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So I’m currently starting year 11 in secondary school and after that I want to go to a sixth form college and study a level law, a level psychology and btec criminology.

Now that’s all fine, but I want to move to America when I’m 18 (or 19 if I have a gap year) and study law in an American university and live the rest of my life in the US.

I’ve always wanted to move to the US I’ve only recently actually started to think about plans to move there when I’m older, I know in New York you can be qualified in law from the UK but I’d rather go somewhere like Florida or California or other hotter state.

Does anyone have any advice on what I can do, how I can get the US to approve of me moving there etc
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(Original post by Okjk)
Hi
So I’m currently starting year 11 in secondary school and after that I want to go to a sixth form college and study a level law, a level psychology and btec criminology.

Now that’s all fine, but I want to move to America when I’m 18 (or 19 if I have a gap year) and study law in an American university and live the rest of my life in the US.

I’ve always wanted to move to the US I’ve only recently actually started to think about plans to move there when I’m older, I know in New York you can be qualified in law from the UK but I’d rather go somewhere like Florida or California or other hotter state.

Does anyone have any advice on what I can do, how I can get the US to approve of me moving there etc
Do you have some connection or right to work in the USA? Are you a dual national?
They wont just let you in because you have A levels? It is very difficult to get past immigration.
Will you be able to pay for your degree in the US. Law is a second degree there.
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I believe you can sit the California bar with a foreign law degree if you've taken an approved qualifying LLM or similar in the US.

As alluded to above, law is a graduate degree in the US. You need an undergraduate degree in something else before you can study law. If you aren't a US citizen or aren't going to a need blind university (e.g. Harvard and its ilk) it is extremely expensive to study in the US, and there is very little funding available for an undergraduate degree. Law degrees in general are very expensive and have little funding even for US citizens.

In terms of immigration issues, bear in mind with the current administration's stance on immigration, it is increasingly difficult to immigrate to the US. If you don't have family or a spouse who is American, you will probably need a degree and a pile of money to immigrate, or a job offer where your employer is supporting your visa application. In the latter case, it is also difficult because the employer needs to show there are no qualified Americans they can take on instead of you.

All in all, it's certainly not something you can go into without doing an enormous amount of research first, and realistically you're going to need to get an undergraduate degree here before you can move there anyway. I would suggest you start planning for that, and continue researching moving to the US in the meantime.
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