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Q: I am looking to change my practice area to intellectual property from matrimonial law.... a big leap. I am willing to enter the IP area at any level, but I was also researching an LL.M. in the area of IP. Do you think this will help in changing areas of law, and do you think employers value this degree?

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Q: I've been a practicing litigator for 10 years and have done some personal/life coaching on the side for the past 2 years.  I very much want to transition into professional development at a firm and, although I have had some great feedback, it comes down to the old conundrum:  I don't have experience and I can't GET experience.  Is there a certification program etc... that would be helpful/useful?

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Q: I am a Florida attorney seeking to move to New York. What are my options for admission without having to take the Bar Exam?

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Q: I am a West Indian-trained attorney, admitted to the bar in my jurisdiction in 1998 and to the New York State Bar in August 2008. I am willing to start working at any level within the profession. What are my chances of gaining employment with a New York firm without having to attend an ABA law school or do New York firms give any recognition to an education obtained from the West Indies?

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