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LL.M. Overview

General LL.M. Admissions

The master of laws (LL.M.) degree at Cornell Law School is a one-year program designed for practicing attorneys and recent law school graduates who have earned a first degree in law outside the United States. Through the General LL.M. program, students increase their understanding of American legal principles and can further develop a legal specialization.
“Cornell Law has extraordinary faculty that are the leading voices in many discussions, who blend their solid academic record with their dedication to enhancing the learning experience for students.”
Juan C. Zuluaga, LL.M. '23
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How to Apply

Tuition and Financial Aid

Information for Admitted Students

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Re-applicants, Deferred Admission, Transfer Students, and Special Student Status


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"Getting to prepare and give the openings, direct examinations, and cross-examinations were invaluable experiences. ... Not only did they teach me about labor law but gave me litigation experience that helped me decide [it's] something I enjoy." 
 ~Cole Quigley '25 (center row, right, with his classmates) reflects on his experience leading an arbitration that led to a client victory as part of the Labor Law Clinic. 

This Giving Tuesday, when you direct your support to Cornell Law School's clinics and practicums, you can enhance  experiential learning opportunities, just like these! Visit the link in our bio to make an impact today.
Gender Justice Clinic members Marie Nercessian ‘24, Shay Storz '25, and Scarlett Zhou ‘24, along with clinical professor Liz Brundige, speak about the impact of recent legal developments on LGBTQ+ health equity at a meeting of the American College Health Association's LGBTQ+ Health Equity Task Force. 

Read more about the Gender Justice Clinic and its work at the link in our bio. 
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Wishing our Cornell Law School community a Happy Thanksgiving!🍂🥧 #HappyThanksgiving #CornellLawSchool
“In just a few short months, my classmates and I have impacted real lives. We’ve helped veterans pursue the benefits they deserve and fought ‘bad paper’ discharges that have been hanging over their heads for years—sometimes decades. We owe it to our veterans to ensure they haven’t been forgotten.” 
Patrick George ’24, a founding member of the Veterans Law Practicum, reflects on the work he and his classmates have undertaken since the practicum launched in August. Now, they’re crowdfunding in the hope of making an even greater impact. Learn how you can support their efforts at the link in our bio! 

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Check out Lizzy Barrett's (pictured left) incredible journey from seeking help at Cornell Law School's Entrepreneurship Clinic to the successful release of her new film, "Divisible"! 🎥🌟 For more details on Lizzy's story, click the link in our bio! #CornellLawSchool #EntrepreneurshipClinic #FilmSuccess
Last Wednesday, Cornell Law alumni came together in New York City for the 91st annual Curia Society Dinner. The Curia Society was formed in the decade beginning in 1930, in response to discrimination against Jewish Cornell Law students. Since that time, the society continues to gather to uphold and celebrate its principles of inclusion.

We were thrilled to welcome Beth Van Schaack, Ambassador-At-Large for Global Criminal Justice, Office of Global Criminal Justice, U.S. Department of State (pictured right with Jens David Ohlin, Allan R. Tessler Dean and Professor of Law, center, and Neil Getnick, AB ’75, JD ’78), who discussed the U.S. Government's approach towards accountability for the war crimes and other atrocities being committed in connection with Russia's war of aggression in Ukraine, and the events unfolding in the Middle East.

Thank you to all who participated in this important discussion! Learn more about the Curia Society at the link in our bio. #CornellLawSchool
Congratulations to students in the Labor Law Clinic for winning their recent arbitration! 
Hearty congratulations to Cole Quigley ’25 who handled the hearing, pictured here at right with Professor Angela Cornell and the two clients; and Jack Ligon ’24, Robb Ridgely ’25, and Malcolm Drenttel ’25, who helped draft the post-arbitration brief. Jason Steuerwald ’23 also moved the case forward.  Learn more about the Labor Law Clinic by visiting the link in our bio! 

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On November 3, students and faculty from our First Amendment Clinic traveled to New York City for a newsroom visit at NBCUniversal. Students met with several NBC executives to learn more about the intersection of journalism and media law. 

Thank you to our host Alex Ziccardi ’12, vice president, legal, at NBCUniversal Media, LLC, (pictured center), for organizing this fantastic event, and to the leaders who shared their expertise: General Counsel Gail Gove; “Letters from Sing Sing” podcast producer/reporter Dan Slepian and subject JJ Velazquez; Executive VP of Worldwide Newsgathering David Verdi; podcast writer/producer Preeti Varathan; and retired SVP of Legal David Sternlicht. Learn more about the First Amendment Clinic at the link in our bio!
Cheers to Cameron Misner '24 and Jack Ligon '24, champions of this year's 2023 Cuccia Cup at Cornell Law School! Their victory showcases the remarkable sense of community that defines our institution. 👏🏆 To find out more about the 2023 Cuccia Cup, click the link in our bio! #CornellLawSchool
Today and every day, we salute the honor, courage, and bravery of our veterans. Happy Veteran’s Day and our sincerest thanks to all who have served. 
To learn more about how Cornell Law students and faculty are making a positive impact on our local veterans' community, visit the link in our bio!
Congratulations to Cornell Law School's Pro Bono Reentry Legal Assistance program for being honored at the 13th annual Town-Gown Awards! 🎉 To find out more about this program and the awards ceremony, click the link in our bio! #CornellLawSchool

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