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Choosing the Right Law School / Re: Studying Law Abroad
« on: September 26, 2014, 10:19:34 AM »
Thanks for your responses.

In terms of same-sex partner, Germany has allowed residency for same-sex partners for 15 years and is very progressive on this. If we were to get married, my girlfriend's German company would even fund part of my relocation. But that's aside from the point, because ideally I would want to be independent in this transition, and would be immigrating based on admission into a law program.

Maintain FL -- thanks for your words of advice. I have done quite a bit of research at this point and am (unfortunately) very confident that I would have to start over with a JD, especially in Florida. The very best that you can do here is find a university that will award you some credits from your past studies and shave a maximum of a year off the JD study time. Thus, my principal concerns are finding working with an LLB/LLM.

I've spoken with the embassies at length and know what it entails officially. It is possible to gain residency after schooling is completed, but as you mention, my greatest concern is how realistic that actually is. Right now, they have a system in place where you have to find work within so many months of graduating, and work earning a minimum of 46,000 euros per year, in order to be able to stay. Of course, I may have gotten married by that point anyway. But you bring up a great point! I need to know really how the legal job outlook is there, and what my chances are that employers will see me as a valuable asset in a congested job market.

Thanks for bringing up some great points.

Emily

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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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