This paper considers the role of international graduate law students as potential contributors to the ‘solution’ of the economic challenges facing U.S. law schools. It suggests that intense competition for international graduate students from law schools within and outside of the U.S. creates challenges for U.S. schools interested in maintaining or developing their international student populations. To succeed in this competition, U.S. law schools must consider what international students want. The paper draws on empirical data gathered from international students who earned an LL.M. in the U.S., which provides insight into their motivations for studying in the U.S. In order to satisfy their interests, U.S. law schools may be forced to allow globalization to infiltrate their structures and the traditional approaches they take to educating lawyers.