This program offers students the opportunity to gain an advanced understanding of human rights protection and promotion on international, regional, and domestic levels. The degree is designed primarily for lawyers and students who work or intend to pursue a career in the public sector, including high-level government attorneys, leaders in nongovernmental organizations, and academics.
This LLM program was created under the auspices of Fordham Law’s Leitner Center for International Law and Justice, one of the largest and most dynamic human rights programs in the nation. The Center’s Vivian Leitner Global South LLM Scholars Program offers generous scholarships and stipends to enable select graduate students from the developing world to enroll in this program.
Each student is required to complete a minimum of 24 credits of approved courses; the maximum number of credits permitted is 27.
PROGRAM-SPECIFIC REQUIRED COURSES
The 24-credit minimum must include 12 credits of Specialization Distribution Courses approved for the International Law and Justice program.
The 12-credit Specialization Distribution Course requirement must include the following Core Course:
Remaining credits needed to fulfill the 12-credit Specialization Distribution Course requirement must be chosen from among the wide selection of Specialization Distribution Courses approved for the International Law and Justice program.
ADDITIONAL REQUIRED COURSES
For students who do not hold a degree from a U.S. law school, the following courses are also required:
Introduction to the U.S. Legal System*
Legal Writing and Research for LLM Students*
Introduction to the U.S. Legal Profession**†
At least 6 credits of Content Outline courses**
Students are required to take Introduction to the U.S. Legal System and Legal Writing and Research for LLM Students during their first semester of study in the LLM program.
Note: If a course can fulfill both a Specialization Distribution Course requirement and a Content Outline requirement, the course may count toward both requirements. For example, Family Law (3 credits) counts toward the Specialization Distribution Course requirement and will also count toward the Content Outline requirement, leaving 3 credits of Content Outline Courses and 9 credits of Specialization Distribution Courses to be fulfilled.
Prospective students applying for the Vivian Leitner Global South scholarship for the LLM in International Law and Justice must submit their application directly to the Leitner Center for International Law and Justice at Fordham Law School. For application instructions and deadlines, visit the Global South LLM Scholars Program webpage.
Scholarship applicants who are not awarded the Vivian Leitner scholarship will be given the option to transfer their application to the LLM program office to be considered for regular admission. Applicants will be asked to submit the $70 application fee at that time.
Applicants who do not wish to be considered for the Vivian Leitner Global South scholarship are welcome to apply for the LLM in International Law and Justice directly through the LLM program office.
A Note Regarding Course Selection for Part-Time Students
The LLM program strives to ensure that there is a wide range of courses available in the evening in each of our LLM areas of specialization and to ensure that students will be able to meet their program requirements within their desired time frame for completion. However, it would be impossible to ensure that any specific course will be offered at a time that is convenient for all students. We encourage you to look at the schedules from past semesters, available on the registrar's website, to get a sense of what courses may be offered in the future (noting, of course, that the schedule varies from one semester to the next).