International Student-F1 Visa, Employment, Employment Visa, etc.

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International Student-F1 Visa, Employment, Employment Visa, etc.

Postby MindyKale » Tue Apr 24, 2018 1:07 pm


I've been trying to find information on this from people but so far I don't have anything conclusive or empirical.
I am an International student (international GPA) and would need a US Student visa to go to law school. Are there usually students who are in law school classes that are on visas?

As someone without a citizenship and would need sponsorship to be employed in the US, how do law firms or schools look upon this, would it be harder to find employment and what are some options other than BigLaw firms that might offer sponsorship?

I can only see the statistics in the 509s of universities about the number of "Non-Resident Alien" students but do any of you have any idea about how it is in the actual classes and how do international students typically fund their education?

Any information on this would be helpful.

Thank you.


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Re: International Student-F1 Visa, Employment, Employment Visa, etc.

Postby sparkytrainer » Tue Apr 24, 2018 2:50 pm

Generally, it is harder for international students to get a legal job in the U.S. because you will need to enter the visa lottery.

The only jobs that are willing to sometimes support international students through the visa process are biglaw firms. That means if you don't get biglaw, you are heading back to your home country. Further, just because you get biglaw doesn't mean you will be successful in the lottery and might be send packing in a year anyway.

It is a real risk to get a U.S. jd and gamble on whether you will be able to stay.

Because you need biglaw, you need to go to a t13 school and do well. Any other option school wise is a bad option.

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