Fall 2015 registration for LL.M. students will begin on Tuesday, April 14 at 7:00 a.m. New York time.
In order to register for courses, new students must first claim their Fordham AccessIT IDs.
A. NUMBER OF CREDITS
LL.M. students are required to complete a minimum of 24 credits; the maximum number of credits permitted is 27. Credits earned in all approved courses (including Introduction to the U.S. Legal System, Introduction to the U.S. Legal Profession, and Legal Writing and Research for LL.M. Students) count toward the total number of credits required for graduation.
Typically, one "credit" signifies one hour of in-class time per week for the duration of the semester. Thus, for instance, a 2-credit course generally would meet for two hours during each week of the semester.
It is recommended that full-time students enroll in approximately 12 credits each semester, although they may register for as few as 10 credits or as many as 14 credits. International students should note that although they may be accustomed to attending more hours of class in their home countries, many students tell us that the required reading for each class is far more substantial and time consuming in the U.S.
Part-time students must enroll in 2-9 credits per semester and must complete their program requirements within two years of enrolling in the LL.M. Program. Because of the two-year program maximum, we recommend that students enroll in 5-7 credits per semester. Part-time students who exceed 9 credits will be considered to be full-time students and will be charged tuition at the full-time student rate. Students are not permitted to take more than four credits cumulatively during summer terms (however, students who hold a J.D. from a U.S. law school or are admitted to the New York bar may request a waiver from this requirement).
No student should enroll for more credits than permitted for his or her respective division (full-time or part-time). Students who register for more than the maximum number of credits may be randomly dropped from one or more courses by the Registrar. Students will not be able to re-register for courses from which they have been dropped if the course has subsequently closed due to enrollment limits.
B. REQUIRED COURSES FOR STUDENTS WHO DO NOT HOLD A J.D. DEGREE FROM A U.S. LAW SCHOOL
The courses listed below are required for all LL.M. students who do not hold a J.D. from a U.S. law school. Requests for waivers from any of these requirements may be made by submitting the online Request for Waiver from LL.M. Program Requirement form. Please note that, other than in the particular circumstances identified below, requests for waivers of these courses are strongly disfavored.>>click here to access the Request for Waiver from LL.M. Program Requirement form
1. INTRODUCTION TO THE U.S. LEGAL SYSTEM
Students who do not hold a J.D. degree from a U.S. law school are required to take Introduction to the U.S. Legal System (2 credits) during their first semester of study in the LL.M. program. Students who are admitted to the New York bar may seek a waiver from this requirement.
Introduction to the U.S. Legal System is offered on an intensive basis during orientation, and continues through the first few weeks of the semester. In some semesters, multiple sections of this course may be offered; if more than one section is offered, each student should register for the section that best fits his or her schedule. A written examination will be given some weeks after the start of the semester. Because this course is offered intensively during orientation, it is crucial that you attend all orientation sessions. Missing even a half day during orientation may be equivalent to missing an entire week's worth of material.
(Note: This course meets the requirements of Section 520.6(b)(3)(vi)(c) of the New York Court Rules for Admission of Attorneys and Counselors at Law)
2. INTRODUCTION TO THE U.S. LEGAL PROFESSION
Students who do not hold a J.D. degree from a U.S. law school are required to take Introduction to the U.S. Legal Profession (2 credits) This course is typically offered in the fall and spring semesters. 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 this requirement (except for students in the U.S. and Comparative Law Program).
(Note: This course meets the requirements of Section 520.6(b)(3)(vi)(a) of the New York Court Rules for Admission of Attorneys and Counselors at Law)
3. LEGAL WRITING AND RESEARCH FOR LL.M. STUDENTS
LL.M. students who do not hold a J.D. from a U.S. law school are required to enroll in Legal Writing and Research for LL.M. Students (2 credits, except as described below) during their first semester of study in the LL.M. program. Students who are admitted to the New York bar may seek a waiver from this requirement.
Once the course lists are posted you will see that there are multiple sections of Legal Writing and Research for LL.M. Students offered at different times. Each student should register for the section that meets at the time that best suits his or her schedule.
(Note: This course meets the requirements of Section 520.6(b)(3)(vi)(b) of the New York Court Rules for Admission of Attorneys and Counselors at Law)
4. "CONTENT OUTLINE" COURSES
Foreign-trained LL.M. students are required to complete 6 credits of what we refer to as "Content Outline" courses. These are courses in subjects tested on the New York State bar examination, where a principal focus of the courses includes material contained in the Content Outline for the New York State bar examination.
Note that not every course is offered in every semester; check the schedule for the relevant semester. 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 this requirement.
(Note: This meets the requirements of Section 520.6(b)(3)(vi)(d) of the New York Court Rules for Admission of Attorneys and Counselors at Law)C. PROGRAM COURSE REQUIREMENTS
In addition to the course requirements for students who do not hold a degree from a U.S. law school, each of the specialized LL.M. programs has certain course requirements. Click on the links below to view the course requirements for your program.
>>click here to view the Banking, Corporate & Finance Law program requirements
>>click here to view the Corporate Compliance program requirements
>>click here to view the Intellectual Property & Information Technology Law program requirements
>>click here to view the International Business & Trade Law program requirements
>>click here to view the International Dispute Resolution program requirements
>>click here to view the International Law & Justice program requirements
>>click here to view the U.S. & Comparative Law program requirements
D. COURSES FOR BAR EXAMINATION PREPARATION
Fordham Law School has arranged two courses designed to introduce foreign-trained law graduates to topics frequently tested on the New York State Bar Examination. Perspectives in U.S. Law is a 4-credit course offered each spring semester. Fundamental Principles of New York Law is a 2-credit course offered each fall semester.
These courses are not meant to substitute for the commercial bar examination preparatory courses that virtually all students (J.D. and LL.M.) take in the months prior to the bar examination. However, we believe that they will be very helpful in familiarizing you with areas of U.S. law that are tested heavily on the New York Bar Examination, but that may not otherwise be part of your LL.M. studies. Foreign-trained students who plan to take the New York Bar Examination are urged to register for one or both of these courses.
Apart from the courses required for students who do not hold a U.S. law degree and the requirements for specific LL.M. programs, students are free to select their courses from the wide range of courses offered to LL.M. students.
>>click here to view the list of courses open to LL.M. students
F. COURSES OPEN TO LL.M. STUDENTS The vast majority of courses offered by the law school are open to LL.M. students, but there are a few categories of courses that are closed to LL.M. students. These include first year J.D. courses and J.D. skills courses, among others. The schedules posted on the Registrar's website indicate whether a course is open to LL.M. students. For most courses that are closed to LL.M.s, you may request enrollment on a space available basis by going to law.fordham.edu/llmforms and submitting the Request to Enroll in a Closed Course form. G. PRE-REQUISITES AND CO-REQUISITES
When you review course descriptions, you will note that some courses have pre- or co-requisites. A pre-requisite means that you must have taken the required course before you can enroll. A co-requisite means that you must take the required course at the same time, if you have not already completed the course.
Waivers of a co- or pre-requisite are disfavored; any such requests should be directed to Kandice Thorn at firstname.lastname@example.org. Requests should include a detailed explanation of the basis for the request and any relevant supporting material, including detailed information about prior coursework and your resume or curriculum vitae. Such requests should be made as far in advance as possible of the start of the corresponding semester.
H. A NOTE ABOUT 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 will be conveninnet 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 email@example.com to discuss options.
In order to be eligible to receive magna cum laude graduation honors, an LL.M. student must have successfully completed either (1) a significant research and writing project under faculty supervision, called the "Writing Requirement" or (2) a professional skills course. Note that the Writing Requirement or skills course is a pre-requisite in order to be considered for magna cum laude honors, however honors are calculated with reference to grades in all courses.
In order to fulfill the Writing Requirement the student must present a topic for faculty approval, submit an outline and a draft for faculty review and comment by the deadlines established by the professor, and submit a final paper that (1) demonstrates significant research and original analysis; and (2) is well organized, carefully presented, and clearly written. The final paper must be at least 25 double-spaced typewritten pages, including single-spaced footnotes. Final papers must be submitted no later than the last day of classes for the respective semester.
Such a paper may be completed in connection with a course that bears a notation that it will satisfy the Writing Requirement in the schedule posted on the registrar's webpage at law.fordham.edu/registrar; a 2-credit independent study under the supervision of a member of the full-time faculty; or a 3-credit thesis under the supervision of a member of the full-time faculty. Each student will be responsible for ensuring that he or she is registered for the writing requirement. Instructions on how to register for the writing requirement will be distributed via the weekly eNewsletter at the beginning of each semester. In order to receive proper credit for the Writing Requirement, students must be properly registered.
Professional Skills Courses
Professional skills courses are noted on the schedule that is available on the registrar's website. Many skills courses are initially closed to LL.M.s, but open up on a space available basis toward the end of registration. If you wish to register for a course that is not open to LL.M. students, you may request registration using the request form available at law.fordham.edu/llmforms.
For more information, please see the Handbook for LL.M. Students
For additional information about academic requirements and related matters, please refer to the Handbook for LL.M. Students.