About us

Cornell Law School’s mission remains that articulated upon the founding of the law school in 1887: “Our aim is to keep its instruction strong, its standard high, and so to produce … a fair number of well-trained, large-minded, morally based lawyers in the best sense.”

We are top-tier law school with a rare characteristic: our size.  With about 100 LL.M. students and 600 J.D. students, Cornell Law School offers an intimate, collegial, and diverse environment in which students grow through their interactions with one another and with our dedicated and interdisciplinary faculty.  We invite you to learn more about what Cornell Law can offer you.

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Study program

The master of laws (LL.M.) degree at Cornell Law School is a one-year program designed for practicing attorneys and recent law school graduates who have earned a first degree in law outside the United States.  The General LL.M. program allows you to tailor your own course of study based on your individual academic and career objectives while experiencing American law school culture. The Graduate Legal Studies Office can help you design a program of study from more than 200 courses and seminars, including first-year courses, advanced electives, clinical offerings, or courses designed specifically for LL.M. students.

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Financial Aid Information

Financing your LL.M. education is a significant investment in your future.  Applicants who would like to be considered for an institutional scholarship should indicate their interest on their online application form.  Cornell Law School provides a limited number of financial awards to General LL.M. candidates based on merit.  Our students are largely self-funded or receive funding from their current employers, government sponsored educational programs, or other third parties.  We encourage prospective students to seek external funding early in the process.

Cornell will offer an application fee waiver to DAJV LL.M. Day 2023 participants. Please ask representatives at the event.

Application Requirements

All applications for Cornell Law School’s LL.M. program must be submitted through the Law School Admission Council (LSAC).  Applicants must register with LSAC’s LLM Credential Assembly Service and utilize both the Document Assembly Service and the International Transcript Authentication and Evaluation Service that LSAC provides.

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