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 two courses, United States Law I: Methods, Sources and Structure and United States Law II: Scholarship and Perspectives (USL I & II). There is an additional course designed exclusively for LL.M. students to teach legal analysis, writing, and research called Legal Skills and Values: LL.M.
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 (required)||2|
|Legal Skills and Values: LL.M.||3|
|United States Law II (required)||2|
|Mergers and Acquisitions||3|
|Law of Corporate Finance||3|
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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.