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Summer jobs for Canadians at American law schools?
« on: April 18, 2006, 12:43:50 PM »
I'll be attending NYU thus Fall and was wondering if it is possible to work as a summer associate in NY during my summers or will I have to go back to Canada to work. I was thinking maybe OPT but I've already used OPT after getting my MA and I know you can on.ly reapply for OTP if you are pursuing a "higher" degree.
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Re: Summer jobs for Canadians at American law schools?
« Reply #1 on: April 18, 2006, 06:06:20 PM »
I don't know all the details, but your student visa does allow you to work for law firms over summer. 

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Re: Summer jobs for Canadians at American law schools?
« Reply #2 on: April 18, 2006, 06:16:18 PM »
Yeah, but as far as I know, that IS under OPT.

Hold on, I'll get back to you on this.  I'll probably be researching this tonight after I finish this damned essay.
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Re: Summer jobs for Canadians at American law schools?
« Reply #3 on: April 18, 2006, 10:55:09 PM »
Yeah, but as far as I know, that IS under OPT.

Hold on, I'll get back to you on this.  I'll probably be researching this tonight after I finish this damned essay.


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« Reply #4 on: April 18, 2006, 10:57:44 PM »
Now go check out my music thread on Off-Topic, damn you!

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Re: Summer jobs for Canadians at American law schools?
« Reply #5 on: April 20, 2006, 07:06:59 AM »
I'll be attending NYU thus Fall and was wondering if it is possible to work as a summer associate in NY during my summers or will I have to go back to Canada to work. I was thinking maybe OPT but I've already used OPT after getting my MA and I know you can on.ly reapply for OTP if you are pursuing a "higher" degree.

Well, as I'm sure you know, you qualify for twelve months of OTP per degree level.  This includes full time summer work.  The basics of OTP are simple; you know them, but I'll list them for others, since I found two good overviews:

http://www.wfu.edu/cis/pdf/OPT%20Basics.pdf
http://www.vanderbilt.edu/isss/documents/OPTFactSheet_005.pdf

So then the question for you is whether your MA is at the same degree level as your JD.  Well, I think you may be in luck.  It would appear that the JD falls under a classification known as "First Professional", while MA is classified as "Graduate".  According to the second of these two following links (from U of Washington), First Professional gets a completely different degree code than Graduate does.  This suggests that it's considered a different degree level, which means that you would qualify for twelve new months of OPT.

http://www.cu.edu/irm/surds/dict/DEGREE_LEVEL.html
http://depts.washington.edu/reptreq/RptWS-SRDegLvlTypeTable.htm

And, just in case you weren't sure that the same designations are valid at NYU, here's a link that proves that the distinction is made at your future alma mater, as well:

http://www.nyu.edu/ir/factbook/2004-2005/universityprofile.php


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Re: Summer jobs for Canadians at American law schools?
« Reply #6 on: April 20, 2006, 11:35:37 AM »
I'll be attending NYU thus Fall and was wondering if it is possible to work as a summer associate in NY during my summers or will I have to go back to Canada to work. I was thinking maybe OPT but I've already used OPT after getting my MA and I know you can on.ly reapply for OTP if you are pursuing a "higher" degree.

Well, as I'm sure you know, you qualify for twelve months of OTP per degree level.  This includes full time summer work.  The basics of OTP are simple; you know them, but I'll list them for others, since I found two good overviews:

http://www.wfu.edu/cis/pdf/OPT%20Basics.pdf
http://www.vanderbilt.edu/isss/documents/OPTFactSheet_005.pdf

So then the question for you is whether your MA is at the same degree level as your JD.  Well, I think you may be in luck.  It would appear that the JD falls under a classification known as "First Professional", while MA is classified as "Graduate".  According to the second of these two following links (from U of Washington), First Professional gets a completely different degree code than Graduate does.  This suggests that it's considered a different degree level, which means that you would qualify for twelve new months of OPT.

http://www.cu.edu/irm/surds/dict/DEGREE_LEVEL.html
http://depts.washington.edu/reptreq/RptWS-SRDegLvlTypeTable.htm

And, just in case you weren't sure that the same designations are valid at NYU, here's a link that proves that the distinction is made at your future alma mater, as well:

http://www.nyu.edu/ir/factbook/2004-2005/universityprofile.php


Hope this helps.  Sure taught me a lot.


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Re: Summer jobs for Canadians at American law schools?
« Reply #7 on: April 20, 2006, 03:45:25 PM »
hahahahhaahhaha!

I guess that's cool.

I'd suggest you call the school and double-check, though, just to make sure.  But I think the evidence is pretty clear on this one.
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