Two LL.M. Options at Columbia Law

Columbia Law School offers both a full academic year LL.M. and an Executive LL.M. in Global Business Law. Trying to decide which path to take? Consult the questions below for key information on both programs.

Which LL.M. Program Is Right for You?

LL.M. Program (full academic year)
Degree: Master of Laws degree
Credits: 24
Timeline: 10 months on campus: Complete the entire program in residence on campus, August through May. Students are enrolled full time over two semesters, with a fall-term start and August to May academic calendar and schedule.

Executive LL.M. in Global Business Law
Degree: Master of Laws 
Credits: 24
Timeline and Coursework: Six months (three months online, three months on campus): Take two online courses in March and April, followed by a 12-week on-campus summer residency (May through August). Complete your study with one additional online course in September.
Online Courses: A blend of live lectures and self-directed work.
Summer Residency: Four three-week modules. 

LL.M.
You can take a wide range of courses in both the private and public spheres, with the option to focus on a particular area of law.
Introduction to American Law (2 credits)
Legal Research and Writing (2 credits)
You also must complete one LL.M. Writing Project (a substantial research paper). For details, see the LL.M. Degree Requirements and Rules.

E.LL.M.:
The program’s courses, programming, and training all reflect a focus on global business law.
Introduction to American Law (3 credits)
American Contract Law (3 credits)
American Corporate Law (3 credits)
Colloquium (4 credits)
Professional Responsibility in Global Business (2 credits)

LL.M.
You will take 20 electives credits:
Choose from hundreds of courses, from corporate to human rights and public interest law, as well as many experiential offerings, including externships, clinics, workshops, and simulation labs. You can also take classes in other undergraduate and graduate divisions of the university.

E.LL.M.:
You will take 9 elective credits:
Choose from a limited number of elective courses, such as Corporate Finance and Valuation, Negotiations, and Mergers and Acquisitions. The curriculum and structure do not allow for courses to be taken outside of the Law School.

LL.M.
Regular access to career counselors and programs through the Office of Career Services, Social Justice Initiatives, and Careers in Law Teaching Program
Participation in LL.M. Interview Program
Access to Columbia Law School job database

E.LL.M.
Dedicated career management team
Access to Columbia Law School job database
Residency events that connect you to CLS alumn

LL.M.
Graduates of the LL.M. Program may be eligible to take the New York State Bar Exam, as well as other state bar exams.

E.LL.M.
The Executive LL.M. does not qualify graduates to sit for the New York State Bar Exam, but they may be eligible to take bar exams in other states.

LL.M.
Take classes with LL.M. and J.D. students. Participate in journals and student organizations, clinics, externships, supervised research, pro bono projects, and other experiential learning opportunities. You can also serve as research assistants to faculty and take advantage of programs, speakers, and other events on campus throughout the academic year.

On-campus housing is available for LL.M. students in apartment shares, studios, one-bedroom apartments, and dormitory-style housing. Housing, meals, and most course materials are not included in the tuition and fees.

E.LL.M.
Take classes only with your cohort. Participate in social events, receptions, and workshops tailored specifically for the Executive LL.M. cohort during the summer residency period.

Course materials and breakfast and lunch during summer residency classes are included in tuition and fees. Furnished, on-campus housing is also available in studios or one-bedroom apartments.

LL.M.
You may not maintain full-time employment during the program but may work part-time on campus.

E.LL.M.
You may maintain full-time employment during the online portions of the program. The summer residency requires full-time attendance.

For both programs: Minimum scores on the TOEFL iBT and TOEFL iBT Special Home Edition: 105 overall score, with a minimum of 26 on Reading and Listening and a minimum of 24 on the Speaking and Writing sections. Or minimum scores on the TOEFL ITP Plus for China: 627 overall score, with a minimum of 61 on each section. We will also review the Vericant interview. 

LL.M.
Designed for students with at least one year of professional experience after earning their first law degree.
MyBest scores are not accepted. You must submit all individual test scores.

E.LL.M.
Designed for mid-career lawyers with approximately five years of professional experience.
Interviews to confirm English proficiency are frequently requested.

LL.M.
Tuition: $69,896
Living Costs: $23,947

Financial assistance is available in the form of scholarships and institutional loans. For details, see Fellowships and Scholarships.

E.LL.M.
Tuition: $77,352
Living Costs: $10,200

Though financial assistance is not available from Columbia Law School, there may be external sources of funding available. For more information, see Tuition and Fees.