LLM vs. JD

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LLM vs. JD

Postby abbazabba92 » Thu Aug 05, 2010 2:41 am

Which is better LLM or JD?
I know LLM is internationally recognized so you can find work outside of the U.S. But if you have a JD from a well-known university in the U.S., would countries like the U.K. not recognize your degree?

Overall, what are some opinions on the LLM vs. JD?

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Re: LLM vs. JD

Postby 270910 » Thu Aug 05, 2010 10:45 am

Are you an international student that already posses legal credentials from another country? If so, it's an interesting decision and I'm not sure how to help. If not, you need to get a JD first and an LLM is a secondary consideration.

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Re: LLM vs. JD

Postby Pip » Thu Aug 05, 2010 5:51 pm

For the most part the only people that get LLMs are JDs that want to teach in a law school and they do it to set themselves apart, or international students that already have a law degree from their home country in which case the JD doesn't make as much sense as a LLM because of time.

If you are a US student you don't start on a LLM you start with a JD and if you decide to go further in your legal studies you look at a LLM.

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Re: LLM vs. JD

Postby nealric » Thu Aug 05, 2010 11:07 pm

For the most part the only people that get LLMs are JDs that want to teach in a law school and they do it to set themselves apart


It's mostly tax lawyers and people who mistakenly think an LLM in "International Business" is going to get them a job when their JD didn't. The only profs I had with LLMs taught tax.

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Re: LLM vs. JD

Postby Pip » Fri Aug 06, 2010 11:11 pm

nealric wrote:
For the most part the only people that get LLMs are JDs that want to teach in a law school and they do it to set themselves apart


It's mostly tax lawyers and people who mistakenly think an LLM in "International Business" is going to get them a job when their JD didn't. The only profs I had with LLMs taught tax.


The majority of LLM students I knew were international students, only 1 as I recall was a US student with a JD... the JD was from a lower level school and they were hoping the LLM from a top school would help them get a job teaching.

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Re: LLM vs. JD

Postby Brassica7 » Fri Aug 06, 2010 11:32 pm

Did you mean "LLB vs. JD"? That would make more sense to me, as an LLM is essentially a 4th year of study beyond the 3-year JD that focuses on a specific area of law. An LLM is also sometimes taken by foreign lawyers who want to practice in the US or do work that involves the U.S. legal system in their home countries. As I understand it, the LLB is something like an undergraduate law degree/masters in law that lets one practice in places like the UK and Hong Kong.




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