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, the University of Chicago School of Law, the Columbia University School of Law, Harvard Law School, Michigan Law School, Stanford Law School and Yale Law School.
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 sat for a bar examination following their graduation. Most LL.M. students who take a bar exam take the New York Bar Exam.
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