Master of Laws (LL.M.) in American Law
LL.M. in American Law
An Advanced Legal Degree for Foreign-Educated Legal Professionals
You may complete the LL.M. degree in two or three semesters and specialize your studies in a variety of areas, or in no particular area at all. In addition to the core LL.M. degree requirements, our academic and faculty advisers will provide guidance in helping you select those courses and opportunities that will help meet your personal and professional goals. Review more admissions and program information on our LL.M. Admissions & Program Information webpage. We also encourage you to review previous course schedules to review the range of courses offered.
Among our more popular areas of concentrations, the College of Law is particularly known for the academic areas described below.
This area of concentration, 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 concentration in international, comparative, and domestic 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. For information about the DLPP, please contact the Director, Professor Arlene S. Kanter.
If you are interested in developing your expertise in the transfer of new technologies, our Technology Commercialization Law Center 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. Courses include Advising the Startup, Technology Transactions Law, and Patent and Trade Secret Law, Intellectual Property, International Trade Law, Patent Prosecution, Copyright Law, and more.
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.
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 can enroll in a range of opportunities 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.
The College of Law offers many academic opportunities for students interested in International Human Rights 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 I & II, Cyber Security Law, Refugee & Asylum Law, International Law, Women & the Law, International Human Rights & Comparative Disability Law, and Post-Conflict Reconstruction.
The College of Law is also home to the student-run journal, Impunity Watch, as well as the Syrian Accountability Project, where students consult on relevant topics in international human rights, produce scholarly research papers for publication, and white papers for the United Nations and other policy bureaus.
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.