LL.M. for International Law Graduates

LL.M. for International Law Graduates

This LL.M. program is designed for international law graduates who seek an academic program to qualify for admission to the New York state bar or other bar. If you received your law degree from an ABA-approved law school in the United States, please apply through our regular LL.M. program.

An applicant who has studied in a foreign country may qualify to take the New York state bar examination by submitting to the New York State Board of Law Examiners satisfactory proof of the legal education as required by Part 520.6 of the Rules of the Court of Appeals for the Admission of Attorneys and Counselors at Law. For foreign law graduates whose law degree does not meet the durational equivalency requirements, the applicant can satisfy the requirements by successfully earning an LL.M. degree by completing a full-time or part-time program consisting of a minimum of 24 semester hours of credit in professional law subjects, in an approved law school in the United States. Please see the Program Curriculum for details.

Applicants with foreign law degrees seeking an LL.M. in this program must begin the program in August.

LL.M. candidates who are not U.S. citizens must enroll as full-time students and take a minimum of 9 credits per semester.

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LL.M. Application & Procedures

  • Applicants are reminded that this application will only be considered upon receipt of all required materials. 
  • Applications for this program must be submitted by June 1, 2014 and completed by July 1, 2014 to be considered for August 2014 matriculation.

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: The Albany Law School LL.M. for International Graduates application is available through the LSAC website. All questions must be answered, electronically submitted and certified. No application fee required. Paper applications are not accepted.
  2. Evidence of English Proficiency: All applicants to the LL.M. for International Graduates program are required to provide evidence of proficiency in English if English is not your primary language (TOEFL® or IELTS preferred). TOEFL® Minimum score = 580 on paper (range 310 to 677); 250 on computer (range 0 to 300); and 100 on Internet-based (range 0 to 120).  IELTS minimum score accepted is a 6.                                                                                               
  3. 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:

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

    b. 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.

  4. 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.

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

  6. Financial Documentation: (Not required for U.S. citizens or permanent residents.) Completed 2013 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.

  7. 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.

  8. 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.