How to Navigate Your LLM Year

During your LLM year, you will take part in a curriculum that offers transactional classes as well as clinical opportunities and simulation courses. In the Graduate Lawyering Program, foreign-trained students learn skills to practice effectively in the US and global legal environments. Graduate Affairs counselors will advise you about academics, activities, and social events that will enrich your experience. 



  • Visit the Enrolling Students site
  • Sign up for an advising appointment with Office of Graduate Affairs.
  • Register for Fall and Spring classes.
  • Consider applying to work on a journal.
  • If taking the New York Bar Exam, submit documents to NY BOLE to establish eligibility.
  • Take Introduction to US Law.
  • Attend Orientation.

Fall Semester

Fall Semester


  • Finalize Fall class schedule during the first week of the Fall semester and Spring schedule during Spring bidding rounds.

  • Attend sessions on taking exams and non-credit legal English classes.

Outside of Class


  • Attend job search workshops hosted by the Office of Career Services (OCS) and PILC.

  • Meet with career counselors for one-on-one appointments to develop job search strategy.

  • Begin to access the Career Services Manager (CSM) system online for job listings and search resources.

  • For public interest students, begin to review positions posted on the CHRGJ's job board

  • Attend networking events and information sessions hosted by OCS and PILC.

  • Sign up for the Fall On-Campus Interview Program for Tax and International Tax LLMs. (September-November)

  • Foreign-Trained LLMs submit resumes and employer selections for the January International Student Interview Program (ISIP). (October)

  • Apply for post-graduate public interest fellowships. (November-December)




Spring Semester


  • Consider writing a paper. 
  • If you are taking the NY bar, apply to sit for the exam (April); submit to the Law School’s Records Office a Certificate of Attendance. (May)

Outside of Class

  • Participate in pro bono work; contact PILC to learn about opportunities.
  • Consider working as a research assistant


  • Attend the International Student Interview Program (ISIP). (January)

  • Go to the Spring On-Campus Interview Program for Tax LLM Students. (January-March)

  • Attend the Taxation Interview Program (TIP) in Washington, DC. (February)

  • Apply for Optional Practical Training (OPT) if seeking work in the US. (February)

  • Continue to apply to positions posted on CSM, CHRGJ's Job Board, and elsewhere.

  • Meet with career counselors to discuss continued career strategy and networking.