Post-LL.M. Careers: Restructuring, Employment Law, Distressed M&A and Other Bright Spots on the Legal Job Market

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Assistant Dean Toni Jaeger-Fine shares her insight on the power of LL.M. degrees and the specialty areas that remain in demand.

Legal services have had a torrid couple of quarters because of the coronavirus crisis. However, there are some areas that are seeing a spike in demand, including restructuring, bankruptcy, employment law and distressed M&A, which pick up when there is an economic downturn. Consequently, demand for LL.M. graduates in these economic sectors is robust.

But Toni Jaeger-Fine, assistant dean for international programs at New York’s Fordham Law School, agrees that the strongest candidates — those that are deliberate and thoughtful about their job search strategy and nourishing their professional persona — will usually find opportunities.

“Compliance, technology law and entrepreneurship remain very hot areas — some of them have truly thrived during COVID,” she says. “Compliance has been a burgeoning field for the last few years and I do not see signs that this is slowing down,” adds Jaeger-Fine.

She hints that the US presidential election could also offer a glimmer of hope for job-hunting LL.M. students: “Whenever there is a change in administration, there is also renewed interest in regulated areas, such as banking, antitrust or competition law.”

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