If I am enrolled in the professional track, what are my prospects for finding work in the U.S. either between semesters or after graduation?
The professional track enables foreign-trained attorneys to temporarily leave their practices for shortened periods of intense study and then continue law practice in their home nation between semesters and after receiving their degrees. It is not designed for international students who are looking for legal employment in the U.S. In addition to the extremely competitive nature of the U.S. legal job market particularly for foreign-trained attorneys, the unique structure of the professional track – combined with the legal restrictions imposed under U.S. immigration law – make it highly unlikely that students in this track will be able to work in the U.S. on a permanent or even a temporary basis.
For example, professional track students do not qualify for F-1 Optional Practical Training (OPT) that normally allows an international student to work in the U.S. for up to twelve months upon graduation. OPT is only available to F-1 international students who have been full-time students for at least two consecutive semesters. As a result, to be able to work in the U.S. you will be required to obtain a “non-immigrant work visa” which would require a U.S. legal employer’s sponsorship. Such sponsorship is extremely rare for LL.M. students. However, if your ability to legally enter (and remain) here in the U.S. is not typical (i.e., if it is not based on having an international student visa) – or, if you have a strong basis for believing that a U.S. legal employer will sponsor you for a “non-immigrant work visa”, you should contact firstname.lastname@example.org and you will be connected with the Advanced Degrees Programs’ professional development advisors, who can provide you with a more in-depth analysis of your job prospects and assist with your job search.
What professional development services are provided during the Professional LL.M. track?
Berkeley Law does not provide job placement services. Rather, our attorney-advisors in the Advanced Degree Program’s Office design workshops and provide advice designed to assist in our student’s professional development and career advancement internationally. Our services include:
- Professional Development workshops designed to help our students acquire and maintain substantive and management skills for personal development and career advancement. Workshops vary each summer, but past events include:
- U.S. Business Etiquette & Networking
- How to Become Eligible to take the California Bar Exam
- Accent Improvement for Effective Communication
- Hot Topics in International Arbitration
- LinkedIn for LL.M.s
- Cybersecurity with the Executive Director of the Berkeley Center for Law & Technology
- Energy Law Roundtable
- The Role of In-House Counsel at U.S. Publicly Traded Companies
- Individual Advising Appointments with Professional Development Advisors to explore career advancement internationally.
- Resume review services to promote networking in the United States and abroad.