Graduate Admissions

Eligibility and Admission Standards

Eligibility

LLM and Executive LLM Programs

A candidate for the degree of Master of Laws (LLM) and Executive Master of Laws (E-LLM) within the Graduate Division at New York University School of Law must hold the first degree in law (JD or LLB) from a law school that is approved by the Section of Legal Education of the American Bar Association or a bachelor of laws degree from a non-US law school approved by its foreign equivalent. Candidates who received their legal education from schools in Bologna-signatory countries must have academic credentials that permit them entry into legal practice; typically, three-year Bologna-compliant bachelor’s degrees alone are not sufficient to meet this standard.

A prospective LLM or E-LLM applicant in his or her final year of study toward the first degree in law is eligible to apply only if he or she will complete all necessary requirements for the degree by the start date of the intended program (August for full-time programs).

Part-time applicants who anticipate taking online classes, such as but not limited to those who will apply to the Executive LLM in Taxation, should review the information regarding residency to determine their eligibility. Such applicants are advised to do so prior to registering with LSAC or submitting the online application.

JSD Program

A JSD candidate must meet the above LLM requirements and also hold an accredited advanced law degree (LLM or equivalent) from a US or foreign law school. For doctoral candidates from Bologna-signatory countries, the advanced degree must be in addition to the academic credentials that permit entry into legal practice. Prospective students who hold a US JD and who want to engage in the Law School’s intellectual community in furtherance of a career in legal academia may wish to consider NYU Law’s fellowship options instead of the JSD program.

A prospective JSD student who is currently enrolled in a graduate law degree program at an ABA-accredited law school in the United States (including NYU School of Law) or a non-US law school approved by its foreign equivalent, and will have earned a graduate law degree prior to enrollment, may apply to the JSD program for the Fall semester following the completion of the advanced degree.

APC in Taxation Program

A candidate for the Advanced Professional Certificate (APC) in Taxation must hold the first degree in law (JD or LLB) from a law school that is approved by the Section of Legal Education of the American Bar Association. A prospective applicant in his or her final year of study toward the first degree in law is eligible to apply only if he or she will complete all necessary requirements to receive the first degree in law by the start date of the certificate program. Applicants with a US JD degree who already hold or are pursuing an LLM degree from an accredited law school may apply to the APC program. However, if admitted, they will still be required to complete prerequisites to gain access to more advanced classes, if applicable.

Standards of Admission

LLM and Executive LLM Programs

Admission to the Graduate Division for all LLM programs and the Executive LLM in Taxation is highly selective and is based primarily upon prior legal studies. Standards of admission are equal across all specializations and for both full-time and part-time study. Last year, the Law School received more than 2,800 full-time LLM applications for a class of about 435 students. Although there are no inflexible rules about class rankings or grade point averages, those admitted have excellent law school records and strong academic and/or professional recommendations. Evidence of significant professional accomplishment is also taken into consideration.

Admission to the LLM or E-LLM program does not guarantee or assure admission to the JSD program.

JSD Program

The JSD is NYU Law’s most advanced law degree. Only a very small number of students who demonstrate outstanding academic promise are admitted to JSD candidacy. A student is admitted to the program only if he or she meets the application requirements and shows potential for completing a dissertation of publishable quality that will make a significant scholarly contribution to the field in which it is written. While the JSD Committee fully considers all applicants on the basis of their application materials, it exercises a preference for applicants who complete the LLM degree at NYU. Typically, all NYU LLM graduates must have attained a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.50.

APC in Taxation Program

Academic admission criteria are comparable to those of the LLM and E-LLM in Taxation programs. Prospective students must demonstrate professional competence and career advancement.

Statement of Diversity

The Graduate Division of New York University School of Law is a community of remarkable diversity, enhancing the learning environment for all. Those who comprise our student body hail from around the world and bring with them a variety of experiences and viewpoints. Students are both the recipients and providers of the learning process, and the Law School in turn has a vital interest in what they bring to the task of educating each other.

To select the most highly-talented, motivated and intelligent people to take on this task from a pool of well-qualified applicants, the Committee on Graduate Admissions welcomes applications for the LLM, JSD and Advanced Professional Certificate programs from all eligible persons. We are additionally committed to making appropriate academic accommodation for admitted students with disabilities.

We very much encourage you to take the opportunity to highlight how you will contribute to our global community of scholars in your application to our institution.

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