LLM for Foreign-Trained Lawyers
Our program is designed to meet the New York Court of Appeals requirements for foreign-trained lawyers who wish to sit for the New York State bar exam. Through a complement of courses and pedagogy that focuses on the specific academic needs of those with legal training from abroad, Brooklyn Law School has created a program that will help its graduates become more effective and confident transnational lawyers.
Our 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 explore other areas of the law.
LL.M. students are very much a part of the Law School’s thriving intellectual life and they participate in many of the same activities as our J.D. students. These include programs sponsored by the Dennis Block Center for the Study of International Business Law, or membership in one of our 40 student organizations. LL.M. students can also gain practical experience with a pro bono project, or take part in a clinic or externship, and have the opportunity to publish in one of our scholarly journals.
Beginning this July, the Law School’s new Legal Language Institute will also offer one- and three-week summer programs in intensive Legal English training. Designed specifically for foreign lawyers and law students – whether enrolled in Brooklyn Law School’s LL.M. program for foreign-trained lawyers or elsewhere – this intensive training will be extraordinarily beneficial prior to any U.S. legal studies.
To help acclimate our students to living in Brooklyn, we provide guaranteed housing in Feil Hall to all applicants meeting our housing deadline. Feil Hall is a contemporary new residence hall located just a few blocks from the Law School, with over 200 apartments for students and faculty.
Prospective students who wish to learn more about the admission application process should read our comprehensive LL.M. Application Instructions. These application instructions contain an application checklist and detailed information regarding admissions criteria, the application review process, deadlines, and costs.
Before applying, each applicant must register with LSAC. Registration is free and valid for a five-year period beginning on the date LSAC processes it. To register, visit the LSAC Web site at www.lsac.org. After registering with LSAC, prospective students must apply to the LL.M. program using the online application at www.lsac.org. All supporting documents, including resumes/curriculum vitae, letters of recommendation, and personal statements must be sent to LSAC. Your transcripts and TOEFL or IELTS scores should also be sent directly to LSAC. The Law School will receive all applications and supporting documents from LSAC.
Only complete applications will be reviewed by the Law School’s LL.M. Admissions Committee. Applicants are encouraged to keep a copy of their application materials, as they will not be returned. Once you have completed your application you may check on the status online.
To be eligible for admission to the LL.M. program for foreign-trained lawyers, prospective students must:
- Hold a law degree from a foreign university that allows you to practice law in the jurisdiction where it was awarded; and
- Have a minimum Internet-based TOEFL score of 100 with a minimum of 25 on each of the four sections, or a minimum IELTS score of 7.0. 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. For additional information, review the English Proficiency section of our LL.M. Application Instructions.
Relevant deadlines for the LL.M. are as follows:
- Early Action Application Deadline: December 1
- Regular Review Priority Deadline: February 1 (though applications will continue to be accepted through June 30)
- Tuition Deposit and Matriculation Fee Due Date: April 15 or the date denoted in the letter of admission, whichever is later
- Housing Application and Deposit Due Date: May