Mexican attorney here - I am currently researching LLM programs (specifically M&A) and somehow paying USD$200K to study in the US doesn’t seem too appealing.

I hold a Spanish passport which may help with tuition fees in European Universities - do you recommend any European LLM programs or should I just bite the bullet and ask for a loan and pay the USD$150 - 200K?

Mentioning the programs is greatly appreciated.

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If you get a job offer in big law in NYC, you will be getting half of in less than a year (ie, during OPT). If you get a permanent offer after than, you will be saving $100k by the time you are a 3yr associate. Try to get financial aid or some sort of scholarship and do it. This is coming from a fellow LLM with 1MM NW made in 6 years. EU is overall cheaper but they can't really compete in terms of salaries no matter how expensive US is compare to them. Good luck

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Not sure big law hires llms and not all law programs cost 200k. Take the Lsat and see what your options are.

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If you are doing US, try to do T14. No need to limit yourself to Stanford, Harvard or Yale. I know a large amount of foreign LLMs from T14 schools that got OPT/permanent positions at V20 and above firms in major cities.

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I would suggest any Uni in Europe that is helpful and specialises in your field, e.g. IP law is strong in some Unis in the EU. Most offer English speaking LLMs. Many are much more useful for connections and worldview rather than pure career progression. Depends where you plan to practice too

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LLM’s usually don’t cost 200. I would say the max is 70 tuition. Also don’t be put off by sticker, especially at private schools, they give out scholarships like candy.

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As someone with a US LLM, my recommendation would be for you to apply to a LS which participates in the LLM Job Fair.

I went to a good (although not the best) Law School but it was near impossible to find a US job afterwards (unless your current firm has an exchange set up or something like that).

Was worth it because I had a full scholarship but still

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