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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Specializations

In addition to the general requirements, LL.M. students wishing to specialize in a particular area of law must earn at least 15 credits in that area. Brooklyn Law School highlights three specialization areas: Business Law; Refugee and Immigration Law; and Intellectual Property Law.

Business Law
Located just minutes from Wall Street, the epicenter of international finance, Brooklyn Law School is the ideal place to study the evolution of business practice. Our acclaimed business law faculty includes both long-standing members with deep roots in the business law community, and brilliant young scholars on the cutting edge of the discipline. Our foundational courses provide a thorough grounding in the way law governs organizations, from small businesses and privately held companies to large corporate enterprises with many subsidiaries and affiliates. A range of advanced course offerings, including seminars and specialty courses, provides opportunities for students to delve into specific areas more deeply. Our Dennis J. Block Center for the Study of International Business Law, now in its third decade, sponsors a variety of events on contemporary international business issues and draws influential scholars and practitioners to the Law School. In addition, the new Center for the Study of Business Law and Regulation unites the Law School’s existing diverse business and commercial law programs by providing a forum for scholarship that offers new perspectives on, and solutions to, real world business law and regulatory issues.

Business Law course offerings can be viewed here.

Read more about Business Law at BLS.

Refugee and Immigration Law
In a time of increasing globalization and concern about issues of national security, refugee and immigration law has never mattered more. Our refugee and immigration law faculty includes scholars, policy makers, and practitioners who have made substantial contributions to the field, including in the areas of asylum law, refugee law, and international human rights law. These experts teach and practice against the backdrop of New York City, a hub of immigration practice and home to two immigration courts, two asylum offices, and one of the busiest federal Circuit Court immigration dockets in the country.

Refugee and Immigration Law course offerings can be viewed here.

Intellectual Property Law
With the increasing exchange of information in cyberspace, IP law is one of the fastest-evolving branches of the law. Our curriculum addresses the pressing need for new policy, both domestic and in the international arena, and a new generation of tech-savvy lawyers. Our IP law faculty includes a range of talented legal experts who are well-known for their outstanding contributions to the field. Our New York City location, home to Silicon Alley and the world’s media capital, offers the advantage of a legal education that is part classroom study, part immersion. Students’ fieldwork will be with the very entrepreneurs, startup companies, and emerging technologies that are driving change.

The newly launched Center for Urban Business Entrepreneurship (CUBE) will harness this energy. CUBE will be the hub for exploring legal issues surrounding entrepreneurship, and for providing effective legal representation and support for new commercial and not-for-profit businesses – while also training the next generation of business lawyers to advise and participate in these sectors. The Center will reinforce and capitalize on Brooklyn’s role as a haven for business, media, energy, technology, creative arts, and social enterprise innovators.

Intellectual Property Law course offerings can be viewed here.

Read more about Intellectual Property Law at BLS

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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