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.

Degree Requirements
A minimum of 24 credits overall

LL.M. students choose courses from the Cardozo J.D. curriculum. The Cardozo J.D. curriculum includes core doctrinal courses (known as “first-year” courses because they are required during the first year of J.D. study) that lay the foundation of legal concepts along with upper-level courses that provide variety and depth and allow for specialization in specific areas of the law.

General Studies LL.M. students are free to choose courses from both the first-year and upper-level curricula, provided course prerequisites have been met.

The following courses are required:

  • Professional Responsibility or Professional Responsibility for LL.M. Students
  • Six credits from courses on the content outline of the New York State Bar Exam
  • Graduates of foreign law schools must take Introduction to U.S. Law and two semesters of the advanced workshop in legal research and writing

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
  • Compliance
  • FAME (Fashion, Art, Media & Entertainment)

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Clinical and Practical Programs open to General Studies LL.M. Students