The LL.M. in American Business Law curriculum provides foreign-trained
lawyers with the foundations for practicing law in the United States.
Students in the program gain grounding in the basic principles of American
law and American business law, while tailoring the degree to their own
areas of practice by selecting an area of concentration within our
curriculum. The curriculum is designed to meet the New York Court of
Appeals requirements for foreign-trained lawyers who wish to sit for the
New York State bar exam.
Time to Completion: The LL.M. degree can be earned in one year of full-time study, or up to two years of part-time enrollment. Note: Student visa regulations specify that only students with non-student visas, such as those working full-time in the U.S. while enrolled, will be permitted to study part-time. U.S. Citizens and Permanent Residents are also eligible for the part-time program.
Credit and GPA Requirements. Candidates for the LL.M. in American Business Law must earn at least 24 credits for approved course work with a minimum cumulative grade point average of B- (2.67).
Required Courses. The American Business Law LL.M. degree has 4 required courses: Introduction to American Law (2 credits), American Business Law: Sources and Methods (2 credits), Corporations (4 credits) and a course in professional responsibility or ethics (2 or 3 credits). Students are also required to complete a substantial research and writing project by taking at least one seminar graded primarily on the basis of a research paper or by taking a drafting or or advanced legal writing course.
Concentrations. American Business Law LLM students are able to take advantage of the rich collection of business law courses offered at New York Law School. From among these courses students are required to select one specialization, by taking 3 courses (at least 10 credits) in a specific area of law. Students are able to choose this concentration from among a wide variety of and will work with the Program Director and the Office of Academic Affairs to construct a carefully individualized curriculum.
Concentrations for students in the American Business Law LLM program include:
New York Law School also offers 3 specialized LL.M. degree programs.
Students in the American Business Law LL.M. may choose to concentrate by taking 3 courses (or 10 credits) from one of these LL.M. specializations. Students may also choose to spend an additional semester or year at New York Law School to complete a second, specialized LL.M. degree program and may count some credits toward both LL.M. degrees.
Students who are particularly interested in sitting for the NY Bar Exam will work the Program Director and the Office of Academic Affairs to ensure that they have met all requirements for the Bar Exam.
Other Requirements and Policies. The requirements for the LL.M. in American Business Law and all New York Law School and program policies are subject to change without notice. Candidates for the LL.M. in American Business degree must satisfy any other requirements for that degree that are in force when the degree is conferred.