LL.M. in American Legal Studies

The American Legal Studies program should appeal to foreign law graduates who are encouraged to obtain legal training in U.S. law and practice in order to compete more effectively with U.S. law firms operating in foreign countries.The program helps to qualify a candidate for eligibility to sit for the New York State Bar Examination and to be admitted to practice law in New York. Foreign law graduates who seek U.S. law training in order to make themselves more attractive to U.S. law firms and corporations will also benefit from this degree program. The Maurice A. Deane School of Law at Hofstra University has a package of courses in American Litigation and Advocacy that are of particular interest to foreign law graduates who want comprehensive exposure to American approaches to litigation theory and techniques in a variety of lecture, simulation and practice settings. Hofstra Law is the Northeast region's base for the National Institute of Trial Advocacy, and the Hofstra faculty has extensive expertise in American litigation and advocacy.

Requirements for the LL.M.

  • Applicants for this LL.M. program must hold a degree in law from an accredited foreign law school.
  • Candidates with undergraduate law degrees from foreign institutions are required to take a one week course in the U.S. legal system prior to the start of fall classes. There is no additional cost for this course.
  • LL.M. candidates must complete 24 credit hours of courses from the Hofstra Law School curriculum. Typically, credits are earned in one academic year, or two semesters, based on full-time attendance. Candidates may elect to complete the LL.M. requirements on a part-time basis in four semesters.
  • Candidates must achieve a minimum cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 2.2 out of a possible 4.0 to receive the Master of Laws (LL.M.).
  • All LL.M. candidates must take Legal Writing and Research in their first fall semester. This course will help all candidates understand the structure of legal documents and to communicate effectively.