Develop a firm foundation for your academic career among many of the world's foremost legal theorists and philosophers, and produce an original scholarly work.
Watch: Tomer Levinger LLM ‘22 on the Legal Theory specialization’s broad range of study.
Among the Law School's deep bench of full-time faculty, you will find influential leaders in interdisciplinary legal theory, especially in legal, political and moral philosophy; law and economics; law and sociology; and legal history. In addition, our professors teach classes that include reflections on domestic and international law and legal institutions that draw from psychology, anthropology, political theory, critical race theory, gender and sexuality studies, and feminist theory.
You also will benefit from their dedication to you as a student and budding scholar. They will make time to discuss your ideas or research, provide feedback on your drafts, and refer you to academic resources that support the development of your scholarship.
You will craft a program of study in close consultation with the faculty director to ensure your curriculum is relevant and valuable to your background, intellectual interests, and professional goals. You will select a seminar for the fall semester in which you will write your research project and other classes throughout the year that will form a strong foundation in the area of your future scholarship.
The Law School pioneered the colloquium model when it founded ones in Legal History and Legal, Political, and Social Philosophy. Designed to engage scholars and students in the highest level of academic discussion and debate, they now cover a variety of areas, such as constitutional theory, law and culture, the economic analysis of law, and innovation policy.
Thesis Seminar and Workshop
In the Legal Theory Thesis Seminar, you'll receive comprehensive training in research design and methodology. You also will receive assistance with choosing and refining the research project you will complete as a part of another seminar you'll be taking concurrently in the fall semester.
In the Legal Theory Thesis Workshop, which takes place in the spring, you'll receive critical feedback from the instructor and your classmates on your research project from the fall. You'll workshop your additional drafts in this supportive environment to improve the caliber of your writing while finalizing your master's thesis.
Watch: Professor David Garland, who works in law and sociology, talks about the historical relationship between economic production and society and how that informs the contemporary debate about the welfare state.
LLMs collaborate with professors who direct NYU Law's 30+ interdisciplinary research centers and institutes, and join student groups and law journals to meet like-minded JDs and LLMs.
Centers and Institutes
Brennan Center for Justice
Center for Law and Philosophy
Center for Law, Economics and Organization
Center on Race, Inequality and the Law
Engelberg Center on Innovation Law and Policy
Information Law Institute
Institute for International Law and Justice
Reiss Center on Law and Security
Get ready for your next career move as you prepare to join NYU Law's network of 40,000+ alumni:
- The Office of Career Services supports your private sector job search.
- The Public Interest Law Center assists with your future public service career.
- Apply for post-graduate fellowships for LLMs in human rights or international finance and development.
- Explore the fully-funded JSD program, research fellowships at some of our centers and institutes, and the Law School's academic career fellowships.
- Learn more about the path from NYU to the New York bar.
Meet the 2023-24 Faculty Director
Lewis A. Kornhauser
Frank Henry Sommer Professor of Law
An expert in microeconomics, Lewis Kornhauser approaches legal analysis by imagining what he calls a “very simple world.” The technique he uses is basic to microeconomic analysis, and he applies it to a number of legal and political institutions, and to a diverse set of subjects that has ranged from fundamental aspects of jurisprudence to corporate law. Read more about Professor Kornhauser