CanadianWolf wrote:It's much lower cost because only tuition & fees are needed as one can continue to live & work in their home country. Travel, relocation & giving up one's job is expensive--so this option is easily half-price of the current alternative.
WashUStL is creating competition for US based attorney positions from foreign lawyers now qualified to sit for US bar exams. More competition = lower wages & salaries. If you think that only WashUStl will be offering this entre to the US legal market for foreign lawyers, then I think that you are mistaken.
P.S. Instead of "out-sourcing" US legal work to foreign lawyers, US based law firms & companies will now be able to "in-source" work to foreign lawyers at discounted rates. If you doubt this, then you should familiarize yourself with the market for engineers.
I don't know, maybe I am biased because I am a foreign lawyer.
At NYU ASD I actually talked to two foreign lawyers that work at a program there and both told me I made the right decision when I chose to pursue a JD. They told me it would be very very difficult to get a job with just an LLM.
Also, there is a huge bureaucracy to hire an international and sponsor a visa. I believe many employers dislike this.
I actually have a brother (also foreigner) and he applied to lots of engineering jobs. He got tons of "you are very qualified, but you're international and we don't hire internationals..." The only offer he got was from Apple, which was the best place to where he applied. They just don't care they have to spend money on visa and stuff. As an international, it was easier for my brother to get a "top" job than a more regular job.