Becoming a LL.M. Student at Cornell Law
Cornell Law supports students from admission through commencement and beyond. Learn about financing your LL.M., locating housing in Ithaca, and applying for post-graduate fellowship awards.
Tuition and Financial Aid
Tuition for the 2017-2018 academic year is US$65,456. Total expenses, including tuition, are estimated to be US$91,207.
We provide a number of financial awards to LL.M. candidates based on merit and need. For fellowship consideration all of your application materials must be received by December 15 to be considered for an award. Please indicate your interest for financial assistance on your application.
If you are a U.S. citizen or permanent resident, you may be eligible for federal loans. Learn more about how to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid.
If you are not a U.S. citizen or permanent resident, you will need to submit a Declaration and Certification of Finances (DCF form) documenting available funds to support yourself and all dependents who will be with you during your time at Cornell.
Please visit the Tuition and Financial Aid page for complete information.
The International Students and Scholars Office has detailed information about applying for visas and preparing for life at Cornell. After receiving admission to our LL.M. program, the Office of Graduate Legal Studies will provide you with more information on how to begin the visa process, including submitting proof of financial support and coordinating the I-20.
The university operates a number of graduate student housing facilities. Private houses, apartments, and cooperatives are within easy walking distance of the Law School. Rents vary according to the location and the time of year you make arrangements. Learn more about local communities near campus.
The Law School's Careers Office provides career advisement and sponsors events and workshops for students throughout the year, including sessions on résumé preparation and interviewing skills. Personal career counseling is available through a designated career counselor.
Cornell Law School co-sponsors the International Student Interview Program, hosted annually at the end of January in New York City. This program provides foreign-trained lawyers the opportunity to interview with U.S. and foreign employers. LL.M. students interested in public service have the opportunity to attend the Equal Justice Works Conference in October and the Public Interest Legal Career Fair in February.
LL.M. graduates may be eligible to sit for the New York State bar examination after completing the LL.M. degree. Most, however, return to their home countries to practice law, enter government service, teach, or pursue other professional opportunities.
As an international lawyer, if your ultimate goal is to practice law in the United States, you should consider enrolling in a J.D. program. Foreign LL.M. students face a variety of challenges when seeking associate opportunities in the United States. While it is possible to secure legal employment in the United States after completing your LL.M., domestic law firm hiring continues to center on U.S. educated J.D. students.
The following resources may help you explore legal career options for foreign attorneys in the U.S.:
- National Association for Law Placement Directory of Legal Employer: A searchable resource for information on legal employers.
- American Bar Association: Extensive links to information regarding legal education, bar admission, legal employment, and the legal profession.
- New York State Board of Law Examiners: Links to important information regarding the New York State bar examination, including examination qualification requirements for foreign-trained lawyers and bar admission rules.
Grants are available to fund summer legal internships with government agencies (including courts) or nonprofit organizations outside of the United States.
- Berger International and Comparative Legal Studies Summer Fellowships gives students an opportunity to engage international law practitioners and researchers, and to build collaborative partnerships with public, non-profit and non-governmental agencies addressing critical issues in relevant areas of international law such as human rights, international criminal law, and international trade law. Grant amount and fellowship duration: Pro-rated, based on length of internships (e.g., $2500 for 4 weeks; $5000 for 8 weeks; and so on). Application instructions will by posted by the International Programs Office during the spring semester.
- Cornell Clerkship at the Conseil d'État is a unique opportunity for a post-graduate paid clerkship at the Conseil d'État
in Paris, France. Since 2009, the Conseil has welcomed a recent
graduate of Cornell Law School to serve as a clerk. Applications for the
annual clerkship are typically collected in February. Applicants must be fluent in both French and English. Applications are typically collected in February
- The Furman Family Fellowship provides an annual grant to foster the development of peace and economic stability in the Middle East and North Africa through the study of law. Application instructions will by posted by the International Programs Office during the spring semester/
- The Graduate Legal Studies Law Fellowship is granted each academic year to a recent graduate who has completed the LL.M. or J.S.D. program at Cornell Law School. Graduates completing a placement in a non-profit or government organization are eligible to apply. Application instructions are sent to LL.M. and J.S.D. students during the spring semester.
Contact us to learn more.