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Graduate Legal Studies

The Graduate Legal Studies (GLS) Program at Cornell Law School encompasses all degrees beyond the Juris Doctor (J.D.). Four distinct degrees are offered:

The Master of Laws (LL.M.) is a one-year program for lawyers who have earned a first degree outside the United States but want to increase their understanding of the American legal system.

The Master of Laws (LL.M.) in Law, Technology and Entrepreneurship
Applying the rigorous standards of Cornell Law School, the Master of Laws at Cornell Tech will give you the skills and knowledge necessary to become a successful attorney in technology and entrepreneurship. You'll learn the legal and business considerations applicable to technologists and entrepreneurs, as well as the public policy and legal frameworks that promote or limit innovation. Please note that Tech LLM will not qualify foreign-trained lawyers to sit for the New York bar exam.

The Doctor of the Science of Law (J.S.D.) is designed for students holding a first degree in law as well as an LL.M. (or its equivalent) who want to pursue an academic career. Except in unusual circumstances, applicants are admitted to the J.S.D. program only from Cornell Law School's LL.M. program.

The Master of Science in Legal Studies (M.S.L.S.) is one-year nonprofessional degree for Cornell Ph.D. students and post-doctoral fellows who have no prior legal training and seek an introduction to the foundations of law.

Questions? Contact the Graduate Legal Studies Program Office.

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L46 Hughes Hall Ithaca, NY 14853-4901
Phone: +1-607-255-5185


For all admissions questions, contact glsadmissions@cornell.edu.

For other questions, contact gls@cornell.edu.

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