LSE LL.B./Columbia JD Watch

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on monday i got an offer for law at LSE & im really interested in the LSE LL.B./Columbia JD double degree programme.

has anybody done/is currently undertaking/wants to do this? & so what are your experiences of it?

how competitive is it? general comments & views would also be appreciated...^^
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(Original post by lily_x)
on monday i got an offer for law at LSE & im really interested in the LSE LL.B./Columbia JD double degree programme.

has anybody done/is currently undertaking/wants to do this? & so what are your experiences of it?

how competitive is it? general comments & views would also be appreciated...^^
A waste of time for the following reasons:

1. Find $30,000 a year in tuition for Columbia
2. You have only a two year stint in London - whilst all your friends stay in London in year 3 and then get a job before you
3. You cannot drink in America until you are 21... so quite possibly a year or more without drinking.
4. You will be on the JD with people who are much older than you (the average age for the JD cohort is something in the range of 26-27)
5. Preference in the selection process is given to more mature students as a result of the above.
6. You spend $70,000+ to become a US attorney when you could achieve the same end result without doing the JD/LLB
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Might I add that there are quite a few American nationals and Americophiles from overseas who have their heart set on this programme - and lock themselves away in their rooms for most the week to get that 1st. So methinks competition is tough.
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A waste of time for the following reasons:

1. Find $30,000 a year in tuition for Columbia
2. You have only a two year stint in London - whilst all your friends stay in London in year 3 and then get a job before you
3. You cannot drink in America until you are 21... so quite possibly a year or more without drinking.
4. You will be on the JD with people who are much older than you (the average age for the JD cohort is something in the range of 26-27)
5. Preference in the selection process is given to more mature students as a result of the above.
6. You spend $70,000+ to become a US attorney when you could achieve the same end result without doing the JD/LLB
um....tuition is 39000 per year not including housing so 2 years would probably be equal 120000, and this is the est. from columbia's website
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um....tuition is 39000 per year not including housing so 2 years would probably be equal 120000, and this is the est. from columbia's website
I just quoted a ballpart figure I thought sounded prohibitive... $120,000 now - ha. What a shameless rip off.

edit: and i certainly wouldn't pay that kind of money to go to USC
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I just quoted a ballpart figure I thought sounded prohibitive... $120,000 now - ha. What a shameless rip off.
thats what we usually pay for college anyways, 4 years of undergrad. at Columbia would probably cost 200,000 including everything, but American schools usually give 100% need based scholarship, so if ur parents only make 30000 a year u probably can get 40000 a year in scholarship.............they should just make all these schools free, i mean harvard has an endowment of 26 billion and columbia's is about 5 billion............its not like its going to hurt them when alumni donations are about 500 million per year.
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If somebody is so desperate to go to America, and has economic constraints, a better solution would be to go to NYU and do a tax LLM or something comparable - as this will radically accelerate your progression vis-a-vis becoming a partner. And it costs much less...
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A waste of time for the following reasons:

1. Find $30,000 a year in tuition for Columbia
2. You have only a two year stint in London - whilst all your friends stay in London in year 3 and then get a job before you
3. You cannot drink in America until you are 21... so quite possibly a year or more without drinking.
4. You will be on the JD with people who are much older than you (the average age for the JD cohort is something in the range of 26-27)
5. Preference in the selection process is given to more mature students as a result of the above.
6. You spend $70,000+ to become a US attorney when you could achieve the same end result without doing the JD/LLB
Count me out.

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And I would like to echo Robyn's view that some people are uber-dedicated to doing this course, I know of one person who applied to law at lse mainly for the purpose of getting on to the LLB/JD thing.
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