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.


Degree Requirements:

  • A minimum of 24 credits overall
  • Graduates of foreign law schools must take Introduction to U.S. Law and two semesters of the advanced workshop in legal research and writing
  • At least 12 in-class credits in courses related to comparative legal thought. This includes courses in constitutional law, legal theory, philosophy, religion and other humanities-focused interdisciplinary approaches.
  • A three-credit thesis in a topic related to some aspect of comparative legal thought is required. Applicants should begin researching possible topics and supervisors early in the application process and should secure the agreement of an appropriate Cardozo faculty member as early in the program as possible.

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Concentration in Jewish 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.

See the curriculum worksheets above 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.