The Big Picture
The traditional LL.M. degree is designed for students who wish to take full advantage of NYU’s extraordinarily wide range of course offerings and the diverse research interests of our faculty. Unlike students in the specialized LL.M. programs, candidates pursuing the traditional LL.M. degree are not limited to a specific number of classes in one field, and they have the freedom to choose courses that match their interests. But this does not mean that they need to abandon their specialized interests in corporate, international, trade or other fields. For instance, those pursuing the traditional master’s can still take a good number of international classes while focusing their studies in other areas. Students also have the option of expanding a typical research assignment into a master’s thesis, culminating their training with a significant scholarly work.
Focus on Curriculum
In a leading American law faculty like NYU, perhaps more than anywhere else, students are challenged by faculty to find different approaches to the very manner in which law is conceived, legal process is perceived and the world of legal practice is understood. Students in the traditional LL.M. program capitalize on the truly remarkable curricular and methodological diversity offered annually, taking courses from Constitutional Law to Corporations, from International Business Transactions to International Human Rights law, from Economic Analysis of Law to Environmental Law, and from Intellectual Property to International Criminal Law. A quick browse through our Fall and Spring course offerings is enough to whet anyone’s appetite. For overviews of key areas of our curriculum visit the Areas of Study.
Sorting through all of these options can be challenging. Accordingly, the Office of Graduate Affairs and Law School faculty members invest a great deal of effort in advising LL.M. students on how to go about building a coherent and intellectually stimulating program.
All LL.M. students are invited to take advantage of the Law School’s tremendous variety of extra-curricular and co-curricular activities, including lectures, workshops, field trips, internships, fellowships, career events, and social activities. Some of these activities are tightly integrated with our academic programs. For example, after admission and before the course selection process annually, some students apply for the Transitional Justice Leadership Program. This selective program, which is pursued in conjunction with the LL.M. degree, provides students guaranteed enrollment in two of the main courses offered annually in this area, and the opportunity to undertake a related, academic-year internship with a New York international organization or NGO.
Programs and Events aimed specifically at Master’s students are coordinated by the Office of Graduate Affairs and there are more opportunities in the larger Law School community.