Fordham Law understands the special challenges faced by students who received their primary legal education abroad. Please click on the links below for information on the many opportunities available to foreign-educated LL.M. students, including many opportunities to help ease the transition to study in a U.S. law school and to become involved in the greater Fordham Law community.
We offer several special courses that help ease the transition for foreign-trained students to the U.S. law school environment. These include a comprehensive "Introduction to the U.S. Legal System" course and a course in "Legal Writing and Research for LL.M. Students." One section of the Legal Writing course each semester has an ESL component. Students may opt in to that course, however it tends to fill up quickly, so interested students should be sure to register as early as possible on the first day of registration. Fordham Law also offers "Fundamental Principles of New York Law," a 2-credit course typically offered each fall semester, and "Perspectives U.S. Law," a 4-credit course typically offered each spring semester, both of which cover many of the topics that are heavily tested on the New York State Bar Examination.
LL.M. students take almost all of their other courses with their J.D. counterparts which, we believe, provides an enriching learning environment for both U.S. and international students.
Program requirements for all of our LL.M. degrees incorporate the requirements of the New York Court of Appeals for foreign-trained students to sit for the New York Bar Examination.
Each incoming foreign LL.M. student is assigned a "buddy" from among upper-class J.D. students to help facilitate their integration into the larger Law School community. Buddies can be a very valuable resource for incoming LL.M. students, and many long-lasting friendships have resulted from these arrangements.
International LL.M. students have special opportunities to become involved with extracurricular activities during their time at Fordham. They may be selected to serve as staff members on one of Fordham Law School's award-winning journals, or may hold special leadership positions in the Student Bar Association or the Global Law Society. In addition, international LL.M. students may teach informal “legal language” classes to their J.D. and LL.M. counterparts. For additional information about LL.M. opportunities for extracurricular involvement, please click here.