General LL.M. students are fully integrated into the academic and student life of the law school. Our LL.M.s can enroll in courses with J.D. students and participate in virtually all student organizations. The LL.M. Association is a student organization specifically designed to plan programs and events, and represent the LL.M. student body. Outside of the law school, you can enjoy the advantages of the large Cornell University campus located in Ithaca, part of the Finger Lakes Region of New York State.
We typically enroll just over 100 students from a pool of more than 1,000 applicants. The Graduate Legal Studies (GLS) Office can help you design a program of study from more than 170 courses and seminars, including first-year courses, advanced electives, clinical offerings, or courses designed specifically for LL.M. students.
Degree requirements include:
Those planning to sit for the New York Bar exam must complete 24 credits of in-classroom Law School coursework, which must include:
Full details regarding the New York State Bar Requirements can be found on the Registrar’s webpage. These requirements are subject to change each academic year. Students who are interested in taking the New York State Bar Examination should submit an Online Request for Foreign Evaluation of Academic Credentials as soon as possible.
General LL.M. candidates are evaluated on a four-tier scale:
There is no faculty policy regulating the proportion of HH, H, S, and U grades that faculty may give to LL.M. students. Merit points are currently not assigned to HH, H, S, and U grades.
General LL.M. students may, after consultation with a Graduate Legal Studies advisor, elect to be graded on the J.D. letter grade scale and curve. This election applies to the entire academic year and must be made by notifying the Law School Registrar within the first four weeks of the date fall semester classes begin.