After completing Bachelor’s in Law (LLB), deciding whether and where to go for the LLM (Master) degree is an important choice to be made. Many students doing LLB in India often plan of doing LLM abroad. It is an advantageous way to improve one’s legal skills and also provides good exposure. Going abroad has its own challenges but all that you learn while you are away from home is a big deal. Pursing LLM overseas is extremely beneficial given that you are able to afford it.
We list some of the benefits of doing LLM abroad,
Knowledge regarding the legal system of other countries:
If you have done your law degree from India then you will have knowledge related to only lndian Laws. But going abroad for LLM will help you learn about the legal system of foreign countries that will definitely prove to be helpful in the future, especially if you are working with a firm that has its presence in other countries.
Interaction with a variety of people:
While you are doing your LLM abroad, you will come across various people from different countries and cultures, speaking different languages, which will help you make new contacts, and provide exposure and experience.
The field experience:
When you are in a different place than your hometown, you get to participate in many extracurricular activities that are usually offered by the institutions abroad. These will allow you to grow and learn, and manage your work accordingly.
Increased job prospects:
Doing LLM from a respectable overseas college will most probably fetch you a good job in a well reputed law firm in India and also give a good outlook to your resume.
What Are The Challenges Of Going Abroad?
It is expensive:
For doing LLM from another country you generally need a lot of money. But if you want to have a nice resume, acquire some useful skills and grab a good paying job, then start preparing and save some bucks now.
Problem of interaction with professors:
While pursuing LLM abroad and adapting oneself to a different system and country, a student may have to face certain difficulties while interacting with the professors unlike in India, as it is a more formal process in abroad.
Which College To Choose?
To earn a valuable degree, it is necessary to join a good college. There are various good colleges in many foreign countries like UK, Canada, USA, etc., but you need to filter out the most appropriate country and find the best institute for yourself. Most of the students choose UK as their primary option to do LLM. Some of the best colleges to pursue this degree are:
–University of Oxford:
Oxford has the largest law faculty in the United Kingdom and is a leading centre for research. It is one of the finest universities to choose from.
–Kings’ College, London:
Internationally renowned and leading in research, Kings’ College ‘School of Law’ enjoys a distinguished reputation for sustained excellence and its graduates are respected and sought-after throughout the world. The school has a flourishing LLM degree programme with an intake of around 300 students per annum.
–London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE):
The Executive LLM programme at the London School of Economics and Political Science is one of the most innovative and intellectually exciting LLM programmes offered in Europe today. It provides the highest quality postgraduate education, taught by many of the leading academicians in the UK, to individuals in full-time employment who are not able to take a year-long break from work.
Apart from UK, USA has some great colleges for LLM like:
It is known to be among the world’s best and finest universities for doing any course. Students from Harvard are mostly admired by law firms (If you have seen the TV show ‘Suits’ then you could easily guess that Harvard churns out the best) but, for admission, you must be exceptional.
There are various other universities that you could choose from. What you need is to do extensive research, arrange lots of bucks and clear tough exams like LSAT and other university intaking exams. Many scholarships are also available. If you have a scholarship and only need to take a minimal loan, go by all means.
The LLM will add value to you as a person, academically and give you an exposure that you would not get in India. Do it for improving your skills, to get more in depth knowledge in subjects of your interest and to increase your employability.
About the Author:
I am 21 years old and pursuing law from University Institute of Legal Studies, PU. A bon vivant, I Love watching movies and travelling to new places.