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Old 01.07.2021, 05:19
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US Qualified Lawyer looking for employment in Switzerland

Hello all,

Before I get into my post, I would like to preface it by saying I have not yet obtained my law degree in the United States. I am a recent college graduate with a Bachelor's of Arts and am in the process of applying to law schools. It has always been my dream to immigrate to Switzerland yet circumstances and financial situations have prevented me thus far. I am fluent in Italian, have exposure to French from my elementary school years, and am currently learning German as well as touching up on my French.

I am aware that I will not be licensed to practice law within Switzerland with my American JD, and I am also aware that I must retake my Bachelor's in Switzerland as an LLB and then take a 2 year Master's curriculum which does not seem practical to me. I want to work for an international corporation or bank in Switzerland as a US lawyer; either in corporate, banking, mergers & acquisitions, or arbitration law. My path seems to be to land a BigLaw job at a major firm then transition into an international company operating in Switzerland.

Is there any United States or other foreign qualified lawyers here who have successfully found employment in Switzerland, or does anyone know of lawyers who have made this journey? I would love to gain some insight into how to best go about this path, specifically which fields are most employable and which firms will give me the best chance of moving to my dream country. There are a few US law schools which offer study abroad and summer internship opportunities in Switzerland which I am weighing heavily into my decision on where to attend.
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