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Would a US law degree hold value outside this country?

Tix asked:


If I were to go to law school and graduate would the degree still hold value in another country? I really hope to move to another country one day, but also want to attend law school. Is it worth it? Will I find quality work outside the US with this sort of degree?

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5 Responses to “Would a US law degree hold value outside this country?”

  1. rickinnocal on April 10th, 2009 8:27 am

    Depends entirely on the laws of the country you move to.

    Some countries allow graduates of some other countries law schools to sit for the bar exam, some don’t.

    Richard

  2. muriel12 on April 13th, 2009 2:15 pm

    Lots of international organizations will respect your law degree from a U.S. school. If you want to work in an international organization, the law degree is valuable. Many well educated people across the world are familiar with the U.S. education system because so many people come to the U.S. to obtain their higher education. So your law degree will continue to hold value.
    One bit of advice: I recently graduated from law school, and law school is VERY expensive. If your parents aren’t paying, you are going to take on substantial amounts of student loans to complete school, easily up to $100K plus. If you don’t really know what you want to do with your degree and you aren’t sure how it will help you, then it likely isn’t worth your time and money to invest in law school.

  3. JOHN B on April 15th, 2009 8:26 am

    Yes, a US law degree has a good deal of value outside the USA. But that does not of itself qualify you to practice law in another country. You would have to qualify according to the laws of the country in which you wished to practice.

    The best example is the British commonwealth nations, which have a division of barristers and solicitors roles in courts. Many countries also require at least a year’s residency as well as passing an examination before you can apply to be admitted to the bar in that country.

    Some countries require citizenship or permanent residency to be a practicing lawyer and have a lawfirm in their country. If you were admitted to the practice as a solicitor in one EEC country, you could practice in the other European nations who have similar law and courts; but foreign lawyers may have some difficulty meeting the qualifications without possessing dual citizenship with a European nation.

    Check the country you are interested in, to confirm their qualifications for acceptance of Americans as a lawyer.

  4. Ken on April 16th, 2009 2:16 pm

    I don’t know, but you shouldn’t attend law school unless you have a strong idea of what you want to do with the degree.

    I would guess that an MBA would be much more valuable if you absolutely have to go to some type of professional/graduate school.

  5. wendy c on April 16th, 2009 8:53 pm

    EVERY country has different laws and standards. In fact, different STATES have different laws. Even with a law degree/ graduation, you must pass testing to qualify to practice law in a given state.
    I seriously doubt that you could practice law in another country, without taking time to learn what their laws are. Having a law degree might make it easier to learn.. but in itself, it would not be acceptable.