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Is it worth it going to law school outside of the United States?

Posted: Sun Aug 05, 2018 11:05 am
by Lawgiver1981
I’ve considered applying to the London School of Economics for a Master of Laws. Is it the same thing as a JD here in the US?

Re: Is it worth it going to law school outside of the United States?

Posted: Sun Aug 05, 2018 11:12 am
by nixy
No. First, it's a different degree, and second, it won't license you to practice law in the United States (or in the UK, as far as I can tell; that's the LLB).

So whether the degree is worth it depends on what you want to do with it.

Re: Is it worth it going to law school outside of the United States?

Posted: Sun Aug 05, 2018 11:13 am
by dixiecup
I've seen this a few times on the bios of U.S. lawyers. Not sure what to think of it.

Re: Is it worth it going to law school outside of the United States?

Posted: Sun Aug 05, 2018 11:45 am
by Arcturus
As noted, you need to make sure you have the right degree. I don’t think you’re eligible to practice with just a Master of Laws. You also need to be ready to live abroad permanently. The path back to America is not impossible, but given the uncertainties, you need very special reasons to take it when you can just go to an American school.

You should pay attention to the tuition. At least for Canadian schools, merit aid options are limited. I think you’ll be in the same boat with LSE.