The LL.M. curriculum provides foreign-trained lawyers 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 of two paths of study. The New York State Bar Focus is intended to help prepare students to sit for the New York State bar examination. The Specialization path is designed for students who wish to focus their course selections 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 be required to earn more than the 24 credit minimum for the degree.
The LL.M. degree requires all students to complete 24 credits and two courses – Fundamentals of American Law and Legal Writing & Research for the Foreign-Trained Lawyer. No thesis credit is required.
All LL.M. students begin their studies in August with Fundamentals of American Law, a mandatory, 2-credit course. During the fall semester, students must also take a 3-credit course on Legal Writing & Research for the Foreign-Trained Lawyer. For this course, faculty members trained in linguistics and experienced in teaching ESL will join the Brooklyn Law School faculty to offer additional assistance for students who need it.
The LL.M. degree can be earned in one year of full-time study, or up to two years of part-time enrollment. Note: Student visa regulations specify that only students with non-student visas, such as those working full-time in the U.S. while enrolled, will be permitted to study part-time. U.S. Citizens and Permanent Residents are also eligible for the part-time program.