The legal profession has faced unprecedented challenges and undergone major changes in the past few years. One of the smartest ways new and experienced attorneys can get a leg up on the competition is with advanced and specialized training. We have developed several graduate programs to give students unique opportunities to study advanced topics in law and enhance professional skills.
New York Law School has a presence in the financial services law, real estate, and tax fields that few, if any, other U.S. law schools can match. Our LL.M. programs take advantage of New York City’s many resources in these fields, as well as the extraordinary depth and prominence of our faculty. For specialized training in these important practices, we offer the Financial Services Law LL.M., the Real Estate LL.M., and the Tax LL.M. We also offer an American Business Law LL.M., providing advanced training to those holding J.D.-equivalent foreign law degrees who want professional training in American business and commercial law. In addition, we created the nation’s first online mental disability law program, offering a Master of Arts in mental disability law studies, a certificate in advanced mental disability law studies, and individual courses.
The courses are taught by renowned experts and receive high marks from practitioners. This fall, readers of the New York Law Journal ranked our Tax LL.M. No. 1 in New York City in the Best Banking/ Bankruptcy/Tax LL.M. category for the fourth year in a row and our Financial Services Law LL.M. took first in the specialty program category for the second year in a row. In addition, in May 2012, readers of The National Law Journal ranked our Tax LL.M. No. 3 nationwide.
More information about each of these advanced-degree programs may be found here:
- American Business Law LL.M.
- Financial Services Law LL.M.
- Real Estate LL.M.
- Tax LL.M.
- Online M.A. in Mental Disability Law Studies
Graduate Degree Program Options
There are four ways to complete a graduate degree at New York Law School.
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. (Master’s) LL.M. degree on an accelerated basis. Each of our specialized LL.M. degree programs in Financial Services Law, Real Estate, and Taxation offers an Accelerated J.D./LL.M. Program.
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. Following receipt of the J.D. degree, students typically complete the LL.M. in a single final semester. A reduced tuition rate is applicable to the post-J.D. studies. Most students will need to enroll in one summer term during the J.D. years to complete the additional credits on time.
For more information please visit: Accelerated J.D./LL.M. Program.
NYLS Advanced Studies Program: Through the NYLS Advanced Studies Program, J.D. students who successfully complete certain upper level courses at New York Law School may receive advanced standing credit toward their LL.M. or M.A. degree. With advanced standing, students who are pursuing an LL.M. or M.A. degree in the typical two to four post-J.D. semesters will be able to complete their degree requirements more quickly. To be eligible for the Advanced Studies Program, students must begin their graduate program within 5 years of completing their J.D. degree. A maximum of 6 to 9 advanced standing credits (depending on the graduate program) may be awarded. Advanced standing credits may be counted toward the required number of credits for the LL.M. or M.A. degree or applied to reduce graduate tuition, at the student’s option.
For more information please visit: Advanced Studies Program.
NYLS Recent Graduates Program: New York Law School alumni who begin an LL.M. or M.A. degree within two years after the year in which they graduate from the New York Law School J.D. program will be eligible for reduced tuition throughout their graduate studies. The tuition rate for the Recent Graduates Program for those starting their graduate studies in 2013-14 will be 50 percent of the regular tuition. Students in the Recent Graduates Program may also participate in the Advanced Studies Program.
For more information please visit: Recent Graduates Program.
Standard Graduate Studies: New York Law School graduate degree programs are open to qualified lawyers who hold a J.D. degree from an ABA accredited law school or an equivalent foreign law degree. Graduate degrees may be completed on a full or part-time basis. Please see the program websites for further information.
In addition, there is a Visitors Program for J.D. Students: Qualified students who are enrolled in a J.D. program at another law school may, with the permission of their home institution, spend a summer or one or two semesters visiting at NYLS. Visiting J.D. students may participate in the New York Law School Advanced Studies Program and earn advanced standing credit toward an LL.M. or M.A. degree at New York Law School.