Master of Laws


  • Master of laws (LL.M.)
  • Starting date: August
  • Tuition Fee: > 30,000 USD
  • Language: English
  • Program type: Full-time; Continuing education
  • Duration: 1 year
  • Specialization: Legal Practice; General law


The Master of Laws (LL.M.) degree program at Cornell Law School is designed for students holding a first degree in law who wish to increase their understanding of American legal principles or to develop their knowledge of specialized areas of the law.

  • The LL.M. program is highly selective and limited to sixty-five to seventy-five students each year, chosen in 2012 from almost 1200 applicants.
  • Many of the students have been lawyers in private practice, judges, academics, government lawyers or officials, public-service attorneys, or in-house counsel.


There are no specific courses required for the LL.M. degree, and aside from a small number of courses designed specifically for LL.M. students, the LL.M. students choose their courses from the regular Law School curriculum, including first year courses and clinical offerings. 

There is a thesis option for those LL.M. students who wish to pursue advanced scholarly work. 

Approximately 50-65% of the LL.M. graduates sit for the New York State Bar Examination following the LL.M. degree.