LLM in Legal Theory Requirements 2019-20

Course Requirements

Students must successfully complete 24 credits in fall and spring to earn the LLM degree. Students will participate in the compulsory fall Legal Theory Thesis seminar. They will also choose a fall seminar that offers an additional writing credit in which to write and submit a substantial paper. In spring, students will enroll in the one-credit Legal Theory Thesis Workshop in which students will further develop and workshop their paper.

Students must also register for at least one colloquium during the academic year, and choose (subject to the approval of the faculty director) 4-6 additional credits from the list of Legal Theory classes below. All students will design their course of study in close consultation with the faculty director. This is intended to ensure that students craft a program of study that is both relevant and valuable to the student’s background, interests, and professional goals.

Substantial Paper

In conjunction with a fall seminar (with a writing credit), and under the supervision of the faculty teaching the seminar, students will write an original scholarly work on a particular topic in legal theory of at least 40 pages in length exclusive of footnotes. The paper should demonstrate mastery of a particular area of legal theory by mounting an original argument.

Legal Theory Classes

  • Animal Law Seminar (LW.11551)
  • Asian American Jurisprudence Seminar (LW.10603)
  • Class and Inequality Seminar (LW.10226)
  • Classical Liberalism: History, Theory and Contemporary Jurisprudence Seminar (LW.11195)
  • Critical Narratives of Civil Rights (LW.12188)
  • Critical Race Theory Seminar (LW.11047)
  • Decisionmaking in the Federal Courts (LW.11836)
  • Democratic Theory Seminar (LW.11867)
  • Enlightenment Constitutionalism Seminar (LW.12700)
  • Ethical and Legal Challenges in the Modern Corporation (LW.10387)
  • Federalist Papers Seminar (LW.11957)
  • History and Theory of International Law Seminar (LW.10997)
  • History and Theory of Secured Transactions Seminar (LW.12656)
  • Human Dignity Seminar (LW.11797)
  • Individualization Under Law Seminar (LW.12712)
  • Intellectual Property and Globalization Seminar (LW.10934)
  • International Environmental Law Seminar (LW.10065)
  • Islamic Law (LW.11359)
  • Law and Literature Seminar (LW.10357)
  • Law and Society in Japan Seminar (LW.10562)
  • Legal and Moral Theory of Territorial Borders Seminar (LW.12711)
  • Legal Practice in Highly Political Environments Seminar (LW.11450)
  • Maimonides Mishneh Torah: Jewish Law and Legal Theory Seminar (LW.11987)
  • Modern Legal Philosophy Seminar: The Books (LW.11033)
  • New Trends in Muslim Legal Thought: the Question of Gender Equality (LW.12599)
  • Quantitative Methods Seminar (LW.10794)
  • Resisting Injustice Seminar (LW.10310)
  • Selected Topics in Environmental and Energy Law Seminar (LW.10086)
  • Sex Discrimination Law (LW.12271)
  • Sovereign Finance Seminar (LW.12643)
  • The American Penal State Seminar (LW.12251)
  • The Ethics of Identity (LW.12527)
  • The First Developing Nation?  Law and Economy in American History Seminar (LW.12702)
  • The Law of Democracy (LW.10170)
  • Theories of Discrimination Law Seminar (LW.12699)
  • Theories of Intellectual Property Law Seminar (LW.12522)

Students may also take any of the Law School Colloquia in addition to the one required for the Legal Theory program.


The following is a listing of colloquia offered by the Law School:

  • Colloquium in Legal, Political and Social Philosophy and Seminar (LW.10596)
  • Colloquium on Globalization, Economic Development and Markets (LW.12249)
  • Colloquium on Law and Security (LW.11698)
  • Colloquium on Law, Economics and Politics (LW.10582)
  • Colloquium on Legal and Constitutional History (LW.12050)
  • Contract Theory and Law Colloquium (LW.12659)
  • Global and Comparative Public Law Colloquium (LW.12039)
  • Guarini Colloquium on the International Law of Global Digital Corporations (LW.12657)
  • Hauser Colloquium: (LW.10127)
  • Innovation Policy Colloquium (LW.10930)
  • Institute for International Law and Justice Colloquium (LW.10520)
  • Legal History Colloquium (LW.11160)
  • Tax Policy and Public Finance Colloquium (LW.10787)

Additional Courses

Through consultation with the program Director, students will be guided toward a course structure emphasizing theoretical understanding. The consultation will also ensure that the course of study is appropriately specialized or broad, depending on the student’s background and interests. Students will be able to choose courses both from NYU’s regular faculty and from Global Visiting Professors of Law who may be in residence.

Courses Outside the Law School

Students are permitted to take up to six credits in law-related classes that count toward the LLM degree of courses in other graduate divisions of the University. Such courses require the approval of the program director and the Vice Dean.

Contact Information

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

Faculty advisement can be arranged by contacting Professor Kornhauser’s assistant, Kim Christel:
Telephone: (212) 992-8811