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Northeastern or BU for prelaw

sdsdriarasdsdriara 1 replies1 threads New Member
I am an international student from Europe and i am interested in studying law in the future (specifically international business law LLM) hoping to return back after I graduate and work in Europe (no i dont want to study in the uk/europe i hate it) Money is not an issue.

I visited both but can't seem to choose between them. Anyone can give me the good and bad for each school?

NU has an amazing coop program which I am really really interested in but I have heard it's not as prestigious as BU

I was wondering if there are any pre-law alumn that could help me with my decision. Which school helps you the most with getting into law school?

ALSO

what would be the best major for pre-law if I want to study international business law in the future? I was thinking of doing a combined major of poli sci and business administration (offered at NU) with a minor in economics, journalism and law and legal studies?



please help
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  • happymomof1happymomof1 29813 replies177 threads Senior Member
    Ask NU specifically about coop placement for international students. In many cases, international students are unable to get coop positions. You might need to settle for an unpaid internship instead.

    In your case, what matters is what your future employers in Europe will think about where you did your undergraduate work and your LLM. What any of us think doesn't matter at all.

    For graduate admission what will matter is your undergraduate GPA, your letters of recommendation, your LSAT/GRE test scores, and your essays/personal statement. NU and BU are both perfectly fine. For grad admissions there is no "prestige" difference here to worry about.
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  • airway1airway1 758 replies3 threads Member
    For international students Boston would have the upper hand with its alumni network.. plus LLM both schools don’t need a pre law undergrad degree
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  • sdsdriarasdsdriara 1 replies1 threads New Member
    what do you mean both schools don't need a pre-law undergrad degree?
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  • PengsPhilsPengsPhils 4011 replies30 threadsForum Champion Northeastern, Forum Champion Math/Computer Science Forum Champion
    edited April 16
    Ask NU specifically about coop placement for international students. In many cases, international students are unable to get coop positions. You might need to settle for an unpaid internship instead.

    There's nuance here but generally this isn't true for Northeastern and other large co-op programs.

    https://international.northeastern.edu/ogs/employment/curricular-practical-training-cpt-f1/
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  • TomSrOfBostonTomSrOfBoston 14917 replies1010 threads Senior Member
    @happymomof1
    In many cases, international students are unable to get coop positions
    That is not true.
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  • happymomof1happymomof1 29813 replies177 threads Senior Member
    Good to hear that @TomSrOfBoston . My sources made me think that it would be difficult. In any case, the student should get a clear positive response for the specific major before committing to a coop-heavy program. The rules for CPT and OPT pose specific challenges for sudents with F1 visas.
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  • TomSrOfBostonTomSrOfBoston 14917 replies1010 threads Senior Member
    @happymomof1 For coops for internationals arrangements are fairly easy. For post graduation career jobs in the US, that's another story of course.
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  • bluebayoubluebayou 26944 replies175 threads Senior Member
    edited April 16
    LLM programs in the US are generally a one-year program for those already holding a current JD or foreign law degree/bar license, which I assume that you do not have.

    If you plan to apply to a US law school for a JD after attending a US college, than either two will get you there. Admission to US law school is based almost solely on grades+lsat score; neither of the two that you are considering will help more than the other. Moreover, a coop internship will add little to your app.

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  • happymomof1happymomof1 29813 replies177 threads Senior Member
    @PengsPhils - Thanks for that great link! I will bookmark it.
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  • Dad-of-MustafaDad-of-Mustafa 2 replies0 threads New Member
    BU is notorious with grade deflation. NU is a better choice. Most important things with law school application is high GPA and high LSAT. Low GPA will kill your dream of law school application. Both is very good school. Go to a school that you can have good GPA and be happy. Boston might resemble a European city but don’t get pooled. Unless you are super super rich you can not say money is not a factor. International student will not get financial aid and cost of graduate and law school costs will be ~700-900 K for you at the end. Be ready for sock sticker price
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