Xiaolong wrote: jman77 wrote:
hotpants wrote:For people applying to the TLP: what are you looking to do with it?
I am looking to specialize in corporate law with a focus on mergers & acquisitions. As the recent Kraft-Cadbury merger exemplifies (US-based Kraft and UK-based Cadbury), these mega-transactions typically span across borders and are thus implicated by various laws/legal systems.
I am pretty certain that corporate attorneys with the type of specialized training afforded by the TLP will have an edge as businesses become more globalized... pretty sure this program will become a much bigger draw in the coming years and wouldn't be surprised if the other top law schools follow suit.
I am also interested in the TLP. I am wondering though how much of a competitive advantage completion of the program is, especially for people who are already fluent in a second language? Considering the extra cost and time associated with the program, I would only want to do it if it gives one a real advantage rather than just intellectual enrichement. Any opinions on that? I am hestitant to apply.
From what I understand, the thrust of the program is not so much that you will learn a second language; in fact, demonstrated ability to learn a second language is one of the qualifications they look for in applicants to the program.
The main draw of the program is that candidates will be trained in both US and European jurisprudence, and will thus be able to function effectively in a transnational/transcontinental setting.
If you are planning on working for a multinational corporation or a law firm that caters to multinational conglomerates that conduct business in both the US and Europe, you will certainly have a competitive advantage over attorneys who are only well-versed in one set of laws or the other. It may also open up avenues into other areas of the law. The link below is a very useful source of information regarding the TLP. http://law.wustl.edu/international/index.asp?id=6420
Edit: The TLP may not necessarily be confined to US and European law and may encompass international law in general, but I would imagine those 2 will comprise the basic framework due to the locations of the participating schools.