Will a J.D. degree be of any use to me?
I received a non-binding scholarship from my own country to study in the U.S. for a bachelor degree. This scholarship's term will be expanded only if I further my study in law school to get a J.D. Given my interest in law, I believe it is a good idea to go to law school under this circumstance.
However, since each country has different legal system, I'm afraid that a J.D. from law school here will be useless when I go back and work in my country. Are materials taught in law school relevant only to US legal system, or are they international and could be used to apply anywhere in the world?
I learned from reading this foum that law school does not have specialization. This is confusing. Is going to law school like going to liberal-arts college where you receive broad legal education but not specific skills to work in specific firms? Do law school graduates enter law firms not belonging to any specific department but learn to specialize later in their careers?
Then, is there anyway that I could tailor my J.D. curriculum in a way that it will allow me to work in my country. I heard about international law, but what is it all about? Is it for people aspiring to work in the UN or international organizations? What's the salary at the U.N. like?
I know a person with a J.D. from yale who works in my country. He works as a general counsel and he said that he knows very little about my country's legal system. Therefore, I thought that a J.D. is a truly international degree like M.B.A., not limited to the U.S. But then some people told me that I have to really understand my country's legal system if I want to work there?
What's the truth?