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Matt Pinsker talks about: What’s different about a lawyer who has an LLM and a JD?

A JD (Doctor of Jurisprudence) degree, says criminal defense attorney Matt Pinsker, prepares a lawyer to enter the practice of law. An LLM (Master of Law) degree gives a depth of expertise to an already experienced lawyer.

Lawyers with an LLM are often called upon to consult on complex cases in their area of ​​expertise and as experts in legal policy.

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Attorney Matt Pinsker cites the main distinctions between the degrees as follows:

  • A JD is required (in almost all states) to enter the legal profession, while an LLM imparts specialized training.
  • LLM programs are more concerned with theoretical issues than JD programs.
  • LLM degrees are useful credentials for obtaining jobs in specialized legal fields.
  • An LLM degree usually requires a thesis, unlike a JD degree.
  • Obtaining a Master of Laws degree can help an attorney overcome the stigma of earning a law degree with a low GPA, barely passing the bar exam, or earning a law degree. a lower-level law school.
  • LLM programs allow a lawyer to focus on a single area of ​​law.

Law schools require the LSAT or GRE and (usually) a bachelor’s degree for admission to JD programs. LLM programs require students to have already earned a JD (or a Bachelor of Laws if they were educated outside the United States).

A Payscale survey found that the average salary for a JD degree holder in the United States is $88,000 per year. Payscale found that the average salary for an LLM degree holder in the United States is $133,000 per year.

Matt Pinsker, LLM, is an award-winning criminal defense attorney in Richmond and Henrico, Virginia. He was on the faculty of Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU), where he was a professor of criminal justice. Pinsker previously served as a federal prosecutor, state attorney, and magistrate, which gave him unique insight into every aspect of a case.

A nationally recognized criminal law expert, Pinsker is frequently asked for media interviews. He wrote the book Criminal Justice, his textbook used in law schools across the United States. Matt Pinsker also served as a Captain in the U.S. Army Reserves as a Judge Advocate General (JAG),

Matt C. Pinsker is a lifelong Virginian with deep personal ties to the Commonwealth: After graduating from Godwin High in Henrico, Pensker earned his undergraduate degree at the College of William & Mary, where he was recognized as Sharpe Scholar. After earning a JD degree from West Virginia University, Pinsker became one of the few attorneys to earn an LLM at George Washington University, focusing on criminal justice.