To insure compliance with the Rules of the New York Court of Appeals, the LL.M. degree at Albany Law School consists of 27 credit hours of coursework that must be completed with 24 months of matriculation. No transfer credits are allowed and all 27 credits must be earned in the Albany Law School program. Required courses are:
Advanced Legal Analysis is a specially designed course that covers bar examination topics including contracts, criminal law/criminal procedure, torts, constitutional law, property, and evidence. Students are assigned problems and exercises that are in the same format as bar questions and receive written feedback designed to make them more successful on the bar examination.
In addition to the required courses set out above, at least six credit hours must be taken from the following courses:
While only 27 credits are required to receive the LL.M. degree, candidates are encouraged to enroll in three additional credit hours that may be selected from the above courses or the full range of courses offered by the law school. Albany Law School recognizes that foreign-educated lawyers present very different backgrounds and training (
e.g., common law versus civil law and actual prior course work and experience) and we seek to build on those individual differences. Therefore, in addition to regular course work, LL.M. students are eligible to earn up to four credits by enrolling in an in-house clinical program through the
Albany Law School Clinic & Justice Center. Law interns in the Clinic & Justice Center represent real clients in actual cases under the close supervision of faculty members. This experience is intended to enrich students' formal legal education and to promote students' professional development by assisting them in integrating legal doctrine and theory with actual legal practice and professional responsibility.
All foreign law graduates seeking an LL.M. in this program must begin the program in August and participate in a brief orientation.
Maintaining Legal Immigration Status
Foreign students are required to maintain legal immigration status throughout their stay in the U.S. Please refer to the
Student Guide to the Student Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS).
The Admissions Office staff is dedicated to assisting you through the application process. We are available to answer your questions and concerns, and encourage you to contact us. Our office is open Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Please email us at
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