This LL.M. program is designed for foreign law graduates who seek an academic program to qualify for admission to the New York state bar or other bar. If you received your law degree from an ABA-approved law school in the United States, please apply through our regular
An applicant who has studied in a foreign country may qualify to take the New York state bar examination by submitting to the New York State Board of Law Examiners satisfactory proof of the legal education as required by Part 520.6 of the Rules of the Court of Appeals for the Admission of Attorneys and Counselors at Law. For foreign law graduates whose law degree does not meet the durational equivalency requirements, the applicant can satisfy the requirements by successfully earning an LL.M. degree by completing a full-time or part-time program consisting of a minimum of 24 semester hours of credit in professional law subjects, in an approved law school in the United States. Please see the
program curriculum for details.
LL.M. Application & Procedures
- Applicants are reminded that this application will only be considered upon receipt of all required materials.
- All foreign law graduates seeking an LL.M. in this program must begin the program in August and participate in a brief orientation.
- LL.M. candidates who are not U.S. citizens must enroll as full-time students and take a minimum of 9 credits per semester.
LL.M. Foreign Application Instructions/Checklist [PDF]
Frequently Asked Questions
Conditional Admission Program: LLM for Foreign Law Graduates
Albany Law School offers a conditional admission option for international students who meet all admission requirements except the minimum English language requirement for regular admission to the law school. Students admitted under this program will be required to apply and be accepted into the Intensive English Language Program (IELP) offered by the University at Albany. Students must complete both an Albany Law School Application for the LLM for Foreign Law Graduates and an Intensive English Language Program (IELP) application. Students must be accepted by the IELP program and then will be conditionally admitted to the Albany Law School program. Application fees for acceptance to the Albany Law School application shall be paid directly to the law school. A fee for the IELP application must be submitted directly to the University at Albany. Conditionally admitted students will be issued an I-20 by UAlbany for the language program. Upon successful completion of IELP, students will be able to matriculate as full-time law students at Albany Law School and the SEVIS record will be transferred and the Law School will issue an I-20 for the law program. For more information about the Intensive English Language Program, go to
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)