Syracuse University College of Law

Syracuse University College of Law


Syracuse Law is one of the nation's most prestigious private law schools, located on the Syracuse University campus in Syracuse, New York. Our diverse community attracts students from across the U.S. and 19 foreign countries. Students in the LL.M. program may tailor their educational experience to meet their professional goals and interests through a variety of courses and specializations.

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Specialize Your Legal Studies with an LL.M. in American Law

Syracuse Law’s LL.M. in American Law offers exposure to American law and the U.S. legal system while allowing students to enroll in courses alongside our J.D. students in order to promote the rich of exchange of ideas.


Small class sizes, one-on-one interaction with faculty and access to top national programs highlight an education where the focus of the institution is on students and their success. Syracuse University College of Law allows students to create a future that combines law with any number of specialized fields, carving a professional niche that matches their strengths, passions and talents. And, students get to enjoy all the benefits of a forward-thinking law school with a rich tradition in the heart of a leading university.



The ability to refine your English-language skills, tailor your studies, engage with internationally-known faculty, and receive personalized academic and career counseling are just some of the attractive and unique features of our program.

Student Activities

The Offices of Student Affairs and International Programs and our many student organizations host a variety of programs, workshops, social events, sporting activities, community service activities, pro-bono opportunities, and professional development activities for students to fully engage in the University and greater Syracuse communities.  



When students aren’t studying, they spend time cheering for one of Syracuse University’s Division I sports teams playing at the Carrier Dome, just steps away from the College of Law. The area is also home to breathtaking scenery, state parks, and rural landscapes, as well as a variety of museums, music venues, and restaurants featuring ethnic and farm-to-table quality dining.  

Conditional Admission & English Proficiency

The LL.M. Admissions Committee offers conditional admission to applicants who require additional English-language instruction at Syracuse University’s English Language Institute (ELI) before starting the LL.M. program.


While no TOEFL/IELTS score is required for admission, candidates must be proficient in English and are recommended to demonstrate the equivalency of a 90+ TOEFL score or a 6.0 IELTS score. 


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LL.M. in American Law

LL.M. in American Law


Syracuse Law's LL.M. in American Law is a 24-credit program. Students may enroll in either the fall or the spring semester, and will complete their program over the course of one academic year. LL.M. students enroll in courses to teach the foundations of the American legal system and are fully-immersed in the College of Law community, taking their elective courses alongside our J.D. students. The College of Law offers more than 100 courses in substantive legal topics as well as specializations including Intellectual Property & Technology Commercialization Law; International & Comparative Disability Law; International Business Transactions, Corporate, & Commercial Law; International Human Rights Law & International Criminal Practice & Procedure and National Security & Counterterrorism Law.


Our LL.M. program is designed to offer foreign legal professionals the opportunity to broaden their knowledge of U.S. laws and the American legal process. Students have come from Spain, South Korea, China, Saudi Arabia, Brazil, Azerbaijan, Turkey, Syria, Kenya, Nigeria, Chile, Argentina, Colombia, Peru, Ethiopia, Trinidad, and other regions of the globe to deepen their knowledge of the American and international legal systems.


The ability to refine your English-language skills, tailor your studies, engage with internationally-known faculty, and receive personalized academic and career counseling are just some of the attractive and unique features of our program.

Step Inside Dineen Hall

In fall 2014, the College of Law opened its new building dedicated to legal studies, Dineen Hall. This distinctive five-story, 200,000 square-foot facility combines the latest in educational technology with an emphasis on collaboration through many open spaces. The building includes a 530,000-plus library, 400-seat ceremonial courtroom and more.

Application Deadlines & Admissions Instructions:

















Deadline for fall semester (August) enrollment: May 15 
Deadline for spring semester (January) enrollment: December 1


Candidates for admission to the LL.M. in American Law program must hold a law degree (LL.B. or undergraduate degree in Law) from a foreign institution, and must submit the application materials below:


  • Application for Admission ( or through the College of Law website)
  • Resume/Curriculum Vitae 
  • Personal Statement
  • Two Letters of Recommendation 
  • Color Copy of Passport Face-Page
  • Transcripts from your Bachelor’s-level degree*
  • Proof of English Proficiency (recommended range of TOEFL of 90+ or IELTS of 6.0+)

For all application deadlines and information click here



*If educational transcripts need to be translated into English, you need to provide a “certified” translation.” A translator does not need to be “certified” or “sworn” in order to provide a “certified translation.” A certified translation is any translation performed by someone other than the candidate, accompanied by a signed statement attesting that the translation is accurate and complete to the  best of the translator’s knowledge and ability. Any translator or translation company may “certify” a translation.



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The Faculty

Members of the faculty are committed teachers, distinguished scholars, and experienced lawyers. Most have practiced law before their academic careers and some still practice in their particular areas of expertise. They engage in scholarly research and publication to remain current in, and contribute to, the theory and practice of law. They are strongly committed to blending legal theory with skills training. A number of professors possess other graduate degrees and teach courses that combine law with such fields as public administration, finance, health care, social psychology, and economics.