LL.M. Admissions & Program Information
The students enrolled in our LL.M. program are practicing lawyers, academics, and judges. We have hosted foreign lawyers from over 40 countries to pursue studies in human rights and comparative disability law, technology commercialization, corporate law, to prepare for the New York Bar Exam, and many other specializations.
Outside the classroom, LL.M. students take part in our Job Shadow Program, the International Scholar Lecture Series, over 30 student-led organizations and affinity groups, and many of professional development programs and opportunities. Students are supported by a team of LL.M. Student Mentors, an LL.M. Faculty Adviser, College of Law faculty, and program administration.
Our law school, Dineen Hall, is newly-built and provides a welcoming environment to pursue a rigorous academic program. The College of Law is located on the main campus of Syracuse University - ranked #60 in the United States with a top-tier R1 designation on the Carnegie Classification of Higher Education Institutions.
1. Submit the LL.M. Application Form on the LSAC website.
2. Upload the supplemental materials below to your LSAC Electronic Application (e-App):
Eligibility: Candidates to the LL.M. program must hold a first degree in law from a foreign institution. Visit the LSAC website on eligibility for guidance by country. The College of Law requires LL.M. candidates submit application materials by June 1 for consideration to enroll in the fall semester (August). Applicants may be asked for appear for an interview (via online platform) upon submission of a complete application.
Admitted Student Checklist: Admitted candidates should carefully review the online LL.M. Admitted Student Checklist to begin making preparations for Syracuse Law.
Deferral Policy: Subject to approval by the LL.M. Admissions Committee, admitted candidates may request to defer admission up to one year without the need to re-apply to the program.
Candidates who do not demonstrate sufficient English-language proficiency may obtain conditional admission pending successful completion of an English program at Syracuse University’s English Language Institute (ELI). Upon arrival to ELI, candidates will take a placement test to determine level of proficiency. While in ELI, candidates may observe law lectures and join LL.M. program events as schedules permit. Regardless of the level of English proficiency, all LL.M. candidates are strongly encouraged to attend our 6-week summer “Legal English” program.
LL.M. students must complete 24 Law credits to qualify for graduation.
LL.M. students are required to enroll in two courses designed for the LL.M. program:
Before the end of the program, students may draft an Academic Research Paper by producing a research paper with a minimum of 25 pages. The Academic Research Paper can be completed as part of a course assignment for which the student also receives a grade or through an Independent Study directed by a member of the College of Law faculty.
LL.M. students are encouraged to enroll in any courses that satisfy their professional and academic interests. For a complete list of courses with descriptions, please review our Course Descriptions and Curriculum by Subject Area. Students seeking to take a bar examination must comply with other requirements. See information on the bar exam described below. Courses are offered mainly in the Fall (August - December) and Spring (January - May) semester. A few courses are offered in the summer.
Information about the student visa process can be found on the U.S. Visas website. Please allow sufficient time to obtain your LL.M. admissions letter and I-20 or DS-2019 student visa document when scheduling your interview with the U.S. Embassy/Consulate. For students who expect to bring a dependent spouse and/or child(ren) to the United States, please also complete and submit Syracuse University’s Dependent Request Form.
Foreign-educated LL.M. applicants/students may become eligible to sit for the the bar examinations of New York State along with some (but not all) other state jurisdictions in the United States. Each jurisdiction sets its own criteria for admission to the bar and to sit for its bar examination. Pursuant to ABA Standard 504, applicants should be aware that bar eligibility, admission rules and rule interpretations can change. The College of Law encourages applicants to confirm the legal education requirements for any jurisdiction in which they intend to seek admission to the bar by contacting the state bar admission agencies of the jurisdiction. Addresses for all relevant agencies are available through the National Conference of Bar Examiners.
In New York State, the New York Court of Appeals determines the rules for admission to the bar and the Board of Law Examiners (BOLE) has been given authority to administer those rules and the bar exam. Full details on the eligibility criteria and requirements to become eligible to sit for the bar examination in New York can be found on the BOLE website. The determination of eligibility is made exclusively by the BOLE and it is the responsibility of each candidate to ensure his/her LL.M. academic record complies with the requirements and cure provisions articulated by the BOLE to sit for the New York bar exam.
Please note that Section 520.18 to the Rules for the Admission of Attorneys and Counselors at Law (22 NYCRR 520.18) states that applicants seeking admission in New York must establish that they have acquired skills and professional values necessary to competently practice law. Answers to “Frequently Asked Questions” about this requirement can be found here online. Applicants enrolled in the Syracuse Law LL.M. Program may be able to satisfy the requirements of Pathway 2 (completion of 15 credits of practice-based experiential coursework). This option is viable for LL.M. students pursuing the extended 3-semester degree program. It is more likely that LL.M. students can satisfy this requirement through Pathway 4 (one continuous 6-month apprenticeship) or Pathway 5 (one year of full-time practice, or two years of part-time practice in another jurisdiction) described in section 520.18. Applicants Read more about the Skills Competency Requirement on the New York BOLE website.
Free Private Bar-Prep Course!: Starting in May 2021, all LL.M. graduates will be able to enroll in a free bar prep course offered through Helix Bar Prep. Note: Syracuse Law does not endorse any company.
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