This LL.M. program is for graduates of ABA-approved law schools in the United States. If you received your law degree from an institution outside the U.S., please apply to our LL.M. for International Law Graduates.

The LL.M. program for graduates of ABA-approved law schools offers several different study options. Candidates may specialize in government administration and regulation, health law, intellectual property law, or international law, or may design a course of study other than those specialized programs.

LL.M. candidates are required to earn 24 credits in approved courses. Students are strongly encouraged to earn academic credits, up to a limit of six, by engaging in faculty-supervised research and writing projects. A minimum GPA of 2.0, current and cumulative, is required.

Students are expected to complete their degrees within three years and to be continuously enrolled (full- or part-time) during fall and spring semesters until all degree requirements are met.

Courses previously taken toward the J.D. do not count toward the LL.M.

LL.M. Application for Admission

LL.M. Application & Procedures

  • Applicants are reminded that this application will only be considered upon receipt of all required materials. 
  • Applicants for the LL.M for U.S. Graduates program can apply at anytime and be considered for Fall, Spring or Summer admission depending on when their application is complete.

It is the policy of Albany Law School not to discriminate on the basis of race, color, national or ethnic origin, sex, handicap or disability, age, religion, marital or parental status, veteran status, sexual orientation or gender identity or expression in admissions or employment in its programs and activities. Inquiries regarding the nondiscrimination policy may be directed to the Office of Human Resources, Albany Law School, 80 New Scotland Avenue, Albany, N.Y. 12208-3494, 518-445-2311. 

Checklist of Required Items:

1. Application: Albany Law School LL.M. for International Graduates application with all questions answered, electronically submitted and certified. No application fee required. Paper applications are not accepted. 

2. LSAC Law School Report: Registration with the Law School Admission Council's LL.M. Credential Assembly Service is required. The following materials must be submitted through this service:

1. Two letters of recommendation: From faculty, supervisors, or clients who can address the applicant's academic and intellectual abilities; 

2. Transcripts: English translations of official academic transcripts from all schools you have attended and accreditation information for each of those institutions. NOTE: If admitted, official transcripts from all educational institutions must be submitted prior to matriculating at Albany Law School.

3. Statement of Interest: Statement should be limited to no more than two typed, double-spaced pages outlining how this degree will support the applicant's career objectives.

4. Resume: Should include all employment, publications, and any substantive extra-curricular activities and community service.

5. Financial Documentation: (Not required for U.S. citizens or permanent residents.) Completed "International Student Financial Statement" to document the applicant's ability to pay the required cost of attendance. This documentation is required to prepare the I-20 form necessary to obtain a F-1 student visa.

6. Certification: All applicants must electronically certify that the information provided in the application, and all supporting documents and attachments, are complete and accurate, and that while the application is active, the applicant will promptly advise the Albany Law School Admissions Office of any change in any of the facts included in the application, supporting documents and attachments.

7. Additional Attachments: Applicants may submit brief, electronic attachments to this application to explain any gaps in education or work history, or other information not disclosed elsewhere in the application that may be of assistance to the admissions committee during the admissions application file review process.

The Admissions Office is dedicated to assisting you through the application process. We are available to answer your questions and concerns, and encourage you to contact us. Our office is open Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m EST/EDT. Please email us at admissions@albanylaw.edu or call 518-445-2326.