Comparative and Legal Thought

Study mode:Full-time Languages: English Duration:2 years
Local:$ 56.2k / Academic year(s) Foreign:$ 56.2k / Academic year(s) Deadline: Jun 15, 2021
StudyQA ranking:290

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The Comparative Legal Thought LL.M., the first of its kind at any U.S. law school, capitalizes on Cardozo’s strengths in legal theory, philosophy, jurisprudence, law and literature, religion, and related areas.

Although primarily intended for those who hope to enter legal academia, the LL.M. in Comparative Legal Thought is appropriate for anyone with an interest in interdisciplinary approaches to law.

  • A minimum of 24 credits overall
  • Graduates of foreign law schools must take Introduction to U.S. Law and two semesters of the advanced workshop in legal research and writing
  • At least 12 in-class credits in courses related to comparative legal thought. This includes courses in constitutional law, legal theory, philosophy, religion and other humanities-focused interdisciplinary approaches.
  • A three-credit thesis in a topic related to some aspect of comparative legal thought is required. Applicants should begin researching possible topics and supervisors early in the application process and should secure the agreement of an appropriate Cardozo faculty member as early in the program as possible.

Courses

  • Advanced Criminal Law
  • Advanced Human Rights and Genocide Clinic
  • +Advanced Jewish Law
  • Authority and Liberty
  • Citizenship, Equality & International Human Rights
  • +Comparative Constitutionalism
  • Comparative Corporate Governance
  • Comparative First Amendment
  • Comparative Law
  • Comparative Remedies
  • Concepts of Justice
  • Constitutional & Statutory Interpretation
  • Constitutional Interpretation
  • Constitutional Law I 
  • Constitutional Law II
  • Contemporary Conflicts and the Law
  • European Union Law
  • Family Law
  • First Amendment
  • Forensic Psychiatry & Psychology
  • From Socrates to Dr. Spock: Treason, Sedition and Protected Speech
  • History of Western Law
  • Human Rights & Genocide Clinic
  • Human Rights in Law, History & Philosophy
  • International Dispute Resolution
  • International Law
  • +Intro to Jewish Law
  • +Jewish Law and Contemporary Legal Issues
  • Jurisprudence
  • Law & Film
  • +Law and Literature
  • Law & Psychology
  • Law and Justice: Liberalism and Its Critics
  • Law and Psychoanalysis
  • +Law and Religion
  • Law of War and Contemporary Conflicts
  • Law, Ethics & Psychoanalysis
  • Liberal Jurisprudence and Its Challenges
  • Maimonides: Law and Philosophy
  • Multiculturalism/Human Rights of Women
  • Neuroscience and the Law
  • New School Program
  • Political Philosophy and Jewish Law
  • +Psychoanalysis and the Law
  • Sexual Orientation, Gender and the Law
  • The Legal and Social Status of Jews in the Classical Era and the Shaping of Jewish Identity: Between Israel and Diaspora
  • Theories of Punishment
  • Transitional Justice and Accountability
  • Vichy France, Europe and the Holocaust: The Spoliation and Restitution Dimension
  • You must hold a first degree in law (JD, LLB, or an equivalent degree) from a foreign law faculty.
  • If you do NOT hold a first degree in law, you must be licensed to practice in your home country or have passed the national bar exam, and have significant professional experience.
  • You must hold a bachelor’s degree from an accredited four-year college or university or its equivalent and a first degree in law from an ABA-approved law school.
  • Application.  

You are strongly encouraged to submit the LLM application electronically (including the application form, application fee, resume, personal statement, letters of recommendation, and transcripts) using the LSAC LLM Credential Assembly Service (LLM CAS).  Paper materials and updates will require additional processing by our staff and will delay the review of your application by the Admissions Committee.
  • $50 Application fee. If you are applying through LSAC LLM CAS, you will submit your fee online by credit card when you complete your online application. 
  • Resume/curriculum vitae.  

Information should be current to the date of application. 
  • Personal statement.  

Limited to two (2) typed, double-spaced pages.  The statement should describe your reasons for pursuing an LLM degree and include any information you believe would be helpful to the Admissions Committee in making its decision. 
  • Two letters of recommendation. 

Letters may be written by law school professors, and employers or colleagues whose supervisory positions permit informed evaluations of your qualifications. Letters should be submitted through the LLM CAS.  Hard copies with original signatures may be sent directly to the Office of Admissions if you do not register with LLM CAS.  Xeroxed or scanned letters, unsigned letters, or emailed recommendations will not be accepted.
  • Official transcript of law degree and any other degrees earned from any college, university, graduate school, or professional school.  

The transcript should be an official record from the academic institution, clearly indicating the dates of attendance, the courses taken, the grades received, and the degree conferred.  Transcripts should be submitted through the LLM CAS.
  • Official transcript of coursework (one semester or more) completed at any college, university, graduate school, or professional school. 

The transcript should be an official record from the academic institution, clearly indicating the dates of attendance, the courses taken, and the grades received.
  • Credential evaluation.  

International applicants are strongly encouraged to use the LLM CAS International Transcript Authentication and Evaluation Service.  Evaluations provide the Admissions Committee with your US grade equivalency and facilitate the review process.  
  • TOEFL: 100
  • IELTS: 7.0 Overall Band Score

Scholarships

  • The Dean's Merit Scholarship (for international and domestic LLMs)   
  • The Distinguished LL.M. Scholar Award (for international and domestic LLMs)   
  • The Milgat Uriel & Caroline Bauer LL.M. Scholarship 
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