applying and attending both US and non-US law schools

hello.world
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applying and attending both US and non-US law schools

Postby hello.world » Thu May 08, 2014 5:41 am

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AntipodeanPhil
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Re: applying and attending both US and non-US law schools

Postby AntipodeanPhil » Fri May 09, 2014 7:53 pm

The obvious problem is that a law degree in most countries outside the US is an undergraduate degree, but in the US you need to have completed an undergraduate degree to start law school.

Assuming you have an undergraduate degree already, U.S. law schools seem fairly flexible about letting people study for another degree at the same time.

I'm not sure why you would want to do this, though. Problems:

(1) it would be more efficient to complete one degree first and then start the other.

(2) having a foreign law degree would give you very little advantage if you want to practice law in the U.S.

(3) if you just want to practice law in your own country, why not just get an LLM? That's both cheaper and easier.

(4) U.S. law degrees are extremely expensive, and people educated outside the U.S. seldom get more than 1/2 tuition scholarships. Also, you wouldn't be eligible for federal loans, which is how U.S. students finance their legal education.

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Re: applying and attending both US and non-US law schools

Postby banjo » Sat May 10, 2014 6:51 am

I've seen dual law degrees between Australia and the US where something like what you described is possible. Australia starts the academic year in the spring. Here's a schedule and details: http://www.law.unimelb.edu.au/index.cfm ... 50568D0140.

It seems like a waste of time and money. I doubt there are any American JDs at NYU doing this program.

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Re: applying and attending both US and non-US law schools

Postby mcmand » Thu Jun 12, 2014 5:29 pm

hello.world wrote:Hi,
I was wondering if such a scenario was possible:
In my home country, law schools receive applications in October, render decisions in December, and start the school year in March. Would it be possible to apply for both US and non-US law schools at the same time, receive both decisions & attend the non-US law school for a semester, and then go to the US law school? Since US law schools do not necessarily give back decisions before December/March and do not require matriculation until September, I received the impression that this is possible.
In addition, I would love to pursue a dual degree with both US and non-US law schools if that's possible as well.
If anyone has relevant experience, I would love to hear about it!


There are dual degree programs where you can qualify to be able to practice in Canada and the US. Check out law schools on the northern border such as University of Detroit Mercy. I think NYU might have a similar program, too.

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Re: applying and attending both US and non-US law schools

Postby Brad Wright » Tue Jul 01, 2014 3:51 am

You have a good plan, however there are lots of problems
you will encounter in doing that.

You're wasting not only your money but also your time in that kind of plan.
Why not try Cross-Enroll? enroll in both schools legally but don't take same subjects.

In that case you are enrolled in both schools but will graduate only in one school.

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Re: applying and attending both US and non-US law schools

Postby Elric » Tue Aug 19, 2014 7:06 pm

I have several friends who've completed the Columbia Law School/ University College London LLB/JD program. Cornell Law also has dual degree programs in France and in Germany. I don't have any experience with these programs other than getting accepted to Cornell's programs, but I think they're all worthwhile. I hope these links help.

http://web.law.columbia.edu/international-programs/study-abroad-programs/foreign-dual-degree-programs/columbia-university-london-jd-llb-program

http://www.lawschool.cornell.edu/international/study_abroad/international_dual_degrees/index.cfm




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