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LL.M. Admissions

Challenge yourself. Broaden your perspective and your network. Rediscover the law and your future in the legal profession.

In one year, Columbia Law School’s LL.M. degree will prepare you for leadership roles in academia, the judiciary, business and corporate practice, public service, human rights advocacy, and more. 


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Engage With a Remarkable Community

Join a vibrant, intellectual cohort that finds solutions to issues facing the legal community and the world. Each year, the Law School enrolls a diverse class of graduate students whose experience spans all areas of the legal profession—including private practice, academia, the judiciary, public service, civil rights, human rights advocacy, NGOs, and international organizations. 

As an LL.M. student, you will form study groups with accomplished scholars who are as intellectually curious as you are; participate in clinics, moot courts, journals, and pro bono work alongside driven peers; and build lifelong friendships and connections through student organizations at the Law School and across the greater Columbia University campus.

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Choose Your Path

Further delve into your current specialization, transition to a new practice area, or explore additional areas of study that interest you in and out of the classroom. Engage one-on-one with faculty doing groundbreaking research or participate in popular experiential courses, such as the Deals and Negotiations workshops or clinics. It is all your choice. Our curriculum also allows for cross-registration at Columbia’s other renowned graduate schools, including the Columbia Business School and the School of International and Public Affairs

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Find Unparalleled Opportunities

Located in New York City—a world capital of law, culture, media, advocacy, and finance—Columbia Law School is the perfect place to hone your skills.  Every day, leading legal practitioners visit the Law School to engage students in challenging discussions. In addition, by studying in a global metropolis, your classroom extends beyond Columbia’s gates and across the five boroughs of New York City. A short subway ride transports you from Columbia’s UN General Assembly-style lecture halls to the actual United Nations, and the same MetroCard swipe connects you to offices of those in Columbia Law’s powerful alumni network.

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Meet Your Advisers

The Columbia Law School LL.M. team of experienced advisers are here to guide you through every stage of your Columbia Law School journey—from the application process and orientation to developing your own unique program of study with our flexible curriculum and planning your professional development.

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LL.M. Class of 2020




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Fulbright and other competitive external scholarship awardees

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Human Rights Fellows


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Judicial clerks


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Shehryar Butt ‘17 LL.M.

I heard President Luis Guillermo Solís of Costa Rica speak on campus, and General David Petraeus speak at a private equity conference at a major New York City law firm. I joined a student law journal and secured an internship at the Columbia Center on Sustainable Investment. I have networked at the United Nations. Classes are challenging, Central Park is nearby. That’s my first three weeks at Columbia Law School.

Shehryar Butt ’17 LL.M., Canada, Senior Legal Counsel, Herjavec Group

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