Curriculum & Requirements

Our LL.M. Ranked Top 25 Program by the International Jurist in June 2018

The LL.M. curriculum provides lawyers trained abroad with the knowledge needed to master U.S. legal discourse, to practice law in the U.S., and to enhance their skills for practice in their home countries. LL.M. students at Brooklyn Law School have the option to focus their courses on preparing for the New York State bar exam, or in one area of the law in order to gain in-depth knowledge and expertise. Students wishing to specialize and take the New York State bar exam will typically be required to earn more than the 24 credit minimum for the degree.

General Requirements
The LL.M. degree requires all students to complete 24 credits. Two courses – Fundamentals of American Law and Legal Writing & Research for LL.M. Students – are mandatory. No thesis credit is required.

LL.M. students can begin their studies in early August with Fundamentals of American Law, a 2-credit course. During the regular semester, students must also take the 3-credit course Legal Writing & Research for LL.M. Students. For this course, faculty members trained in linguistics and experienced in teaching ESL join the Brooklyn Law School writing and research faculty and work with students individually based on their needs.

The LL.M. degree is earned in one year of full-time study, or up to two years of part-time enrollment. Note: Part-time study is available to all U.S. Citizens, Permanent Residents, and those with visas that allow part-time study.

New York State Bar Focus
In addition to the general requirements set forth above, LL.M. students wishing to sit for the New York State bar examination that are subject to Rule 520.6 must meet the following additional requirements:

LL.M. in the News

Brooklyn Law School Best LL.M. Programs
LL.M. Program Receives High Marks for Academics and Student Experience

Did You Know?

BLS was Ranked the No. 1 or No. 2 Law School for “Best General LL.M.” for five straight years in the New York Law Journal (Sept 2014 & 2018).

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Desiree Jaeger-Fine (LL.M.)
Director of International Programs
(718) 780-0626

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