Having been in the US legal industry for almost four years now, I’d say that JDs definitely have an edge because it’s the more popular degree in the US and is what most practicing attorneys are familiar with.
I was convinced that the engaging style of the Socratic pedagogy and the focus on practical clinical education in the US was what I wanted.
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.
I was sure that I wanted to practice corporate law with a focus on securities law and what better than a school providing me an opportunity of a 2 year JD program, right across the river from the NYSE and the NASDAQ.
An LLM experience is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to create and expand one’s global professional network. Our alumni network consists of roughly 24,000 alumni in over 100 countries.
I think the folks who benefit most from LL.M. programs are those who use that knowledge to practice law in their home country.
I would recommend that one consider why they want to pursue a JD, as it is a big investment. Due to visa uncertainties, one may or may not be able to work in the United States for a long period of time.
Nayanthika Ramakrishnan is a graduate of the National Law University, Jodhpur (’12) and currently enrolled as a JD student (’20) at Cornell Law School.
Potentially, an LLB from India in combination with an LLM from Harvard, Yale, Columbia will get you to the same place, employment wise. But, three years of legal education in one of the most sophisticated legal systems with the most powerful supreme court in the world will reshape you as an individual.
“We believe that the University of Georgia School of Law can provide an excellent return on investment and we are happy that we can make it more affordable for qualified students.”
Columbia Law School has a reputation for being very competitive, which I am learning is not entirely true. The students out here are extremely driven and hardworking, but many go out of their way to help each other.
Ojas Patil decided to opt for a Juris Doctor degree at the James E. Rogers College of Law in the University of Arizona, instead of the more common LLM.
Amber Featherstone of Wake Forest University School of Law discussed SoPs, LLM recruitments & more
Akshay shares his thoughts on the JD degree, his time as a law student thus far (he is currently a 1L), and why a JD might must make more sense than an LLM