deadshoppingmalls Posted June 2, 2020 Share Posted June 2, 2020 Hi, I have a B.A. in Political Science from a top 40 US undergrad (graduated six years ago cum laude), and just received a JD from a T100 law school. I plan to take the bar and I have a clerkship for the year but I do not want to practice law afterwards. I always knew law school was a mistake but I decided after my first year that it wasn't worth dropping out. My interests are in political science/economy with a concentration in labor/employment, although I have other interests. More specifically, I am interested in European politics. I want to teach and do research. I won't seek a Masters in the US due to the cost and also because I want to eventually settle in a European country. I have UK citizenship which I know makes things complicated on mainland Europe after Brexit. The question isn't "if" I want to leave law but "when." I know if I go this route, I'll take a salary cut by seeking a Masters in Europe but it is something I am fine with due to my ultimate ambitions to teach and conduct research. I also know law will not get me to where I want to be because a JD is not a research degree. For what it's worth, I wasn't going to make big bucks in the US as a lawyer, I would be a lawyer only in the public sector due to student loan forgiveness. I could start this process next year (Fall 2021) after a year of salary or wait longer (3-10 years). The latter could be less financially risky but I'm afraid that waiting so long into my legal career, would create a sense of comfort, and ultimately I would not pursue my dreams. Does anyone have insight regarding Masters/Phd in Europe (e.g. UK, France, Germany, Netherlands, Belgium, etc)? Is the job market just as rough as in the US? Would a PhD make the most sense after this type of Masters? Would it make sense to work only a year out of law school or longer before going back to school? Will my JD be any worth to top European Political Science programmes? Thank you. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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