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Syracuse University

Since its founding in1870, Syracuse University has been a place where students from diverse backgrounds stretch their limits and learn from scholars of distinction, industry leaders, and community members. Located in Syracuse, New York, this renowned private research institution has become a center for excellence that fosters the ability for students to explore, discover, and break boundaries as they address real-world issues.

The law school

Embedded in a dynamic teaching and research university, the College of Law is one of the oldest of the 11 schools and colleges comprising Syracuse University. Opening in Fall 2014, the 200,000 square foot Dineen Hall, the newest legal education facility in the Northeast, has been built specifically for the demands of modern legal education. Dineen Hall will feature an open architecture design, collaborative learning environment, superior technology and ideal location for a dynamic student experience. The College of Law is a charter member of the AALS and is fully approved by the ABA.

Syracuse University College of Law's mission is guided by the philosophy that the best way to educate lawyers to practice in today's world is to engage them in a process of interdisciplinary learning while teaching them to apply what they learn in the classroom to real legal issues, problems, and clients. Beginning in the first year and continuing throughout the curriculum, students are exposed to educational settings that integrate opportunities to acquire a better understanding of legal theory and doctrine, develop professional skills, and gain exposure to the values and ethics of the legal profession. As a result, Syracuse students are better prepared for the practice of law.

Tuition fees

Tuition for the LL.M. program is $49,500. Mandatory fees are approximately $2,500. Please visit our website for detailed information on tuition, scholarships, and total cost of attendance.

Entry Requirements

This program is exclusively available to graduates in law from foreign academic institutions or those who are otherwise licensed to practice law in their home jurisdictions. Syracuse seeks people from diverse legal backgrounds, including corporate, government, private practice, judicial and academic.

The Program

Academic Curriculum
The Master of Laws (LL.M.) in American Law is a 24-credit program designed for foreign-trained legal professionals. The program can be completed in one academic year on our campus in Syracuse, New York. 
LL.M. students will learn the foundations of the American legal system, U.S. legal writing, and legal practice skills in three required courses. Students then self-specialize and select courses based upon their own professional goals and interests from a variety of disciplines such as International Human Rights Law, Comparative Disability Law, National Security Law, International Business Transactions, and more.
Students may also pursue the following program options around the LL.M. program:

  • LL.M. in American Law + English-Language Training
  • LL.M. in American Law + Master in Public Administration
  • LL.M. in American Law + iSchool Certificate in Advance Study

Application Information
Candidates may apply to the LL.M. program through the LSAC website. In addition to the application, please also be prepared to submit a resume/CV, a Personal Statement, all educational transcripts, two (2) letters of recommendation, and a color copy of the candidate’s passport face-page. Eventually, admitted candidates must also provide Proof of Financial Support before visa documentation can be prepared by the University.
English-Language Proficiency
The College of Law accepts TOEFL and IELTS scores as a metric for assessing English-language proficiency. For students whose English is not sufficiently developed, the College of Law allows for conditional admission pending their successful completion of an English-language program at Syracuse University’s English Language Institute (ELI). The number of sessions of English instruction required will depend on the students’ current observable proficiency, the assessment of the ELI directors, and the discretion of the Admissions Committee. ELI also offers a “Legal English” Summer Session that the College of Law recommends for every LL.M. student.

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