Joint Degrees

Joint Degrees

In an age of interrelated professions and career goals, Brooklyn Law School has been a leader in co-sponsoring joint-degree programs with other prominent New York City institutions. Each program is carefully designed to provide students with the knowledge and skills necessary to excel in interrelated professions. The joint degree programs enable students to earn the Juris Doctor (J.D.) degree concurrently and in less time with one of the Master's degrees listed below.

Credits earned outside the Law School and used toward a J.D., including non-Law School credits toward a joint degree, count toward the overall credits required for graduation, but do not count toward the 65 “classroom credits” required for graduation. For further information, please contact the Registrar’s office or refer to our Student Handbook.

We are excited to offer students the option of earning both a J.D. and an LL.M. in three years with one of our four international dual degree partners. Built on the strength of existing international programs, the option enables BLS students to live abroad for two semesters (Fall and Spring consecutively) during their second or third year*, earning both an LL.M. and credit toward their J.D. Reciprocally, international students from partner institutions come to Brooklyn Law School to earn the LL.M.

The international dual degree program (J.D./LL.M.) lends 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.
*Restrictions on your ability to participate in certain programs during your third year may apply as the timing may interfere with our ability to certify you for graduation at BLS and the NYS bar exam.

General Information
  • BLS students will spend a year abroad at the foreign institution.
  • Up to 24 credits may transfer back to BLS toward the J.D.
  • Students will earn the J.D. and foreign LL.M. in only three years. 
  • Courses are taught in English.
  • Curriculum: International and European Business Law.
  • All BLS students will pay normal tuition to BLS for one semester.  In the second semester they will only be required to pay foreign tuition and fees plus a $250 per credit transfer fee for each credit transferred back to BLS during the Spring semester when you are not paying BLS tuition. Each program has a different tuition obligation.  See below for specifics.
  • BLS scholarship only applies to semester you pay BLS tuition.
  • Not open to accelerated JD or part-time students.
  • You must earn a grade of C or higher for credits to transfer. Grades do not transfer and have no effect on your GPA.
  • Each program is limited to two BLS students per year.
International Dual Degree Options

Bucerius Law School - Hamburg, Germany
  •  Master of Law and Business.
    • Depending upon the courses you take, the type of internship you have, and the focus of the master’s thesis, you can receive either the LL.M. (Law and Business) or the Master of Law and Business degree (MLB).
  • There is a set curriculum, but with some elective courses.
  • For more information, view the MLB Brochure.
  • Combines international commercial law with an international management curriculum.
  • Must have at least one year of work experience to apply.
  • Includes an internship program.
  • Students pay Bucerius tuition of 16,000 Euros (or approx. $22,000USD).
  • Graduating students may not attend in their final year.
  • J.D./LL.M. awarded after completion of both degrees.
Universidad Pontificia Comillas - Madrid, Spain
  • LL.M. in International and European Business Law.
  • There is a set curriculum.
  • No additional tuition is paid to Comillas.
  • Graduating students may attend in their final year.
Université Jean Moulin Lyon 3 - Lyon, France
  • LL.M. in International and European Business Law.
  • Students pay Spring semester to Lyon which is 5,000 Euros (or approx. $6,800USD).
  • Graduating students may attend in their final year.
University College Cork - Cork, Ireland
  • LLM in Business Law.
  • Students pay UCC tuition of 12,500 Euros (or approx $17,000USD).
  • Graduating students may not attend in their final year.
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.

Have questions? We have answers.

Brendan Flynn
Academic Services Coordinator

1 Boerum Place
Brooklyn, NY 11201
P: (718) 780-5753