Foreign LLM To Be or Not To Be

By Richa Kachhwaha

In recent years, law has become an increasingly global profession. In most areas of legal practice, an international dimension that did not exist two decades ago, has come up. Wi



August 12, 2013 - 10:47pm

First and foremost, your article is pretty informative, and gives a brief idea about LLM.

Secondly, I have a few queries.

I am a final year law student. I come from a non-National Law School, Law University. I have been in the top 5 ranks of my university consistently and even the recipient of a Gold Medal for topping my university in Jurisprudence. I have done about 8 internships, most notable among them being under Mr. Mukul Rohatgi, fmr. Addnl. Solicitor General of India, another one under Hon'ble Justice A.S. Bopanna, Judge, Ktaka HC and yet another one under Mr. Ashok Haranahalli, Advocate General of Ktaka. In addition I have one publication, and 2 research projects- both comprehensive research projects, one with the Centre for Science, Technology and Policy, and second with the Karnataka Knowledge Commission. In addition, I have done my Summer School in Commercial Laws from the London School of Economics.

The problem now is I applied for Training Contracts with Linklaters and Herbert Smith, both of which got rejected. Unfortunately, I wasnt aware of the Indian Internship Scheme, which is a stepping stone to a Training Contract which I should have applied at the end of my 3rd year. I'm pretty sure about getting a nod for LLM in one of the good universities in the UK, but what are my job opportunities in the UK thereafter? I wouldn't wanna come back to India and start afresh. I also would want to go for my LLM immediately after the completion of my course. I'm extremely confused. Please could you elaborate on job opportunities after an LLM in the UK. The bar-at-law, the solicitors exam, etc... Thank you.

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June 11, 2013 - 10:34pm

I would say your comments on the status of universities is almost correct but slightly out of date.

Nowadays UCL is ranked higher than Oxford (one below Harvard) and certainly above all other Ivy Leagues... see QS world rankings 2012-13 (1)MIT 2) Cambridge 3) Harvard 4) UCL 5) Oxford.

What I have found is that these institutions' reputations on the QS rankings are all that the employers look for (notwithstanding personal abilities) and they do not even look at the ranking for 'Law' but merely where the university sits in the general QS top university rankings.



February 6, 2012 - 10:22pm

@richa- Is LSE summer school worth investing? I mean, will that be of any advantage for a law school student in india? thankyou.


Rohit Adlakha

January 31, 2012 - 11:27pm

Good Evening Mam, i had read your article in the lawctopus. And i got one query regarding LL.M. programme. I want to know the standing of Fletcher School of Law. Also whether one should go for 2 year LL.M. in Ivy League or 1 year at Oxybridge? One year LL.M. will save time as well as money! Hoping for a positive response from your side.Regards,Rohit Adlakha



January 27, 2012 - 12:05am

As far as the Ivies are concerned, Dartmouth, Brown and Princeton do not have law schools and consequently cannot offer LLMs. Ofcourse, these days you have a multitude of newer programs such as the Masters in Law, Finance and Economics from the ILF, Frankfurt and the Masters in Law and Finance offered by Oxford. Two caveats (and talking from experience):1. Pursuing an LL.M is largely a personal goal2. To increase your chances of bagging a job abroad post-LL.M, you need to have worked for atleast 3-4 years with a good Indian law firm3. A US LL.M may be slightly more advantageous in terms of finding a job and an NY-Bar admission is sought after, especially by US law firms, even those based in the Middle East or Hong Kong/Singapore.4. Taking a loan and doing an LL.M is probably not the best idea.5. Brand of the institution goes a long way, in the long run.Good luck!

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