What LL.M. programs do you offer?
- American Legal Studies LL.M. for foreign-trained lawyers (fall semester enrollment only)
- Family Law LL.M. (fall and spring semester enrollment)
How long does it take to complete the LL.M. degree?
- For students attending full time, the degree can be completed in two semesters or one academic year. For students attending part time, the LL.M. degree can be completed in four semesters or two academic years.
How many credit hours must be completed to obtain the LL.M. degree?
- You must complete 24 credit hours of courses from the Hofstra Law curriculum.
Can previous legal work experience be considered for credits toward the LL.M. degree?
- No. You must take 24 credit hours from the Hofstra Law curriculum.
What grade point average (GPA) must I obtain in order to earn an LL.M. degree?
- Students in the Family Law program must have a GPA of at least 3.00 out of 4.00.
- Students in the American Legal Studies program must have a GPA of at least 2.2 out of 4.00.
What are the application requirements?
Will copies of my transcripts suffice?
- A complete LL.M. application will contain: application, two letters of recommendation, resume or C.V., personal statement and official law school transcripts.
- Foreign-educated applicants must also send their official law school transcripts with certified English translations. Certified translations services may be arranged through World Educational Services or the American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers. If your academic legal training was in a language other than English, you must demonstrate English proficiency (see “Additional Information for International Applicants” below).
- No. We will only accept official documents with an official signature of the dean or registrar for academic records on undergraduate and law school transcripts. Foreign applicants must also have their transcripts certified.
Can I start the LL.M. program immediately after finishing my law degree, or should I work for a period of time prior to enrolling in an LL.M. program?
- Students are eligible to begin an LL.M. program immediately after completing their law degree.
What are the tuition and fees?
The University reserves the right to change its tuition and fees at any time. Any account not paid on time will be charged a late fee.
LL.M. Program, Full-Time
LL.M. Program, Part-Time
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Does the Maurice A. Deane School of Law offer scholarships, fellowships or tuition fee waivers?
- Each year Hofstra Law offers a number of merit scholarships of varying amounts to highly accomplished international LL.M. students. Additionally, Hofstra Law’s Office of Financial Aid has an extensive list of external scholarship programs that international students may review when considering how best to fund their LL.M. program.
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION FOR INTERNATIONAL APPLICANTS
Do I have to take the TOEFL/IELTS/ILEC examinations if English is not my native language?
- Yes. Applicants whose college education was in a language other than English are required to present a recent score from one of the following: the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), the International English Language Testing System (IELTS), or the International Legal English Certificate (ILEC). Hofstra Law will look for a minimum TOEFL score of 250 on the computer-based test, 600 on the paper-based test, or 100 on the Internet-based test. The minimum accepted IELTS score is a 7 and the minimum on ILEC is a CAE/C1 level. International applicants who can demonstrate that their college education was taught in English do not need to take TOEFL/IELTS/ILEC but must indicate this exemption at the time of applying for the J.D. or LL.M. program.
Should I apply for the J.D. program or the LL.M. program?
- In order to apply to the LL.M. program you must have a law degree from a U.S. or foreign law school. If you already have a foreign law degree you may apply for both. However, if you would like to be eligible to take the New York state bar exam, the American Legal Studies LL.M. degree may be better suited for you. The J.D. program is designed to offer a comprehensive three-year course of study that will give you the opportunity to select one of several course concentrations. The American Legal Studies Program is designed for foreign-trained lawyers, and the Family Law program is for U.S. trained lawyers but is also open to foreign-trained lawyers. Admission to the J.D. program requires a qualifying score on the Law School Admission Test (LSAT). Admission to the LL.M. program does not require an LSAT score.
Will the Maurice A. Deane School of Law give credit toward the first-year J.D. program after completing the Hofstra American Legal Studies LL.M. degree?
- Yes, provided that you receive the dean’s permission to have your LL.M. course work count toward the J.D. program.
I want to take the New York state bar exam after I complete the LL.M. program. What do I need to do?
- You must complete a “Request for Evaluation of Foreign Academic Credentials,” which can be found on the New York State Board of Law Examiners website. The request and official transcripts must be filed as provided on the website in order to determine your eligibility to sit for the New York state bar exam. We recommend you obtain this evaluation before you enroll in any LL.M. program.