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LLM Eligibility

Foreign-trained applicants

Foreign-trained applicants are eligible to apply to the LL.M. program if they hold a degree from a recognized foreign law school, law faculty, or law department that is substantially equivalent to the legal education provided by an ABA-approved law school in the United States. For many international applicants an undergraduate degree in law, such as an LL.B., is sufficient. Such education should meet the educational requirements for admission to the practice of law in that country.* Note that admission to the Bar of any jurisdiction may meet the eligibility criteria.

*If additional education after the LL.B., or other first degree in law, is required to practice law in your country, please contact our office to determine eligibility,

U.S. applicants

U.S. applicants are eligible if they hold the following:

  1. a degree from a U.S. accredited four-year college or university or its equivalent; and
  2. a degree from a law school accredited by the American Bar Association.


The admissions committee considers many factors in its decisions for both foreign-trained and U.S. applicants, including the following:

  • Academic performance and class standing
  • Occupational and law-related experience and career plans
  • Letters of reference
  • English-language ability, as evidenced by performance on the TOEFL or IELTS
  • Journal membership or involvement with other law-related publications
  • Extracurricular activities

LLM Admissions

Fordham University School of Law
International and Non-JD Programs
150 West 62nd Street, Suite 8-131, New York, NY 10023 USA

Tel: 212-636-6883

Fax: 212-636-6922