The LL.M. program is designed to be completed in one academic year of full-time study. Students enter in the fall semester, which begins in mid-August and ends in mid-December, and finish in the spring semester, which begins mid-January and ends in mid-May. There are no spring admissions. All students enrolled in the LL.M. program must complete a minimum of 24 credit hours within two years to obtain the LL.M. degree. Please see the Academic Calendar.
The LL.M. curriculum requires three courses, United States Law I: Methods, Sources and Structure, United States Law II: Scholarship and Perspectives (USL I & II), and Legal Skills and Values: LL.M., which was designed exclusively for LL.M. students to teach legal analysis, writing, and research. The remainder of the required 24 credits will be made up from the courses already offered at the College and selected by the student and the student’s adviser with the individual interests and needs of the student in mind. Therefore, most of your course work will be done in classrooms with U.S. law students and you will become a part of the greater community of the College’s students.
If you want an LL.M. that will qualify you to sit the New York bar exam, additional requirements must be met including taking at least two courses in basic American law. The New York bar regulations list 14 courses — such as business relationships, contracts, evidence, professional responsibility, property, remedies, torts, and wills – as fulfilling this requirement. If the student has no interest in sitting a bar exam in another state because, for example, he or she intends on returning to his or her home country after completing the LL.M., then the selection is wide open. Because of the strengths of our faculty, we may be able to highlight the possibilities that exist in International Law, Human Rights, Arbitration, and Latin American and Caribbean Law.
Sample LL.M. sequence
|United States Law I: Methods, Sources, and Structure (Required)||2|
|Legal Skills and Values: LL.M. (Required)||3|
|United States Law II: Scholarship and Perspectives (Required)||2|
|Mergers and Acquisitions||3|
|Law of Corporate Finance||3|
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Description of Required LL.M. Courses:
LAW 6806 Legal Skills and Values: LL.M. (3 credits). This course provides graduate law students with essential training in legal research, writing, and analysis to understand common documents found in the practice of law in the United States. It covers basic aspects of professional communication, including legal correspondence and memorandum writing.
LAW 7200 United States Law I: Methods, Sources, and Structure (2 credits). This course introduces graduate students to the United States legal system. It covers fundamental aspects of legal analysis and argumentation, the sources of law, the reading of cases and statutes in the common law tradition, and the structure of the legal system in the United States today. It addresses general approaches to constructing legal arguments, the use of primary and secondary sources in the United States, the development of United States law, the role and function of various institutions in the context of federalism, the legal process, the legal profession, and legislative and administrative developments.
LAW 7804 United States Law II: Scholarship and Perspectives (2 credits). This course introduces graduate law students to scholarly and theoretical techniques and approaches used in the United States to understand law. It covers basic aspects of academic and scholarly writing in law, perspectives on law from different theoretical schools, and the tools that legal academics use in thinking about and writing about law. The course will survey different kinds of academic writing, with emphasis on the law review article. It will also discuss sociological jurisprudence, legal realism, law and economics, and critical legal studies.
The LL.M. program is a highly competitive and academically rigorous program. LL.M. students are required to follow the same grading system and grade normalization scale in classes they attend with J.D. students.
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Student performance in all courses offered by the College shall be graded in accordance with the grading curve and counted in a student’s cumulative grade point average. Students must earn a cumulative grade point average of 2.00 or greater for all graded coursework and pass all required courses.
Under the College of Law’s grading system, all courses except those graded on a pass/fail basis will be graded on the following system:
- A = 4.00 grade points per credit hour
- A- = 3.67
- B+ = 3.33
- B = 3.00
- B- = 2.67
- C+ = 2.33
- C = 2.00
- C- = 1.67
- D = 1.00
- F = 0.00.
For courses specifically designed for LL.M. students, the grading system will not be in accordance with the grading curve. Students’ grades will be based on their individual performance throughout the course.
All examinations are graded anonymously. Papers submitted for credit in a course, seminar, or independent study and work involving evaluation of student performance during the course of the semester need not be graded anonymously.