Brooklyn Law School

Brooklyn Law School

About

The fundamental mission of Brooklyn Law School is to provide its students with the knowledge, skills, and ethical values needed for a career in the law

A Tradition of Public Service, Academic Excellence and Innovation

Founded in 1901, Brooklyn Law School is a vibrant intellectual community emphasizing teaching excellence, cutting-edge scholarship, and an innovative academic program designed to prepare students for public service and private practice. The Law School curriculum combines traditional course offerings and teaching methodologies with innovative professional skills training courses. Its nationally renowned clinical program – one of the first of its kind – is today one of the country’s most diverse and comprehensive professional skills programs.

Student Organizations

Our student organizations are an important part of the Law School community and the engine behind many exciting programs. They offer an opportunity for students to explore their academic work beyond the classroom, through events that bring them together with others of similar (or different) cultural backgrounds or philosophical beliefs. These student organizations are also an effective way for you to participate in activities that will broaden your knowledge of specific areas of the law, become involved in pro bono work, and connect with the Law School's alumni and other members of the legal community.


There are more than 40 student organizations within the Law School, representing a variety of practice areas and cultural groups. Members develop substantive and informative student programs throughout the school year, as well as organize school-wide social events. Early in the academic year, the Student Bar Association conducts its annual Organization Fair when representatives from the association's various organizations are available to meet with students interested in joining.

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Curriculum & Requirements

The LL.M. curriculum provides foreign-trained lawyers with the knowledge needed to master U.S. legal discourse, to practice law in the U.S., and to enhance their skills for practice in their home countries. 

 

LL.M. students at Brooklyn Law School have the option to focus their courses on preparing for the New York State bar exam, or in one area of the law in order to gain in-depth knowledge and expertise. Students wishing to specialize and take the New York State bar exam will typically be required to earn more than the 24 credit minimum for the degree.

 

General Requirements


The LL.M. degree requires all students to complete 24 credits.
 

 

The courses Fundamentals of American Law and Legal Writing & Research for the Foreign-Trained Lawyer are mandatory. No thesis credit is required.

 

All LL.M. students begin their studies in August with Fundamentals of American Law, a 2-credit course. During the fall semester, students must also take the 3-credit course Legal Writing & Research for Foreign-Trained Lawyers. For this course, faculty members trained in linguistics and experienced in teaching ESL join the Brooklyn Law School faculty and work with students individually based on their needs.

 

The LL.M. degree can be earned in one year of full-time study, or up to two years of part-time enrollment. Note: Part-time study is available to all U.S. Citizens, Permanent Residents, and those with visas that allow part-time study.

 

New York State Bar Focus

 

In addition to the general requirements set forth above, LL.M. students wishing to sit for the New York State bar examination must meet the following additional requirements:

 

 

  • Professional Responsibility, Legal Profession or Professional Responsibility in Different Practice Settings;

 

 

 

  • Students may take Perspectives in Legal Analysis I & II, a course unique to Brooklyn Law School that is designed to help students prepare for the New York State bar exam, to satisfy four of the six required credits in subjects tested on the New York State bar exam;

 

 

  • The remaining courses may be chosen by the student as electives.

 

Living in Brooklyn

Brooklyn doesn't rest solely on its historical laurels, of course (although a trip to the Brooklyn Historical Society always proves interesting). There's plenty to do in our present-day home as well. If you're a music lover, check out the Brooklyn Academy of Music. Visit Coney Island or the New York Aquarium for the sights and amusement, or take in some sun and sand at Brighton Beach. Head to Prospect Park, the largest green space in Brooklyn, for its outdoor concerts, zoo and recreational activities. You'll have fantastic views of the Manhattan skyline from the new Brooklyn Bridge Park.


Best of all, as a Brooklyn College student, you'll have free access to two of the borough's brightest attractions: the Brooklyn Museum and the Brooklyn Botanic Garden.


Brooklyn offers some of the most vibrant cultural experiences and entertainment events in the city.

City & Campus

An Incomparable Location

Our address offers the best of both worlds: a bustling, urban campus in the heart of intimate, scenic Brooklyn Heights. We're also close to every imaginable court, outstanding student residences within walking distance of the schools, and a vibrant social scene. The transition between class, courtroom, home, and leisure is seamless.

Study and Research

Our elegant library is a majestic refuge full of natural light, spanning six floors and  home to a collection of 575,000 volumes. We provide you with access to WI-FI and computers throughout the library. Help is always on hand from a staff of professional librarians, paraprofessionals and assistants, who work closely with faculty to assist you with study and research questions.

An Environment for Learning

Your legal studies take place in spacious and intimate, light-filled classrooms and conference rooms that overlook the neighborhood's many courts.

Enriching Experiences

Campus life is abuzz with more than 49 student organizations, as well as symposia, workshops, moot court, journals, dean's round-tables, study sessions, colloquiums and frequent career information sessions.

Guaranteed Housing

Home is always nearby, from the ultra-modern surroundings of Feil-Hall, to a variety of apartments at competitive rates. Apartments range from charming three-bedrooms to spacious studios, in historic brownstones on lovely, tree-lined blocks. Residences are all close to a wide selection of restaurants, some with outdoor patios, gardens, and live music.

Admission Requirements

To be eligible for admission to the LL.M. program for foreign-trained lawyers, prospective students must:

 

  • Hold a law degree from a foreign university that allows you to practice law in the jurisdiction where it was awarded; and

 

  • Have a minimum Internet-based TOEFL score of 100 with a minimum of 25 on each of the four sections, or a minimum IELTS score of 7.0. For candidates whose native and working language is English and whose first degree in law is from a college or university in a country where both the language of instruction and the native language is English, the language proficiency examination requirement may be waived. 

Welcome to Brooklyn Law School

Application Process

Prospective students who wish to learn more about the admission application process should read our comprehensive LL.M. Application Instructions. These application instructions contain an application checklist and detailed information regarding admissions criteria, the application review process, deadlines, and costs.

 

Before applying, each applicant must register with LSAC. Registration is free and valid for a five-year period beginning on the date LSAC processes it. To register, visit the LSAC Web site at www.lsac.org.

 

After registering with LSAC, prospective students must apply to the LL.M. program using the online application at www.lsac.org. All supporting documents, including resumes/curriculum vitae, letters of recommendation, and personal statements must be sent to LSAC. Your transcripts and TOEFL or IELTS scores should also be sent directly to LSAC. The Law School will receive all applications and supporting documents from LSAC.

 

Only complete applications will be reviewed by the Law School’s LL.M. Admissions Committee. Applicants are encouraged to keep a copy of their application materials, as they will not be returned. Once you have completed your application you may check on the status by clicking here.

Scholarship

Beginning with the 2015-2016 academic year Brooklyn Law School instituted an across the board 15% tuition reduction. The tuition reduction is a significant step toward addressing the national challenge of making law school more affordable and accessible to qualified students. The tuition reduction also is part of a package of aid initiatives aimed at engaging a broader array of students by offering a wide variety of aid programs.

 

All LL.M. applicants are considered for a scholarship.