We are delighted that you have decided to apply to Cardozo!  You are encouraged to print these instructions and consult them as you complete the LLM application.  Please contact the Office of Admissions at llm@yu.edu with any questions.

The Application

Mailing Address

Deadlines

Application Status and Inquiries

Decisions

Reapplication

Special Application Procedures for International Studies

TOEFL/IELTS

TOEFL/IELTS Waiver

Credential Evaluation for New York State Bar Exam

THE APPLICATION

Required Materials. A completed LLM application consists of the following items:

  • 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.
  • $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
       
  • Resume/curriculum vitae.  

The resume/CV should be current at the time of application and include information about education (including dates of attendance at universities and dates of degrees received) and work experience (including employer names and locations, position titles, dates of employment, and description of responsibilities for the position held).
  • 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. 
  • One letter of recommendation. Your LL.M. application must be supported by at least one (1) letter of recommendation. Letters should be submitted through the LLM CAS. Letters should be addressed to "Cardozo School of Law" and may be written by law school professors and employers or colleagues whose supervisory positions permit informed evaluations of your qualifications. If you do not register with LLM CAS, an original letter of recommendation on letterhead with an original signature must be submitted to the Admissions Office at Cardozo Law.
    Photocopies, scanned copies, color copies, or PDFs of letters of recommendation are not acceptable. 
  • 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 accompanied by a description of the grading system.  Transcripts should be submitted through the LLM CAS. If you do not register with LLM CAS, the original official transcript of your law degree, stating all courses taken, grades earned, and date of law degree conferred, must be received by Cardozo in an unopened sealed envelope with the issuing adminstrator's signature along the envelope seal. Transcripts may be submitted directly to Cardozo's Admissions Office by the issuing institute 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 an unopened, sealed and signed envelope. 
    Student copies of transcripts, PDF copies of transcripts, color copies, or scanned copies of transcripts will NOT be accepted. 
  • 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.
  • 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.  
  • TOEFL or IELTS score (if applicable).  

See special instructions for international students below.

MAILING ADDRESS

Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law
Yeshiva University
Office of Admissions
Room 1168, 11th Floor
55 Fifth Avenue
New York, NY 10003-4391
Attn: LLM Program

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


DEADLINES

You may apply for admission to begin your studies in the fall or spring semester.

  • Deadline for fall semester: June 15
     
  • Deadline for spring semester: December 1

Applications received after the deadline will be considered if space is available in the class.


APPLICATION STATUS AND INQUIRIES

In order to check on the status of your LL.M. application, it is important that you provide us with a valid e-mail address. The Office of Admissions will notify you via e-mail when we have received your application and provide login information for the Applicant Online Status Checker. There you can monitor your application materials and make sure all items are received in a timely manner and prior to our application deadlines.

DECISIONS
Applications are considered complete and submitted to the Admissions Committee for review only when all supporting documents, including letters of recommendation, are received. The Admissions Committee makes every effort to review applications thoroughly and quickly. 

Decisions are made on a rolling basis, beginning in October for the Spring term, and January for the Fall term.  Applicants may be admitted to Cardozo, offered a place on our wait list, or denied admission.

Offers of admission are sent to applicants via regular US mail.  All other decisions are sent via e-mail; therefore, it is critically important that you provide us with a valid e-mail address that you check regularly.   


REAPPLICATION
Applicant files are maintained for one year.  If you are reapplying within one year of submitting your initial application, you may complete and submit a new application form and fee, and the documents in your previous file will be considered along with any updated documents you submit.  If you are applying more than one year after your initial application, then you must submit a new application form and all new application documents.


SPECIAL APPLICATION PROCEDURES FOR INTERNATIONAL APPLICANTS

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

TranscriptsYou are strongly encouraged to submit transcripts electronically through LLM CAS.  If you choose not to use LLM CAS, the original official transcript of your law degree, stating all courses taken, grades earned, and date of law degree conferred, must be received by Cardozo in an unopened sealed envelope with the issuing administrator’s signature along the envelope seal. Transcripts may be submitted directly to Cardozo’s Admissions Office by the issuing institute 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 an unopened, sealed and signed envelope.

Student copies of transcripts, PDF copies of transcripts, color copies, or scanned copies of transcripts will NOT be accepted. 

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 copy of the transcript to a translation service. Then send Cardozo the certified translation with the official original transcript in an unopened sealed envelope with the issuing administrator’s signature along the envelope seal.

Translations by the applicant will not be accepted. Any application documents submitted without appropriate English translations will not be accepted.

English Proficiency Requirement.  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 satisfy the English Proficiency Requirement. To satisfy the English Proficiency Requirement, 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. TOEFL and IELTS scores are valid only within two years of the date of your LL.M. application submission.

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.


TOEFL/IELTS Waiver:  An applicant may request a waiver of the English Proficiency 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.  If you have questions, please contact llm@yu.edu.


Credential Evaluation for New York State Bar Exam.  Many of our international LL.M. students choose to take the New York bar exam upon completion of their LL.M. studies at Cardozo.

  • If you are an international LL.M. applicant who intends to take the New York Bar exam, you should first submit an Online Request for Foreign Evaluation of Academic Credentials at https://www.nybarevaluation.org/Intro.aspx.
  • After submission of your Online Request for Foreign Evaluation of Academic Credentials, you MUST submit the supporting documentation listed at http://www.nybarexam.org/Foreign/ForeignLegalEducation.htm
  • Supporting documentation must consist of originals submitted directly to the New York Board of Law Examiners by the issuing institution. There are NO EXCEPTIONS to this requirement. Fax copies, photocopies certified by a notary public or like official, and photocopies certified by anyone other than an authorized official at the issuing institution will NOT be accepted.  

Therefore, you are strongly encouraged to obtain the necessary law transcript and translation to meet the New York bar requirement at the same time you obtain your official first law degree transcript for the LL.M. application. International students may find it extremely difficult and burdensome to obtain a transcript from their home countries once they are in the U.S. and studying in the LL.M. program.  

The evaluation of foreign academic credentials can take up to six (6) months so we recommend that you begin this process immediately.