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Why would someone get an LLM (masters in law) or SJD( doctor of juridical science)? A JD is all that is needed to practice law so why go beyond that? What could you do with an LLM or SJD that you couldn't do with only a JD? Most law professors do not even hold a degree beyond the JD. What jobs or professions for available for people with an LLM or SJD?

Hi Jackson -

I'm not sure about a SJD. I never actually heard of that. An LLM just gives you a focus. It means you took extra classes in a specific area of the law whereas a JD is a general law degree. If you absolutely know you want to practice in a specific area, an LLM might be cool. I think you can also go back for an LLM later. Hope this helps.  

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I can answer questions about law school and the process of applying to law school. I recently graduated in May 2008, so it's all fresh in my mind. I can answer questions about how to apply to law school, the LSAT, getting letters of recommendation, writing your personal statement, etc. I can also answer questions about what life is like during law school and the different opportunities students should take advantage of during their law school experience, i.e., law review, networking events, moot court, clinics, internships, what classes to take, etc. I can also answer questions about what it's like to look for a job, what are good jobs to get right out of law school, and general questions about writing cover letters and resumes. I can also answer questions about judicial clerkships after law school.


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