Cornell Law School: JD/LL.M. Program at Humboldt-Universitat zu Berlin
Students are selected for the J.D./LL.M in European and Comparative Law on the basis of their academic record and fluency in German. Students spend the first two years studying at Cornell Law School, followed by one year at Humboldt-Universitat zu Berlin. Upon successfully completing the program, students receive the Juris Doctor degree from Cornell Law School and the LL.M. from Humboldt.
About the LL.M.
It is designed to impart a profound basic knowledge of European and comparative law at both an academic and a practical level. Students in the program complete a series of law firm or institutional clerkships in Berlin or elsewhere over the course of the one-year program.
Admission to the Program
Applicants must be completely fluent in German. Prospective Cornell students who are interested in this program should apply in conjunction with their initial application to Cornell Law. If a space in the program remains available, matriculated students will be invited to apply in the spring semester of their first year. It is possible to apply in conjunction with the initial application to the Cornell J.D. program as well as during the Spring semester of the first year following admission to Cornell Law School in response to an invitation circulated to the first-year class.
First and Second Year Curriculum At Cornell Law School
Students will be required to complete 62 credits of study. The first year of study will be identical to that of regular J.D. students at Cornell Law School. In the second year of study at Cornell, the students must complete their credit and J.D. course requirements, which include six credits of experiential learning, a professional responsibility course, and a course satisfying the Law School’s writing requirement.
The program includes restrictions to avoid course offerings counting toward the J.D. credit requirements that: (1) would be better taken as part of the curriculum of Humboldt-Universitat zu Berlin or (2) are outside of the regular Law School curriculum (regular J.D. candidates are allowed to take one course in each upper-class semester in other divisions of the university in areas related to their legal studies).
Third Year Curriculum at Humboldt-Universitat zu Berlin
In the third year, the students study the basics of German private and criminal law, constitutional law, business law, and European Union law. They write a Master’s thesis and undertake two internships in Berlin or elsewhere.
Following the award to the students of the LL.M., Cornell Law School will evaluate their performance and grant an additional 24 credits in advanced standing toward the Juris Doctor degree. Acceptance of any credit or grade for any course taken at Humboldt-Universitat zu Berlin is subject to determination by Cornell Law School.
Tuition and Financial Aid
Applicants admitted by Cornell pay full Cornell tuition and fees during all three years of study. Students may continue to receive financial aid during the year in Berlin. Their financial aid package will reflect the expenses of living in Berlin as opposed to Ithaca.
In the event that Cornell University Law School and/or its partner, Humboldt-Universitat zu Berlin, were to decide to cancel the program, all students who had been approved for, and committed to, participation nonetheless would be permitted to continue in the program.