LL.M. for Foreign Law Graduates

Albany Law School

Program Description

LL.M. for Foreign Law Graduates

Albany Law School

Academic Requirements

The law school offers a rigorous curriculum with a rich history of excellence. Students will be joining a community of distinguished faculty, focused and determined students, and a network of accomplished alumni that can provide mentorship, internships, and potential employment.

Located in the heart of New York state’s capital, the law school has educated leaders since 1851. With 10,400 alumni practicing across the country, this powerful network provides a community of opportunity for its students. An affiliation agreement with University at Albany includes shared programs, and access for students and faculty to learn from one another.

The law school has a proven history of launching brilliant careers throughout the region, the nation and internationally. Presidents, CEOs, financial executives, and business owners credit their Albany Law School experience for their success.

To insure compliance with the Rules of the New York Court of Appeals, the LL.M. degree at Albany Law School consists of 27 credit hours of coursework that must be completed with 24 months of matriculation. Required courses are:

  • Legal Profession
  • Legal Research and Writing
  • Constitutional Law, Federal Civil Procedure, or New York Practice I.
  • The program also requires LL.M. candidates to take Advanced Legal Analysis.

Advanced Legal Analysis is a specially designed course that covers bar examination topics including contracts, criminal law/criminal procedure, torts, constitutional law, property, and evidence. Students are assigned problems and exercises that are in the same format as bar questions and receive written feedback designed to make them more successful on the bar examination.

In addition to the required courses set out above, at least six credit hours must be taken from the following courses:

  • Criminal Procedure: Investigation
  • Contractsor Sales & Payment Systems
  • Torts
  • Evidence
  • Business Organizations
  • Property or Trusts & Estates
  • Criminal Law

While only 27 credits are required to receive the LL.M. degree, candidates are encouraged to enroll in three additional credit hours that may be selected from the above courses or the full range of courses offered by the law school. Albany Law School recognizes that foreign-educated lawyers present very different backgrounds and training ( e.g., common law versus civil law and actual prior course work and experience) and we seek to build on those individual differences. Therefore, in addition to regular course work, LL.M. students are eligible to earn up to four credits by enrolling in an in-house clinical program through the Albany Law School Clinic & Justice Center. Law interns in the Clinic & Justice Center represent real clients in actual cases under the close supervision of faculty members. This experience is intended to enrich students' formal legal education and to promote students' professional development by assisting them in integrating legal doctrine and theory with actual legal practice and professional responsibility.

All foreign law graduates seeking an LL.M. in this program must begin the program in August and participate in a brief orientation.

  • LL.M. for Foreign Law Graduates Application & Procedures
  • LL.M. for Foreign Graduates - Financial Aid FAQs

Maintaining Legal Immigration Status

Foreign students are required to maintain legal immigration status throughout their stay in the U.S. Please refer to the Student Guide to the Student Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS).

The Admissions Office staff is dedicated to assisting you through the application process. We are available to answer your questions and concerns, and encourage you to contact us. Our office is open Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Please email us at admissions@albanylaw.edu or call 518-445-2326. ​​​

Master of Laws Foreign Applicant

This LL.M. program is designed for foreign law graduates who seek an academic program to qualify for admission to the New York state bar or other bar. If you received your law degree from an ABA-approved law school in the United States, please apply through our regular LL.M. program.

An applicant who has studied in a foreign country may qualify to take the New York state bar examination by submitting to the New York State Board of Law Examiners satisfactory proof of the legal education as required by Part 520.6 of the Rules of the Court of Appeals for the Admission of Attorneys and Counselors at Law. For foreign law graduates whose law degree does not meet the durational equivalency requirements, the applicant can satisfy the requirements by successfully earning an LL.M. degree by completing a full-time or part-time program consisting of a minimum of 24 semester hours of credit in professional law subjects, in an approved law school in the United States. Please see the program curriculum for details.

LL.M. Application & Procedures

  • Applicants are reminded that this application will only be considered upon receipt of all required materials.
  • All foreign law graduates seeking an LL.M. in this program must begin the program in August and participate in a brief orientation.
  • LL.M. candidates who are not U.S. citizens must enroll as full-time students and take a minimum of 9 credits per semester.

Maintaining Legal Immigration Status

Foreign students are required to maintain legal immigration status throughout their stay in the U.S. Please refer to the Student Guide to the Student Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS).

This school offers programs in:
  • English


Last updated November 10, 2017
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