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Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Chinese LLM degrees for foreigners

Some time ago, a discussion on the Chinalaw list about LLMs for foreigners (typically English-language) offered by Chinese institutions prompted me to ask for those with views on the subject to write to me so I could assemble a document that would answer questions that often came up.

Here's the result; hope it's useful to all.

MAY 26 UPDATE: I have posted a revised document here.

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Please note that this report contains the responses of only eleven people. Of these, all are quoted anonymously, only four are partners with influence over hiring decisions, and only one has actually attended one of the programs in question. If you have further questions about the Programs, please feel free to get in touch with me via my blog, as I am currently enrolled in the BeiDa Program. I promise to provide accurate, albeit naturally biased, information based upon my experiences.

Posted by: 燕迈锟 | May 24, 2008 11:25:53 PM

Hi ,

Thanks for the great post and the compilation of all the material. Reading it over, there is one thing that it only pointed out. You most likely won’t get hired to a law firm or added benefit in the pursuit of an LLM.

I am a student at Chinese University of Hong Kong pursuing my LLM in Chinese Business law. I do not have a JD but decided to do this anyway.

My motivation is not to be hired by a law firm, but the assistance of running my own business. I finish my LLM this year and plan then to go to do another LLM at one of the top 15 Law schools in the US. While I do that program, I want to take a prep course for the Bar exam and sit in one of the six? states that allows you to do so.

Why all this and not go for the astute JD? I never had the money to pursue something like that back then. I decide to go to a state school and study Chinese. After I moved to China, I worked for a Multi-national and then started my own company after 5 years here. Then I decided, you know what is interesting?.... Chinese Law and how nobody understands it AND does not believe it exists.

So why not the JD? Now, I am at certain age where I am young but not young enough to pursue such a time/ financial consuming venture. Again, my motivation is to get picked up by some firm, in hopes to pay off my massive debt. This Chinese LLM and soon American LLM will put me where I want to the middle.

While only sitting for the Bar will not have the same status as the JD, again, I am not looking for that. Though, I do think it will give me more accreditation for my business and people to do business with me.

In as little as two years, but also includes my Chinese language, longer term business/living experience IN China, Chinese LLM, will bring my business to the next level.

I think the LLM is not a degree that does something for you, but rather you have to do something with it. That is what I have done and will continue to do. In no way am I saying the previous comments are wrong, but only looked one aspect of the degree. I am simply offering my side of the story.

Posted by: J. Yerger | Sep 7, 2009 9:01:58 PM

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