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.
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: