Lawyers looking to take their career to the next level will find challenge, choice, and flexibility at the School of Law.
The General LL.M. Program allows lawyers who have demonstrated success in their legal education, their practice, or both, to create individualized programs designed to take their careers to the next level. LL.M. students have access to nearly the entire J.D. curriculum and admitted students receive one-on-one academic advisement in the selection of their courses to help them navigate through our substantial range of course offerings and out-of-the-classroom learning opportunities. The program takes one year to complete. Our dynamic classrooms give LL.M. students the opportunity to learn alongside students in our three- and two-year J.D. programs and share their global perspectives, enriching our community both in and out of class.
Many General LL.M. students use the degree to satisfy jurisdictional requirements for the admission of foreign-trained lawyers to practice law, including those of the New York Board of Law Examiners and the National Committee on Accreditation in Canada.
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
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.
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Last updated January 19, 2018