LLM in Corporation Law Requirements 2020-21

Credit Requirement

At least 21 of the required 24 credits must be taken in courses and seminars from the following groups:

There is no writing requirement for this program, but it is recommended that you take at least one seminar that offers a writing opportunity.

Course Requirements


All students in the Corporation Law program who have not taken a course in US corporation law must register for Corporations (LW.10644) for four or five credits in the first semester of their studies.

Core Business Courses*

At least 2 classes carrying a total of at least 4 credits from the following list:

  • Accounting for Lawyers (LW.10007)
  • A Study of 'Mega' Bankruptcy Cases (LW.12185)
  • Bankruptcy or Basic Bankruptcy (LW.11460)
  • Basic Bankruptcy with a Concentration in Chapter 11 Restructuring (LW.12710)
  • Business Crime (LW.11144)
  • Commercial Law (LW.10965)
  • Commercial Sales Law: Domestic and International (LW.11972)
  • Corporate Bonds and Credit Agreements Simulation (LW.11216)
  • Corporate Finance (LW.11461)
  • Corporate Finance and Investment Banking (TBD)
  • Cross-Border Insolvency and Related Issues (LW.12076)
  • Deals: The Economic Structure of Business Transactions (LW.12310
  • Digital Currency, Blockchains and the Future of Financial Services (LW.12371)
  • Ethical and Legal Challenges in the Modern Corporation (LW.10387)
  • International Business Transactions (LW.12350)
  • Introduction to Accounting and Finance (LW.12337)
  • Investment Banking (LW.12716)
  • Law and Business of Bankruptcy and Reorganization (LW.11003)
  • Law and Business of Corporate Transactions (LW.10503)
  • Law and Business of Corporate Turnarounds and Leadership (LW.12254)
  • Mergers and Acquisitions (LW.10327)
  • Regulation of Banks and Financial Institutions (LW.11550)
  • Survey of Securities Regulation (LW.10322)
  • Secured Transactions (LW.10118)

*Not all of the core classes are offered each year – to see what is offered in 2020-21 check the online class schedules


Other Related Courses

All Law School courses related to legal regulation of business activity, which include:

Fall 2020:

  • Graduate Lawyering I (LW.12373 or LW.12375)
  • Investment Treaty Arbitration (LW.12344)
  • Labor and Employment in the Entertainment Industry Seminar (LW.11605)
  • Land Use, Housing and Community Development in New York City (LW.10651)
  • Professional Responsibility and the Regulation of Lawyers (LW.11479)
  • Professional Responsibility in the Corporate Context (LW.12346)
  • Quantitative Methods Seminar (LW.10794)

Spring 2021:

  • Colloquium on Law Economics and Politics (LW.10582)
  • Complex Litigation (LW.10058)
  • Employment Law (LW.10259)
  • Global Data Law (LW.12775)
  • Graduate Lawyering I (LW.12373) (taught during the winter break)
  • Graduate Lawyering II: Drafting (LW.12376)
  • International Transactions Clinic & International Transactions Clinic Seminar (LW.12458 & LW.12459)
  • Investment Arbitration Law, Practice and Written Advocacy Simulation (LW.12672)
  • Professional Responsibility and the Regulation of Lawyers (LW.11479)
  • Professional Responsibility in the Corporate Context (LW.12346)

Stern Business School Courses

Students are permitted to take up to six credits at Stern that may be counted toward the credits needed to earn the LLM degree. Note that classes cross-listed with Stern (designated by a “Z” in the Course Management System) are treated the same as any other Law School class so that they are not subject to this limit and (A), (B) and (C) below do not apply.

Stern classes designated “Preferential” may be taken for credit toward the LLM degree and count toward the 21 required credits in corporations and related classes. To receive degree credit for a Stern class that is not Preferential you must petition and be granted approval by the Vice Dean. In order to so, you would need to complete a “Request to Register for Stern Non-Preferential Course” form, which can be found online

Fall 2020 Preferential Courses will be listed online the list of spring courses is available in late fall) and are designated by the code “Prf” in the Law School’s Course Management System. Please review the information on the Records and Registration website regarding cross-registration and take note of the following important items

  • (A) The credit value assigned to Stern courses by the Law School is lower than that assigned by Stern because of the number of meeting hours. For example, a course assigned 3.0 credits by Stern may be assigned 2.75 by the Law School. You may take no more than 6 credits (calculated at the Stern rate) in a given semester.
  • (B) No more than 6 credits in courses taught at Stern or other divisions of NYU (outside the Law School) may be counted toward the 24 credits you may need to qualify to sit for the New York Bar.
  • (C) Grades earned in Stern courses appear on the Law School transcript but are not calculated in the law school GPA.

Prerequisites for Stern Courses: Many Stern classes have pre or co-requisites. For example, for certain Stern upper-level finance courses there is a prerequisite of the Stern class Foundations of Finance (COR1-GB.2311) and a co-requisite of the Stern class Corporate Finance (FINC-GB.2302). A law student who has completed Corporate Finance at the Law School (LAW-11461) will have satisfied this requirement. [Note: The Law School’s Corporate Finance course (LAW-11461) is mutually exclusive with both Corporate Finance at Stern (FINC-GB.2302) and Foundations of Finance (COR1-GB.2311).] You may obtain a waiver of a finance prerequisite if you meet one of the following conditions:

  • You have an MBA degree and have taken finance courses as part of that degree.
  • You are in the LLM APCLB program and took the Stern summer course on finance topics that is part of this program.
  • You were a Finance undergraduate major, or you can provide a minimum of five courses, from an accredited institution, which directly correspond to the subject matter.

If you do not meet the requirements above to waive the required pre and/or co-requisite for a Stern course, you will need to take a proficiency exam in the topic(s) required.

Please contact the Office of Graduate Affairs for assistance with questions about prerequisites or other aspects of registering for a Stern course.

Contact Information

Prospective students should direct their inquiries to the Office of Graduate Admissions and admitted and current students to the Office of Graduate Affairs.

To arrange for faculty advisement, students may contact Professor Kahan's administrative assistant, Maire Kimble, who can be reached by phone at (212) 998-6179 and via email at maire.kimble@nyu.edu.