law as well as environmental law. I am extremely interested in traveling and as such would love to study international law. However, I know I won't be young forever and may want to settle down and practice in the US.
So I suppose I'm confused about the differences between the JD and the LLM and their practicality in navigating the legal world both within the United States and internationally.
Also, any recommendations for law schools based on these interests/programs? I would be intrigued about studying abroad if I were to pursue an LLM.
Any help is much appreciated. You all have been a great help thus far. Thanks!
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International law isn't exactly a set field of practice. You might end up practicing family law, immigration law or corporate litigation, representing Americans or foreigners doing business with the US. If you like traveling, then go travel overseas, and get it all out of your system. International law has little to do with traveling. If you want to work in a firm overseas, I'd say you need to be top ranked from a top ranked school that has a great reputation with the firm.
Anyway, my .02
Anyway, my .02