Graduate Admissions

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Questions

  1. How do I request an application?
  2. May I apply for a fee waiver for the Graduate application fee?
  3. What are the Graduate application deadlines?
  4. Do I have to take the TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) or the International English Testing System (IELTS)?
  5. What is the minimum TOEFL or IELTS score required?
  6. Will you accept any test of English language ability other than the TOEFL or IELTS?
  7. For how long are TOEFL and IELTS scores valid?
  8. How are applications evaluated? How competitive is admission to the Graduate programs? Do the admissions criteria vary from one Graduate program to another?
  9. May I request an interview as part of the application process?
  10. What courses does NYU School of Law offer beyond those needed to fulfill program requirements?
  11. My grading system is different from that of American schools. How will the Committee know how to evaluate my grades?
  12. What is the Law School Admission Council's Service?
  13. I am a foreign student; will I be given visa information?
  14. Can I apply to more than one NYU School of Law Graduate degree program simultaneously?
  15. Can I work while enrolled in a full-time Graduate program?
  16. How many credits may I take as a part-time student?
  17. If I enter a part-time LLM program may I transfer to full-time status?
  18. What Graduate programs are only offered on a full-time basis?
  19. How long from the time my application is complete may I expect to receive a decision by mail?
  20. Is the LSAT required for admission to an LLM program?
  21. I am currently enrolled in an LLM program at another law school; may I transfer credits to an NYU School of Law LLM program?

Answers

  • How do I request an application?
    All applicants must apply online. To receive an informational brochure please either fill out our online request form, or call us at (212) 998-6060.
  • May I apply for a fee waiver for the Graduate application fee?
    The $80 application fee is in addition to the service fees charged by LSAC, and is payable by credit card only on the LSAC website. Applicants who are unable to use a credit card to pay the application fee or for whom the application fee would present a financial hardship should contact the Office of Graduate Admissions at law.grad.moreinfo@nyu.edu. The application fee is non-refundable and will not be credited toward tuition if an applicant is offered admission.
  • What are the Graduate application deadlines?
    The Graduate application deadlines for Spring 2017 and Fall 2017 are now available here.
  • Do I have to take the TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS)?
    An English language proficiency test is required for all applicants whose first law degree program was not taught in English, or for applicants whose law degree program was taught in English but whose degree-granting institution is located in a country where English is not the primary language. Such applicants must submit an official score result from either the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS).
  • What is the minimum TOEFL or IELTS score required?
    The Committee requires that applicants who take the TOEFL achieve a minimum total score of at least 100, a minimum score of 26 on the reading and listening subsections, and a minimum score of 22 on the writing and speaking subsections. For applicants who take the IELTS, the Committee requires a minimum overall band score of at least 7, a minimum score of 7.5 on the reading and listening subsections, and a minimum score of 7 on the writing and speaking subsections. For both exams, JSD applicants must present scores subtantially higher than the minimum.

    Applicants should request that the Educational Testing Service issue an official score report of their results from the TOEFL iBT directly to LSAC (institution code: 8395). For IELTS test-takers, contact the test center directly and request that your test scores be sent to LSAC electronically. An institutional code is not required. LSAC only accepts scores submitted electronically, and all IELTS test centers worldwide are able to send scores electronically to LSAC.

    Under no circumstances may an applicant submit a score report directly to LSAC or to NYU Law; only official reports issued by the testing agencies are acceptable. Please do not send photocopies or examinee copies to NYU; they are not permitted, and will not expedite the review of your application.

    Applicants whose primary language is not English must have strong English language proficiency in order to participate productively and successfully in all aspects of the graduate program. Simply meeting the minimum TOEFL or IELTS standards is not necessarily sufficient and will not ensure academic success. In addition to the English language exam, interviews for English proficiency may be required; any such interviews would be conducted in the applicant’s home country.

    Applicants whose first law degree program was not taught in English, but who have completed an advanced degree taught in English in a country where English is the primary language are not required to take the TOEFL or the IELTS in order to apply. These applicants must submit an official transcript to LSAC showing the advanced graded academic coursework and the conferral of the degree. Despite this policy, the Committee on Graduate Admissions reserves the right to require an English language proficiency test score from such an applicant prior to rendering a decision. Applicants who are currently enrolled in such an advanced degree program, but who have not been conferred the degree, must submit an official TOEFL or IELTS score at the time of application.

     

  • Will you accept any test of English language ability other than the TOEFL or IELTS?
    No.
  • For how long are TOEFL and IELTS scores valid?
    The Educational Testing Service (ETS) and IELTS reports scores are valid for up to two years.
  • How are applications evaluated? How competitive is admission to the Graduate programs? Do the admissions criteria vary from one Graduate program to another?
    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 440 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.
  • May I request an interview as part of the application process?
    No. The Committee on Graduate Admissions does not interview applicants. The Committee encourages all applicants to submit all relevant information in writing with the application.
  • What courses does NYU School of Law offer beyond those needed to fulfill program requirements?
    Course listings and descriptions are posted on the Office of Academic Services website.
  • My grading system is different from that of American schools. How will the Committee know how to evaluate my grades?
    The Committee on Graduate Admissions is comprised of faculty and admissions officers who have extensive experience evaluating grades from foreign law schools using different grading systems.
  • What is the Law School Admission Council's Service?
    All prospective students applying to the Graduate Division for any program are required to use the Law School Admission Council (LSAC) LLM Credential Assembly Service. All applicants are strongly advised to register for the LLM Credential Assembly Service four to six weeks in advance of their first application deadline, and to supply required materials to LSAC as early as possible.

    The LLM Credential Assembly Service simplifies the application process by centralizing the collection of application materials, and distributing them in an electronic report to all law schools to which an applicant applies. Applicants benefit from using this service by submitting the required application materials only once to LSAC. NYU’s receipt of the required materials electronically from LSAC allows for quicker and more efficient processing for all applicants.

    Applicants with domestic education credentials 
    (those who hold, or are earning, a JD from a law school in the US or Puerto Rico) must purchase the Document Assembly Service.

    Applicants with foreign education credentials (those who earned their first law degree outside of the US) must purchase both the Document Assembly Service and the International Transcript Authentication and Evaluation Service.
     
    LSAC’s Letter of Recommendation Service is also required for all applicants. It is important to follow the instructions regarding the registration of recommenders, and to ensure that the recommender attaches the correct letter to the corresponding required form prior to mailing the documents to LSAC.
  • I am a foreign student; will I be given visa information?
    Yes. If you are admitted to a full-time Graduate program, your admission packet will include a flyer about how to locate and submit the I-20/DS-2019 Application to the Office of Global Services (OGS) at the University. The OGS will help you apply for your visa.
  • Can I apply to more than one NYU School of Law Graduate degree program simultaneously?
    Prospective students are permitted to apply only once, and to only one program of study, during an annual application cycle (September to June). Full-time programs begin only in the Fall semester (August). Part-time applicants with a US law degree choose between Spring entry (January) or Fall entry; foreign-trained part-time applicants may only apply for Fall entry. 

    - Traditional LLM *
    - Competition, Innovation and Information Law *
    - Corporation Law
    - Environmental Law *
    - International Business Regulation, Litigation and Arbitration
    - International Legal Studies *
    - International Taxation
    - Legal Theory
    - Taxation *
    - Executive LLM in Taxation *
    Advanced Professional Certificate in Law and Business
    - Advanced Professional Certificate in Taxation *
    - Dual Degrees
    - Doctor of Juridical Science (JSD)

    *Denotes that the program may be completed on a part-time basis.

     

    APC in Taxation applicants must additionally indicate whether they want to concentrate their coursework in Corporate Taxation, Estate Planning, or International Taxation.

    Note: Not all classes are offered after regular working hours, and all final exams must be taken at the scheduled time. If a required class or a desired class does not meet in the evening, it is expected that part-time students adjust their work schedules to meet all regular class attendance requirements, and to take final examinations at the scheduled times. Students should not register for classes without clearing the examination schedule with employers.
  • Can I work while enrolled in a full-time Graduate program?
    No.
  • How many credits may I take as a part-time student?
    Part-time students may register for up to six credits per semester. Students who are working full-time, however, are strongly advised to limit their course load to four or five credits per semester. Some courses for specializations offered on a part-time basis take place during the day only, and certain required courses for some programs are not offered in the evening. Please make sure to review the course listings and schedules that are posted on the Office of Academic Services website for further information on course availability.
  • If I enter a part-time LLM program may I transfer to full-time status?
    After enrolling and spending at least one semester in a part-time program, LLM students may petition the Office of Academic Services for a change of status to full-time; such requests are considered on a case by case basis.
  • What Graduate programs are only offered on a full-time basis?
    The LLM in Corporation Law, International Business Regulation, Litigation and Arbitration, International Taxation for Foreign Students, and Legal Theory are only available on a full-time basis. The JSD program is also offered only on a full-time basis. Some courses for specializations offered on a part-time basis take place during the day only, and certain required courses for some programs are not offered in the evening.

  • How long from the time my application is complete may I expect to receive a decision by mail?

    Applications for all degree and certificate programs are not reviewed until all required materials and the application fee have been received. Applicants currently enrolled in non-US law schools that use a final examination result (such as a final state examination) or a final degree classification as a measure of academic performance may not receive a decision until those results are received by the Committee on Graduate Admissions.

    After filing an application and submitting materials, applicants are encouraged to check the status of their application periodically by visiting the Applicant Online Status Check.

    The review process takes time. The Committee provides thorough consideration to all applicants, and follows an on-going process of reviewing and re-reviewing the vast majority of the applicant pool. Most candidates’ applications require significant comparison with the applicant pool as a whole before a final decision can be reached. For many candidates, the Committee is not able to reach a decision until they have a clear picture of that year’s entire applicant pool.

    In an effort to communicate in a timely fashion with applicants, all decisions regarding application to the Graduate Division will be released electronically. Applicants may expect an e-mail from law.grad.moreinfo@nyu.edu when their decisions have been released. An official offer of admission to any degree or certificate program of the Graduate Division of NYU School of Law is a mailed letter sent to the address stated on the application. Decisions other than admission will only be released electronically and will not be mailed.

    Full-time LLM Program

    Full-time programs begin in August. Decisions regarding the full-time LLM program will be communicated in March to applicants with foreign education credentials who supply to LSAC all materials necessary to complete their files by the December 15 deadline. Those foreign applicants who do not supply materials to LSAC to complete their application by December 15 will receive decisions as they are made following completion of their file. All decisions for foreign applicants to the LLM program will be communicated by June.

    Applicants with domestic education credentials who complete their application by the appropriate deadline will receive decisions regarding the full-time LLM program as they are made. Note that, while applications are sent to the Committee on Graduate Admissions in the order in which they are completed, decisions are not necessarily made in the order in which applications are first reviewed. All domestic applicants to full-time programs will receive a decision no later than late June.

    JSD Program
    JSD applicants who supply all materials required to complete their files by the February 1 deadline may expect a decision by late April. Interviews may be required of some applicants in April. If necessary, applicants must make themselves available for an interview shortly after being contacted by the Office of Graduate Admissions. Interviews may be conducted at the Law School, via videoconference, or by telephone; the mode chosen will depend on the applicant's circumstances and the needs of the Law School.

    Part-time LLM, E-LLM, and APC in Taxation Programs
    Decisions for enrollment for Spring and Fall semester entry will be made as soon as possible following completion of an applicant’s file and typically no later than about 2 weeks before the start of each semester.

  • Is the LSAT required for admission to an LLM program?
    No.
  • I am currently enrolled in an LLM program at another law school; may I transfer credits to an NYU School of Law LLM program in New York City?
    Please view the LLM Student Handbook on the Office of Graduate Affairs website for an explanation of transfer credits.