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Message started by rfc1873 on Nov 5th, 2007 at 8:56pm

Title: Thinking of moving back to Scotland...
Post by rfc1873 on Nov 5th, 2007 at 8:56pm
I am a British citizen currently living in the US.   I have been here a little over 9 years and with every passing year I want to move back even more.  I am 22 and I will hopefully be attending law school here in the States next year.  After completing 3 years of law school I will have a JD degree.  I was just wondering if that would allow me to be able to practice law in Scotland without having to go through any special process.  I know the way in which a law degree is obtained in the US and in Scotland is different but I am just curious as to whether the JD will transfer.  I am thinking of doing corporate law or maybe international law (if that helps).  

Title: Re: Thinking of moving back to Scotland...
Post by Deedee on Nov 8th, 2007 at 12:41pm
I don't think I can help you with an answer, but would suggest you look at the Law Society of Scotland's website for information  www.lawscot.org.uk.  (The Law Soc regulates entry to the profession in Scotland)

What is a JD degree anyway?

Title: Re: Thinking of moving back to Scotland...
Post by rfc1873 on Nov 8th, 2007 at 2:44pm
Thanks ill check it out.  A JD (Juris Doctor) is the degree you get after finishing law school in the States, it is required to practice law.

Title: Re: Thinking of moving back to Scotland...
Post by simba on Nov 8th, 2007 at 9:10pm
Hi there,

I think you may have to do the accelerate fast-track LLB (2 year course). As far as I know, the J.D. program is incompatible with Scots Law, from what I've heard, and so the fast-track course would be necessary.

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