Wednesday, February 15, 2012

LL.M. Roadmap: An International Student’s Guide to U.S. Law School Programs by George E. Edwards

I want to alert IHEC Blog readers to a relatively new publication in the field.  Published in September, 2011, LL.M. Roadmap: An International Student's Guide to U.S. Law School Programs by George E. Edwards is a valuable resource for any international student with an interest in pursuing a legal education in the United States with a specific focus on the LL.M. degree.  LL.M. Roadmap provides a wealth of information in its 624 pages that is not only beneficial to prospective international students but also to international educators and other stakeholders within higher education here in the United States.  The following table of contents demonstrates the value of this resource and demonstrate the wealth of knowledge and expertise that Professor Edwards brings to the table:

Part I - International Students Earning U.S. Law Degrees: What's so Special bout U.S. Legal Education?
Chapter 1: Globalization and the Need for Transnational Lawyers
Chapter 2: Seventeen reasons for international students to earn a U.S. LL.M.
Chapter 3: "Types" or "Categories" of LL.M. Degree Programs
Chapter 4: General and Specialized LL.M. Degrees
Chapter 5: U.S. & Foreign Legal Systems; U.S. & Foreign Legal Education

Part II - Ranking, Reputation & Reality: 218 Criteria for Choosing the "Best" U.S. LL.M. Program for You
Chapter 6: Law school ranking, reputation & reality: Choosing the "Best" U.S. law school for you (And avoiding "cash cows" & "diploma mills")
Chapter 7: 218 criteria for choosing the "Best" U.S. LL.M. program for you (LL.M. Programs from A-Z)

Part III - How To Get Admitted to the U.S. Law School I Choose
Chapter 8: Getting Admitted - U.S. Law School Admission Policies & Practices; Law School Mission Statements; Educational Agents & Admission Consultants
Chapter 9: Your LL.M. Program Application: How do you convince a U.S. law school to admit you?
Chapter 10: Personal Statements & Application Essays, Writing Samples, CVs and Resumes, and Personal Interviews
Chapter 11: Recommendation and Referral Letters
Chapter 12: Parlez-Vous English?  English Language Proficiency Requirements
Chapter 13: Document Authentication & Verification; Scholarship Request; Financial Resources Proof

Part IV - Receiving the Law School's E-mail or Letter: You Are Admitted, Not Admitted, Put on Hold, ow Waitlisted
Chapter 14: Receiving the Law School's Letter or E-mail: You Are Admitted (Firm); Admitted (Conditional); Not Admitted; Put on Hold, or Waitlisted
Chapter 15: Degree Requirements for LL.M. Programs (Tips on how do do your best and to succeed in your LL.M. program)
Chapter 16: How do they teach at U.S. law schools?
Chapter 17: Legal Communication: Legal Analysis, Research and Writing.
Chapter 18: Writing an LL.M. Thesis
Chapter 19: Student Organizations & Extra-Curricular Activities

Part V - Student Visas & Other Immigration Documents
Chapter 20: U.S. Student Visa - High Hurdles?
Chapter 21: Visa & Immigration Issues After You Arrive in the U.S.
Chapter 22: Working with Your Student Visa - On Campus & Off-Campus

Part VI - How To Pay For My U.S. Law Degree?
Chapter 23: LL.M. Degree Costs: Hidden Expenses, Cutting Costs & Saving Money
Chapter 24: Scholarships, Tuition Discounts, and Other LL.M. Funding for International Students
Chapter 25: Student Loans: Avoiding U.S.-Based Student Loans

Part VII - Getting a Job; Achieving Other Post-LL.M. Goals
Chapter 26: Achieving Your Career Goals: Strategies for LL.M. Students & Graduates
Chapter 27: Optional Practical Training (OPT) for F-1; Curricular Practical Training (CPT) for F-1; Academic Training (AT) for J-1; & Other Work in the U.S. During & After Your LL.M.
Chapter 28: Bar exams and practicing law in the U.S. after your LL.M.

Part VIII - What Other Law Degrees, Besides LL.M. Can I Receive in the U.S.?
Chapter 29: S.J.D. or J.S.D. Degree (Doctor of Juridicial Science Degree)
Chapter 30: J.D. (Juris Doctor) Degree
Chapter 31: Non-Degree opportunities for Foreign Lawyers; U.S. Law-Related Degrees for Non-Lawyers

Part IX - Legalities, Lifestyles, & Leisure (What Students Need To Know When They Arrive In The U.S.)
Chapter 32: International Students Obeying U.S. Law; Safety, Security & Health in the U.S.

Part X - Conclusion
Chapter 33: Conclusion

Part XI - End Material
Appendix I: Specializations Offered at One or More U.S. Law School LL.M. Programs
Appendix II: Scholarship Sources for International LL.M. Students to Study in the U.S.
Appendix III: Endorsements for LL.M. Roadmap

LL.M. Roadmap can be purchased at the following online locations: -- U.S.

You can also connect with LL.M. Roadmap via Facebook and Twitter.

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