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Job Opportunities for foreign-educated attorneys that enrolled in the Two-Year JD program

Posted: Wed May 16, 2018 1:49 pm
by loriago
Hello,
I'm applying to the Two-Year JD program for foreign-educated attorneys at Northwestern Law for Fall 2018. I've heard employers are skeptical about hiring lawyers with the Advanced JD because of the disadvantage with regard to summer employment, which is very important for getting a job at a top firm after graduation. How true is this? To those who graduated from this program, what are you doing now? Years of experience? Salary?

Re: Job Opportunities for foreign-educated attorneys that enrolled in the Two-Year JD program

Posted: Wed May 16, 2018 2:47 pm
by Anonymous User
The rumor is true. You don't have 1L grades going into OCI. Your language proficiency may also be an issue if English is not your first language. Employers can be very skeptical.

Re: Job Opportunities for foreign-educated attorneys that enrolled in the Two-Year JD program

Posted: Wed May 16, 2018 8:41 pm
by Anonymous User
I agree with the poster above. Additionally, assuming you are not a permanent resident and your ultimate goal is to stay in the US, be aware that it will be extremely hard. It's only worth it if you have very specific abilities that are not commonly found in the US and are relevant to the practice you are going to (i.e., speaking mandarin if you are doing real estate will not make you any more attractive for employers than a US student).