How an LL.M. Degree Can Make You More Marketable

A. Harrison Barnes
Harrison Barnes

A. LL.M.'s and Foreign Attorneys

LL.M. degrees are not for everyone, but they can be beneficial to some attorneys. For foreign lawyers who have obtained their law degrees in other countries, obtaining LL.M. degrees may be the only way that they will be able to get licensed in certain states. We have seen a marked increase in the number of foreign attorneys who have come to the United States hoping to find meaningful work opportunities here once they have received their LL.M. and passed the bar in a particular state. Sadly, not all of these attorneys have fared well in the job market here. However, without question, if they are interested in returning to their native country with their U.S. LL.M. in hand, these attorneys are likely to be highly regarded and may even have a strong shot at being hired by a U.S. firm doing business with an office in their own country.

B. LL.M.'s in Various Disciplines

For attorneys in this country, an LL.M. degree may or may not be a suitable choice, depending upon the practice area.