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    Hello everyone.

    How difficult is it to gain admittance into a US graduate or law school after completing your undergraduate education in the UK?

    For example, how difficult would it be for someone who has an undergraduate degree from Oxbridge to be admitted into Harvard Law School?

    Thanks.
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    would you have* to get a first, for example?
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    Not very, you'd need to cough up the ridiculous amount of money though, which is usually the hardest thing, rather than the grades themselves.
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    It's certainly possible. For an Ivy law school, you'd want a first from a top-10 university, but the LSAT (a standardised reasoning test) is very, very important for American law school admissions. You've also got to consider funding; if you can afford to do it yourself, awesome, but otherwise your degree may be important for merit-based scholarships (though again they tend to focus on LSAT scores for these too). References are also critical, but if you've got a hard academic record that's good enough for somewhere like HLS then references shouldn't be an issue. Also, make sure you do well in every exam, even the ones that don't actually count towards degree classification, because their law school equivalent to UCAS requires full, detailed transcripts. Extra-curriculars are more important than they tend to be here, but generally speaking it's considered much better to focus on one or two extra-curriculars and spend the rest of your time getting your grades.

    The truth is it's just not very common, though, so finding concrete information is difficult. The vast majority of the time, if someone with a British degree goes to an American law school, it's because they're American and studied in the UK, which is obviously a tiny minority of law school applicants.

    And Stalin, for a top-20 law school, money really wouldn't be an issue. They all do needs-blind admissions now, and the best schools want the best students so they have excellent work-study, student loan, and scholarship programmes in place. If someone accepts a place at Harvard Law School, for example, the school will ensure their financial ability to attend, even if it does leave them with a huge amount of debt afterward. Your biggest problems then are that the American law market is shrinking and getting a H1-B visa is absolute hell.
 
 
 
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