BLS-Degree Options: LL.M. Program

LL.M. for Foreign-Trained Lawyers

LL.M. students

LL.M. for Foreign-Trained Lawyers

Our program is designed to meet the New York Court of Appeals requirements for foreign-trained lawyers who wish to sit for the New York State bar exam. Through a complement of courses and pedagogy that focuses on the specific academic needs of those with legal training from abroad, Brooklyn Law School has created a program that will help its graduates become more effective and confident transnational lawyers.

Our program also facilitates specialized study in a number of areas, including business law, intellectual property law, and refugee and immigration law. While these three specializations draw on Brooklyn Law School's academic strengths, the Law School can also accommodate tailored study plans for those students who wish to explore other areas of the law.

LL.M. students are very much a part of the Law School’s thriving intellectual life and they participate in many of the same activities as our J.D. students. These include programs sponsored by the Dennis Block Center for the Study of International Business Law, or membership in one of our 40 student organizations. LL.M. students can also gain practical experience with a pro bono project, or take part in a clinic or externship, and have the opportunity to publish in one of our scholarly journals.

Beginning this July, the Law School’s new Legal Language Institute will also offer one- and three-week summer programs in intensive Legal English training. Designed specifically for foreign lawyers and law students – whether enrolled in Brooklyn Law School’s LL.M. program for foreign-trained lawyers or elsewhere – this intensive training will be extraordinarily beneficial prior to any U.S. legal studies.

To help acclimate our students to living in Brooklyn, we provide guaranteed housing in Feil Hall to all applicants meeting our housing deadline. Feil Hall is a contemporary new residence hall located just a few blocks from the Law School, with over 200 apartments for students and faculty.

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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 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 the Foreign-Trained Lawyer – are mandatory. No thesis credit is required.

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

The LL.M. degree can be 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 must meet the following additional requirements:

Have questions? We have answers.

Julie Sculli
Director of International Programs
250 Joralemon Street, Room 932

P: (718) 780-0626
F: (718) 780-0393
julie.sculli@brooklaw.edu

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