Academic Policies Guide

Graduate Affairs Regulations and Requirements

Academic Regulations, Course Requirements and Graduation Requirements – Graduate Affairs    

Academic regulations, course requirements and graduation requirements for LLM students can also be found at Graduate Affairs and in the LLM Handbook which also gives an overview of academic and co-curricular opportunities for LLM and Exchange students. 

LLM General Degree Requirements and Policies

General Requirements

Please refer to LLM General Degree Requirements.

Attendance Requirement

Please refer to the Class Attendance and Residence Requirements section.

Requirement of Continuous Registration/Leave of Absence

Every candidate for the LLM degree must be in continuous attendance by successfully completing at least one course each semester (excluding the summer session), unless a leave of absence is granted before the start of the semester by the Dean of Students. Leaves of absence are granted only for adequate reason and only to students who are in good academic standing. Students who have not completed their first term at the School of Law are not eligible for a leave of absence. Such students may request withdrawal only, and will be required to reapply to the School of Law in the event they wish to return. A maintenance of matriculation and services fee is charged for each semester a student is on leave of absence. 

A leave of absence does not extend the five-year period allotted for obtaining the LLM degree. Please contact the Office of Student Affairs for detailed information.

Change of Status

In rare cases, LLM students may change their status from full-time to part-time or part-time to full-time. Newly accepted students must petition the Office of Graduate Admissions; continuing students must petition the Office of Graduate Affairs. For part-time students, tuition rates will be assessed on a per credit basis, and students should consult the Office of Financial Services for information on the financial implications of a change.

Change of Program

If you wish to change your program, you must submit a petition via e-mail to the Office of Graduate Affairs to initiate this process. You may only transfer from the program to which you have been admitted into another program with the approval of the Director of the program into which you want to transfer. Following the end of the add/drop period for the Spring semester, requests for a change of program by full-time students will only be considered in exceptional circumstances and with the consent of the Faculty Director and the Vice Dean. Requests for change of program by part-time students who have already completed 12 credits will also only be considered in exceptional circumstances and with the consent of the program Director and Vice Dean.


Please refer to  Grading System & Academic Standards  for detailed information

Credit/Fail exception for LLM students

*LLM students are not permitted to elect to take classes on a credit/fail basis.*

Non-Classroom Activities for LLM students (Journals, Moot Courts, Teaching and Research Assistantships)

Credits earned during the relatively short span of the LLM are to focus on classroom work. Graduate students are not eligible to receive academic credit for participation in Journals or moot courts. Students who participate in Journals will receive a notation on their transcripts. 

Graduate students are not eligible for teaching assistantships. Faculty members may offer LLM students the opportunity to work as research assistants for monetary compensation or, if the professor deems it appropriate based on the nature of the work, for academic credit. For further details, review the information on serving as a research assistant for faculty.

Academic Progress

Students in the LLM program are expected to make satisfactory academic progress as determined by the faculty director of their program and the Vice Dean. If a student’s grades in the first semester of the program (for full-time students) or the first year of the program (for part-time students) show a lack of such progress, the faculty director and Vice Dean may impose appropriate requirements, including limitation on the number of credits the student may take in any one semester, or a leave of absence. A student whose grade point average is less than 2.3 after the completion of the equivalent of one semester of work may register for additional courses only with the permission of the Vice Dean who may make a recommendation to the Executive Committee of withdrawal of the student from the school, depending on the student’s record and the reasons for the student’s failure to make satisfactory progress. 

Required Grade Point Average

Under present academic regulations the LLM degree is awarded only if a student has a grade point average of 2.667 or greater for (1) all 24 credit hours required for the degree, and (2) all credit hours in the candidate’s program (if he or she is a candidate for a degree other than the Traditional LLM). All grades, with the exception of substituted courses, or courses taken at another institution or other divisions of NYU, are used in computing the average. The grade point average is computed as follows: A+, 4.333; A, 4.0; A-, 3.667; B+, 3.333; B, 3.0; B-, 2.667; C, 2.0; D, 1.0; F,0. The GPA is figured by dividing the grade points earned by the number of credits attempted.

Re-Registration and Substitution

A student who receives an F in a course earns no credit towards the LLM degree for that course. If the F is in a required course, the student must re-register for, and successfully complete, that course in the next semester the course is offered to qualify for the LLM degree. If the F is not in a required course, the student may re-register for that course or take another course to earn the required credits.

An LLM student who has a GPA below 2.667 after one year of study (or the equivalent in the case of part-time students) may take up to six additional credits (in any combination of courses but not exceeding six credits) in an effort to raise the student’s GPA. Any additional credits may be taken in new courses, directed research, or in courses in which the student’s grade was C or lower. The substituted-for grades will remain on the student’s transcript but will not be counted in the student’s GPA. Tuition will be charged for additional credits according to University and Law School rules.

Re-registrations and substitutions must be paid for on a per credit basis, unless these elections are made during a semester in which the student is registered as a full-time student, and does not exceed the cap on credits per semester.


With the permission of the instructor and subject to such conditions as the instructor may impose, a student may audit a course. 

For any advanced Taxation course with an online component, such as “combined,” “parallel,” or “online-only” courses, students who wish to audit must officially register for the course on an audit basis. Please note: part-time, certificate and Executive LLM in Taxation students who register for any such course on an audit basis will be charged tuition and fees for each course.

Courses that are closed (filled) may not be audited. Auditing courses is considered “unofficial,” and students: 1) do not enroll in those courses, 2) do not take examinations in those courses, and 3) do not write papers for those courses. Audited courses do not appear on the student’s transcript. Please note that graduate students may not audit JD-only courses.

Transfer Credit

At the discretion of the Vice Dean, a candidate for the LLM degree may be allowed to transfer credit for courses taken at another institution if: (1) the courses were taken as graduate courses at a law school accredited by the Section of Legal Education of the American Bar Association or an equivalent non-US school; (2) the courses were taken after the candidate received his or her first degree in law; (3) the courses were completed with a grade point average of 3.0 or better (on a 4.0 scale); and (4) the candidate received no credit for these courses toward any other degree. Grades from courses taken at another institution or other divisions of NYU are not used in computing grade point averages.

University regulations require every candidate to complete 16 credit hours in residence at the NYU School of Law in order to qualify for the LLM degree. In addition, Law School regulations require a student to successfully complete the minimum number of in-field credits required for such student’s degree program.

Subject to the foregoing limitations, transfer credit can be obtained for work done either before or after a student’s initial matriculation at the Law School. If a presently enrolled student plans to take a course at another school for transfer credit, the course must be directly related to the study of law in order for credit to be applied towards the LLM degree. Few courses in other disciplines can meet this standard. The student should consult with the Office of Graduate Affairs about his or her plans before registering for the course.

Tax Law Courses (for Students in Other Specializations)

An LLM student who is not enrolled in the Graduate Tax program may not register for more than a total of eight credits of courses in Taxation. Full-time LLM students may not register for online courses offered as part of the Law School’s Executive LLM in Taxation Program except in exigent circumstances. Part-time students may register for a limited number of credits of online courses; foreign-educated students should be aware that online classes are not considered professional law courses for purposes of qualifying to sit for the New York Bar and that they may cause visa issues.

LLM Specialization Requirements

Please refer to LLM Specialization Requirements to find a  list of the LLM specializations and the specific requirements for each program.

Research and Writing Options

Please refer to LLM Research and Writing Options for more information about:

  • Directed Research
  • LLM Thesis Option
  • Writing Credit  

Cross-Registration Opportunities 

Please refer to Cross-Registration Opportunities for more information.

Post-LLM Degree Study

Please refer to Post-LLM Degree Study for more information.

Exchange Students

Please refer to Exchange Students for more information.