LL.M. Roadmap: An International Student's Guide to U.S. Law School Programsby George Edwards
Like an atlas, the LL.M. Roadmap: An International Student’s Guide to U.S. Law School Programs, provides a series of “roadmaps” to guide prospective LL.M. students through every step of their journey. From assessing your reasons to acquire an LL.M., to choosing an American law school, meeting financial and immigration challenges, and succeeding in law school and a career in law, the LL.M. Roadmap provides straightforward guidance, along with plenty of checklists and reference sources. In ten parts and 33 chapters, this valuable text offers a careful examination of every consideration and contingency for making important life decisions.
An indispensable guide for prospective LL.M. candidates, the LL.M. Roadmap features:
- information and analysis to help readers answer their most pressing questions, such as
- Should I worry about an LL.M. program’s ranking and reputation?
- How do I get admitted to a U.S. LL.M. Program?
- What questions should I ask before accepting a U.S. law school’s offer of admission?
- What kind of financial assistance is available? Can I work part-time during my LL.M. program?
- What will it take to succeed in a U.S. LL.M. program?
- practical guidance for navigating through the entire LL.M. experience
- degree and English-language proficiency requirements
- how U.S. law professors teach
- legal writing, research, and communication techniques
- determining whether extracurricular activities will help
- common immigration and student visa challenges and requirements
- employment and career advice
- numerous checklists and lists of resources
Key Words: LL.M., LLM, International
Summary of Contents
Part I. Foreign Students Earning U.S. Law Degrees: What’s so special about U.S. Legal Education?
Chapter 1. Globalization and the Need for Transnational Lawyers
Chapter 2. Fifteen (15) Reasons to Get an LL.M. from the U.S.
Chapter 3. “Types” or “Categories” of LL.M. Degree Program
Chapter 4. LL.M. Specializations
Chapter 5. U.S. and Foreign Legal Systems and Legal Education
Part II. Choosing the “Best” U.S. Law School for You; Criteria for Choosing the “Best” LL.M. Program
Chapter 6. Choosing the “best” U.S. Law School for You: Law School Ranking, Reputation, and Reality
Chapter 7. Frequently Asked Questions: 175 Criteria for Choosing the “Best” U.S. LL.M. Program for You
Part III. How to Get Admitted to the U.S. Law School and LL.M. Program You Choose
Chapter 8. LL.M. Admissions Policies and Practices; U.S. Law School Mission Statements; Educational Agents; Cash Cows and Diploma Mills
Chapter 9. Your LL.M. Program Application: How to Convince a U.S. Law School to Admit You
Chapter 10. Personal Statements and Application Essays, Writing Samples, CVs and Resumes, and Personal Interviews
Chapter 11. Recommendation or Referral Letters
Chapter 12. Parlez Vous English? English Language Proficiency
Chapter 13. Other Components of the LL.M. Application (Document Authentication & Verification; Scholarship Requests; Proof of Financial Resources)
Part IV. Finally—You Are Admitted, Rejected, Put on Hold, or Waitlisted
Chapter 14. Receiving the Law School’s E-Mail: You Are Admitted, Rejected, Put on Hold, or Waitlisted
Chapter 15. Degree Requirements (Including Law School Exams, Assignments, and Exercises)
Chapter 16. How Do They Teach at U.S. Law Schools?
Chapter 17. Legal Research, Writing, and Communication
Chapter 18. Writing an LL.M. Thesis
Chapter 19. Extra-Curricular Activities and LL.M. Students
Part V. Getting Student Visas; Immigration Issues
Chapter 20. The Student Visa—High Hurdles?
Chapter 21. Visa and Immigration Issues After Arrival in the U.S.
Chapter 22. Working with Your Student Visa—On and Off Campus
Part VI. How Do I Pay for my LL.M. Degree?
Chapter 23. Paying for Your LL.M. (and Tips on Saving Money)
Chapter 24. Scholarships, Grants, and Fellowships
Chapter 25. Avoiding U.S.-Based Student Loans
Part VII. Getting and Keeping a Job Post-LL.M.
Chapter 26. Strategies for LL.M. Students and Graduates to Find Jobs and Keep Jobs They Already Have
Chapter 27. Optional Practical Training (OPT) and Academic Training (AT)
Chapter 28. Practicing Law in the U.S. with an LL.M. Degree—The Bar Exam and Other Hurdles
Part VIII. U.S. Law Degrees Other than the LL.M.
Chapter 29. JSD/SJD Degree
Chapter 30. Juris Doctor (JD) Degree
Chapter 31. Other U.S. Degrees and Non-Degree Opportunities for Foreign Lawyers
Part IX. Legalities, Lifestyles, Leisure, and Adjusting
Chapter 32. Obeying U.S. Law; Safety, Security, and Health
Part X. Conclusion
Chapter 33. Conclusion