NYU LLM Program

NYU offers an extensive array of options for students seeking an LLM, including both full-time and part-time options, plus a dual-degree program in Singapore. Students enrolled full-time at NYU’s New York City campus can choose between NYU’s traditional LLM program, and specialized LLM tracks.

NYU Traditional LLM

The traditional LLM program simply allows LLM students to enroll in 24 credits of courses at NYU Law School over the course of one academic year. NYU also allows students to enroll in the traditional LLM program as part-time degree candidates, in which case students must work towards their LLM degrees for more than one year. Although students in the traditional LLM program are encouraged to participate in a research seminar, there are no specific required courses or papers to complete.

NYU Law School offers 8 different options for specialized LLM degrees, four of which can be completed part-time. Each program involves required courses and written work specific to its field of law.

Competition, Innovation, and Information Law LLM

In Competition, Innovation, and Information Law, lawyers gain expertise in the regulatory system that deals with how markets handle new products and information and can take courses and advanced seminars on subjects including European Union law, U.S. antitrust law, comparative competition law, government regulation, or in patents, trademarks, and copyrights, as well as the unique Colloquium on Innovation Policy. A research paper, either done through a seminar or through independent study, is required, in addition to advanced seminars. This degree track offers a part-time option that requires 2-3 years of study. Students choose one of two concentrations: Antitrust and Competition Policy or Intellectual Property and Information Law.

Environmental Law LLM

Students enrolled in Environmental Law learn the details of what is now an important and complex area of modern American law: environmental and land use law. The program gives students the opportunity to study with faculty members who are renowned in their fields, highly experienced in NGO and government positions, and whose scholarship has influenced environmental law in areas such as climate change, environmental regulation, natural resources law, and housing and urban development. Students can tailor their course of study but are required to take an Advanced Environmental Law Seminar with an extensive research paper requirement. In addition to courses on the international, national, and local implications of environmental law, students can take simulation courses such as Civil Litigation as well as 6 credits from schools outside of the LLM Program. To supplement their classroom study, NYU Environmental LLM students can apply for highly competitive spots in NYU Law School’s Environmental Law Clinic and International Environmental Law Clinic, which allow students to work with organizations such as the United Nations, the National Resources Defense Council, as well as other international environmental NGOs and organizations and developing country governments. The environmental law LLM program at NYU accepts part-time students.

Similarly, the LLM programs in Taxation and in International Legal Studies both involve crucial areas of the law and are open to part-time students.

Taxation LLM

The NYU LLM in Taxation was started in 1945 and is widely regarded one of the top graduate law programs in tax in the country. Students gain a broad overview of federal taxation and focus on ways to solve problems facing tax policy and theory. Over 50 courses in areas including criminal and civil tax procedure, state and local tax, bankruptcy tax, and executive compensation tax are offered by the program, and students can design their own program of study with the help of an assigned faculty advisor. Students can choose to concentrate in General Taxation, Business Taxation, Tax Policy, Estate Planning, or International Taxation (for U.S. lawyers only).

International Legal Studies LLM

The NYU LLM in International Legal Studies offers students the opportunity to explore the complexities of international law, including the variety of legal areas contained within it and how it interplays with domestic law. Some areas of specialty within the NYU LLM International curriculum include human rights, war and post-conflict reconstruction, international trade, international legal theory, and international/transnational dispute settlement. Students can opt to cap their study with a four-credit thesis option if they are looking to pursue academic careers. There are also several clinics in which NYU LLM International Legal Studies students can participate, such as the Global Justice Clinic, the International Environmental Law clinic, the International Organizations Clinic, or the Constitutional Transitions Clinic and Colloquium. Five students each year are also chosen (by application) for the Transitional Justice Leadership Program, run in conjunction with the LLM Program and the Center for Human Rights and Global Justice. In addition, students are encouraged to participate in colloquia and independent research.

Lawyers seeking an LLM in Corporation Law, International Business Regulation, Litigation and Arbitration, International Taxation, and Legal Theory must enroll in NYU Law School as full-time LLM candidates. As opposed to lawyers enrolled in the traditional LLM program, law students working towards a specialized LLM degree are usually expected to complete a thesis or research paper.

Corporation Law LLM

The Corporation Law LLM is geared towards foreign lawyers and allows students to study business regulation law from U.S. and global perspectives. Students are required to take a course in U.S. corporation law and can design the rest of their program to suit their needs, taking advantage of offerings in securities regulation, finance, bankruptcy, and transactional law, as well as other specialized seminars from the NYU Stern School of Business and the Pollack Center for Law and Business. Another option for students in any LLM program (not just the Corporation Law LLM) is to complete an Advanced Professional Certificate in Law and Business.

International Business Regulation, Litigation and Arbitration LLM

The NYU LLM in International Business Regulation, Litigation and Arbitration program is open to both foreign and U.S. lawyers who desire to study the transnational aspects of commercial, business, and financial law. It is good preparation for students planning career paths in government, NGO, and international organization advising or private bar or industrial entrepreneurship who hope to use arbitration and litigation as tools to resolve transnational disputes and to improve private and public regulation. The core of the academic program is the International Business Transactions seminar, which is one year long and required for all students. The seminar contains a master’s thesis, allowing students to study closely with faculty on their own independent research projects. Students are also required to take courses in international arbitration, transnational litigation, and business law. For electives, students choose from offerings in trade law, banking and financial services, securities regulation, comparative and international antitrust regulation, transnational litigation, foreign and international investment arbitration, and international bankruptcy. In this program, as in the Corporation Law LLM Program, students can take cross-listed courses with the NYU Stern School of Business and the Pollack Center for Law and Business.

International Taxation LLM

The NYU LLM in International Taxation allows foreign lawyers to become well-acquainted with the the U.S. international tax legal system. Students take courses in international tax policy, international taxation, regional taxation, and tax treaties. Students must take the course Taxation of International Business Transactions in the spring, which requires students to break into teams of three and come up with a proposal for a case study involving three countries, where each student represents his or her native country, with help from faculty as well as an outside advisor, such as a New York or DC international tax firm specialist.

Legal Theory LLM

The NYU LLM in Legal Theory is open to students from any country, especially those planning to pursue academic careers. The program involves the theoretical contemplation of legal institutions both international and domestic and derives from disciplines as diverse as psychology, anthropology, sociology, critical race theory, feminist theory, political theory, history, and philosophy. The Legal Theory Thesis Seminar is required, which takes place over the course of a year.

In addition to its standard traditional and specialized LLM degrees, NYU has two LLM programs which are unique to NYU Law School.

NYU LLM Dual Degree National University of Singapore

The first is a dual degree program in Singapore called NYU@NUS, which involves the completion of two masters degrees in three different cities. Program participants begin by working towards an LLM in Global Business Law at the National University of Singapore. This LLM is credited as an NYU LLM since members of NYU faculty travel to Singapore. The next portion of the program requires students to work towards a specialized LLM from NUS in Shanghai. After obtaining these two degrees, students finish out the program by studying at NYU’s New York City campus and sitting for the New York bar examination. This program is set to end in 2014.

NYU Executive LLM Tax

The second unique LLM program is the Executive LLM in Tax, which is available as both an on-campus program, and as a 100% online LLM program. The Executive LLM program harnesses potent new educational technology to deliver a rigorous degree program to experienced attorneys.

NYU LLM Admission

All LLM programs offered by NYU Law School require applications to be submitted in mid-December. Applicants must hold a professional law degree from either an ABA-approved law school, or from a foreign law school accredited by its country’s ABA equivalent. The application consists of an online application form, a $60 application fee, the submission of law school transcripts, and one academic letter of recommendation. Foreign lawyers must almost submit TOEFL scores.

NYU LLM Tuition

To find out exact figures for NYU LLM tuition, visit the school website.

NYU LLM Scholarships

NYU LLM scholarships are available on the basis of merit to all applicants, who will be considered automatically upon application. The Hauser Global Scholarship (covers tuition and living expenses for the top admitted students) and the Arthur T. Vanderbilt Scholarship (full-tuition) assist students planning to study in New York City, while the Singapura Scholarship (covers tuition and living expenses for the top admitted students) and the David Marshall Scholarship (full-tuition) are for students wanting to study in Singapore. The Hauser Global Scholarship and the Singapura Scholarship, however, require an additional essay. Students in both New York City and Singapore are eligible for variable-amount Dean’s Awards, and the following Taxation Program Scholarships are available to students in the NYU LLM Tax Program:

  • Gerald L. Wallace Fund Scholarships, half-tuition scholarships for students pursuing the LLM in International Taxation program full-time
  • Graduate Tax Program Scholarships, partial-tuition scholarships for full-time Taxation students
  • M. Carr Ferguson Scholarship, one half-tuition scholarship for a full-time Taxation student, which requires a research paper
  • Michael I. Saltzman Scholarship, one half-tuition scholarship for a full-time Taxation student looking to enter tax litigation or tax controversy
  • Tax Law Review Scholarships, a maximum of eight half-tuition scholarships to full-time LLM Taxation students who are also editors of the Tax Law Review, a faculty-edited journal

For more information about scholarships for LLM students, visit our LLM Scholarships page.

NYU LLM Employment

NYU Law School’s Office of Career Services avails of several resources to assist LLM students in their job searches, such as career counseling, interview practice, cover letter and resume review, workshops and panels, online job postings and personalized profiles for full-time students (and part-time students with approval), seminars on career planning, and help with finding employers. In addition, students can participate in on-campus and off-campus recruiting events such as fall and spring OCI’s for Tax and International Tax students and the widely-known NYU LLM job fair, also known as the International Student Interview Program (ISIP), which over 150 worldwide employers attend.

Of the 111 students in the NYU Tax LLM class of 2012, 90.1% found employment nine months after graduation. The majority of graduates, 63%, went to work for law firms. Of the remainder, 24% were hired by accounting firms, 9% pursued clerkships, 3% got jobs at corporations and other organizations, and 1% went into government. The Academic Careers Program assists students in planning careers in academia.

NYU LLM Fellowships

The NYU LLM Program awards a number of highly competitive and prestigious fellowships to LLM students. Full-time students can apply for International Finance and Development Fellowships, which places them for at least 10 weeks after graduation from the LLM program with one of the following organizations:

  • World Bank, Washington, DC
  • International Monetary Fund (IMF), Washington, DC
  • European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), London
  • World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), Geneva
  • International Finance Corporation (IFC), Istanbul
  • International Development Law Organization (IDLO), Rome
  • International Institute for the Unification of Private Law (UNIDROIT), Rome

Students can also apply for an International Court of Justice Clerkship Program in the Hague.

NYU LLM Contact

Office of Graduate Admissions
NYU School of Law
139 MacDougal Street
Suite C-10
New York, NY 10012-1301
Phone: (212) 998-6060
Fax: (212) 995-4883
Email the Office of Graduate Admissions: law.grad.moreinfo@nyu.edu