American Legal Practice

Major: American Legal Practice
Degree Awarded: Master of Laws (LLM)
Calendar Type: Semester
Total Credit Hours: 24.0
Classification of Instructional Programs (CIP) code: 22.0101
Standard Occupational Classification (SOC) code:

About the Program

The Master of Laws (LL.M.) in American Legal Practice is designed for students who have completed, at a minimum, an LL.B. or its equivalent outside of the United States. The LL.M. provides these students with a sophisticated knowledge of US legal practice and grounds them in a basic understanding of US law.

Students may choose to pursue the optional New York Bar concentration within the LL.M., which creates a formal pathway of the courses required for foreign-trained attorneys to be eligible to sit for the New York bar examination, and requires 9.0 additional credits.

Admission Requirements

Students must have an earned Bachelor of Laws (LL.B.) or its equivalent. Admissions will be based on applicant grades from their prior institutions. No entry exam is required, except that students who have completed their first law degree program in a language other than English will be required to have a minimum score on the TOEFL or a comparable exam.

Degree Requirements

To earn the general LL.M., students must successfully complete 26.0 semester credits. There are no distribution requirements. Every student will receive individualized academic counseling and the student's individual program of study will be set up in consultation with an advisor.

New York Bar Concentration Requirements

Students opting to follow the New York Bar concentration within the LL.M. must complete 33.0 semester credits and follow the course plan as described. In addition to the required courses, students are also required to complete 50 hours of certified pro bono work to fulfill the New York Bar Concentration, per state eligibility requirements.

New York Bar Concentration Requirements

LAW 565SLegal Methods I3.0
LAW 566SLegal Methods II2.0-3.0
or LAW 884S Contract Drafting
LAW 830SProfessional Responsibility3.0
LAW 886SWriting Strategies for the Bar2.0
LAW 970SIntroduction to United States Legal Systems3.0
One course designated as "Statutory"2.0-4.0
At least 6 credits from the following menu of courses:6.0
Civil Procedure
Criminal Law
Constitutional Law
Criminal Procedure: Investigations
One Experiential course & Seminar from the following menu:5.0-14.0
Law Co-op
and Lawyering Practice Seminar
Co-op Intensive
and Lawyering Practice Seminar
Entrepreneurial Law Clinic
and Entrepreneurial Law Clinic Seminar
Criminal Litigation Clinic I
and Criminal Litigation Clinic II
and Justice Lawyering Sem
Civil Litigation Clinic I
and Civil Litigation Clinic II
and Justice Lawyering Sem
Federal Litigation and Appeals Clinic
and Federal Litigation and Appeals Clinic II
and Justice Lawyering Sem
Community Lawyering Clinic I
and Community Lawyering Clinic II
and Justice Lawyering Sem
Field Practicum
and Lawyering Practice Seminar
Additional electives as needed *0.0-7.0
Total Credits26.0-45.0
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