Summary of Contents
Part I. Foreign Students Earning U.S. Law Degrees: What’s so special about U.S. Legal Education?
Ch. 1. Globalization and the Need for Transnational Lawyers
Ch. 2. Fifteen (15) Reasons to Get an LL.M. from the U.S.
Ch. 3. “Types” or “Categories” of LL.M. Degree Program
Ch. 4. LL.M. Specializations
Ch. 5. U.S. and Foreign Legal Systems and Legal Education
Part II. Choosing the “Best” U.S. Law School for You; Criteria for Choosing the “Best” LL.M. Program
Ch. 6. Choosing the “best” U.S. Law School for You: Law School Ranking, Reputation, and Reality
Ch. 7. Frequently Asked Questions: 175 Criteria for Choosing the “Best” U.S. LL.M. Program for You
Part III. How to Get Admitted to the U.S. Law School and LL.M. Program You Choose
Ch. 8. LL.M. Admissions Policies and Practices; U.S. Law School Mission Statements; Educational Agents; Cash Cows and Diploma Mills
Ch. 9. Your LL.M. Program Application: How to Convince a U.S. Law School to Admit You
Ch. 10. Personal Statements and Application Essays, Writing Samples, CVs and Resumes, and Personal Interviews
Ch. 11. Recommendation or Referral Letters
Ch. 12. Parlez Vous English? English Language Proficiency
Ch. 13. Other Components of the LL.M. Application (Document Authentication & Verification; Scholarship Requests; Proof of Financial Resources)
Part IV. Finally—You Are Admitted, Rejected, Put on Hold, or Waitlisted
Ch. 14. Receiving the Law School’s E-Mail: You Are Admitted, Rejected, Put on Hold, or Waitlisted
Ch. 15. Degree Requirements (Including Law School Exams, Assignments, and Exercises)
Ch. 16. How Do They Teach at U.S. Law Schools?
Ch. 17. Legal Research, Writing, and Communication
Ch. 18. Writing an LL.M. Thesis
Ch. 19. Extra-Curricular Activities and LL.M. Students
Part V. Getting Student Visas; Immigration Issues
Ch. 20. The Student Visa—High Hurdles?
Ch. 21. Visa and Immigration Issues After Arrival in the U.S.
Ch. 22. Working with Your Student Visa—On and Off Campus
Part VI. How Do I Pay for my LL.M. Degree?
Ch. 23. Paying for Your LL.M. (and Tips on Saving Money)
Ch. 24. Scholarships, Grants, and Fellowships
Ch. 25. Avoiding U.S.-Based Student Loans
Part VII. Getting and Keeping a Job Post-LL.M.
Ch. 26. Strategies for LL.M. Students and Graduates to Find Jobs and Keep Jobs They Already Have
Ch. 27. Optional Practical Training (OPT) and Academic Training (AT)
Ch. 28. Practicing Law in the U.S. with an LL.M. Degree—The Bar Exam and Other Hurdles
Part VIII. U.S. Law Degrees Other than the LL.M.
Ch. 29. JSD/SJD Degree
Ch. 30. Juris Doctor (JD) Degree
Ch. 31. Other U.S. Degrees and Non-Degree Opportunities for Foreign Lawyers
Part IX. Legalities, Lifestyles, Leisure, and Adjusting
Ch. 32. Obeying U.S. Law; Safety, Security, and Health
Part X. Conclusion
Ch. 33. Conclusion