International Law and Justice

This program offers students the opportunity to gain an advanced understanding of human rights protection and promotion on international, regional, and domestic levels. The degree is designed primarily for lawyers and students who work or intend to pursue a career in the public sector, including high-level government attorneys, leaders in nongovernmental organizations, and academics. This LL.M. program was created under the auspices of Fordham Law’s Leitner Center for International Law and Justice, one of the largest and most dynamic human rights programs in the nation. The Center’s Vivian Leitner Global South LL.M. Scholars Program offers generous scholarships and stipends to enable select graduate students from the developing world to enroll in this program.

Program Requirements

Each student is required to complete a minimum of 24 credits of approved courses; the maximum number of credits permitted is 27.

Courses

The 24-credit minimum must include 12 credits of Specialization Distribution Courses approved for the International Law and Justice program.

The 12-credit Specialization Distribution Course requirement must include the following Core Course:

  • International Law

Remaining credits needed to fulfill the 12-credit Specialization Distribution Course requirement must be chosen from among the wide selection of Specialization Distribution Courses approved for the International Law and Justice program (courses designated 'INLJ' on the class schedule on the registrar's website).

Additional Required Courses

For students who do not hold a degree from a U.S. law school, the following courses are also required:

  • Introduction to the U.S. Legal System*
  • Legal Writing and Research for LL.M. Students*
  • Introduction to the U.S. Legal Profession**†
  • At least 6 credits of Content Outline courses**

Students are required to take Introduction to the U.S. Legal System and Legal Writing and Research for LL.M. Students during their first semester of study in the LL.M. program.

NOTE: If a course can fulfill both a Specialization Distribution Course requirement and a Content Outline requirement, the course may count toward both requirements. For example, Family Law (3 credits) counts toward the Specialization Distribution Course requirement and will also count toward the Content Outline requirement, leaving 3 credits of Content Outline Courses and 9 credits of Specialization Distribution Courses to be fulfilled.

* Students who are admitted to the New York bar may seek waivers from Introduction to the U.S. Legal System and/or Legal Writing and Research for LL.M. students by submitting the online waiver request form, however they are not encouraged to do so as these courses provide a fundamental base of knowledge and skills that are extremely useful for attorneys in the U.S. and that will be useful for all other U.S. law school classes. Students who are waived from Introduction to the U.S. Legal System may request to audit that course by submitting the online audit request form.

** Students who are admitted to the New York bar or who do not intend to sit for the New York bar may seek a waiver from Introduction to the U.S. Legal Profession and/or the Content Outline course requirement by submitting the online waiver request form.

† In lieu of Introduction to the U.S. Legal Profession, students may elect to substitute a three-credit Professional Responsibility course, including those courses that are focused on a particular area of practice.

Elective Courses

Any remaining credits may be chosen from among the wide variety of courses that are open to LL.M. students, as indicated on the class schedule on the registrar's website. For most classes that are closed to LL.M.s, students may be admitted on a space available basis by submitting the Request to Enroll in a Closed Course form.

Applying

Scholarship Applicants

Prospective students applying for the Vivian Leitner Global South scholarship for the LL.M. in International Law and Justice must submit their application directly to the Leitner Center for International Law and Justice at Fordham Law School. For application instructions and deadlines, visit the Global South LL.M. Scholars Program webpage.

Scholarship applicants who are not awarded the Vivian Leitner scholarship will be given the option to transfer their application to the LL.M. program office to be considered for regular admission. Applicants will be asked to submit the $70 application fee at that time.

Program Applicants

Applicants who do not wish to be considered for the Vivian Leitner Global South scholarship are welcome to apply for the LL.M. in International Law and Justice directly through the LL.M. program office.

A Note Regarding Course Selection for Part Time Students

The LL.M. program strives to ensure that there is a wide range of courses available in the evening in each of our LL.M. areas of specialization, and to ensure that students will be able to meet their program requirements within their desired time frame for completion. However, it would be impossible to ensure that any specific course will be offered at a time that is convenient to all students. We encourage you to look at the schedules from past semesters, available on the registrar's website, to get a sense of what courses may be offered in the future (noting, of course, that the schedule varies from one semester to the next). Should you find at any time that you are having trouble meeting your program requirements within your desired time frame, you should contact Kandice Thorn at kthorn1@law.fordham.edu to discuss options.