Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law - Yeshiva University (New York City)

Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law - Yeshiva University (New York City)


Founded in 1976 by Yeshiva University, one of the finest research universities in the United States, the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law has a national reputation for a top-caliber faculty and an innovative academic program that includes a wide range of exciting and practical opportunities. The school's faculty members are known for being widely published legal scholars, as well as for being actively engaged in the pursuit of social justice. They invite ongoing dialogue with their students—inside and outside of the classroom. Almost half of the faculty hold advanced degrees in other disciplines, making them particularly qualified to provide a well-rounded and rigorous legal education.


2017 LL.M Application

We are delighted that you have decided to apply to the LL.M. Program at Cardozo School of Law!  Please review the LL.M. Application Guidelines before completing the LL.M. application. You may contact the Office of Admissions at with any questions.


Cardozo offers two methods of application submissions


* We strongly recommend that you access the online electronic application through the LSAC LLM Credential Assembly Service.  Once registered, you can submit your LLM application, application fee, letters of recommendation, TOEFL/IELTS score, and transcripts. International applicants are encouraged to use the LSAC Transcript Evaluation and Authentication Service in order to facilitate the review process.  The 2017 LL.M. Application will be available starting on September 1, 2016.


* You may print and submit the writable PDF of the 2017 Cardozo LLM Application and 2017 LLM Application Supplemental (including application checklist, letter of recommendation cover sheet, transcript request form, and application fee record form).  LL.M. applications for Spring 2017 and Fall 2017 may be submitted after September 1, 2016.


All application materials become the property of Cardozo School of Law and cannot be returned to the applicant.


LL.M. Transfer Policy on Transfer Credit from ABA-Approved Law Schools

Candidates for an LL.M. degree must have received a minimum of eighteen credits from Cardozo. Upon admission, candidates may seek to transfer up to six credits earned in another LL.M. program at another law school accredited by the American Bar Association (ABA).  Such credits may be transferred and applied to the LL.M. degree only if a student received a grade of "B" or better (or the equivalent) in the classes for which transfer credit is sought and only if such credits were not applied towards any other degree. 


Student seeking to have credits transferred to Cardozo must fill out a form requesting the transfer of credit from another institution, available from the Office of the Registrar, and have it approved by the Assistant Dean for Graduate and International Programs.  No credit toward the LL.M. program can be awarded for courses taken at any school not accredited by the ABA.

Program Overview

A flexible, varied, and challenging curriculum


Four programs for diverse interests:


  • The Comparative and Legal Thought LL.M. is a unique program that capitalizes on Cardozo’s strengths in legal theory, philosophy, jurisprudence, law and literature, religion, and comparative constitutionalism, enabling students to design their own curriculum to match individual goals and interests.
  • The Dispute Resolution and Advocacy LL.M. trains future dispute resolution leaders in domestic and international arenas.
  • The General Studies LL.M is distinctive in its flexibility and breadth of offerings.
  • The Intellectual Property Law LL.M. is the capstone of Cardozo’s IP program, ranked 5th place nationally and first in New York City.



A vibrant community of students, faculty, staff and alumni


Cardozo’s LL.M. program boasts a vibrant and engaged community of students, faculty, staff and alumni.


Each year, approximately 75 students begin LL.M. studies at Cardozo, joining over 1,100 diverse and dynamic J.D. candidates. Cardozo’s faculty is extraordinary—prolific, accessible and defining the cutting edge of legal research and education. The entire alumni community is available to Cardozo LL.M. students as mentors as well as for networking and career advice.


Immersed in a supportive environment characterized by personal attention, LL.M. students enjoy targeted lectures and events, a buddy system matching incoming with current students, a graduate law society, and an administrative staff dedicated to addressing the special concerns of graduate students.


As members of the Cardozo community, our graduate students develop personal and professional bonds with colleagues around the world that will last a lifetime.


An unparalleled setting


Cardozo School of Law boasts beautiful, modern facilities, including the Kathryn O. and Alan C. Greenberg Center for Student Life, the Alabama residence hall, technologically-enhanced classrooms, and a state-of-the-art library with 540,000 print and electronic resources.


Situated between historic Greenwich Village and bustling Union Square, Cardozo’s location provides easy access to some of the world’s best restaurants, nightlife, theater and art. We are also able to take advantage of New York City’s unique concentration of prominent practicing lawyers to deliver to our students a wealth of law-related activities and opportunities both inside and outside the classroom.


We invite you to learn more about us and the opportunities we offer you to further your legal career. Our Office of Admissions is available to help you with every stage of your application process. Please let us know if you have additional questions about how our LL.M. program can meet your academic interests and professional goals. We hope to see you soon at Cardozo.

Comparative Legal Thought LL.M

The Comparative Legal Thought LL.M., the first of its kind at any U.S. law school, capitalizes on Cardozo’s strengths in legal theory, philosophy, jurisprudence, law and literature, religion, and related areas.


Although primarily intended for those who hope to enter legal academia, the LL.M. in Comparative Legal Thought is appropriate for anyone with an interest in interdisciplinary approaches to law.


Through Yeshiva University’s Center for Jewish Law and Contemporary Civilization, located at Cardozo, students in the Comparative Legal Thought Program may concentrate in Jewish Law. Those interested in this concentration must complete a minimum of ten (10) credits in Jewish Law.


Comparative Legal Thought Curriculum Fall 2015


See the curriculum worksheets for a sampling of courses available to LL.M. candidates interested in Comparative Legal Thought. The list on each worksheet represents course offerings in the area. Not all courses are offered each semester, and new courses are added as they are developed.

Office of Student Services and Advising

The Office of Student Services and Advising (OSSA) is the primary administrative liaison for Cardozo students. We help students in all aspects of life at Cardozo, and serve as a resource for information and guidance.  For us, building community at Cardozo is not just an abstract claim but a tangible reality. Our mission is to create a living and learning environment second to none among law schools, affording you the opportunity to grow personally and professionally and to enjoy these very important and exciting years. Our open door policy means that we’re always here to listen, whether your concerns are academic, personal, or extracurricular. We believe the result of our work helps create a trusting environment of professionals committed to growing together.


The Office of Student Services and Advising is responsible for approval of requests in a variety of Academic Administration areas; offers both academic and personal Advising; assists students with Disability Accommodations; can provide Emergency Funding to students who qualify; has information on Student Health InsuranceAdditional Health ResourcesChild Care Information, and Mental Health Services; has information regarding student Housing at the Benjamin; offers a range of informational and social Programs and Events; works to achieve Student Community Coordination; publishes a yearly Student Handbook; and much more!


Academic Administration

The Dean of Students is the individual responsible for approval of requests in a variety of academic areas from students experiencing special circumstances. OSSA also handles all aspects of the administration of examinations.


1. Special Circumstances


Special circumstances include requests for withdrawals from courses, reduced course loads, letters of good standing, and other academic requests. The Dean of Students also serves as the student liaison to the Academic Standards Committee for students whose academic standing is in jeopardy, as well as for students who are alleged to have violated the school's disciplinary code.


2. Examinations


General information on examinations is included in the Cardozo Student Handbook, which can be found under the Student Handbook link on the left side. Each semester, a preliminary exam schedule is provided to all students with registration materials. Towards the end of the semester, OSSA posts an exam memorandum. This memorandum includes a final copy of the examination schedule and complete information on all exam procedures and guidelines, along with rules and request forms for rescheduling and special arrangements. For more information on exam accommodations for disabilities, please see the Disability Accommodations link on the left side.


Housing Liaison

All on-campus housing inquiries should be directed to Rebecca Caceres at Newmark Grubb Knight Frank or 212.372.2478. 


If, however, you are a current student facing housing-related challenges such as adjustment difficulties or interpersonal dilemmas (roommate disputes, etc.), please feel free to contact OSSA for assistance.


The 2014-2015 Resident Housing Handbook has more information for Alabama residents, including house rules, utility information, delivery information, and moving out regulations and procedures.

Office of Diversity and Inclusion

Cardozo School of Law looks at diversity as multidimensional, expressed in our classes, clinics, special events and hands-on learning opportunities. We encourage students from all backgrounds to help change the face of the law community at large.


The mission of the Office of Diversity and Inclusion (ODI) is three-fold:


1. To ensure that all Cardozo graduates have the cultural competency to be effective attorneys and leaders;


2. To cultivate and sustain an inclusive campus culture where students, faculty, administrators and staff of all backgrounds feel welcome and valued; and


3. To provide support and guidance to students who are underrepresented based upon race, color, culture, ethnicity, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, disability or medical condition, age, creed, religion, socioeconomic status, ancestry, nationality, citizen or immigrant status, marital or civil union status, familial or parental status, veteran status and the intersectionalities thereof.


In accordance with its mission, the ODI will: 


  • Conduct research to routinely assess the campus climate and develop initiatives to strengthen Cardozo’s commitment to diversity and inclusion;
  • Provide resources and programming designed to educate the Cardozo community on topics relevant to diversity and inclusion;
  • Offer academic, professional and personal support to underrepresented and first generation law students as they navigate the challenges presented by law school and the legal profession;
  • Partner with Cardozo’s alumni and student affinity groups as well as local and state bar associations and organizations to facilitate community engagement;  and
  • Collaborate with all other Cardozo offices to ensure that Cardozo’s commitment to diversity and inclusion is evident in every facet of the “Cardozo experience” from admission to graduation and beyond.

Student Life

Cardozo LL.M. students are warmly welcomed into our congenial community. They can enjoy the full range of the law school’s resources and programming and are encouraged to join student organizations, participate in a variety of events, and contribute to shaping the life of the law school. The presence of a diverse student body that encompasses a multitude of backgrounds and experiences makes for a dynamic campus life and enhanced classroom discussions.


Special programs are scheduled especially for LL.M. students to foster collegiality and shared learning that can lead to lifelong friendships and professional contacts.


The Cardozo student body comes from more than 135 diverse undergraduate institutions. They bring with them a wide cross section of skills, backgrounds and experiences that enhance the life of the school.


Cardozo Law is located in the heart of Manhattan and at the center of the legal world. The neighborhoods surrounding Cardozo are teeming with culture, art and world-class cuisine. Students thrive in the beautiful neighborhoods surrounding the school.


New York City’s museums, sports arenas, clubs, theaters and concert venues offer a break from students’ studies. Urban life includes sights such as the windows of Fifth Avenue, the scenic waterfront, the High Line and Washington Square Park. And then there’s the food—from “Little Tokyo” on St. Mark’s Place, to cozy village gastropubs and bakeries, to Chinatown’s dumpling counters, New York cuisine offers something for every palate.


The Cardozo building includes the Kathryn O. and Alan C. Greenberg Center for Student Life with its spacious lounge, the Dr. Lillian and Dr. Rebecca Chutick Law Library, which boasts an exceptionally comprehensive reference collection, as well as the Jacob Burns Moot Court, where many of the school’s conferences and symposia take place. 


Cardozo Law offers a welcoming community, where students and faculty members are committed to fostering warm and spirited student life.

Tuition & Scholarships

2016-2017 Tuition and Fees


Full-Time Tuition:  $56,226 per year

Part-Time Tuition:  $2,675 per credit


Students taking less than 9 credits per semester are charged per credit.


Please Note - tuition is set and subject to change per academic year.  An academic year at Cardozo School of Law is broken up in the following order: summer semester, fall semester, & spring semester. Students enrolled in the spring semester can expect their tuition to increase the following semester.


Fees:  $570 per year


Please visit Tuition and Expenses for additional information pertaining to our cost of attendance and other related details.


Each spring, tuition and fees are set for the next academic year.



1. The Cardozo LL.M. Scholarship for Dispute Resolution and Advocacy (for international and domestic LLMs) 

Cardozo LL.M. Scholarship for Dispute Resolution and Advocacy is a grant of $35,000 awarded each term to one outstanding candidate to pursue a full-time LL.M. degree in Dispute Resolution and Advocacy. This scholarship will take the form of a partial reduction of tuition, one-half to be credited toward tuition for the first semester of study, and the other half to be credited toward tuition in the second semester of study.  Recipients are chosen on the basis of their intellect, academic credentials, demonstrated academic promise, and achievement in the field of Dispute Resolution and Advocacy.


In addition to completing the LL.M. application, candidates for the Cardozo LL.M. Scholarship for Dispute Resolution and Advocacy must submit the following two essays:


* In an essay of no more than 2 pages, describe a situation in your personal or professional life in which you either chose to or were required to resort to dispute resolution processes.  This may include arbitration, court-ordered mediation, divorce proceedings, a dispute amongst friends or family members, or any situation where you employed your skills as negotiator or advocate. Describe how you chose this route, whether you were satisfied with the outcome, and what you would have done differently. 


* In an essay of no more than 2 pages, describe what qualities you possess that you believe will contribute to your success in the field of Dispute Resolution and Advocacy.


The deadline to apply for this scholarship for the Spring 2017 term is December 1, 2016.

The deadline to apply for this scholarship for the Fall 2017 term is April 15, 2017.


2. The Dean's Merit Scholarship (for international and domestic LLMs)                                        


Each term Cardozo School of Law identifies exemplary full-time LL.M. applicants who have demonstrated superior academic achievement in law school and in their profession, and awards them with partial merit scholarships and the designation of Dean's Merit Scholar. This scholarship will take the form of a partial reduction of tuition, one-half to be credited toward tuition for the first semester of study, and the other half to be credited toward tuition in the second semester of study. All full-time admitted applicants are automatically considered for this scholarship and no additional application is necessary.


3. The Distinguished LL.M. Scholar Award (for international and domestic LLMs)   


The Distinguished LL.M. Scholar Award is a grant of $40,000 to pursue a full-time LL.M. degree. Each term, Cardozo School of Law awards the most prestigious LL.M. scholarship to a select group of outstanding LL.M. applicants. This scholarship will take the form of a partial reduction of tuition, one-half to be credited toward tuition for the first semester of study, and the other half to be credited toward tuition in the second semester of study. Distinguished LL.M. Scholars are chosen on the basis of their intellect, academic credentials, demonstrated academic promise, and achievement in the field of law.


4. The Milgat Uriel & Caroline Bauer LL.M. Scholarship is a grant of $35,000 awarded to one outstanding Israeli law graduate to pursue full-time LL.M. studies in the fall term. This scholarship will take the form of a partial reduction of tuition, one-half to be credited toward tuition for the fall, and the other half to be credited toward tuition in the spring. Bauer LL.M. Scholars are chosen on the basis of their intellect, academic credentials, demonstrated academic promise, and achievement in the field of law.


In addition to completing the LL.M. application, candidates for the Bauer LL.M. Scholarship must submit the following:


* In an essay of no more than 2 pages, describe a current legal issue or controversy in your country, region, or practice area, and your solution to the problem.

* In an essay of no more than 2 pages, describe the greatest challenge you have met and overcome in your legal education or your legal career.

* A nomination letter from your law school dean or other appropriate official from your university, describing your strengths as a law student or practitioner and academic promise as an LL.M. candidate.  If you have been out of school for more than one year, we will accept a nomination letter from your current employer.


The deadline to apply is April 15, 2017.

Selections are made without regard to financial need.




Please Note: Cardozo’s LL.M. program does not provide institutional need-based financial assistance (institutional need-based grants/scholarships or loans). Applicants needing financial aid are strongly encouraged to investigate funding sources early in the application process.


International students may want to consult the educational attache at the United States embassy or consulate in their country for fellowship information.


Financial Aid for International Students: A variety of resources for students who are not eligible for US federal financial aid.


6. External International Financial Aid Resources:



Student Loans

1. Federal Stafford Loans:

US citizens and permanent residents who are registered for at least 6 credits per semester are eligible to receive a guaranteed Federal Stafford Loan in the amount of $20,500 per year.


2. Federal Graduate PLUS Loans:

Students who borrow the full $20,500 in Federal Stafford Loan may also borrow a Federal Graduate PLUS loan of up to the estimated cost attendance minus any other financial aid. This loan requires a determination that the applicant does not have an adverse credit history.


To be eligible for the Stafford Loan and the Graduate PLUS Loan, students must first complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), indicating the Title IV code number for Yeshiva University: 002903. Students may file the FAFSA online. A Financial Aid Award Letter will be mailed to you along with additional information and instructions on applying for a Stafford and Graduate PLUS loan online via the Cardozo web site.


Students in the United States on a student visa are not eligible to receive federal loans.


3. Private Student Loans:

Students who are ineligible to receive federal loans (Stafford and Graduate PLUS), may want to consider borrowing a private student loan.  Approval of a private loan is based on creditworthiness (Please Note: international students may need a co-signer who has established credit in the US).  Please feel free to search online for potential private student loan lender options.

International Students

The majority of our LL.M. community is made up of international students.  They play an important role at Cardozo and are welcomed and integrated into campus life. Coming from dozens of countries, they bring a wide array of talents, interests and experiences to the classroom, and enhance the diversity of the community. The law school is intimate and friendly, making international students feel at home in a big city from day one.


Cardozo will help you obtain a student visa.  


International students who are not U.S. citizens or permanent residents must obtain an F-1 visa in order to pursue their LL.M. studies.  From the moment you decide to attend Cardozo Law until you arrive at Orientation, the Office of International Students and Scholars will guide you through the application process and assist in securing a student visa.


Cardozo offers a supportive learning environment.


The faculty is helpful and open, and some, especially the visiting faculty, are from overseas. Nearly every week there are panels and symposia about the most pertinent global issues. Clubs and student organizations offer further opportunities for social networking and professional advancement. In addition, the director of Graduate and International Programs works closely with international students coming to Cardozo for an LL.M. degree, ensuring that their experience is challenging and rewarding.


Cardozo offers special programming for international LL.M. students.   


In addition to the first-year and upper-level curricula, Cardozo offers several courses specifically designed for foreign-trained attorneys.   


Introduction to U.S. Law. This two-credit course gives students a basic introduction to the U.S. legal system, including the federal system and the use of precedent and methods of analyzing case law.  All international students take this course during their first semester of enrollment in the LL.M. program.


Advanced Workshop in Legal Research & Writing - InternationalThis two-credit course focuses on case reading and analysis, basic language structure and writing skills, manual and computer-assisted research skills, analysis and writing, and forms of writing, including letter and memorandum writing.  It is taught over two semesters, with one credit being awarded for each semester.


Fundamentals of New York LawThis optional, two-credit course is highly recommended for any LL.M. student who intends to take the New York State bar exam upon graduation.  It provides students with a review of U.S. legal doctrine, giving special attention to the laws of New York.  The substantive subjects covered may include criminal law, criminal procedure, family law, real property, torts, UCC sales, and wills.  Working with these subjects, students will hone skills required to identify legal issues, and analyze and write essays.


Cardozo has an  Office of Career Services that is dedicated to supporting LL.M. students during their studies and beyond graduation.


With seven attorney counselors, OCS will assist you with all aspects of your employment goals from externship to practical opportunities, public service, and beyond. 


The New York State Bar Exam.


For students who need to satisfy eligiblity through an ABA-accredited LLM program, our LLM degrees will allow you to fulfill the New York State Bar exam requirements.  You will received personalized guidance from the Assistant Dean for Graduate and International Programs during the registration process.


As globalization continues, a law degree from Cardozo is an invaluable asset and a professional advantage in today’s dynamic legal landscape. 

LL.M Application Guidelines

Required Materials 


A completed LLM application consists of the following items:


1. Application.  

You are strongly encouraged to submit the LLM application electronically (including the application form, application fee, resume, personal statement, letters of recommendation, and transcripts) using the LSAC LLM Credential Assembly Service (LLM CAS).  Paper materials and updates will require additional processing by our staff and will delay the review of your application by the Admissions Committee.


2. $50 Application fee. If you are applying through LSAC LLM CAS, you will submit your fee online by credit card when you complete your online application.  Otherwise, you may pay


  • by credit card (VISA or MasterCard)
  • with a personal check drawn on a US bank
  • by money order, including international money order
  • by direct transfer or wiring of funds to Yeshiva University’s account at:

JPMorgan Chase Bank

270 Park Avenue

New York, NY 10017

For the account of:
 Yeshiva University

Account Number 816595417  

ABA number 021000021

Swift Code CHASUS33

3. Resume/curriculum vitae.  

Information should be current to the date of application. 


4. Personal statement.  

Limited to two (2) typed, double-spaced pages.  The statement should describe your reasons for pursuing an LLM degree and include any information you believe would be helpful to the Admissions Committee in making its decision. 


5. Two letters of recommendation. 

Letters may be written by law school professors, and employers or colleagues whose supervisory positions permit informed evaluations of your qualifications. Letters should be submitted through the LLM CAS.  Hard copies with original signatures may be sent directly to the Office of Admissions if you do not register with LLM CAS.  Xeroxed or scanned letters, unsigned letters, or emailed recommendations will not be accepted.


6. Official transcript of law degree and any other degrees earned from any college, university, graduate school, or professional school.  

The transcript should be an official record from the academic institution, clearly indicating the dates of attendance, the courses taken, the grades received, and the degree conferred.  Transcripts should be submitted through the LLM CAS.


7. Official transcript of coursework (one semester or more) completed at any college, university, graduate school, or professional school. 

The transcript should be an official record from the academic institution, clearly indicating the dates of attendance, the courses taken, and the grades received.


8. Credential evaluation.  

International applicants are strongly encouraged to use the LLM CAS International Transcript Authentication and Evaluation Service.  Evaluations provide the Admissions Committee with your US grade equivalency and facilitate the review process.  


9. TOEFL or IELTS score (if applicable).  

See special instructions for international students below.




You may apply for admission to begin your studies in the Fall or Spring semester.


* Deadline for Spring 2017 admissions: December 1, 2016

* Deadline for Fall 2017 admissions: June 15, 2017

Cardozo has rolling admissions and applicants are encouraged to submit their materials as soon as possible.  LL.M. applications are accepted beginning September 1 for the following Spring and Fall entries.  An application is considered complete and ready for review by the Admissions Committee when all items on the application checklist have been received. 


Candidates will be admitted on a rolling basis.  Final decisions for Spring 2017 will be sent starting in mid-October.  Final decisions for Fall 2017 will be sent starting in mid-January.


Special Application Procedures for International Applicants


1. Credential Evaluation.  If you received your law degree outside the United States, we strongly encourage you to register with the LLM CAS International Transcript Authentication and Evaluation Service


2. Transcripts.  You are strongly encouraged to submit transcripts electronically through LLM CAS.  If you choose not to use LLM CAS, original official transcripts must be received by Cardozo in a sealed envelope with the issuing administrator’s signature along the envelope seal.  Transcripts may be submitted directly to Cardozo by the issuing institution or by the applicant.


If your institution will only issue one original transcript, Cardozo will accept a photocopy of the transcript on which an official from the institution has affixed a new stamp or seal to certify that the copy complies with the original records.  The certified copy must be submitted in a sealed and signed envelope.  Student copies of transcripts will not be accepted as part of the application. 


3. Translations.  Application documents must be in English.  For documents not originally written in English, a certified translation must be made by one of the following: a consulate, a professional agency, or the institution issuing the original document.  If an English translation is required, and the issuing institution will not provide one, please submit your transcript to a translation service and then send Cardozo the certified translation with the official transcript.  Translations by the applicant will be not accepted.


4. English Proficiency.  Full immersion and success in Cardozo’s LLM Program, where students engage in a Socratic dialogue with professors and class members, requires a high level of English proficiency.  Students are expected to comprehend and process both written and spoken English with ease, and should be able to express themselves in like manner.  Such proficiency should be achieved prior to enrollment.  Cardozo Law does not provide English language courses.


If your first degree in law was taught in a language other than English, you must take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) (Cardozo Law TOEFL Code 2489) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) exam. 


Minimum score requirements:

* TOEFL: 100

* IELTS: 7.0 Overall Band Score


If you have registered with the LLM CAS, your test results will be forwarded to Cardozo.  Otherwise, please have your official results sent to the Office of Admissions.


The Admissions Committee will not accept results from any exams taken more than two years prior to the date on which the LLM application is submitted to Cardozo.


The Admissions Committee will not grant conditional admit status to applicants who have not yet taken the exam or who fail to meet the minimum score requirement but plan to retake the exam.


5. TOEFL/IELTS Waiver:  An applicant may request a waiver of the TOEFL/IELTS requirement if an applicant--


* has previously earned a university-level degree in a program where English was the primary language of instruction, or

* has conducted the majority of his/her professional work in English


The waiver request must be submitted in writing with your application.  Documentation from the college or university confirming English as the language of instruction, or a letter from a supervisor confirming English as the primary language of business should be attached to the waiver request.  Waivers will be considered on a case-by-case basis by the Admissions Committee.


6. Credential Evaluation for New York State Bar Exam. Applicants who are interested in taking the New York State Bar Exam should submit their credentials for evaluation before applying to the LLM program.  The evaluation process will take at least six months so please plan accordingly. 

Yeshiva University

Now in its second century, Yeshiva University is the oldest and most comprehensive educational institution under Jewish auspices in America. It is an independent university that ranks among the nation's leading academic research institutions and, reflecting the time-honored tradition of Torah Umadda, provides the highest quality Jewish and secular education of any Jewish university in the world. Since its inception the University has been dedicated to melding the ancient traditions of Jewish law and life with the heritage of Western civilization, and each year we celebrate as future leaders make YU their home.


In September 2003, Richard M. Joel was inaugurated as Yeshiva University's fourth president in its 117-year history, succeeding Norman Lamm, who had held the office since 1976. President Joel's two other predecessors were Bernard Revel, president from 1915 to 1940, and Samuel Belkin, who served from 1943 to 1975.


Some of the world's leading minds make their home in Yeshiva University's classrooms. Beyond a commitment to research and writing, YU faculty members and roshei yeshiva [professors of Talmud] engage and inspire their students, drawing them into a continuing pursuit of knowledge and wisdom. They value close interactions with their students and the opportunity to engage with students outside the classroom setting, whether it's meeting informally to continue a discussion started in the classroom or collaborating in the laboratory on new research.


YU alumni have gone on to become distinguished rabbinic leaders, world political leaders, business giants and philanthropists. Alumni have achieved immense success and made significant contributions to society and the Jewish community both nationally and worldwide. They serve, lead and inspire by example: a testament to the University's greatest resources—our students and faculty.

Cardozo School of Law

Cardozo School of Law is a top law school located on lower Fifth Avenue in New York City’s Greenwich Village. 


Cardozo School of Law provides a world-class legal education that encourages and supports creative thinking and effective action in all fields of law. Cardozo is renowned for the creation of the Innocence Project as well as its visionary programs in Intellectual Property and Information Law, and alternative dispute resolution. Recent innovative programs include the Cardozo Data Law Initiative and the Tech Startup Clinic and the Indie Film Clinic. Cardozo’s FAME Center provides leadership in fashion, arts, media and entertainment law. Cardozo is celebrating 40 years with a focus on foundational values of leadership, innovation, activism and


The school offers approximately 1,100 J.D. and LL.M. candidates a comprehensive legal education in the midst of one of the world’s leading cities for law, business, finance, media and culture.


Cardozo is noted for its academic strengths in numerous areas of study, and U.S. News & World Report consistently ranks its Intellectual Property & Information Law Program and Kukin Program for Conflict Resolution within the top 10 in the country. The school is also home to the Innocence Project, run by Cardozo Professor Barry Scheck, which known for using DNA profiling to help free innocent prisoners.


The Cardozo community is open and personal. The animated debate in its classrooms and hallways is welcoming and respectful of diverse perspectives and backgrounds. And every day, students and faculty recognize the critical role attorneys play in protecting the rights of all people, around the world.


Cardozo Law is approved by the Council of the Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar of the American Bar Association. The law school is also a member of the Association of American Law Schools.

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.


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.


For more details, please check the specific program.



About Benjamin N. Cardozo

Benjamin N. Cardozo, born in 1870 in New York City, was a U.S. Supreme Court justice renowned for his integrity, social consciousness, and elegant opinions. Cardozo rose to prominence during 23 years of private practice, becoming known as a lawyer’s lawyer before appointment to the New York State Court of Appeals in 1914. During his tenure there he became the nation’s best known and most admired state court judge. He added to his reputation through highly acclaimed off-the-bench writings, of which the most important is The Nature of the Judicial Process (1921). By asking and answering the monumentally simple question, “What is it that I do when I decide a case?” he helped many see the judicial role with greater clarity.


In 1932, President Herbert Hoover appointed Cardozo to succeed Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr. on the Supreme Court. In his six years as an Associate Justice, he handed down opinions that stressed the necessity for the law to adapt to the realities and needs of modern life.


The Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law is founded on the values its namesake cherished and the ideals he served, and like him, seeks to further a tradition of legal practice that evolves with the times.

New York City

New York City is the heart of the legal community, as well as a patchwork quilt of neighborhoods, each with its own unique character. New Yorkers are passionate about their communities—when you explore these neighborhoods, you’ll see why.


Cardozo is located in Greenwich Village, a charming neighborhood featuring tree-lined streets. As you walk along lower Fifth Avenue, you will pass many sites where literarymusic and gay-rights history was made. Cafés, bistros, bookstores and boutiques abound.


"The location of the Law School is one of the best to enjoy the City during breaks or after classes !" Elise Bensimon, former LLM Student at Cardozo School of Law.


Union Square is a lovely park only a block from Cardozo. It is home to a farmer's market, and artists often set up tables to display and sell their work. Just off the park is University Place, which is lined with popular shops and restaurants.


Washington Square Park, with its historic arch, is a short walk down Fifth Avenue from the school, making it a great place to relax, study and listen to local musicians.


Madison Square Park is a few blocks away, and offers outdoor art installations, great burgers at Shake Shack, and free Wifi.


Head south from 55 Fifth to Chinatown for a cross-cultural feast for the senses. It’s located in the northern part of Lower Manhattan, the neighborhood that is also home to the New York court system, 1 Police Plaza, and City Hall. Or head north to spend a Sunday in lush Central Park, Frederick Law Olmsted’s masterpiece of landscape design, where you can pay your respects to John Lennon in Strawberry Fields. Hop on a train and emerge in the Upper West Side to take in a string quartet or indie film at Lincoln Center, where you might stumble across a free performance by Chinese acrobatics or dueling Polish accordionists as part of its summer Out-of-Doors Festival.

LL.M to J.D Transfer Program

LL.M. to J.D. Transfer Option for Cardozo LL.M. Graduates


Cardozo LL.M. students or graduates, who hold a first degree in law from a foreign law school, have a unique opportunity to earn a J.D. degree in two years from Cardozo. Qualified LL.M. graduates may apply as transfer students during the transfer application period in the spring.


Qualified LL.M. students may apply during their last semester of study at Cardozo.  If admitted, Cardozo School of Law will grant up to 26 units in advanced standing credit toward the J.D. degree for classes taken during the LL.M. studies at Cardozo. 

The Law School Admission Test (LSAT) is not required, however students who have taken the LSAT must report their score.




To be considered for this transfer program candidates must:

  • hold a foreign first degree in law; 
  • be currently enrolled in Cardozo’s LL.M. program or have obtained an LL.M. degree from Cardozo within the last 3 years; 
  • have earned a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.4 in their fall and spring LL.M. studies, or have passed the New York Bar. 


Academics & Structure


All LL.M. transfer students admitted to the J.D. program must enroll full-time in the program during the two academic years and complete the remainder of the eighty-four (84) credits needed to qualify for the J.D. degree.  Students must successfully complete all J.D. academic requirements, including the first-year curriculum and upper-level writing requirements.


Application Procedures


There is no firm application deadline for transfer and visiting students since current law school grades are required; however, we recommend that you submit your application as early as possible and that it be completed no later than August 10 for the Fall term. Your file will not be reviewed until all required materials are received.

  • A completed J.D. transfer application submitted electronically through LSAC
  • An official current law school transcript including all grades received from your LL.M. studies. Your application will not be reviewed until Cardozo Admissions has received all your LL.M. grades.  
  • A short personal statement about your reasons for transferring. You must submit this statement as an electronic attachment to your application.  Please note that this statement should be submitted in lieu of the personal statement requested in our application.
  • Two letters of recommendation, at least one of which must be from a Cardozo Law professor. We prefer that you submit these letters through the LSAC Letter of Recommendation Service, but will accept letters sent directly to Cardozo.
  • An LSAT score is not required.  However, if you have taken the LSAT, you must request that a report be sent to Cardozo from the LSAC.
  • A letter from the Dean of Students indicating that you are in good standing.
  • A resume submitted via an electronic attachment.

Student organizations

Cardozo Law students participate in wide variety of student organizations that reflect the diverse and distinctive student body. The dozens of active groups allow students to participate in educational, social, athletic, and professional activities. Student organizations often collaborate with programs and centers to host events and symposia, and each group selects its leadership and activities.

The Student Bar Association (SBA), Cardozo's student government, is an umbrella organization overseeing student groups and organizations. The SBA determines the budget of each approved student group and ensures that funds are spent properly.


OSSA annually publishes a Student Organization Guide which includes a wealth of information on event planning, funding, and other special issues. In addition, the Office staff meets regularly with student organization leaders, such as those of the Student Bar Association, clubs, and the law school's journals and Moot Court Honor Society. Student leaders are also invited to meet with us for additional guidance on an as-needed basis. 


Student Organization Guide 2016-2017


Here is the full list of current student organizations as follows (click on title to learn more):


◦ Acappellates
◦ Advocates for Battered Women
◦ Advocates for Kids
◦ American Constitution Society
◦ Art Law Society
 Asian Pacific American Law Students Association
◦ Basketball Club
◦ Black Law Students Association
◦ Business Law Society
◦ Cardozo Sports Law Society

◦ Cardozo Law and Internet Club
◦ Cardozo Startup Society
◦ Chabad of Cardozo
◦ Criminal Law Society
◦ Cyberlaw Society
◦ Democrats
◦ Dispute Resolution Society
◦ Entrepreneurship Society
◦ Environmental Law Society (CELS)
◦ Family Law Society
◦ Fashion Law Society
◦ Federalist Society
◦ Football League
◦ For Immigrant Rights and Equality (FIRE)
◦ Intellectual Property Law Society
◦ International Law Society (CILS)
◦ Jewish Law Students Association
◦ Jurist
◦ Korean American Law Student Association (KALSA)
◦ Labor and Employment Society
◦ Latin American Law Students Association
◦ Law Revue
◦ Law Students for Reproductive Justice (LSRJ)
◦ Minority Law Students Alliance
◦ National Lawyers Guild
◦ OUTLaw
◦ Philosophy and Law Society
◦ Public Interest Law Students Association
◦ Real Estate Law Association
◦ South Asian Law Students Association
◦ Sports & Entertainment Law Students Association
◦ Student Animal Legal Defense Fund
◦ Student Bar Association
◦ Student Speaker Series
◦ Students for Human Rights
◦ Suspension Representation Project
◦ Tax Law Society
◦ Transfer and Visiting Students Organization
◦ Trusts and Estates Association
◦ Unemployment Action Center
◦ Women's Law Initiative
◦ Young Americans for Liberty (YAL)

Intellectual Property Law LL.M.

With one of the strongest intellectual property and information law programs in the United States, Cardozo gives graduates of its LL.M. in Intellectual Property (IP) an invaluable edge in their understanding of this complex, dynamic, and increasingly important field. With its breadth and depth of courses, speakers, and symposia and its prestigious and dedicated group of full-time and expert adjunct faculty, Cardozo’s LL.M. in IP Law leads to a genuine mastery of the field that simply cannot be attained as part of the J.D. program at any law school.

View the Intellectual Property brochure to see program highlights.

PRACTICAL PROGRAMS : the Intellectual Property Externship Program places LL.M. and upper-level J.D. students in part-time, nonpaying positions at New York City law firms, corporations and not-for-profit organizations working on copyright, patent and trademark issues. Credit is earned through a paper related to the internship work.

Dean Melanie Leslie

Melanie Leslie became dean of Cardozo Law on July 1, 2015. She is the first Cardozo Law graduate and the first woman to hold the position. A faculty member since 1995, Dean Leslie is a leading scholar in the trusts and estates field, and is an expert on the law of fiduciary duties as it applies to trustees and charitable boards. As a professor of law she teaches Property, Trusts and Estates, Nonprofit Governance, and Evidence. Dean Leslie is widely respected for her excellent teaching skills and engagement with the student body and has been presented the “Best First-Year Professor” award by three graduating Cardozo classes.


In 2014 she became Cardozo’s Vice Dean. In this role she oversaw the introduction of new professional concentrations to the curriculum, expanded Cardozo’s renowned intellectual property program to include major new initiatives on technology and data law, and launched the Fashion, Arts, Media, & Entertainment Law Center (FAME).


Dean Leslie is a prolific scholar, and has published in many important law reviews including the NYU Law Review, Boston College Law Review, Florida Law Review, William & Mary Law Review, Georgetown Law Journal, and Indiana Law Journal. She is also the coauthor of a leading casebook, Estates and Trusts, Cases and Materials, as well as Concepts and Insights: Trusts and Estates. Dean Leslie has been a visiting associate professor of law at New York University and a visiting professor of law at Columbia Law School. She is a member of the NY State Bar and NYC Bar Joint Committee on the Uniform Trust Code, a Legal Fellow of the American College of Trusts and Estates Counsel (ACTEC), and an Executive Committee member of the AALS Section on Nonprofits and Philanthropy.


Prior to joining the Cardozo Law faculty in 1995, she clerked for Justice Gary S. Stein of the New Jersey Supreme Court. She practiced commercial litigation at Debevoise & Plimpton, Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton, and McCarter & English.


Dean Leslie received her B.A. from the University of Oregon with Honors, and her J.D. from Cardozo Law magna cum laude in 1991, where she was executive editor of the Cardozo Law Review.



Why Cardozo Law?


Reason #1: We have a unique vision of legal education.

Reason #2: Live and learn in Manhattan 24/7.

Reason #3: We are leaders in public service.

Reason #4: Our world-class faculty will know your name.

Reason #5: We are an intellectual powerhouse.

Reason #6: Clinics, externships and trial experience give you a real-world edge.

Reason #7: Career support from day one.

Reason #8: Our global alumni network will work for you.

Reason #9: We are a welcoming community in the heart of Manhattan.

Reason #10: Diversity is a defining concept.

General Studies LL.M

Cardozo’s General Studies LL.M. program is distinctive for its flexibility and the breadth of its offerings. In consultation with the Assistant Dean for Graduate and International Programs, students develop their own course of study in keeping with their specific goals and interests. Students enrolled in the General Studies LL.M. program may select from virtually the entire law school curriculum. The degree is valuable to lawyers from abroad as well as to J.D. graduates of U.S. law schools who wish to broaden their academic and professional horizons.

Students in the General Studies LL.M. program may, but are not required to, select a concentration in one of the following areas:

  • Alternative Dispute Resolution
  • Corporate and Securities Law
  • Intellectual Property
  • International and Comparative Law

Practical & Clinical Opportunities

A Cardozo education embodies much more than classroom learning. A wide variety of experiential learning opportunities, visiting speakers and student-run organizations allow for a rich extracurricular experience to supplement the academic coursework. 

Although the LL.M. degree is primarily an academic degree, Cardozo offers a number of internship, externship and clinical opportunities to its students. Selection for all programs is competitive and limited. Not all opportunities are offered each semester.


Practical and clinical opportunities open to LL.M. students include the following:


In-House Clinics:



Field Clinics:


Field clinics are opportunities in which students work intensively in small groups at selected nonprofit and government agencies while taking an accompanying seminar related to the placement from an experienced mentor–practitioner. Students can choose from the following field clinics:





Each year many Cardozo students participate in the school's externship programs, working part time under the direct supervision of an experienced supervising attorney. Externs perform substantive legal work equivalent to an entry-level attorney's responsibilities. They take a co-requisite seminar taught by an expert practitioner in which they critically examine issues raised in the workplace. 


Important note: Though LL.M. students may apply for Cardozo externship programs, credits earned through those externships do not count toward the 24-credit eligibility requirement for foreign students preparing to take the New York State Bar Exam.


Externship programs include: