The Career Services Office (CSO) at The University of Texas at Austin is dedicated to helping all students, including those who are working towards their LL.M. degree. LL.M. students are welcome to meet with a CSO career counselor to discuss job search strategies, resume and cover letter production, and to take advantage of the many resources the CSO offers.
LL.M. students with a foreign law degree have the opportunity to participate in the International Student Interview Program, held in January at New York University (NYU) School of Law. Students may also participate in the West Coast LL.M. Job Fair, held in February at the University of California-Los Angeles (UCLA) School of Law.
Many LL.M. students hope to find either short term or long term employment in the United States. The current job market is quite competitive, not only for LL.M. graduates, but also for J.D. graduates. It is challenging to find law-related jobs in the United States today, and we do not encourage international students to join an LL.M. program with the expectation of gaining employment in the U.S. This is the common experience for LL.M. graduates at U.S. law schools across the country. However, students who do wish to explore the job market in the U.S. should be extremely proactive in their search for a position.
It is important to know that most employers who recruit at Texas Law are primarily interested in recruiting students in the J.D. program. Very few will interview LL.M. students. However, LL.M. students do have access to Symplicity, an online resource for job opportunities around the United States.
Foreign LL.M. students who want to work in the United States may apply to work for a period of six months to one year after they graduate, as part of the Optional Practical Training (OPT) allowed under the F-1 student visa. Information regarding this program is available at The University of Texas International Office website.