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Location, Location, Location

Brooklyn Law School is located just minutes from Wall Street, the epicenter of international finance and Silicon Alley, the hub for tech start-ups. Immerse yourself in a real-world learning environment where LL.M. students grow both professionally and personally.

Voted #3 Best Overall LL.M Program on the New York Law Journal's "Best of" List

Brooklyn Law is consistently ranked among the top LL.M. programs by The New York Law Journal and has been recognized by International Jurist magazine as a leading school for academics and overall student experience. Our program is designed to help lawyers trained abroad to explore U.S. law, connect with other international lawyers, our world-class faculty, and more than 23,000 alumni. Our LL.M. students have opportunities to do real work in clinics, externships, and pro bono projects in a wide range of practice areas. Brooklyn Law School has created a unique program that helps our graduates develop the professional networks they need to advance their legal education and careers. To learn more, sign up for our mailing list.

Scholarship and Research Fellowship Opportunity 

For the 2022-2023 academic year, Brooklyn Law School will offer one full-tuition scholarship with a customized fellowship research opportunity. The recipient will earn an LL.M. while developing independent research overseen by a Brooklyn Law School professor. For more details, please see the Scholarship section of the Application Information page.

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Specializations

Brooklyn Law School highlights three specialization areas: Business Law, Refugee and Immigration Law, and Intellectual Property Law.

Business Law
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. In addition, the new Center for the Study of Business Law and Regulation unites the Law School’s existing diverse business and commercial law programs by providing a forum for scholarship that offers new perspectives on, and solutions to, real world business law and regulatory issues.
Intellectual Property Law
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.

The Center for Urban Business Entrepreneurship (CUBE) is the hub for exploring legal issues such as entrepreneurship and providing effective legal representation for new commercial and not-for-profit businesses. CUBE also trains the next generation of business lawyers to advise and participate in these sectors. The Center reinforces and capitalizes on Brooklyn’s role as a haven for business, media, energy, technology, creative arts, and social enterprise innovators.
Refugee and Immigration Law
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.

Guaranteed Housing

LL.M. students are very much a part of the Law School’s thriving intellectual and cultural life. To facilitate integration into our community, we provide guaranteed housing in Feil Hall to all applicants meeting our housing deadline. Feil Hall is a modern, furnished residence hall located just a few blocks from the Law School with over 200 apartments.

Feil Hall is also the location of the Jeffrey D. Forchelli Conference Center, the site of frequent academic symposia, and Geraldo’s, a comfortable café that hosts various programs of interest to BLS students and is a perfect location for meeting friends. The residence hall is located just three blocks from the Law School’s main building.

The costs for Brooklyn Law School housing are highly competitive for apartments in New York City, especially those in the immediate vicinity of the Law School and the desirable neighborhood of Brooklyn Heights. All admitted LL.M. students who submit a completed housing application and deposit by the May 1 application deadline will be guaranteed housing while they complete the program. Family Housing is available for those who qualify.

To Apply for Housing

You must be an admitted student with a username and password from the Admissions Office to access the housing application on Brooklyn Law School's intranet website BLSConnect. If you have lost either of these, please contact the Admissions Office at admitq@brooklaw.edu.

Graduation Requirements

The LL.M. degree requires all students to complete 24 credits. Two courses – Fundamentals of American Law and Legal Writing & Research for LL.M. Students – are mandatory. No thesis credit is required. In addition to the general requirements, LL.M. students wishing to specialize in a particular area of law must earn at least 15 credits in that area.

LL.M. students can begin their studies in early August with Fundamentals of American Law, a 2-credit course. During the regular semester, students must also take the 3-credit course Legal Writing & Research for LL.M. Students. For this course, faculty members trained in linguistics and experienced in teaching ESL join the Brooklyn Law School writing and research faculty and work with students individually based on their needs.

The LL.M. degree is 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

In addition to the general requirements set forth above, LL.M. students wishing to sit for the New York State bar examination that are subject to Rule 520.6 must meet the following additional requirements:

  • One of the following courses: Professional Responsibility, Legal Profession, or Professional Responsibility in Different Practice Settings
  • Minimum of six (6) additional credits in subjects tested on the New York State bar exam

Application Requirements

Admission Criteria

To be eligible for admission to the LL.M. program for internationally trained lawyers, prospective students must:

  • Hold a first degree in law from an accredited foreign university that is substantially equivalent to the legal education provided by an American Bar Association-approved law school in the United States; and
  • Have a minimum Internet-based TOEFL score of 95 with a minimum of 23 on each of the four sections, or a minimum IELTS score of 7.0. Only for candidates whose native and working language is English and whose first degree in law is from a college or university in a country where both the language of instruction and the native language is English, the language proficiency examination requirement may be waived.