Below are some basic responses to frequently asked questions posed by current and admitted students in the hybrid option.
Berkeley Law does not provide job placement services to LL.M. students. Rather, our professional development advisors in the Advanced Degree Programs Office create workshops and provide counseling designed to assist in our students’ professional development and career advancement internationally.
The hybrid option is not designed for international students who are looking for legal employment in the U.S. Rather, it enables foreign-trained attorneys to complete shortened periods of intense study and continue law practice in their home nation. A number of factors, including the extremely competitive nature of the U.S. legal job market particularly for foreign-trained attorneys, the unique structure of the program, and legal restrictions imposed under U.S. immigration law, make it highly unlikely that students will be able to work in the U.S. on a permanent or even a temporary basis.
Most likely, no.
An F-1 Optional Practical Training (OPT) visa normally allows an international student to work in the U.S. for up to twelve months upon graduation. Professional track students do not qualify, because OPT is only available to F-1 international students who have been full-time students for at least two consecutive semesters.
A “non-immigrant work visa” is a second option, and requires a U.S. legal employer’s sponsorship. This visa is extremely rare for LL.M. students.
The ability to legally enter and remain in the U.S. may not be based on having an international student visa. This option is not typical for LL.M. students.
Our attorney-advisors in the Advanced Degree Program’s office offer workshops and provide advice designed to assist in our student’s professional development and career advancement internationally. Berkeley Law does not provide job placement services.
Our services include:
- Workshops designed to help our students acquire and maintain substantive and management skills for personal development and career advancement. Past workshops include (may or may not be offered in future semesters):
- 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.