Is an LL.M worth it?

Confidential for a long time, this diploma was developed in Anglo-Saxon universities, but has now expended worldwide.
In order to establish a list of the LL.M. programs offered in the country you are interested in, visit the website findyourllm.com, a research tool which ables you to filter by specialty, language, and program duration (full time/half time).

Why should you do an LL.M ?

 

Doing an LL.M will add a real international aspect to your resume. This particularity is very appreciated by recruiters looking for bilingual profiles with an unusual career development. The legal market is a very competitive one and an LL.M is a good way to distinguish yourself from other candidates with a standard diploma. Plus, people having done an LL.M get in general a better remuneration.

 

What are the assets of an LLM ?

 

An LL.M is a good way to improve your skills in different languages. In Belgium as well as in Luxembourg, languages are very important.
But in Belgium, Dutch is at least as important as English, which is why an LL.M taught in english might not be the right fit with a career project in Belgium. A lot of firms, international ones and Belgian ones, consider Dutch to be more important than English.
So before choosing an LL.M, make sure that the language corresponds to the market you wish to work in.

 

How to choose an LL.M. ?

 

Once your type of program chosen and your list of LL.M. set, it is the moment to make a choice. Indeed, as you will discover it during a preliminary phase, the program offer can be wide. We recommend you create your own rankings of LL.Ms. To do so, you have to take care of the notoriety of the university offering the LL.M and the recognition of its LL.M around the world. Also, the LL.M you choose obviously has to match with your career development and the field you expect to work in.

 

What about language skills ?

 

A big part of LL.Ms are taught in English, most of the universities will then ask a certificate of your English level through your TOEFL or IELT results. Depending on the university, you will be asked to have a minimum score more or less high. So before applying to an LL.M, make sure to have passed these tests and so to have worked on your English ! This also goes for other languages if you applied to an LL.M taught in Spanish for instance.
Do not worry if the answer takes time to be delivered. Positive or negative, you will get an answer anyway. A late reply does not necessarily mean a negative one, so control your stress and be patient.

If you get a positive answer, and I wish you so, you will have to plunge yourself into tons of administrative papers. This is the last tough part of the battle. However, if you have been great and succeeded in many universities, you will have the joy of choosing your university. And there is no better happiness than that, right ?
When choosing your universities, keep in mind what is said before, check the ranking of the universities, their LL.M, and whether it fits well with your professional project.