Our LL.M. Program for Foreign Trained Lawyers

Curriculum & Requirements

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 of two paths of study. The New York State Bar Focus is intended to help prepare students to sit for the New York State bar examination. The Specialization path is designed for students who wish to focus their course selections 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 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 and two courses – Fundamentals of American Law and Legal Writing & Research for the Foreign-Trained Lawyer. No thesis credit is required.

All LL.M. students begin their studies in August with Fundamentals of American Law, a mandatory, 2-credit course. During the fall semester, students must also take a 3-credit course on Legal Writing & Research for the Foreign-Trained Lawyer. For this course, faculty members trained in linguistics and experienced in teaching ESL will join the Brooklyn Law School faculty to offer additional assistance for students who need it.

The LL.M. degree can be earned in one year of full-time study, or up to two years of part-time enrollment. Note: Student visa regulations specify that only students with non-student visas, such as those working full-time in the U.S. while enrolled, will be permitted to study part-time. U.S. Citizens and Permanent Residents are also eligible for the part-time program.

  • In addition to the general requirements set forth above, LL.M. students wishing to specialize in a particular area of law must earn at least 15 credits in that area.

  • 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.

    Business Law course offerings include:

    Read more about Business Law at BLS.

  • 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 include:

  • 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.

    Intellectual Property Law course offerings include:

    Read more about Intellectual Property Law at BLS.

Did You Know?

BLS was Ranked the No. 1 Law School for “Best General LL.M.” by the New York Law Journal (Sept. 2014).

Have questions? We have answers.

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

P: (718) 780-0626
F: (718) 780-0393

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