Posted Aug. 18, 2016
Studying your LLM should be an incredible experience, full of learning and growth and it should provide you with a qualification that you can use to advance in your chosen career path. But which LLM program to study and where to study it is a tough choice. You need to make sure whatever choice you make on where you want to study is the right one for you. We've listed a few things below that we believe you should be taking into consideration when you are selecting a destination for your Master of Laws.
HOME OR AWAY?
This might be the biggest question you need to ask yourself as it covers a lot of the major elements you need to think about. What is available in your local town, city or country? Are you in a position to move somewhere new for study? Do you want to learn in a new country and add something to your educational experience? If you want to live the American Dream maybe you should opt for an American Law School? Or maybe a law school in the UK is what you are looking for? Wherever it is you want to study you need to give it careful consideration. Most LLM's are internationally recognized, so you have a real opportunity when applying for your course to add a new life experience and something extra to your CV. On the other hand, if you are a parent or tied to a particular region for some other reason, perhaps look at your local providers. If there's nothing within commutable distance then there is a wealth of online options you can choose from if you decide that a distance learning LLM is the way forward.
Another major factor in choosing your destination is, what do you want to specialise in? Every institution will have it's own focus and it's own specialisations, so it's important that you find the right place to teach you what you need to know. Doing thorough research into not only the course content, but what the prospects are for people graduating from that course could give you a real insight into a potential place of study. As with any postgraduate learning, it's important that you know you're spending your money in the right way. You don't want to get halfway through a course, only to discover that it's not providing you the type of experience you are looking for and will eventually become a let down in terms of the qualification you achieve.
LOOKING TO THE FUTURE
If you do choose to move away to study your LLM then it's worth looking into what your career prospects may be in your chosen destination. You might be planning to move straight home after you're finished, but if you’re not then the institution you choose should have close links to the business community in it's local area. So if you're looking to set up somewhere new and study an LLM, you should also consider looking into future work prospects there. In many cases the course itself can act as a springboard to a whole new life experience, beginning with your studies and then moving into a career in a new town.
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