The LL.M. program is designed to be completed in one academic year of full-time study. Students enter in the fall semester, which begins in mid-August and ends in mid-December, and finish in the spring semester, which begins in January and ends in mid-May. There are no spring admissions. All students enrolled in the LL.M. program must complete a minimum of 24 credit hours within two years to obtain the LL.M. degree. Please see the Academic Calendar.
The LL.M. curriculum requires that students take three courses: Fundamentals of American Law, U.S. Legal Discourse I and U.S. Legal Discourse II. The LL.M. program was designed exclusively for LL.M. students to learn legal analysis, writing, research, and presentation skills. The remainder of the required 24 credits will be made up from the courses already offered at the School. The student and the student’s adviser will meet to assess a student’s individual interests and needs. The program is designed so that most of your course work will be done in classrooms with U.S. law students.
If you want an LL.M. that will qualify you to sit the New York bar exam, additional requirements must be met, including taking at least two courses in basic American law. The New York bar regulations list 14 courses — such as business relationships, contracts, evidence, professional responsibility, property, remedies, torts, and wills – which fulfill this requirement. If you have no interest in sitting for a bar exam in another state because, for example, you intend to return to your home country after completing the LL.M., then the selection is yours to make with your advisor. Based on the strengths of our faculty, possibilities for study in the areas of Environmental, Immigration, and Family Law exist.
Sample Ll.M. Sequence
- Fundamentals of American Law (Required) (2)
- S. Legal Discourse (Required) (3)
- Professional Responsibility (3)
- Property Law (4)
- S. Legal Discourse 2 (Required) (2)
- Tort Law (3)
- Law of Corporate Finance (3)
- Business Organizations (4)
You can download a list of courses offered at Barry.