How about cost of living? Is Saint Louis cheaper in comparison to other cities in the West or East given its smaller size?
As I said before, German law students often apply to universities on the East or the West Coast, because they are well-known in Germany. However, these law schools are not always the best choice since they are situated in expensive cities and their programs are sometimes quite large.
Keep in mind that as thrilling as it sounds to be in New York or Los Angeles, for most of your time including weekends, you will be working on your law school assignments probably at the library or in your home. Ironically, you might be better off in Saint Louis where you can save on cost of living, and visit New York or Los Angeles during spring or fall break or on a weekend where you have a bit of time.
How about leisure activities that might not necessarily be offered in Germany?
There are many ways to spend your time in Saint Louis. Forest Park, one of the biggest city parks in the world, is directly adjacent to the WashU campus. You can find an Art Museum there, the Missouri Historical Museum, a lake with a boat house, picnic areas with shelters and grills, a golf and tennis courts, and a multitude of biking and running paths.
Additionally there is a large Open Musical Air Theater, the Muni, that shows Broadway productions every summer, an annual hot air balloon race, an annual Shakespeare festival, and a large concert with fireworks on the 4th of July. Right along the border of Forest park, you will also find Saint Louis Zoo, free of charge, just like the venues mentioned above, voted best zoo in the U.S. by the readers of USA Today. Last but not least there are many more weekly outdoor events in the park all year long.
Since its renovation in 2017, the Sumers recreational complex has been equipped with cutting-edge sports equipment. It offers a variety of courses and group sports activities for WashU students. The building at the western end of campus has been standing since 1904 when Saint Louis hosted the first Olympic Games in the US.
Visa Issues : Even though it does not involve big expenses, it does stress people out. What kind of visa do you need for an LL.M. in the U.S.?
Students who support themselves financially or are sponsored by a family member or friends have to apply for an F-1 visa. As soon as they receive a letter of admission from a U.S. university, they can start the process. They have to send an official financial statement to the university that shows that they have the financial means to study in the U.S. If supported by family or friends, the sponsor has to fill out an affidavit that they are financially responsible for the cost of the studies.
Once the university has processed the statement, the student will receive a so-called SEVIS number, with which he or she can apply for a visa to the U.S. In most cases, students have enough time to arrange for a visa interview at the American Embassy, but even when you are under a tight time-line, the embassy will probably arrange for an interview on short term-notice.
If you are being sent by an organization such as the DAAD or Fulbright, you will not have to worry about issuing the financial statement. The sponsor will do so. Your visa will be a J1 visa.