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Benefits of an LL.M. (Master of Laws) Degree

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This week’s podcast focuses on programs specializing in LL.M. (Master of Laws) degrees. We spoke with John Riccardi, Assistant Dean of Graduation and International Programs at Boston University School of Law; Matthew Parker, Assistant Dean of Graduate Programs at the University of Pennsylvania Law School; and Deborah Call, Associate Dean for Graduate and International Programs at the University of Southern California Gould School of Law.

According to Matthew Parker, from the University of Pennsylvania Law School, LL.M. students typically seek the LL.M. either to supplement a law degree already obtained outside of the United States or to gain advanced training in order to practice a specialized area of law. Prior to pursuing the degree, Parker encourages students to speak with other graduates, program advisors, and current or potential employers to ensure an LL.M. will actually provide an advantage.

Deborah Call, from the University of Southern California Gould School of Law, noted that every LL.M. program will require a J.D. or its equivalent. However, she cautions fresh graduates not to feel rushed to pursue an LL.M. since it can be obtained at virtually any point in a legal career.

Finally, Boston University School of Law’s John Riccardi, discusses the key benefits of receiving the LL.M. and what Boston University School of Law specifically looks for in their applicants. He also mirrors previous suggestions by encouraging students to thoroughly research the programs since some areas of practice suggest the LL.M. while others do not.

Guests:

John Riccardi – Assistant Dean of Graduation and International Programs at Boston University School of Law
Matthew Parker – Assistant Dean of Graduate Programs at the University of Pennsylvania Law School
Deborah Call – Associate Dean for Graduate and International Programs at the University of Southern California Gould School of Law

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