We have helped numerous lawyers from diverse backgrounds (in IP, Tech, Corporate, Oil and Gas, Criminal, Human Rights and more) with preparation for LLM programs abroad. Most choose English-speaking countries such as the United States, Canada, United Kingdom or Ireland. Others elected programs taught in English in other countries such as the Netherlands or Germany.

International expertise can open up doors for lawyers. Obtaining an LLM or a dual qualification outside Brazil demonstrates that you are able to work in a multilingual and global legal market.

While the costs associated with living and studying abroad can be prohibitively high there are sources of funding available and it is worthwhile researching all your options.

So what’s involved? In short, lots of planning.

Firstly, you must carefully research potential courses and decide which are most suitable for you. You should find out everything about prospective universities (e.g. course content and the requirements for acceptance).

Start as early as possible — having a full year to plan is advisable. At a minimum, you will need to complete application forms, prepare your CV, write a personal statement, and provide documents such as university transcripts and references. This process will require thought and organisation.

Lawyers from non-native English speaking countries will also need to prove competency in English through the IELTS or the TOEFL tests.

We support lawyers by coaching them throughout the research and application process. This includes help with the content and structure of the documents required in the application process.

(Picture below: our former student, Pedro Loula at UCLA in 2018).

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If you want to find out more about our work in this area please get in touch with us.

Julian Cornelius

Author Julian Cornelius

Founder of The Legal Beagle - LLB, LLM, Solicitor (Ireland, England and Wales), Attorney at Law (New York), Accredited Mediator. Julian is a multi-lingual lawyer and a specialist in legal English based in Rio de Janeiro.

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