LL.M. Application Process
Our program is designed to help lawyers trained abroad connect with other international lawyers, our world class faculty, and more than 23,000 alumni. Brooklyn Law School received an A+ for Student Experience and A for Academics from the International Jurist. The LL.M. program was also inducted into the New York Law Journal’s "Best of" Hall of Fame for being voted one of the top general LL.M. programs five years in a row.
The LL.M. program facilitates specialized study in a number of areas, including business law, intellectual property law, and refugee and immigration law. While these three specializations draw on Brooklyn Law School's academic strengths, we can also accommodate tailored study plans for those students who wish to specialize in other areas of the law.
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 below.
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.
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.
NY State Bar exam
The requirements for admission to Brooklyn Law School’s LL.M. program are different than the requirements for eligibility to sit for the New York State Bar exam. Only the New York State Board of Law Examiners can determine eligibility for the New York State Bar exam, and you must contact them with any questions on eligibility to sit for the exam.
All applications are submitted through www.lsac.org. If you need assistance or have questions about the application, please contact the Office of International Programs at firstname.lastname@example.org. If you need technical assistance with the LSAC’s website or have questions about the Credential Assembly Service, please contact the LSAC directly.
You will need the following supplemental documents:
- USD70 application fee
- Resume/curriculum vitae
- Personal statement (1-3 pages in length)
- Two letters of recommendation (completed online with LSAC by your recommenders or sent directly to LSAC)
- Official law school transcript, with certified English translation if necessary, sent directly to LSAC
- Official TOEFL score report from the Educational Testing Service, or an official score report from the International English Language Testing System (IELTS), sent directly to LSAC.
The Admissions Committee will only review an application once it is complete. An application is considered complete when all required documents have been received and processed by the Office of International Programs.
The LSAC system is designed to show you which application documents have been received and which documents are still needed. We send all Admissions Committee decisions by email. Please keep the Office of International Programs informed of any changes in your contact information, including mailing address, email address and telephone number.
Please keep in mind that, although the tracking system may indicate that all required documents have been received, the Admissions Committee may determine, upon later review of the file, that a clarification or additional information and/or documentation is required.
We consider all LL.M. applicants for merit-based scholarship. There is no separate application.
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. They will have the option to take advantage of guaranteed housing in Feil Hall, our residence hall located a short walk from the main campus. The Research Fellow will work under the guidance of a faculty member to produce an academic paper within an area of law of their choosing.
Interested prospective students must apply to Brooklyn Law School's program through LSAC's credential assembly service. Applicants must indicate in their personal statements that they would like to be considered for this opportunity and include 1-2 paragraphs about a proposed research topic. Applications are due by April 30, 2022.
We accept applications on a rolling basis throughout the year.
Estimated Cost of Attendance
For details on cost of attendance, please check the LL.M. section of Tuition.