Lawyers looking to take their career to the next level will find challenge, choice and flexibility at the School of Law.
Our innovative Cross-Border Legal Studies LL.M. Program, one of the first of its kind in the United States, recognizes the increasingly global nature of legal practice and the need for skilled attorneys to guide clients through their cross-border interactions.
Located just 20 minutes from Canada, the US’s largest trading partner, the School of Law is uniquely situated to provide students with exposure to cross-border legal issues both inside and outside the classroom. A strong network of alumni based in Buffalo, New York and Ontario, Canada engage in a wide range of cross-border legal practice including trade, tax, immigration, real estate, and corporate and transactional work. These practitioners serve as community partners in the program and informal mentors to LL.M. students throughout the course of their studies. In addition, each student is assigned an academic advisor to provide one-on-one guidance throughout the program.
Admission to the program requires a first degree in law. In addition to the capstone course, admitted students select four courses from over 30 offerings relevant to cross-border legal studies including international business, tax, corporate, immigration, trade and environment-related topics. International students will additionally take a legal research and writing class and a course that introduces the United States legal system. The remainder of the students’ coursework will comprise electives from the entirety of the law school’s course offerings.
Admission to the LL.M. Programs
Students in our LL.M. programs come from countries all over the world, including the United States, but those we accept have several things in common: they demonstrate superior achievement in law school and/or the legal profession, they possess excellent communication skills, and most importantly, they have a very clear sense of how an LL.M. degree from the School of Law is going to help them achieve their professional goals. Our admission process is selective and based on both quantitative and qualitative criteria. In addition to your law school grade point average (GPA) and the results of language proficiency test (if necessary) such as the TOEFL, the Graduate Admissions Committee considers other non-numerical factors in reaching decisions. These factors include:
- Achievement or activities that indicate a high level of probability of academic excellence and intellectual contributions while in law school;
- Achievements or activities emanating from work, life experience, or community service that indicate a potential for contributing to the enrichment of the law school community;
- Special factors in your academic background that may have affected your academic career, including discrimination based on race, creed, gender, disability or national origin, and economic or social impediments.
The University at Buffalo School of Law is committed to a nondiscriminatory admission policy and philosophy. We welcome applications from all people without regard to race, age, gender, disability, religion, national origin, family status or sexual orientation.
The Admissions Committee uses a rolling admission process. Applications are reviewed after they become complete over the course of the entire year, and decisions are usually made within four weeks of application submission and receipt of all required supporting documentation. It is essential to make sure you have submitted all necessary documentation and completed all steps in the application process so we can review your completed application.
You are eligible to apply to our LL.M. programs if you have a first degree in law from a regionally accredited college or university by the date of intended enrollment in the School of Law. Note: Students must have completed their law study primarily in the classroom with professors, not online.
Applicants whose first language is not English must demonstrate English proficiency by taking the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). TOEFL scores must be dated within two years of prospective enrollment at the School of Law.
What You Need
- Letters of Recommendation
- Your Personal Statement
- The Application
- Application Fee
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Cost & Fees
Law School Tuition for 2017-2018*
- In-State: $25,410
- Non-NY Residents: $29,500**
*Does not include fees and additional expenses.
**Pending administrative action to finalize.
Last updated July 25, 2017