While the LLM has its own strong set of advantages for a lawyer, an MBA presents me with a unique opportunity to learn something entirely alien to lawyers.
Like every international trained lawyer, I had two options either to appear for National Committee on Accreditation (“NCA”) examinations or take up a master's course in Canada.
I feel that a lot of times, applicants explain how the particular course would help them in their career but they do not focus on how they would be benefitting the university.
LL.M. students don’t just study and network with other LL.M.s, but are integrated into the law school community taking classes with J.D students and networking with alumni.
Many people in India opt for the traditional LLM route but I realized that a degree that is geared more towards academia did not align with my goal of practicing abroad.
The way law schools function and operate in the US blew my mind, especially their Socratic method of lectures.
Most pre-law students think that one, they can take out all the student loans and easily pay them back when they start working. This is simply untrue and makes many attorneys depressed as they struggle to pay their bills!
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For both graduates and students, I think it is crucial to understand the kind of financial commitment that an LL.M. would require.
Remember that an LLM is not the only option out there! In depth research is necessary as every degree, every university and every course offers something different.
I did not want to do a master’s degree for the sake of doing one. Because to my mind, it is more than just a career milestone - rather, it needs to serve some predefined purpose.
The entire process of applications is tiring and stressful, but the kind of exposure you get during your one year of LL.M, at a personal and professional level, will make it all worth it.
For instance, not every lawyer needs to do an LL.M. Some may choose to switch to economics or public policy, and Daksha Fellowship can help them navigate these choices better.
GULC allows LL.M. students to pursue an externship program in the Spring Semester, which I felt would increase my practical exposure in the United States in addition to theoretical knowledge.
We are the group of only 25 students, which implies that everyone here is purely on merits and probably the best in their sphere.
Fletcher has really a great pool of faculties, which are at par with any other elite institution around the world, in terms of academics and professional expertise.