Why a JD instead of an LLM?
A JD offers many advantages over an LLM, which is the degree most typically earned by non-US lawyers. These advantages of a JD include:
- Access to the bar exam in 50 US states, whereas an LLM typically only allows access to the NY bar exam and more limited access to the California bar exam.
- The same foundational training provided to U.S. students, including the full range of first-year and upper-level JD courses.
- A far better understanding of American legal principles and processes than possible in typical LLM programs, where students often take only a 2-3 unit introductory course in the American legal system, or abbreviated JD courses.
- Higher possibility of bar passage due to taking the same "building block" courses as other JD students.
- More extensive legal research and writing training than is possible in the typical one-year LLM program, providing the JD graduate with superior knowledge of legal English writing and research techniques.
- Enhanced employment opportunities. Graduates of the Advanced JD Program will be fully-trained US lawyers with the same JD degree as other attorneys in the US. This training will provide graduates opportunities to practice in their home country, for example, by representing U.S. investors or local businesses investing in the United States; to practice law in law firms, governmental organizations, and non-profits within in the United States; or to practice around the world anywhere that US companies invest or do business.