Cardozo Law School LLM

Cardozo Law School LLM Program

The Cardozo LLM program can be taken either full-time or part-time over the span of one  to three years (or two to six semesters) depending which schedule the student chooses. Cardozo Law School offers four LLM programs to approximately 75 students from around the world. All four programs require the completion of a minimum of 24 units for the receipt of an LLM degree but each program has its own specific focus and related requirements. Foreign law school graduates enrolled in any of the four programs must take the following courses:

  • Introduction to U.S. Law
  • Legal research and writing (two semester workshop)

The four programs available at Cardozo Law are:

Cardozo Law School Comparative Legal Thought LLM

The Cardozo Law School Comparative Legal Thought LLM is intended for students with an interest in entering legal academia, although the program is open to students interested in interdisciplinary approaches to law. The program is open to U.S. based and international attorneys and everyone must complete the 24 unit minimum to include:

Students may also elect to concentrate in Jewish Law as part of the Comparative Legal Thought LLM program through the Yeshiva University Center for Jewish Law and Contemporary Civilization, which requires 10 credits in Jewish Law.

Cardozo Law School Dispute Resolution Processes and Advocacy LLM

The Cardozo Law School LLM in Dispute Resolution Processes and Advocacy is designed to provide students with the practical litigation and theoretical training needed to participate in alternative dispute resolutions processes. The program fosters an understanding of attorneys as advocates, problem-solvers, and counselors. The program is open to U.S.-based and international attorneys and everyone must complete the 24 unit minimum to include:

  • 14 credits of coursework in ADR and advocacy
  • Completion of a paper focusing on dispute resolution
  • Participation in either an externship, clinical or practical program to develop dispute resolution skills

A wide variety of clinics, externships, pro bono opportunities, and other extracurricular activities such as symposiums and study abroad are available to Cardozo LLM Dispute Resolution students.

Cardozo Law School General Studies LLM

The General Studies LLM is a flexible program for both international and U.S. lawyers that allows students to create a customized LLM degree by choosing from Cardozo Law School’s extensive course offerings. Students are required to take:

  • Professional Responsibility or Professional Responsibility for LLM Students
  • 6 credits from courses on content covered by the New York Bar Exam

Students may choose a concentration in the following areas but are free to create a personalized course of study if these do not meet their needs:

  • Alternative Dispute Resolution
  • Corporate and Securities Law
  • Intellectual Property
  • International and Comparative Law

In addition, students in the General Studies LLM Program can participate in an array of clinics to hone their practical skills.

Cardozo Law School Intellectual Property Law LLM

The Intellectual Property (IP) Law LLM at Cardozo Law School provides students with the opportunity to understand and master the complex field of IP law. Students are required to complete a minimum of 14 units in IP coursework and may choose to complete a one or two credit research paper or three credit thesis on an IP topic of their choice. The curriculum of the program is based in three major areas of IP law: copyrights, patents, and trademark, and students are required to take a basic course in two out of three of these areas in their first semester. Advanced courses are also available in areas such as communications law, entertainment law, media law, and cyber law. Students are also placed in part-time internships to enhance their practical understanding of the day to day practice of Intellectual Property Law. Students must write a paper on their internship to receive credit. Internship placements for past students have included Estée Lauder, DC Comics, Kate Spade, PolyGram Records, Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson, and Ostrolenk, Faber, Gerb & Soffen. The Indie Film Clinic is also open to Cardozo LLM IP students.

Cardozo Law School Clinics and Externships

Cardozo LLM law students have the opportunity to implement their classroom learning with the Law School’ls renowned practical training program, through the following clinics and externships.

In-House Clinics:

Field Clinics:


Cardozo Law School LLM Student Body

Cardozo LLM students in the Fall 2012 consisted of 55 people who came from the following countries: France, Germany, Italy, Russia, Romania, Serbia, Croatia, Belarus, Lithuania, Latvia, Ukraine, Armenia, Israel, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, the Dominican Republic, China, India, Japan, Nepal, the Philippines,South Korea, the United Kingdom, the United States, and Puerto Rico.

The Cardozo LLM Spring 2013 class was made up of 18 students who hailed from China, India, Italy, Israel, France, Russia, Spain, Switzerland, South Korea, and the United States

Cardozo LLM Admission

Students are able to apply to the LLM programs at Cardozo Law School for admission in either the Spring or Fall semesters. Admissions decisions are made on a rolling basis beginning in October for the Spring semester or January for the Fall semester. Students should submit a completed application packet via the LSAC or mail. A completed application will include:

  • Application Form
  • Application Fee of $75
  • Resume
  • Personal Statement (2 pages)
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Official transcripts
  • Credential evaluation (international applications only)
  • TOEFL (minimum 100) or IELTS (minimum 7.0) score (for international students whose native language is not English)
  • LSAT scores (for US law school graduates only)
  • Letter of good standing and class rank (for US law school graduates only)

Cardozo LLM Tuition

As students may attend any of the LLM programs on a full-time or part-time basis at Cardozo Law School the Cardozo law School LLM tuition breakdown is available on the law school website for students in both programs.

Cardozo Law School LLM Scholarships

Cardozo Law School offers four types of scholarships to help students meet the cost of the LLM program:

  • Dean’s Merit Scholarships are partial-tuition merit scholarships awarded to full-time students. The scholarship does not require a separate application and is awarded on the basis of outstanding academic achievement.
  • The Distinguished LLM Scholar Award is the most prestigious scholarship awarded by Cardozo Law School. The scholarship amount is $30,000 and is given on the basis of applicants’ academic credentials and potential, and legal achievement.
  • The Cardozo LLM Scholarship for Dispute Resolution and Advocacy is awarded to one prospective Cardozo LLM Dispute Resolution student. The amount of the grant is $30,000. This scholarship requires two two-page essays: one detailing an instance where the applicant had to use dispute resolution skills in his or her life, and the other outlining the applicant’s qualities which will make him or her successful in the program. The deadline for the scholarship application is December 1 for the spring semester and April 15 for the fall semester.
  • Milgat Uriel & Caroline Bauer LLM Scholarship: This scholarship is intended for an law graduate from Israel in the award amount of $30,000. The deadline for this scholarship application is April 15. The application requires two 2-page essays and a letter of nomination from a school dean or former employer.

Applicants should note that Cardozo Law School only provides merit-based aid, not need-based. Therefore, the School encourages applicants to seek outside aid and/or academic loans.

Cardozo Law School LLM Employment

The Cardozo Law School Office of Career Services employs seven career counselors who are all former attorneys and who are available to help LLM students conduct their job searches. OCS hands out an LLM Career Services Manual to all LLM students at orientation, hosts resume and cover letter writing workshops twice a year, and regular workshops on interviewing and networking. Cardozo LLM students also have many opportunities to network, as OCS holds LLM alumni panels, attorney panels with attorneys in different practice areas, and Practice Area Expos, which allow students to network with attorneys in their practice areas of interest.

Cardozo Law School LLM Contact

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Yeshiva University
Office of Admissions
Room 1168, 11th Floor
55 Fifth Avenue
New York, NY 10003-4391
Attn: LL.M. Program
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