The requirements can be broken down into two sets:
I. Students must take a minimum of 24 credits in "classroom courses at the law school in substantive and procedural law and professional skills." These 24 credits may include up to 4 credits in certain clinical courses (520.6(b)(3)(vii)(a)) and up to 6 credits in certain other courses related to legal training taught at the Stern school or other parts of NYU (520.6(b)(3)(vii)(b)).
Many LLM students will take more than 24 credits worth of courses that count toward this requirement. To earn the NYU LLM degree, you must carry a load of 24 credits during the fall and spring semesters. In addition, most foreign-trained LLMs are required to take Introduction to US Law (2 credits) and Introduction to US Legal Practice* (1 credit) during the summer (in August). These 3 credits will count toward the 24 credits required by the NY Board of Law Examiners but not towards NYU's 24 credit requirement. It is, however, important to be aware that certain credits that count towards NYU's 24 credits worth of fall and spring courses will not count for purposes of bar eligibility. For instance, credits earned for Directed Research and for clinical courses or courses in other parts of NYU in excess of the maximums set out above will not count for the purposes of bar eligibility.
*Formerly entitled Legal Research, Writing and Analysis I
II. The program of study must include a specified minimum numbers of credits for classes in the following areas. For a detailed description of the requirement, refer to (520.6(b)(3)(d)).
A: history, goals, instruction, value, rules and responsibilities of U.S. legal profession (2 credits)
B: legal research, writing and analysis (2 credits)
C: American legal studies (2 credits)
D: subjects tested on the New York State bar examination (6 credits)
NOTE THAT YOU CANNOT USE THE SAME CREDITS TO SATISFY THE REQUIREMENTS OF MORE THAN ONE AREA (A, B, C AND D).
To guide you in developing a program of study for the LLM year that satisfies these eligibility requirements, below is a chart that shows which Law School classes have been approved by the New York Court of Appeals to meet the requirements in each area. Many, but not all, of these classes will be offered in a particular academic year. If you take Introduction to US Law (2 credits) and Introduction to US Legal Practice (1 credit) in the summer you will complete the Group C requirement and one credit of the Group B requirement prior to the start of the fall term.
Group A: history, goals, instruction, value, rules and responsibilities of US legal profession (2 credit)
Group B: legal research, writing and analysis (2 credits)
Foreign-trained lawyers who intend to pursue the LLM in Taxation or the LLM in International Taxation should contact John Stephens at Stephens@exchange.law.nyu.edu with any questions about qualifying to sit for the NY Bar exam.
Students in all other master's programs should contact firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.