The 24-credit minimum must include the following Core Course:
- 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 also urged to take at least one course on a topic of Comparative Law.
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.
* 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 the Content Outline course requirement by submitting the online waiver request form.
All Remaining Credits
The remaining credits required for graduation in the U.S. and Comparative Law program may be earned from among the wide range of courses open to LL.M. students, as indicated on the class schedule(s) posted on the Registrar's page; however, students enrolled in this program may not earn credits in more than one course related to international law (e.g., International Business Transactions, International Human Rights, International Trade Law, etc.) without prior written approval. Students may seek such approval by submitting a request using the online waiver request form. 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.