LL.M in Dispute Resolution and Advocacy

  • Master of laws (LL.M.)
  • Starting date: Spring; Fall
  • Tuition Fee: $56,226.00 USD
  • Language: English
  • Program type: Part-time; Full-time
  • Duration: 1 year; 3 years
  • Specialization: Legal Practice; Resolution

Dispute Resolution and Advocacy LL.M

The LL.M. in Dispute Resolution Processes and Advocacy offers the opportunity for domestic and international lawyers to enhance their skills and to develop their proficiencies in the fast-growing fields of advocacy and alternative dispute resolution. Through the Kukin Program for Conflict Resolution (ranked sixth in the nation and first in New York City by U.S. News and World Report) and the wide variety of practical litigation skills training courses that distinguish a Cardozo education from others, our LL.M. program offers a unique combination of practical and theoretical training to help students develop an understanding and vision of the role of the lawyer as a counselor, problem-solver and advocate.


Degree Requirements


• A minimum of 24 credits overall

• A minimum of 14 credits of coursework in dispute resolution and advocacy

• Completion of a paper focusing on a topic in conflict resolution developed in a course or through independent study

• Participation in an experiential requirement (externship, clinical or practical program) related to conflict resolution

• Graduates of foreign law schools must take Introduction to U.S. Law and two semesters of the advanced workshop in legal research and writing.


Download detailed information on the curriculum for the Dispute Resolution and Advocacy LL.M. program here:


Writing Opportunities

Students are required to complete a paper focusing on a topic in conflict resolution or advocacy. The writing requirement may be satisfied through a scholarly paper of at least 20 pages using Bluebook citation format that is written for a course or independent study  or through completion of substantive memoranda, draft opinions and/or briefs written for a course, clinic or externship.




• Divorce Mediation Clinic

• Family Court Clinic

• Holocaust Claims Restitution Practicum

• Human Rights and Genocide Clinic

• Immigration Law Externship

• Independent Study/Internship (with approval from a supervising faculty member)

• Labor and Employment Law Clinic

• Mediation Clinic

• Securities Arbitration Clinic

• Tax Clinic





Pro-bono opportunities


  • Cardozo Advocates for Battered Women (CABW)
  • Legal Information for Families Today (LIFT)
  • Suspension Representation Project (SRP)
  • Unemployment Action Center (UAC)


J.D./LL.M. Program in Dispute Resolution and Advocacy

This joint degree program makes it possible for Cardozo J.D. students (and students earning a J.D. from another law school who visit Cardozo for two semesters) to receive both degrees in seven consecutive full-time semesters rather than the eight semesters that are normally required. Applications for the J.D./LL.M. joint degree in Dispute Resolution and Advocacy should be submitted to the Office of Admissions during the fifth or sixth semester of a student’s J.D. studies.


Contact the Office of Admissions for further information.


Extracurricular Offerings

In addition to taking outstanding classes from acclaimed faculty, students supplement their education with a full complement of extracurricular offerings, including competitionsstudent organizations and study abroad. A wide variety of events, such as conferences, symposia and panel discussions, also enhance a Cardozo education.