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Foreign-Trained LL.M. Career Planning Timeline

The UT Law Career Services Office is dedicated to helping all students at the Law School including those who are working towards their LL.M. degree. Although many employers who recruit at UT Law are primarily interested in recruiting students in the J.D. program rather than the LL.M. program, domestic and international LL.M. students may be eligible to participate in on-campus interviews and off-campus job fairs. International LL.M. students have the unique opportunity to participate in the International Student Interview Program, which is held in January at New York University School of Law, and the West Coast International LL.M. Job Fair, which is held in February at the University of California-Los Angeles School of Law.

All LL.M. students are welcome to meet with a CSO career counselor to discuss their job search, have their resumes (CVs) and cover letters reviewed, and take advantage of the many resources that the CSO has to offer, including attending the Foreign-Trained LL.M. Job Search and Resume & Cover Letter Workshops in September.

To search for employers that indicate they consider LL.M.s (domestic and foreign), you may use the NALP Directory of Legal Employers by using the "Advanced Search" option and then selecting the LL.M. criteria from the "Organizations That Hire" field, along with any other criteria you desire. You may also check for job postings in the Job Bank on UT Law Symplicity. For a comprehensive resource for obtaining employment, you may read International LL.M. Career Planning Guide (courtesy of Yale), which is available through the CSO eResource Library.

Foreign lawyers in the LL.M. program may apply to work for a period of six months to one year in the U.S. after they graduate, as part of the practical training allowed under their student visas. For more information regarding this program, please visit the University of Texas International Office.

CPT Policy and Procedure

International law students who wish to apply for Curricular Practical Training (CPT) F-1 employment authorization should first consult the rules and regulations published by the International Student and Scholar Services Office.

All students requesting CPT authorization must be enrolled in a course related to their proposed employment. At the law school, this course requirement is fulfilled by creating a research and writing project through a Directed Research and Study course (DRS). The research and writing project must fulfill the DRS rules and be topically related to the work that the student performs during his/her employment. Law students who have secured either a volunteer or compensated job opportunity must propose a research paper topic and secure a law professor to supervise the project. 

DRS credit is not available for work performed by a student during his/her employment. Instead, credit is granted only in connection with the research and writing project that a student will submit to the DRS supervising professor.

The paperwork necessary for enrolling in a DRS is available in the Student Affairs Office (TNH 2.117). If you have any questions, please contact Student Affairs at 512-232-1140 or StudentAffairs@law.utexas.edu.

Practicing in the U.S.

Please note that the UT Law LL.M. program (U.S. Law for Foreign Lawyers) is not intended to prepare lawyers to practice in the United States. The LL.M. degree does not itself constitute a credential qualifying foreign lawyers to practice law in the United States. Each of the 50 states regulates the admissions of attorneys to the practice of law within its jurisdiction, and the requirements for bar admission vary from state to state. To learn these requirements, lawyers from other countries should communicate directly with the Board of Law Examiners of the state where they are interested in practicing.

Source: The Master of Laws Program, The University of Texas School of Law