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General LL.M. Tuition and Financial Aid

Pursuing a legal degree is an investment in your future. To prepare for this investment, it is important to make sure that you are financially ready to take on the costs associated with attendance.


Tuition for the 2017-2018 academic year is US$65,456. Total expenses, including tuition, are estimated to be US$91,207. The Financial Aid Budget which includes cost of tuition, living expenses, books and supplies, and University fees can be found on the Tuition and Expenses page.

Financial Aid and Fellowships

General LL.M applicants wishing to be considered for financial aid should indicate their interest on their admissions application.

We provide a number of financial awards to LL.M. candidates based on merit and need. Funding sources include the Law School itself with the Cornell Law School Scholarship (awarded to increase diversity and excellence in the entering class) and the following named awards:

  • Rudolf B. Schlesinger Fellowship, which supports a foreign LL.M. candidate pursuing a course of study related mainly to international and comparative law. This fellowship honors Rudolf Schlesinger, a member of the faculty of Cornell Law School for 27 years, who held the William Nelson Cromwell Professorship of International and Comparative Law. During his career as a teacher and scholar, Professor Schlesinger affected the thinking of many Cornell Law students and his legal scholarship earned an international reputation for excellence. Led by a core group of "Schlesinger alumni," Cornell Law School established an endowment fund to honor his contributions to the academic and legal professions. The Schlesinger Fellowship was first awarded at the beginning of the 1996-1997 academic year.
  • Baron Edmond de Rothschild Foundation Scholarship, awarded on the criterion of financial need to a European LL.M. candidate at Cornell Law School who intends to return to Europe to pursue legal practice. Preference is given to an LL.M. candidate from France or of French or Swiss descent, but all European students are encouraged to apply. The scholarship was established in 2000 and is augmented annually by gifts made by the Baron Edmond de Rothschild Foundation, as determined by the Foundation's directors.
  • Ambassador William J. Vanden Heuvel Law Scholarship, awarded to an LL.M. candidate preferably from a country of Eastern Europe, especially Romania. Ambassador William J. vanden Heuvel, Esq., A.B. '50 J.D. '52 established the endowment fund for this scholarship in 2011. Ambassador Vanden Heuvel served as the United States Deputy Permanent Representative to the United Nations in New York, and as the United States Permanent Representative in Geneva, Switzerland.

In addition to Cornell Law School fellowships, there are, in limited cases, funds available for General LL.M. students through other international programs at Cornell University, such as the Institute for African Development (IAD). IAD coordinates the IAD Tuition Waiver, which is specifically directed to African students. This award provides tuition support to students engaged in full-time graduate studies at Cornell in areas related to African development. Successful candidates are graduate students from a wide range of academic disciplines who possess an outstanding record of academic achievement or proven leadership potential.

All of your application materials must be received by December 15 to be considered for an award. Tech LL.M. fellowships are considered on a case-by-case basis.

If ineligible for Federal Financial Aid, applicants needing loan funds may apply for a private student loan. Most loans will require a U.S. co-signer with significant credit history. Prodigy Finance and MPower are lenders that do not require a co-signer. Cornell Law cannot assist in securing a student loan. For applicants who are U.S. Citizens or Residents, you may qualify for Federal Student Loans. For more information, contact the Financial Aid Office.

J.S.D. Tuition and Financial Aid

Tuition for the 2017-2018 academic year is US$29,500. Total expenses, including tuition, are estimated to be US$58,218. The Financial Aid Budget which includes cost of tuition, living expenses, books and supplies, and University fees can be found on the Graduate School website.

Cornell Law School aims to provide a full tuition waiver and stipend to all first and second year J.S.D. students in residence, contingent on satisfactory academic progress.