Master of Laws (LL.M.) in American Law

An Advanced Legal Degree for Foreign-Trained Legal Professionals

We encourage you to enroll at one of the nation's most prestigious private law schools, located on the Syracuse University campus in Syracuse, New York. Our LL.M. program is designed to offer foreign legal professionals the opportunity to broaden their effectiveness through the study of U.S. laws and the American legal process. The core requirements of our LL.M. program comply with the rules of the New York State Board of Law Examiners.

Students are provided with personalized academic advising, a Faculty Adviser, a Faculty Mentor, and peer mentors to assist in selecting courses based upon their own professional goals and interests from a variety of courses such as Corporate Law, International Business Transactions, Comparative Disability Law, International Human Rights Law, and more...see below!


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Students in the LL.M. in American Law program may concentrate their studies in the growing field of International and Comparative Disability Law. This one year LL.M. program option, sponsored by the Disability Law and Policy Program (DLPP), draws on the expertise of faculty throughout Syracuse University, which is one of the leading universities worldwide in disability studies, law and policy.

Throughout the world today, countries are working to develop and implement laws and policies to integrate people with disabilities into society. Such efforts are driven in large part by the United Nations Convention on the Rights of People with Disabilities, which has been ratified by 150 countries. Despite such efforts, disability legal expertise is rare in many countries in the world. This LL.M. concentration in International and Comparative Disability Law seeks to fill this gap by preparing practitioners, policy makers, government lawyers, and legal academics to advance the rights of people with disabilities in their respective
countries.

Once students are accepted to our LL.M. program, they may opt to enroll in the Disability Law and Policy Program’s International and Comparative Disability Law curriculum. Limited scholarships are available, including from the Open Society Foundation’s Disability Rights Scholarship Program. For information about the DLPP, please contact the Director, Professor Arlene S. Kanter.

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LL.M. students with professional experience and/or academic interests in learning the foundations of American corporate law and its role in international business and economics will find plenty of opportunity to specialize their studies and develop exceptional analytic and writing skills. Each student will receive personalized academic advising and will have the flexibility to enroll in courses such as International Business Transactions, General Counsel, International Trade Law, Mediation, Negotiation Skills, Banking Law, Real Estate Transactions, Business Associations, Accounting for Lawyers, Tax Law, Comparative Law, Bankruptcy Law, Commercial Transactions, Commercial Real Estate Practice, and other courses.

As a student in the LL.M. program, you will also be able to enroll in up to two graduate-level courses outside the College of Law, allowing interdisciplinary study in the Whitman School of Management.

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If you are interested in developing your expertise in Intellectual Property Law, our Technology Commercialization Law Program (TCLP) is for you! The College of Law offers LL.M. students the opportunity to enroll in a variety of lecture-style courses and applied research seminars targeted toward intellectual property and the study of commercial development of new technologies. We have also developed a 6-credit track for LL.M. students called Technology Innovation Law & Practice. This course is offered over two semesters, and it allows LL.M. students to obtain streamlined exposure to courses in Patent and Trade Secret Law, Intellectual Property, International Trade Law, Patent Prosecution, Copyright Law, and more.

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The College of Law’s Institute for National Security and Counterterrorism (INSCT) is an established Program of Study housed within Syracuse Law and the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs. Experienced practitioners teach subjects in national security law, military planning and operations, global counterterrorism and arms control policy, counter-proliferation policy, diplomacy and international relations, terrorist methods and psychology, mass communication, history, law, and
economics.

LL.M. students will have the opportunity to pursue academic research opportunities, attend guest-lectures and symposia, and enroll in dynamic courses which include lecture-style classes, research seminars, and simulation-based learning opportunities.

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The College of Law offers many academic opportunities for students interested in International Human Rights Law and International Criminal Law. Our faculty include practitioners and academics who have worked with multinational organizations such as the United Nations, NATO, and the European Union, as well as international and war crimes tribunals. Our diverse course options include International Human Rights Law, Cyber Security Law, Foreign Relations Law, War Crimes Tribunals, International Criminal Practice & Procedure, Sexual Orientation & the Law, International and Comparative Disability Law, and European Union Policy: Human Rights & Security.

The College of Law is also home to the student-run journal, Impunity Watch, as well as the Syrian Accountability Project, where students consult with Professor David M. Crane, the former Chief Prosecutor for the Special War Crimes Tribunal in Sierra Leone, on relevant topics in international human rights, produce scholarly research papers for publication, and white papers for the United Nations and other policy bureaus.

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Whether you’re interested in one of the concentrations described above or any other practice-area, our LL.M. program can help you in designing the right academic program for you. We offer over 100+ subjects in substantive legal topics ranging from Alternative Dispute Resolution, Environmental Law, Entertainment Law, Federal Courts, Public Health Law, Employment Law, Family Law, Communications Law, and almost any other subject!

LL.M. students who plan to sit for the New York State Bar Examination will also find plenty of ways to prepare through the study of exam-tested subjects and specialized courses and opportunities to expose you to essay writing for the exam, testing conditions, the application process, and everything in between.

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