LLM in IP Law from Abroad: Will it Get You a Job in the Foreign Country?

Karan Gehlot asked the below question on Prof. Dr. Shamnad Basheer’s career page here.

Question: I am planning to pursue LLM from abroad and I am very confused as to what will be the chances of my job in a law firm after LLM.

Answer: The LLM abroad in IP is the worst route to a job there.

It may enhance your job opportunities in India, but the chances of landing a job abroad (particularly US) after an LLM there is rather remote.

You may as well do an JD if you’re keen on a job in the US.

For an LLM is treated as inferior to a JD and is seen mainly as a cash cow for US Universities that dole out the same courses (as they have for JD students) to poor unsuspecting foreign students that land up doe-eyed wanting to test the waters of an allegedly superior legal education system.

The best aspect of a foreign LLM is the cultural experience and the educational experience of course—and the fact that it really widens your mind and perspective and worldview.

So I would suggest that if you really want to make the most of an LLM, do it for those reasons, rather than a job.

This is not to dissuade you from looking for a job abroad after an LLM. If you’re keen and you hit real hard, and you’re lucky, you will land one.

But be prepared for the fact that the probability of finding an easy job abroad after an LLM (particularly in IP) is not a high one.

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