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Program Requirements

LL.M. in U.S. & Comparative Law

Each student is required to complete a minimum of 24 credits of approved courses; the maximum number of credits permitted is 27.

U.S. & Comparative Law Courses

The 24-credit minimum must include the following Core Course:
  
    ● Introduction to the U.S. Legal Profession 
 
Students are also urged to take at least one course on a topic of Comparative Law.

Additional Required Courses

For students who do not hold a degree from a U.S. law school, the following courses are also required:

    ● Introduction to the U.S. Legal System* 
    ● Legal Writing and Research for LL.M. Students*
    ● 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.

* Students who are admitted to the New York bar may seek waivers from Introduction to the U.S. Legal System and/or Legal Writing and Research for LL.M. students by submitting the online waiver request form available at law.fordham.edu/llmforms, however they are not encouraged to do so as these courses provide a fundamental base of knowledge and skills that are extremely useful for attorneys in the U.S. and that will be useful for all other U.S. law school classes.  Students who are waived from Introduction to the U.S. Legal System may request to audit that course by submitting the online audit request form available at law.fordham.edu/llmforms.  

**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 Content Outline course requirement 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. 

All Remaining Credits

The remaining credits required for graduation in the U.S. and Comparative Law program may be earned from among the wide range of courses open to LL.M. students; however, students enrolled in this program may not earn credits in more than one course related to international law (e.g., International Business Transactions, International Human Rights, International Trade Law, etc.) without prior written approval.  Students may seek such approval by submitting a request using the online waiver request form available at law.fordham.edu/llmforms

A Note Regarding Course Selection for Part Time Students

The LL.M. program strives to ensure that there is a wide range of courses available in the evening in each of our LL.M. areas of specialization, and to ensure that students will be able to meet their program requirements within their desired timeframe for completion.  However, it would be impossible to ensure that any specific course will be offered at a time that is convenient to all students.  We encourage you to look at the schedules from past semesters, available on the registrar's website, to get a sense of what courses may be offered in the future (noting, of course, that the schedule varies from one semester to the next).  Should you find at any time that you are having trouble meeting your program requirements within your desired timeframe, you should contact Kandice Thorn at kthorn1@law.fordham.edu to discuss options.