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Summary: Foreign attorneys often have a harder time finding a U.S. LL.M. program that fits their needs. This list serves as a starting point for those attorneys.
Attorneys outside the U.S. can have a harder time accessing LL.M. programs and knowing which ones are the best. There are over 80 law schools with 300 graduate law programs, but not one program that necessarily outranks all the others.
As legal education experts note, one program will better suit the needs of one student while another program will be better for another student. “Each student is unique and will search out schools that fit their needs,” Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law professor George Edwards said. “LL.M. programs are successful if they meet and exceed reasonable expectations of their students.”
Edwards is the author of “LL.M. Roadmap: An International Student’s Guide to U.S. Law School Programs.” The book is one of two books focused on U.S. graduate law programs for international attorneys.
The number of LL.M. programs has increased significantly over the past few years, with even more being directed towards foreign attorneys. He said, “As time went on, schools began to realize that to sustain these LL.M. programs long term, they would have to do more to meet students’ expectations.”
Now law schools are making themselves more competitive by helping LL.M. students wanting to take the U.S. bar with opportunities usually saved for J.D. students such as law clinic work, membership in law journals, off-campus legal externships, and chances to be on law school committees.
Based on these factors, LL.M. programs have been divided into four main areas: Career Opportunities, Value, Law School Experience, and Academics. Here are the best programs in each area.
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