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Working with a dedicated career advisor, you will get support in designing an individual job-search strategy.

One-on-one counseling appointments can assist you with researching job opportunities, finding externships, networking with alumni, building résumés and cover letters, and developing interview skills.

Click here for an appointment with Director Hay.

International Student Interview Program

Cornell Law School cosponsors the International Student Interview Program (ISIP), typically hosted annually at the end of January in New York City. This program provides foreign-trained lawyers the opportunity to interview with U.S. and foreign employers. LL.M. students interested in public service have the opportunity to attend the Equal Justice Works Conference in October and the Public Interest Legal Career Fair in February.


The following resources may help you explore legal career options for foreign attorneys in the U.S.:

New York State Bar Exam

General LL.M. graduates may be eligible to sit for the New York State bar examination after completing the General LL.M. degree. Most, however, return to their home countries to practice law, enter government service, teach, or pursue other professional opportunities.

As an international lawyer, if your ultimate goal is to practice law in the U.S., you should consider enrolling in a J.D. program. Foreign LL.M. students face a variety of challenges when seeking associate opportunities in the U.S. While it is possible to secure legal employment in the U.S. after completing your LL.M., domestic law firm hiring continues to center on U.S.-educated J.D. students.


Deirdre Hay
Director of LL.M. and International Career Services
Cornell Law School
128 Hughes Hall
Ithaca, NY 14853

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