Hoa Chu '11

Legal education from one of the top ten law schools, combined with probably the best student life in the United States, is what awaits you at UVA Law. Here at UVA, you will be taught by the some of the most well-known legal scholars in the US, as well as some of the best legal practitioners, including state Supreme Court Justices, "Big Law" attorneys, and top investment bankers. This diversity and prestige provides you the great chance to gain unique legal insights. The relatively small but highly diversified student profile of the LL.M. class at UVA also provides you with an incomparable opportunity to know your fellow classmates well, experience different cultures and most importantly, make friends from all over the world. More

Career Services and Practical Training

The Graduate Studies Office works closely with students to craft a job-search strategy specific to their unique background and interests. 

People who come to the United States on a student visa are not permitted to seek permanent employment in the United States. LL.M. graduates may, however, seek permission to remain in the United States for a limited period of "practical training" following graduation. Students should be aware that securing such positions can be challenging and will require significant effort on their parts. The Law School offers assistance to foreign students in their searches for practical training internships with leading international law firms. We also participate annually in the International Student Interview Program coordinated each year by the Columbia University School of Law and co-sponsored by the University of Virginia School of Law and the law schools at the University of Chicago, Columbia University, Harvard, the University of Michigan, Stanford and Yale.

Bar Admission

The LL.M. degree alone does not qualify foreign lawyers to practice law in the United States. Each state has its own criteria and procedures for admitting lawyers to practice, and requirements vary. Lawyers from abroad seeking information on these requirements should contact the bar examiners in the state in which they wish to practice. In recent years, approximately one-third of Virginia's graduate law students have taken a bar examination following their graduation; most take the New York Bar.

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