Law School in the US

Students from all over the world come to USA to deepen their understanding of the law. The GCLAIP Law School's graduate programs are truly global-both in the breadth of resources available through GCLAIP's Law School and in the composition of its student body. Students enjoy small class sizes and the camaraderie of many international and J.D. students, the intimacy of a small program, and a close relationship with the GCLAIP's Law School.

The Law School admits a limited number of graduate students each year to pursue studies in law beyond the first professional degree.

Studying law in the United States is very different from studying law in many other countries. In various countries, students begin their law studies immediately following graduation from high school or secondary school; most universities in other countries require only a high school diploma or the equivalent in that country to admit students to their law faculties. In the US, however, law is a professional academic field, the equivalent of a graduate degree in other parts of the world.

The practice of law in the United States has a proud history, integral to the founding of the nation and maintaining the rule of law, and many lawyers and law students from around the world want to study or practice law in the United States.

In this Study Law page, we describe the overall legal system in the USA, as well as provide practical guidance for foreign education lawyers and international students that want to study law or practice law in the USA.

Studying law can open many doors for you; you might go on to practice law as an attorney, or you might go on to a career in another field such as politics, diplomacy, economics, business, or education. The rewards of studying law are many, but it is a lone, intimidating, and difficult process, so it is important to know for sure that studying law is the right choice for you.

As an international student, you should be aware that generally speaking, a J.D. from a US law school will not prepare you to practice law in your home country, as US law schools teach the common law based on the British system. However, schools in Louisiana do teach the Civil Code, which may be applicable in some countries. Generally of more interest to foreign nationals are graduate level law degrees such as the LLM, MCL, or MCJ.