LL.M. Application Process
Our program is designed to help lawyers trained abroad connect with other international lawyers, our world class faculty, and over 23,000 alumni. We received an A+ for Student Experience and A for Academics from the International Jurist. The LL.M. program also 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, the Law School can also accommodate tailored study plans for those students who wish to specialize in other areas of the law.
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 accept applications on a rolling basis throughout the year.
We consider all LL.M. applicants for merit-based scholarship. There is no separate application.
Estimated Cost of Attendance
The per-credit tuition cost for the LL.M. Program matches the per-credit tuition cost for the J.D. Program, and living expenses are estimated costs which vary depending on the student’s actual expenses.
For the 2019-2020 school year the tuition and fees are:
|Tuition Per Credit*
*U.S. Government funding is available only for U.S. Citizens and Permanent Residents. However, Brooklyn Law School offers merit-based scholarships.
**For students who are not covered by their own health insurance. Students may receive a budget adjustment for health insurance costs.
We Want to Meet You
If you are in New York, please email us to set up an appointment. You may also attend any of our on-campus events.
We also periodically host webinars. See below for upcoming webinar dates!
Part I: The Master of Laws for Foreign-Trained Attorneys
This webinar will cover what the LL.M is and how can it benefit you. We will explain the differences between programs, how the LL.M. is structured and what is required to complete the program.
DATE: September 23, 2019 / TIME: 11 AM – Noon EST / SIGN UP HERE
Part II: Applying for a Master of Laws Degree
In this webinar we will look at the application process: What documents you are required to submit, what the Law School Admissions Council (LSAC) is, and how U.S. law schools make their admissions decisions.
DATE: November 6, 2019 / TIME: 11 AM – Noon EST / SIGN UP HERE
Part III: Become an Attorney in New York as a Foreign Lawyer
In this webinar we will talk about the New York Bar Exam: What you are required to show to be eligible to sit for the bar exam, what the foreign advanced evaluation is and how you will become admitted to the bar upon passing the bar exam.
DATE : January 7, 2020 / TIME: 11 AM – Noon EST / SIGN UP HERE
If you are unable to attend all or any of the sessions, don’t worry! There will be many other opportunities to learn more about the process and about Brooklyn Law. Check our travel schedule to see if we are visiting a city near you in the fall, or if you are in New York, stop by for a visit.