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Choosing the Right Law School / Studying Law Abroad
« on: September 25, 2014, 11:40:06 AM »
Hi Everyone,

I am wondering if anybody out there knows any American lawyers that have gone to Europe to study law, and how their experiences may have been.

Alternately, does anyone know any American lawyers who hold a JD, but are now working in Europe? These individuals, too, could surely provide some insider knowledge on the job market for new graduates across the pond.

In Europe, lawyers earn an LLB and possibly an LLM, too, and are then eligible to practice. Obviously, in the US, one needs a JD to practice. In some states like New York and California, it is easier to gain reciprocity. From what I understand, however, my state (Florida) is not very friendly at all when it comes to this sort of thing. Has anyone heard of any lawyers holding an LLB and LLM (but no JD) doing legal work in the US -- perhaps on a consultancy basis? Or anyone that knows lawyers on the other side of the pond, and what the job market is like over there? Anyone that can refer any resources that could shed light on these issues?

I have an opportunity to study in Germany. Legal education is free over there. I've been dating my partner who is German for three years now, and have a great network of social, practical, and moral support over there. I've lived in Europe before and would love to go back there again. However, I do not want to commit to studying a law degree that will be virtually meaningless over here, especially if the job market is equally challenging over there.

Advice?

Best,

Emily 

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