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Brooklyn Law School

Brooklyn Law School is a leader in teaching excellence, cutting-edge scholarship, and real-world legal preparation located in New York City. Not affiliated with a university, it is an independent law school offering the Juris Doctor (JD) degree, five joint-degree (JD and Master’s) programs co-sponsored with other prominent New York City academic institutions, and the LL.M Program for Foreign-Trained Lawyers.

The law school

Brooklyn Law School is a vibrant intellectual community and an international center for business, education, and innovation. The curriculum includes over 200 courses in a broad range of subjects, blending doctrinal and experiential instruction. The clinical program – one of the first in the nation – is regarded as one of the finest and most comprehensive. The Law School’s rigorous academic approach equips students with the knowledge and critical thinking skills required for the successful practice of law.

The campus is located in a residential and commercial neighborhood of Brooklyn, adjacent to many state and federal courts, as well as government, corporate and public interest law offices, which serve as “learning laboratories.” The Law School neighborhood offers a thriving hub of chic shops and dining, as well as night life, culture, and arts.

The Law School guarantees housing to all first-year and full-time LL.M. students. Student residences are within a short walk of the main campus, which is located at a transportation hub. Travel to Manhattan takes only minutes by subway, bus, car, or a scenic stroll across the Brooklyn Bridge.

Our faculty includes experts in many areas of domestic and international law, as well as practicing lawyers with strong ties to financial institutions corporations and arts, entertainment, and media companies from around the globe. Their open-door policy has established relationships that have endured long after students have graduated.

Since its founding over a century ago, Brooklyn Law School has been a gateway to success for people of all backgrounds. Its 1,500 students come from nearly every U.S. state and more than a dozen countries, bringing with them a diversity of life experiences, cultures, languages, and personal accomplishments. They are active in more than 40 student organizations, the award-winning Moot Court Honor Society, and four student-edited scholarly journals. They also participate in a full schedule of symposia, forums, and workshops every semester.

The Law School alumni network includes 19,000 members worldwide who contribute to the success of students and the Law School through philanthropy, workshops, mentoring, and career placement.

Tuition fees

The cost of attendance for the LLM Program matches the cost of attendance for the JD Program, and living expenses are estimated costs which vary depending on the student’s actual expenses. For the 2011-2012 school year, total estimated expenses, including housing expenses, for full-time students was $72,681, and for part-time students was $60,459. Financial Aid is only available for U.S. Citizens and Permanent Residents.

Entry Requirements

Prospective students must hold the equivalent of a J.D. from a foreign university and non-native English speakers require minimum TOEFL scores. The LL.M. degree requires completion of 24 credits. The degree can be earned in one year of full-time study or up to two years of part-time enrollment for those with non-student visas.

The Program

The LL.M. Program provides foreign-trained lawyers with the knowledge needed to master American legal discourse, to practice law in the United States, and to enhance their lawyering skills for practice in their home countries.

LL.M. students at Brooklyn Law School have the option of two paths of study. The New York State Bar Focus is intended to help prepare students to sit for the New York State bar examination. The Specialization path is designed for students who wish to focus their course selections in one area of the law in order to gain in-depth knowledge and expertise. Students wishing to both specialize and sit for the New York State bar examination will generally be required to earn more than the 24 minimum credits.

Students may choose to specialize in any area of the law that the curriculum supports, though the program features specialized study in three areas of law, business law, refugee and immigration law, and intellectual property law.

Business Law: Located just minutes from Wall Street, the Law School has an acclaimed business law faculty, offers a range of advanced courses in the field, and is home to the Dennis J. Block Center for the Study of International Business Law.

Refugee and Immigration Law: The faculty includes authorities who teach and practice in New York City, home to two immigration courts, two asylum offices, and one of the busiest Federal Circuit Court immigration dockets in the country.

Intellectual Property Law: Faculty members are making important contributions to this fast-evolving branch of the law. The curriculum addresses the pressing need for a new generation of tech-savvy lawyers. New York City is home to Silicon Alley and is the world’s media capital, offering opportunities for fieldwork with the very entrepreneurs who are driving change.

Other unique features of the LL.M. program include:

Emphasis on the English Skills needed to successfully draft U.S. legal documents. Law professors are teamed with linguists to oversee legal writing courses and provide individualized support.

Small Class Size to ensure the individual needs of each foreign lawyer are met.

A Bar Examination Course specially designed to help prepare students to take the New York State bar examination. It surveys the New York and U.S. law subjects that are tested on the exam.

Academic Enrichment through a broad array of programs and events planned for LL.M. students, including workshops and lectures of particular importance to international lawyers.

Guaranteed Campus Housing for full-time LL.M. students is available in Feil Hall, a new high-rise only three blocks from the main campus. The costs are highly competitive.

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