International Dual Degrees

International Dual Degrees

As a Brooklyn Law School student, you have the option of earning a J.D. and LL.M. at one of our many international partner universities.  The international dual degree programs lend a truly global perspective, building not only personal credentials but valuable contacts. The goal is to offer increased opportunities for students interested in international law – so that you have both the technical knowledge and the cross-cultural perspective to handle cross-border transactions or clients from foreign countries.

One option is earning both a J.D. and LL.M. in three years with one of our seven partner schools:

This enables a limited number of BLS students to live abroad for two semesters (Fall and Spring consecutively) during your second or third year*, earning an LL.M. and up to 28 credits toward your J.D. All courses are in English and focus on international law. You pay normal tuition and fees to BLS for one semester and a $250 per credit transfer fee for each credit transferred back to BLS during the second semester. There is no other BLS tuition obligation in the second semester. Depending on the program, you may also be responsible for tuition at the foreign university. Each program has a different foreign tuition obligation. BLS scholarship only applies to tuition paid to BLS. These programs are not open to accelerated J.D. or part-time students.

As a BLS student you also have the option of earning an LL.M. at two outstanding universities in China after graduation.

The China University of Political Science and Law offers recent BLS graduates the opportunity to earn an LL.M. in either Comparative (Chinese) Law or International Law. Courses are taught in English. The program is free of charge, sponsored by a scholarship from the China Scholarship Council.  The number of scholarships is limited.

Tianjin University in Tianjin offers recent BLS graduates the opportunity to earn an LL.M. in International Law.  Courses are taught in Mandarin. For those not conversant in that language, a year of Chinese language instruction is included in the program. The program is free of charge, sponsored by a scholarship from the China Scholarship Council. The number of scholarships is limited.

*Restrictions on the ability to participate in certain programs during your final year of study may apply as the timing may interfere with our ability to certify you for graduation and the NYS bar exam.

Application Process

After you are a Brooklyn Law School student, you will apply for this program and must be accepted internally first. We will then recommend you to our foreign partner school and you must complete our partner school's application process. Our partner schools make all final decisions regarding acceptance and we cannot guarantee you will be accepted, though we will only nominate applicants we believe are qualified.

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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).

Have questions? We have answers.

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

Office Hours:
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