To complete the NYU LL.M. a student must attain a minimum of 24 NYU credits, 20 of which must be earned via NYU faculty-taught courses.
Note that NYU and NUS calculate credits differently. The majority of NUS courses are 4 NUS credits, equivalent to 2.5 NYU credits. A few NUS courses are 8 credits, which may be thought of as “two NUS courses”, or 5 NYU credits. (The basis for the conversion is that for broadly comparable work the NYU LL.M. requires 24 NYU credits, while the NUS LL.M. requires 40 NUS credits.)
Summer and Winter Terms
During the Summer Term, which runs from May to August, NYU faculty-taught courses are designated as either 2 or 3 credit courses, with the exception of the compulsory one-day course, US Legal Methodology (0.5 credits). In December, additional NYU faculty-taught courses, designated as 2 credit courses, may also be conducted as part of a Winter Term. Courses held in the Winter Term, if any, will be conducted and administered on similar terms with the Summer Term courses.
Due to the intensive nature of the classes, a student may only take one course at any given time, though if she/he wishes, may take two courses in a teaching block on two occassions across Summer and Winter Terms. Students should aim to complete at least 10 credits during the Summer Term and 2 credits during the NYU Winter Term.
NUS Semesters 1 & 2
Depending on how many credits students complete in the Summer and Winter Terms, their requirements in Semesters 1 and 2 will change. Please note that NUS does not allow students to exceed the number of credits required to graduate.
The following worksheet incorporates the requirements for completing both the NYU and the NUS LL.M. degrees.
(a) If you earn 9 or 9.5 NYU credits in the Summer and Winter Terms, you need to complete a further TEN courses during NUS semesters 1 and 2, at least FIVE of which are taught by NYU faculty.
Directed Research/ UROP (University Research Opportunities Programme)
Students may undertake up to two directed research projects to complete the NYU@NUS programme. These are administered during NUS Semester 1 or Semester 2 as University Reasearch Opportunities Programmes (UROPs) and are the equivalent of one NUS course for the purposes of the table above.
Note, however, that at most one UROP may be counted towards the NYU LL.M. and included on the NYU transcript.
Students who need the NYU@NUS LL.M. in order to sit the New York Bar Exam may not count any directed research/UROPs towards the minimum number of courses "taught by NYU faculty" in the table above. Provided you satisfy that minumum number, however, it is possible to undertake directed research as additional course(s) provided that at most ONE UROP is included on the NYU transcript.