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LL.M. Requirements

 

Graduate law students must complete 24 semester hours of credit during one academic year.  At least six of the 24 credit hours must be in New York Bar exam subjects for students to be eligible to take the Bar in New York.*

LL.M. in U.S. Law for Foreign-Educated Law Graduates

1. All Courses Track

Requirements - (9 hours)

·         Legal Research and Writing for LL.M. students (3 hours)

·         Constitutional Law I or Civil Procedure I (3 hours)

·         Law and the Ethics of Lawyering (3 hours)

 

Electives - (15 hours)

·         Students may choose courses in their area of interest to satisfy the additional 15 credit hour requirement.

 

2. Essay Track 

**Requirements - (15 hours)

·         Legal Research and Writing for LL.M. students (3 hours)

·         Constitutional Law I or Civil Procedure I (3 hours)

·         Law and the Ethics of Lawyering (3 hours)

·         A 60-90 page essay supervised by a full-time mentor of the law faculty (6 hours)

 

 Electives - (9 hours)

·         Students may choose courses in their area of interest to satisfy the additional 9 credit hour requirement.

Degree Approval

At the end of the second semester of resident study, the Law School will review the LL.M. candidate’s academic record. Each LL.M. candidate is required to maintain a 2.7 (B-) average for all the course work.  When all requisites are fulfilled, graduation is authorized by the deans of the School of Law and of the Graduate School.

*All requirements for New York Bar eligibility may be found here.  Foreign-trained law graduates planning to take New York's bar exam will meet with the Program Director to ensure eligibility requirements are met. 

**The essay track is designed for students who plan to go into academia.  It is the student's responsibility to select an approved topic and a member of the law faculty to supervise the essay.