Career Services

Frequently Asked Questions For NYU School Of Law Singapore Program LL.M. Candidates

 

1. What services are offered to NYU@NUS students, and how do I start my search?

 

NYU@NUS students have access to the full range of services offered by the Office of Career Services, including workshops and panels, networking events, interview programs, and one-on-one counseling. While some events will be organized on campus in Singapore, others will be videotaped and available via webstream on the OCS website. Please see the Career Curriculum for NYU@NUS students for further information about OCS services and job search timing.

 

2. How do I contact the office of Career Services?

 

One on one career counseling appointments are available to NYU@NUS students via phone and video-chat. Additional counseling is also available via email, when appropriate. You will receive information about scheduling appointments in the Job Search Workshop scheduled in May. We can always be contacted via email at law.ocs.llm@nyu.edu.

 

3. Where do graduates of the Singapore Program work?

 

Graduates from the NYU School of Law Singapore Programme pursue a variety of career paths, including employment in prominent local and international law firms in Singapore and other major legal centers such as Shanghai, Dubai, and London. Others have gone on to serve in government or join an NGO, or pursue further studies in doctoral programs. Some have chosen to secure an internship after completion of their studies in multi-lateral organizations such as the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees and the World Trade Organization, or at the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia. Students are supported in their job search by the Office of Career Services (OCS) and the Public Interest Law Center (PILC) at NYU School of Law. Both offices provide access to individual career counseling, resume advice, interview training, and networking opportunities.

 

4. How do students in the graduate division obtain jobs?

 

Students obtain employment in a variety of ways including: individual mailings, networking, the Asia Job Fair, NYU School of Law’s job listings, and referrals. The most frequently reported source of employment (i.e., the way in which a student initially learned of or made contact with the employer) is through individualized mailings, networking, or other self-initiated contact with the employer. Many students also receive interview opportunities through the Asia Job Fair, or contact employers through another OCS or PILC program.

Throughout the year, the Office of Career Services provides career planning seminars, individual counseling, and workshops on all aspects of the job search. The success of a student’s efforts strongly correlates to his or her LL.M. academic performance, utilization of resources available through the OCS, and traditional job-search activities outside of the OCS office. There is no specific or foolproof means for obtaining a position; the approaches vary and should reflect each student’s individual ambitions and qualifications. The OCS works with students to provide the tools for success in the legal market and determine a job search strategy that best suits each individual’s needs.

 

5. When do LL.M. students obtain job offers?

 

The demand for graduate students is not seasonal and the OCS receives notices of job openings throughout the year. The job search will not be limited to the Summer, Fall or Spring seasons, but will involve year-round effort on the part of the student and may extend beyond the completion of the LL.M. program. A small percentage of students obtain their jobs in the first semester, however, many students obtain positions later in the academic year or after graduation.

 

6. How does academic performance impact job search success?

 

Academic performance in an LL.M. program is an integral component of hiring decisions and some employers will wait to view your NYU grades before making hiring decisions. The NYU@NUS degree alone will not get you a job. For the most part, major international law firms prefer grades above a B+ average. However, employers generally consider a number of factors in addition to your grades, including: prior legal work experience, academic record from your first law degree, business ties with your home country, admission to practice in a certain jurisdiction, interviewing skills, and perceived "fit" with the firm or office.

 

7. How many employers contact NYU School of Law for resumes from LL.M. candidates?

 

OCS receives requests for resumes from students with international backgrounds throughout the year. Additionally, a number of large international employers participate in our formal recruiting programs, like the Asia Job Fair and International Student Interview Program. Please contact the Office of Career Services at law.ocs.singapore@nyu.edu for more detailed employer information.

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