250 Joralemon Street, Brooklyn, NY 11201, USA
Phone: 718.780.0626 | Website: www.brooklaw.edu
Brooklyn Law School is a vibrant intellectual community emphasizing teaching excellence, cutting-edge scholarship, and supportive practices that encourage learning.
We benefit from being in the heart of one of the most robust legal and business communities in the world, adjacent to a wonderful residential neighborhood and surrounded by exciting educational, cultural, and entertainment opportunities. Brooklyn Law School truly offers a special place to live, learn, and experience the law.
We have assembled a talented faculty that makes a difference in all areas of the profession. They are stimulating teachers and mentors who are engaged in meaningful scholarship, shaping public policy, and making law. Brooklyn Law School's 73 full-time faculty members, joined by some 137 adjuncts (including many distinguished judges, practitioners, and corporate counsel), comprise one of the largest faculties in New York. They are recognized nationally and globally for their scholarship in commercial and bankruptcy law, corporate and securities law, health law, information privacy and Internet law, intellectual property law, international business law, and human rights law, just to name a few. Their involvement in issues of public interest, both domestic and international, is intense, and their influence is immense. They are influencing policy and thinking on such diverse issues as international economic development, electronic commerce, privatization, corporate downsizing, defective product design, securities regulation, employment discrimination, children's rights, gender bias, domestic violence, health care decision making, campaign finance reform—the list goes on.
We attract highly qualified students from the nation's most prestigious colleges and universities. They form a diverse, top-flight student body of which nearly half are women and 28 percent are minorities. Over the past 18 years, international students from nearly 70 countries have pursued degrees at Brooklyn Law School.
Law School Enrollment
For the 2011–2012 academic year, total law school enrollment was 1,376, including JD candidates drawn from more than 250 colleges and universities throughout the US as well as a small, select group of LLM students.
LLM Programs/Areas of Specialization
Brooklyn Law School offers an LLM program for graduates of foreign law schools. Three areas of specialization are highlighted based on Brooklyn Law School's strength in the subjects: business law, intellectual property law, and immigration and refugee law. A tailored study plan is also available for students interested in other fields.
American Law for Foreign-Trained Lawyers
Brooklyn Law School's LLM program offers foreign-trained lawyers the opportunity to study United States law and to learn how US lawyers approach specific types of legal issues. The program is also designed to train foreign-educated lawyers in using legal English as it is used in US legal practice.
The LLM degree can be earned in one year of full-time study upon the completion of 24 credits. Part-time study is an option for those students in the United States on a nonstudent visa. Students begin their studies in early August with Fundamentals of American Law, a mandatory, 2-credit course. During the fall semester, students must also take a 3-credit course on Legal Writing and Research for the Foreign-Trained Lawyer. The rest of the courses may be selected based on the student's area of specialization or interest.
Through a complement of courses and pedagogy that focuses on the specific academic needs of those with legal training from abroad, Brooklyn Law School has created a program that will help its graduates become more effective and confident transnational lawyers.
Four features in particular make the Brooklyn Law School LLM program uniquely equipped to meet the needs of foreign-trained lawyers:
- First, Brooklyn Law School offers a rich intellectual experience that extends beyond the classroom. Not only is the curriculum both broad in the range of areas covered, and deep in the intellectual experiences offered students in each area of study, but the opportunities for intellectual engagement when not in class are virtually limitless. Among other things, students may attend and participate in the many programs sponsored by the Dennis J. Block Center for the Study of International Business Law, participate in one of our 40 student organizations and the events they host, attend the School's refugee law discussion group, which attracts people from around the northeast of the United States, and act as special advisors to our JD students who are writing articles on topics that concern the expertise of our LLM students. In addition, students will have the opportunity to see the state and federal courts in action, which are located within blocks of the Law School.
Second, for those students who are not native speakers of English, the program places a strong emphasis on helping foreign-trained lawyers develop the skills needed to successfully draft US legal documents by teaming law professors with linguists experienced in English as a Second Language (ESL). Together, these faculty members oversee the instruction in our required Legal Writing and Research for the Foreign-Trained Lawyer course and provide additional support outside of the classroom for those students who need it.
Third, students enrolled in the LLM program who choose to sit for the New York State bar examination can receive particular assistance to help them pass the exam. Students have the option to take a specially designed course with a syllabus focused on the New York State and US law subjects tested. The course also includes bar exam simulations to familiarize students with the exam format and test-day expectations.
Fourth, we will make your stay in New York easy to navigate by offering housing to all full-time LLM students. As a Brooklyn Law School LLM student, you are guaranteed accommodations in Feil Hall, a contemporary new residence hall located just a few blocks from the Law School with 239 apartments for students and faculty, as long as you meet our housing application deadline (see Housing).
Notably, the LLM class size will be capped at 20 students, thus offering students an intimate approach to learning and adequate individualized attention. Full-time tuition and fees for the 2012–2013 academic year are $49,976 (USD). Applications are available after mid-September for the following academic year, and the application fee is $70 (USD). The priority application deadline is February 1, but applications may still be submitted for several months thereafter.
Location and Neighborhood
Situated at the junction of the Brooklyn Heights Historic District, the Brooklyn Civic Center, and downtown Brooklyn, our school boasts a location unrivaled for its legal, cultural, and historical character. Students share their environs with federal and state judges, government officials, and lawyers in private practice, many of them alumni. Within a few-block radius of the School are the US District Court; US Bankruptcy Court; US Attorney's Office; the New York State Supreme Court, Appellate Division; Family Court; the Brooklyn District Attorney's Office; the Kings County Surrogate's Court; the New York City Civil and Criminal Courts; the Legal Aid Society; and numerous law firms. These are our laboratories, a rich backdrop for learning few schools can replicate.
Multibillion-dollar construction projects have recast Brooklyn as the new center of New York City's energy. Overlooking New York Harbor and lower Manhattan lies Brooklyn's most charming neighborhood, Brooklyn Heights, where you will find much of our campus. The first New York City neighborhood to be designated a historic district, the Heights is replete with 19th-century townhouses, brownstone mansions, carriage houses, churches, and public buildings, recalling old-world urban elegance. Many of our students and faculty live here in residence halls or in private apartments and homes located on graceful, tree-lined streets. Nearby neighborhoods—Carroll Gardens, Cobble Hill, Park Slope, Williamsburg, and DUMBO (Down Under the Manhattan Bridge Overpass)—offer a profusion of bistros, boutiques, galleries, and clubs, all contributing to Brooklyn's growing reputation as the hippest part of New York City.
To complete the picture, Manhattan—the financial, legal, business, and cultural crossroads of the world—is only minutes away. Our students enjoy its exciting theater district, shopping, museums, and restaurants; its libraries, publishing houses, television network studios, professional sports teams, and its never-abating intensity. Proximity to Wall Street also gives students easy access to major law firms and financial institutions.
All in all, we enjoy the best conceivable location for a law school.
In recent years, BLS has made significant investments in capital improvements to serve the needs of the Law School community now and well into the twenty-first century. We have built an academic facility that provides a magnificent setting for law study in the information technology age. Our state-of-the-art main academic building—with an addition described by the Architectural Guidebook to Brooklyn as "hands down the best building erected in Brooklyn since World War II"—houses a 78,000-square-foot law library, one of the largest and most modern in New York City, with Wi-Fi access to extensive online collections, remote printing capabilities, 27 group study rooms, and seating for nearly 700. Students have five PC/Mac labs hosting nearly 100 workstations and an additional 34 computers in other student areas. There is wireless Internet connectivity throughout all of our academic and residential buildings, and more than 2,400 other student-accessible wired network connections.
Providing convenient, affordable housing to students is a priority for Brooklyn Law School. We have assembled a group of student residence halls that foster a vibrant living and learning community, one that helps nurture the professional and personal relationships that are an indispensable ingredient of a great law school. Our residences include quaint brownstones, mid-rise apartment buildings, and Feil Hall, a magnificent 21-story high-rise building that opened in 2005 and accommodates approximately 360 students in a mixture of furnished studios and one-, two-, three-, and four-bedroom suites with high-tech amenities. All full-time LLM students are guaranteed housing in Feil Hall as long as they meet our May 1 housing application deadline.
The Law School's residences, all within a short walk from our academic buildings, are located in the Brooklyn Heights Historic District. Housing costs typically are below the market rate for apartments in New York City, especially those in such a desirable neighborhood as Brooklyn Heights.
Student Services and Organizations
Beyond academic life, we offer students a lively world of campus services, student organizations, social activities, and many other opportunities to make the most of their time at Brooklyn Law School. Our Office of Student Affairs is the primary advocate and administrative liaison for the student body. The office is responsible for enhancing quality of life for students through support of student groups, accommodations for disabilities, assistance with ethical issues, academic advising, counseling, securing Law School services, and publishing resources for students.
There are more than 40 student organizations within the Law School, representing a variety of practice areas and cultural groups. Our student organizations are an important part of the Brooklyn Law School community and the engine behind many exciting programs. They offer an opportunity for students to explore their academic work beyond the classroom, through events that bring them together with others of similar (or different) cultural backgrounds or philosophical beliefs. These organizations are also an effective way for students to participate in activities that will broaden their knowledge of specific areas of the law, become involved in pro bono work, and connect with the Law School's alumni and other members of the legal community.
The Brooklyn Law School's Career Center offers the highest level of career planning and development. The professional staff helps students hone their interviewing and networking skills and teaches résumé and cover-letter writing. Our team consists of nine experienced attorneys: six counselors, two dedicated employer relations specialists, and an overseeing director who brings over 20 years of multifaceted experience to the position. With an open-door policy and easy access to help when needed, our aim is to prepare students fully for the real world of legal practice that lies ahead. The school's location in New York City—the center of law, business, and finance—informs and enhances our work.
To help our students make informed decisions about career options, the Career Center draws on many resources, including the Law School's extraordinary community of alumni and supportive faculty, to organize programs and workshops on established and emerging practice areas, as well as job-search skills. LLM students will have the benefit of a personal career counselor to help them navigate the legal market. They will also have opportunities to attend all practice area programs and skills workshops offered by Brooklyn Law School.
We have a worldwide network of alumni, who, through their successful and loyal support, play an invaluable role in the Law School's reputation. We currently have more than 19,000 graduates in 49 states and Washington, DC; 3 US territories; and 29 foreign countries—one of the largest alumni groups of any law school. Our alumni family includes many eminent judges (over 400 of them, serving in federal, state, and local courts), partners in many large international law firms, government officials, and business leaders.
For additional information about this program, please visit the LLM Program for Foreign-Trained Lawyers website, or contact:
Director of International Programs and Academic Services Coordinator
250 Joralemon Street
Brooklyn, NY 11201