Graduate Affairs For LLM and Exchange Students

Announcements for Incoming Students

Class Registration

The first topic for you to consider over the summer is which classes you would like to register for. In mid-June we will send you via e-mail the 2013-14 Registration Guide for LLM & Exchange Students with detailed instructions on registration. However, it is not too early to begin now to look at course offerings for the Fall 2013 and Spring 2014 semesters. Also check the requirements of your specialization. The degree requirements for each specialization that are currently posted on the web site are those for 2012-13, but they will give you a good idea of what to expect and will be updated shortly to reflect information for the 2013-14 academic year.

You should also look at the course updates. Information on new courses, canceled courses, and schedule changes, and other important announcements relating to classes are posted there. It may also be helpful to you to refer to faculty biographies, student evaluations of faculty (you will need your NetID and password), grade distributions, and past syllabi (note that only some faculty have made syllabi available online). You may also access this information by selecting “Students” from You will find additional information at the Registering for Classes tab (that page and related links will give you a preview of the registration process and will be updated in the coming months).

If you plan to take the New York bar exam, we also recommend that you review as soon as possible the information below and related links on NY bar eligibility requirements – you may need to enroll in particular classes to meet these requirements.

Faculty Online Chats

We invite you to participate in a series of online chats hosted by the Faculty Directors of some of the LLM specializations. During these chats, the Faculty Directors will offer valuable advice regarding course selection and will also answer questions. This is an opportunity to ask about substantive issues such as how to direct your studies, which courses are a “must” in your area of specialization, and other course-related matters.

Students in the Traditional program are invited to join the chats for the subject areas of interest to them and also to chat with Kevin Davis, Vice Dean for Global Affairs; students interested in criminal law are invited to chat with Professor Jim Jacobs. Prior to registration, Faculty Directors of the Legal Theory and Environmental Law programs will be in communication with members of those specializations regarding course selection.

To log into a chat please go to (same link for all chats), click on “Enter as a Guest,” type your name and hit “Enter Room.” Note that the links will not be active until 10 minutes before the start time of the session.

Competition, Innovation and Information Law
Chat with Professor Harry First   
Tuesday, May 7
9:30-10:30 a.m. (NY EST)

International Legal Studies
Chat with Professor José Alvarez  
Thursday, May 9
9:00-10:00 a.m. (NY EST)

International Business Regulation, Litigation and Arbitration
Chat with Professor Franco Ferrari  
Tuesday, May 14
9:30-10:30 a.m. (NY EST)

Chat with Professor Kevin Davis
Thursday, May 23
9:30-10:30 a.m. (NY EST)

Traditional (Criminal Law, Procedure)
Chat with Professor Jim Jacobs  
Tuesday, May 28
9:30-10:30 a.m. (NY EST)

Chat with Professor Marcel Kahan  
Wednesday, May 29
9:30-10:30 a.m. (NY EST)

Introduction to U.S. Law & Legal Research, Writing and Analysis I

Introduction to U.S. Law and U.S. Legal Research, Writing and Analysis I begin on Monday, August 12, 2013, two weeks prior to the start of fall semester classes, and continue through Friday August 23, 2013. For students attending these summer classes, there will be a mandatory Check-In event on Sunday August 11, 2013. All LLM students who received a first degree in law outside the United States will be enrolled in these classes unless a waiver is granted. Exchange students are strongly recommended but not required to attend Introduction to U.S. Law and U.S. Legal Research Writing and Analysis I.

You may waive the requirement to take these classes by meeting certain criteria. The deadline for submitting a waiver request is Friday, July 12th.  However, we encourage all LLM students to attend in order to take advantage of this unparalleled opportunity to meet fellow international students and acclimate to life at the Law School before the semester begins. Please note that students who need the LLM degree to qualify to take the New York Bar may use these two classes toward fulfilling NY Bar eligibility requirements.

We encourage those who do waive out of the introductory classes to arrive a few days prior to Orientation in order to get settled before the start of fall semester classes. You will be very busy once classes begin! Please note that any student enrolling in Introduction to U.S. Law who has a confirmed on-campus housing assignment may request through Residence Services to arrive before the start of the course. Students with on-campus housing who are not attending Introduction to U.S. Law may also request to arrive before Orientation begins. Additional information, the early arrival application, rates and cancellation policies are available here.

In addition to classes, there are reading and other assignments to be done as well – these summer classes are an intense and very helpful introduction to the work you will be expected to do at the Law School. Please be aware that you will be busy with classes and assignments full-time during these two weeks.


Clinical programs offer the opportunity to work directly with clients, communities, and partner NGOs to improve practical legal skills and to engage with questions of professional accountability. The application process for LLM students opens on July 1, 2013, and the deadline for submission of applications is July 15, 2013.  For more information, click here.


There will be a Check-In Reception in the afternoon of Sunday, August 11th for those attending Introduction to U.S. Law and U.S. Legal Research Writing and Analysis I. Later, the entire class will meet at Orientation held from August 25th – 27th. Classes begin on Wednesday, August 28th. The Orientation Schedule is available here.

Health Insurance

Information on student health insurance is available here. Coverage under NYU student health insurance typically begins on August 21st. However, for students in Introduction to U.S. Law, NYU student health insurance will begin on August 1st. You will see a fee for the early insurance coverage on your bill. If you do not take Introduction to U.S. Law, you will not be covered by this early insurance and coverage under the NYU plan, if applicable, will begin on August 21st.


There is an unofficial Facebook group for the class of 2013-2014:
Please note that this group was created by students and is not moderated by the Office of Graduate Affairs or by NYU Law School.

NY Bar Exam

Please read carefully the information on eligibility posted on the New York Board of Law Examiners Web site.

The New York Board of Law Examiners (NY Board) requires all those with a foreign legal education (from common law and civil law jurisdictions) who wish to sit for the Bar exam to complete the Online Foreign Evaluation Form and to send supporting documentation.  Students who would like to sit for the July 2014 New York bar examination should complete the Online Foreign Evaluation Form and submit supporting documentation NOW.

The deadline to complete the process of submitting materials to the NY Board is October 1, 2013. As part of the NY Board’s credential review, you will need to ask the law schools you have attended to send official transcripts to the Board and possibly to supply other documents as well.  It may be easier for you to make requests for documents and to access necessary records while you are in your home country.  We urge you to complete the process as early as possible so that if the Board finds a deficiency in your documentation, you will have the opportunity to supply additional information before the Oct. 1st deadline.

The Foreign Evaluation Form will request that you provide a description of the LLM program: indicate that you are entering an LLM program at NYU School of Law. After you have fulfilled degree requirements, NYU Law will, upon your request, submit documents regarding your LLM degree.

Those who need the NYU LLM to qualify to sit for the NY Bar are required by the NY Board to take particular classes in order to be eligible for the exam. For further information on the eligibility rules and a list of classes at NYU Law School that count toward meeting New York’s requirements, please go here.

If you are interested in taking the bar exam of a state other than New York, you should now carefully review bar eligibility requirements in that jurisdiction.

Research Assistant Positions

LLM students may apply for Research Assistant positions. Research assistants help NYU Law professors with their academic projects. These positions are often advertised in “The Docket,” which features Law School news and events. The Docket can be found at  Announcements of positions for the fall semester will begin appearing during the summer.

We look forward to answering your questions and to meeting you in August! You may contact us at Please email us with your questions, and if you wish, to schedule a phone appointment.