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LLM Student: Maximizing Marketability

Postby TrialLawyerSD » Tue Feb 07, 2017 12:48 pm

I'll probably regret asking this, but I'd be interested to hear what advice you have for me.

After graduating a mid-tier (in the low 40's) law school, I've been practicing law for the past 10 years - criminal prosecution and defense as well as adjunct faculty at a few law schools. For a lot of family reasons, I have decided to attend a top law school's LLM program and can custom-tailor that program to fit my interests. We'll only be in the city for 1 year (wife's job) and don't desire to stay there long-term. I've heard all the complaints about LLMs being cash cows for law schools, that there's no data to back them up, yada yada yada. Nevertheless, I've made the decision, so get over it.

So how would you all make the most of an LLM? My thought is to build an advanced civil litigation and trial advocacy program and then start looking for jobs wherever we end up in 2018. Any advice on classes, scholarship, or networking for someone like me? My goals would be (in descending order) AUSA (criminal), AUSA (civil), plaintiff's firm, law school faculty, or a trial-focused litigation firm.


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