LL.M. in International Dispute Resolution
Each student is required to complete a minimum of 24 credits of approved courses; the maximum number of credits permitted is 27.
International Dispute Resolution Courses
The 24-credit minimum must include 12 credits of program specific courses approved for the International Dispute Resolution program.
This 12-credit requirement must include the following Core Courses:
● Alternative Dispute Resolution
● Litigation Management for the International Lawyer
Additionally, students must take the following Core Distribution Courses:
● Introduction to Mediation (students must take this course in fall),
● One course in arbitration, and
● One advanced course in mediation, arbitration, or litigation.
At least one of the Core Distribution Courses must have an international component. Courses used to fulfill one Core Distribution Course requirement cannot be used to simultaneously fulfill a second Core Distribution Course requirement. For details on which courses fulfill the Core Distribution Course requirement, click on "International Dispute Resolution Courses" in the box to the right.
Additional Required Courses
For students who do not hold a degree from a U.S. law school, the remaining 12 credits of the 24-credit minimum must be fulfilled with the following courses:
● Introduction to the U.S. Legal System
● Legal Writing and Research for LL.M. Students
● Introduction to the U.S. Legal Profession
● And at least 6 credits of "Content Outline" Courses*
Students are required to take Introduction to the U.S. Legal System and Legal Writing and Research for LL.M. Students during their first semester of study in the LL.M. program.
NOTE: If a course fulfills both a Core Course/Core Distribution Course requirement and a Content Outline requirement, the course may count toward both requirements. For example, Alternative Dispute Resolution Ethics (3 credits) counts toward the Core Distribution Course requirement and will also count toward the Content Outline requirement, leaving 3 credits of Content Outline Courses and 9 credits of program specific courses to be fulfilled.
*Students who are admitted to the New York bar or who do not intend to sit for the New York bar may seek a waiver from the Introduction to the U.S. Legal Profession and Content Outline course requirements by submitting the online waiver request form available at law.fordham.edu/llmforms.
Students beginning their programs prior to Fall 2012 are not required to take Introduction to the U.S. Legal Profession or the Content Outline courses and are exempt from taking Legal Writing and Research for LL.M. Students if they hold a first degree in law from a law faculty in the U.S., Australia, English-speaking Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, North Ireland, South Africa, or the U.K.
Any remaining credits may be chosen from among the wide variety of courses that are open to LL.M. students.