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Phone: 212.998.6060 | Website: www.law.nyu.edu
For almost two centuries, New York University School of Law has maintained a record of academic excellence and innovation. Its Graduate Division, one of the largest and most diverse in the country, offers a breadth of opportunities for students to integrate theory and practice in law and engage individually with professors on projects of the highest level. Master’s and doctoral students are integral to the Law School’s commitment to global legal education. These students come from more than 50 countries, share worldviews and legal philosophies, and develop friendships and professional connections that will last a lifetime.
All this happens at NYU Law’s campus in Greenwich Village in downtown Manhattan. It is a charming and vibrant place for living and studying and is surrounded by all that New York City has to offer. The Law School draws teaching faculty from the city’s leading practitioners and policy makers to complement the expert permanent faculty. Visits from prominent government officials; members of the judiciary; and leaders of the UN, international organizations, and NGOs further enrich students’ experiences.
Law School Enrollment
NYU School of Law offers the opportunity to study for one of nine LLM degrees at its main campus in New York City. Each year, the Law School receives more than 2,800 full-time applications for a class of about 440 LLM students from more than 50 countries worldwide.
LLM Programs/Areas of Specialization
A first degree in law is required in order to meet the eligibility requirements for programs offered by the Graduate Division. Full-time programs begin only in the fall semester (August). Part-time applicants with a US law degree choose between spring entry (January) or fall entry; foreign-trained, part-time applicants may only apply for fall entry.
Students choose either the traditional LLM degree, which enables them to develop expertise in virtually any combination of courses and fields they wish, or one of our acclaimed specializations.
The Law School also offers a Doctor of Juridical Science (JSD) degree, an Executive LLM in Taxation (a primarily online course of part-time study), and the Advanced Professional Certification in Taxation. Additionally, business lawyers may choose to complete an Advanced Professional Certificate in Law and Business from the NYU Stern School of Business in conjunction with the LLM degree.
LLM Scholarship Programs
NYU offers highly competitive scholarships to full-time LLM students. Scholarships may cover a part of tuition, the full cost of tuition, or the full cost of tuition with an additional living stipend. Our website has complete information about scholarships and some options for financing your degree.
Admission and scholarship decisions are based on merit without regard to a student’s financial need. While several full-time master’s students receive one of our scholarships annually, in most cases financing the LLM degree remains the student’s responsibility. Therefore, all prospective students are encouraged to investigate all available financing options (loans, scholarships, grants, etc.) that may be available to them in their home countries.
Academic and Student Life
The intellectual life at the Law School is rich, and the graduate students’ perspectives contribute to the dialogue in ways that can’t be overstated. Students are encouraged to work on research projects with any of our 105 full-time faculty or our 30-plus centers and institutes, and to write or edit journals. They can also participate in more than 80 student organizations and enjoy many special events throughout the year that feature prominent domestic and foreign government officials, judges of national and international courts, and leaders of international and nongovernmental organizations. A full listing of our centers and institutes, journals, and student organizations, as well as a calendar of recent and upcoming events, is located on the School of Law website.
Students choose from a variety of options that enable them to live around Washington Square Park in close proximity to campus. Students may reside in one of two high-rise, apartment-style residence halls, or a low-rise building. Students usually have their own bedrooms in shared two- or three-bedroom apartments, but there are also a limited number of studio and one-bedroom apartment options. Family housing accommodations (in the form of studios and one-bedroom apartments) are also available, but limited in quantity. A majority of our students and many of our faculty live close to each other, fostering and sustaining an engaged community.
Each year, students also choose to live throughout the five boroughs of New York City (Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, the Bronx, and Staten Island), in New Jersey, or in Connecticut. The university offers guidance and advice to law students looking for housing in the private sector.
The Graduate Division of the Office of Career Services provides comprehensive assistance for students and alumni seeking private-sector positions worldwide. The Public Interest Law Center aids students seeking jobs in government agencies, NGOs, and international organizations; and students may apply for limited funding from the Law School to pursue certain fellowships, internships, and clerkships worldwide. Among the services offered are career-planning seminars, access to on- and off-campus recruiting programs, individual counseling, interview practice, and résumé and cover letter review. Key career events that occur during the academic year include
- International Student Interview Program
- Taxation Interview Program and NYU Day at the Tax Court
- Public Interest Career Fair
The Academic Careers Program at NYU Law devotes enormous energy to assisting students with preparation for, and entry into, the law-teaching job market. From individualized counseling and support to a range of programs designed to introduce students to the law teaching field, NYU offers comprehensive career services to its aspiring professors.