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.
- A minimum of 27 credits overall
- 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.
- Graduates of foreign law schools who plan to take the NY Bar must take Introduction to U.S. Law, Professional Responsibility, Advanced Workshop in Legal Research and Writing (2 semesters), and minimum of six credits in NY Bar subjects.
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.
Intro to Jewish Law
Advanced Jewish Law
Jewish Law and Contemporary Legal Issues
Law and Literature
Law and Religion
Law and Psychoanalysis
Legal and Social Status of Jews in the Classical Era and the Shaping of Jewish Identity: between Israel & the Diaspora
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