Our expansive curriculum is divided into the fall semester and spring semester, with some classes offered on a year-long basis. Students also work individually with professors on significant pieces of scholarship, through one of the many LL.M. research and writing options, such as an LL.M. thesis, or a directed research project.
While courses are typically taught as lectures and seminars, there are other types of classes that offer unique learning opportunities. Our annual colloquia, essentially research workshops focused on a specific theme, include guest lecturers from the U.S. and abroad who present their drafts-in-progress or recently-published works. We also continue to be at the forefront of U.S. law schools for the breadth of opportunities to integrate theory and practice. Simulation classes, such as Alternative Dispute Resolution, provide students experience in legal tasks such as drafting briefs and conducting mock trials or negotiations, and the various clinics involve students in actual cases or policy formation for real clients under the supervision of our acclaimed clinical faculty. Students may also pursue academic opportunities within the larger university by taking a limited number of law-related classes at NYU’s other prestigious schools, such as the Stern School of Business and the Wagner Graduate School of Public Service.
A majority of our graduate students earn their degree in one academic year (from August to May) while studying on a full-time basis. Some, though, are practicing attorneys who attend classes part-time, typically for two to three years. Also offered part-time is the Executive LL.M. in Taxation, an online program from the nation's top tax faculty, accessible anywhere in the world.