Sponsored by Hofstra University School of Law, Jeffrey.Dodge@hofstra.edu
The Maurice A. Deane School of Law offers an LL.M. program specifically designed for
internationally trained lawyers to advance their knowledge of American law and to enhance
their professional opportunities. This LL.M. program meets the needs of foreign lawyers who
wish to either practice in the United States or return to their home countries. Hofstra Law’s
program will provide the skills to handle the increasing internationalization of legal practice
and to navigate transactions involving the laws of multiple nations at home and abroad.
All candidates must complete 24 credit-hours of courses from the Hofstra Law curriculum.
Typically, these credits are earned over two full-time semesters (one academic year), four
part-time semesters (two academic years) or three part-time semesters and two summer
sessions. Candidates must complete an introductory course in American Legal Studies during
orientation and the first full semester, as well as Legal Writing & Research during the first
full semester. To earn an LL.M. degree, students must achieve a cumulative grade-point
average (GPA) of at least 2.2 out of a possible 4.0. Students who complete the program with
a GPA below 2.2 will not be awarded a degree or certificate of completion.
Hofstra Law offers courses taught by faculty experts on every aspect of the American legal
system, from contracts and evidence to trial and appellate advocacy and alternative dispute
resolution. Candidates for the American Legal Studies LL.M. can select from the almost 200
courses offered at the Law School each year, with very few exceptions. An academic advisor
will recommend the most relevant courses to those students who are interested in applying to
take the New York state bar examination.
LL.M. candidates with law degrees from international law schools who wish to take the New
York state bar examination are advised to consult directly with the New York Board of Law
Examiners to request a ruling on eligibility to sit for the New York state bar examination.
Students interested in this program should contact Steven Richman, Director of Global
Initiatives, at 516-463-4547 or Steven.Richman@hofstra.edu.