Accelerated J.D./LL.M. Program

The Accelerated J.D./LL.M. Program is designed for qualified New York Law School J.D. students who would like to pursue a post-J.D. LL.M. (Master’s) degree in Taxation Law on an accelerated basis.

Students in the Accelerated Program complete the J.D. degree in the typical timeframe, but include an additional 6 to 7 credits in their J.D. program of study. Most students will need to enroll in one summer term during the J.D. years to complete the additional credits on time. Following receipt of the J.D. degree, students typically take a summer for the bar exam and then return to NYLS to complete the LL.M. in a single final semester. Students in the Accelerated Program pay a reduced tuition rate for the LL.M. portion of the degree.

Interested students may apply to the Accelerated J.D./LL.M.program as part of their application to the law school and at any point up until the Accelerated Program Application Deadline (March 1 of the second year for day students and November 1 of the third year for evening students).

Curriculum

A student in the Accelerated J.D./LL.M. Program will first complete all required courses for the J.D. degree. Students will integrate courses for their specialized LL.M. in Taxation degree into the remainder of their J.D. curriculum. Students will be required to meet curricular benchmarks toward their accelerated LL.M. degree during the J.D. years. For the specific requirements for each program, see Program Requirements and Benchmarks

Students in the Accelerated J.D./LL.M. Program will work closely with the Office of Academic Affairs and the Tax LL.M. Program Director to schedule their courses. Once accepted into an Accelerated Program, the student will be contacted by the Program Director for assistance in planning his or her course schedule to meet all program benchmarks. Starting in the summer of the second year for Day students (third year for Evening students), all course selections will need to be approved by the Tax LL.M. Program Director.

Total Credits

By applying advanced standing credit from the J.D. program toward their LL.M. degree, students reduce the total required credits for both degrees. Students in the Accelerated J.D./LL.M. Program must complete a total of 104 credits for the Accelerated J.D./LL.M. degree in Taxation. In order to accelerate, a J.D. student will need to complete a total of 92 credits by the end of the third year for Day students and fourth year for Evening students. Most students will need to enroll in at least one summer term during the J.D. years to complete these additional credits on time.

Eligibility

The Accelerated J.D./LL.M. is available to qualified students who will receive their J.D. from New York Law School. Students who earn their J.D. degree from another law school are eligible to apply for our LL.M. degree in taxation and may take courses for advanced standing.

  • GPA. Students will be required to have a GPA of at least 3.0 in order to be accepted into and remain in the Accelerated J.D./LL.M. program.
  • Program benchmarks. The Tax LL.M. program will require that certain specific courses be taken by set semesters in order to be accepted into and/or remain in the accelerated J.D./LL.M. program. The courses and intended schedules for each program may be found at Program Requirements and Benchmarks.

For additional information about eligibility for the New York State Bar Exam with respect to the American Business Law LL.M. program, click here.

National Conference of Bar Examiner’s Comprehensive Guide to Bar Admission Requirements.

Admission to Accelerated J.D./LL.M.

Students will be able to apply to the Accelerated J.D./LL.M. program as part of their application to the law school and at any point up until the Accelerated Program Application Deadline.

Accelerated Program Application Deadline: March 1 of the second year for day students and November 1 of the third year for evening students.

Students are asked to commit to the program by no later than the end of the spring term of their second year for Day students (fall of the third year for Evening students).

Prospective J.D. Students

Applicants who wish to be considered for admission to the Accelerated J.D./LL.M. program prior to starting the J.D. program should check the “Accelerated J.D./LL.M.” box on the J.D. application form.

Students admitted to the Accelerated J.D./LL.M. degree program prior to starting the J.D. will be conditionally admitted to the LL.M. program in that they must have a GPA of at least 3.0 as of the Application Deadline and meet all program benchmarks in order to continue on to the LL.M. phase of the program.

Current J.D. Students

Students who wish to apply for the Accelerated J.D./LL.M. program after beginning the J.D. program at NYLS may do so at any time until the Deadline of March 1 of the second year for day students and November 1 of the third year for evening students. Acceptance at this point will require that the student has a GPA of at least 3.0 and has met all pre-existing program benchmarks.

Admission to an Accelerated J.D./LL.M. program will be open up until the Application Deadline. Students will be notified promptly of their admission decision. We encourage any interested student to apply early and to be in contact with Ann Thomas, Program Director, about course scheduling.

In order to apply to the Accelerated J.D./LL.M. Program, current J.D. students must submit the standard LL.M. application.

Tuition and Financial Aid

Students in all of the Accelerated Programs will pay a flat, add-on tuition solely for the LL.M. coursework. The add-on tuition for students in the Accelerated Program who begin the post-J.D. portion of the program in 2012-2013 or 2013-2014 will be:

  • Tax: $9,000

These amounts are equal to approximately 25 percent of the total full-price LL.M. tuition charged for the respective LL.M. degree. Tuition for the LL.M. degree and Accelerated Programs are subject to change from time to time.

Summer Credit

Students in the Accelerated J.D./LL.M. Program may choose to enroll in summer courses at New York Law School during the J.D. years. Students will be charged tuition at the current J.D. per credit rate for these courses. Tuition paid for summer courses will be credited against the flat-rate tuition charged for the LL.M. degree up to 50 percent of the flat add-on LL.M. rate for the respective program.

The add-on tuition for the LL.M. degree will be due by the start of the semester following completion of the J.D. degree (typically the 7th semester for Day students and 9th semester for Evening students) and any credit from the summer J.D. tuition will be applied at this time.

Financial Aid for LL.M. Degree

LL.M. students may be eligible for Federal Stafford Loans, Federal Graduate PLUS Loans, and/or private loans. For more information, please visit the Financial Aid Resources page.

For more information about the Advanced J.D./LL.M. Program please contact the Program Director of the respective LL.M. Program.

To learn more about the LL.M. degree in Taxation Law, please contact Professor Ann Thomas at ann.thomas@nyls.edu or 212.431.2305.