Brooklyn Law School has established a new LL.M. program for foreign-trained lawyers that will begin in August 2011. The program is designed for lawyers trained abroad to study U.S. law, master American legal discourse, and enhance their lawyering skills to practice law in their home countries.
The program offers specialized study in the areas of business law, intellectual property law, and refugee and immigration law, but will also accommodate tailored study plans for those students who wish to explore other areas of the law. “We believe this program will enable foreign-trained lawyers to develop the skills needed to become more effective and confident transnational lawyers,” said Interim Dean Michael Gerber.
Gerber noted that the Law School’s program has been uniquely designed to meet the needs of the foreign-trained lawyer. The program includes a course that is aimed at helping LL.M. students prepare for the New York State Bar Exam; invitations to workshops, symposia, and other events of interest to international lawyers; and a strong emphasis on helping LL.M. students develop the skills they need to draft U.S. legal documents. Law professors and linguistics professors with training in ESL will work together to oversee legal writing courses and will provide individualized feedback outside of the classroom.
The LL.M. degree can be earned in one year of full-time study, or up to two years of part-time enrollment for those individuals with non-student visas. Prospective students must hold the equivalent of a J.D. from a foreign university. Non-native English speakers are required to demonstrate English competency through minimum TOEFL scores.
Full-time students are offered guaranteed housing in Feil Hall, a new high-rise residence that offers beautiful, spacious furnished apartments only three blocks from the main campus.
Deadlines for the 2011-2012 academic year are as follows:
Early action application deadline: December 1, 2010
Regular review application deadline: February 1, 2011
For more information about the program, please visit www.brooklaw.edu/llm or contact Julie Sculli at 718-780-0626 or firstname.lastname@example.org.