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Discover Cornell Law


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Discover Cornell Law


Spend your LL.M. year at an Ivy League law school renowned for international and comparative law. Cornell is a place where you can engage with professors and peers, experience campus life, and explore the Finger Lakes region of New York.

Learn more about what Cornell Law can offer you.

 


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Why Cornell Law?

4.9 to 1 student-to-faculty ratio, one of the lowest for U.S. law schools

Connect with a close-knit student body and world-class scholars.

21,000+ students attend Cornell University

Experience a traditional American university campus.

Watkins Glen State Park

Located in picturesque central New York State, Ithaca is a true college town.


Johnatan Maranhao, LL.M. ’19
Cornell Law suited me perfectly, not only because it allowed me to link my ideological and professional pursuits, but also because it provided me with extremely important social and living experiences that only a campus life could offer.
— Johnatan Maranhao, LL.M. ’19
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A Close Knit Community


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A Close Knit Community



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When you become a student at Cornell Law,
you join a close-knit collegial community of learners.

Small Classes, Large Offerings

 Our small student body means you can interact with your classmates in a supportive and friendly environment. And, in spite of our small size, we offer an impressively wide-ranging curriculum.


Current Course Offerings

Dedicated Teachers, Engaged Scholars

 In addition to being prolific scholars, our professors are committed to the classroom. With a low student-faculty ratio, you'll have more opportunities to interact with and get to know your professors than at most top law schools. 

Meet the Faculty

Real Connections, Robust Experience

Connect with classmates outside of the classroom through moot court or mock trial competitions, the Cornell International Law Journal, BRIGGS Society of International Law, or other student organizations.
 

Student Organizations
 

 
170+ law courses offered at Cornell Law School
100+ LL.M. students
600 J.D. students
 
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A Traditional Campus


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A Traditional Campus



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Experience true American university culture.

A Large University

 As a General LL.M. student at Cornell Law School, you will become part of the broader Cornell University community, the youngest Ivy League school.

International Flavor

 Nearly half of Cornell’s graduate students come from outside the United States. Make the most of your time here in the classroom and across campus—explore the Johnson Museum of Art, attend an ice hockey game, listen to the band during Slope Day, and visit the botanical garden.

Outdoor Adventures

Take advantage of our outdoor opportunities and learn to sail on Cayuga Lake, rock climb on the Lindseth Climbing Wall, or ski at Greek Peak.


Cornell Law helped me personally and professionally all while preparing me for what is next.
— Lydia Song, LL.M. ’19
Lydia Song, LL.M. ’19
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A Vibrant College Town


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A Vibrant College Town



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Ithaca is a True College town.

Living 

Ithaca is known for having a high overall quality of life with a variety of housing options and a thriving music and arts community. 

Dining

The Finger Lakes region prides itself on its farm-to-table dining options with many local chefs and farmers working together in sustainable (and delicious) ways. The area is home to over 100 vineyards and dozens of craft breweries.

 

Nature

Cornell University overlooks Cayuga Lake and there are numerous waterfalls within walking distance of the Law School. You can take a break by hiking trails along the gorges, biking on woodland paths, or picnicking in the area’s many parks.

 


Kelly Pedro, LL.M. ’19
My experience at Cornell Law broadened my perspective about what I could do as a corporate lawyer and my role as a professional and a citizen.
— Kelly Pedro, LL.M. ’19
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Expand Your Options


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Expand Your Options



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Cornell is committed to teaching broad analytical thinking,
encouraging students to look at issues from all sides.

A Global Network
In addition to Cornell Law’s distinguished faculty and rigorous curriculum, students benefit from access to and mentorship from the school’s extensive and highly accomplished alumni network. When you enroll at Cornell Law you will join more than a student body. You will become part of a vibrant alumni network that stretches across the globe into every field of legal practice.

Career Guidance
Working with a dedicated career advisor you will get support in designing an individual job search strategy. One-on-one counseling appointments can assist you with researching job opportunities, finding externships, networking with alumni, building résumés and cover letters, and developing interview skills.

Fellowships
General LL.M. students can apply for the following Cornell fellowships if available during your academic year:

Berger International and Comparative Legal Studies Summer Fellowships

The Furman Family Fellowship

Clerkship in the Conseil d’Etat


I was able to form meaningful bonds with extraordinary professors who offered constant support on my individual journey at Cornell Law.
— Julian Wejlupek, LL.M. ’19
Julian Wejlupek, LL.M. ’19
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Apply Now


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Contact Information

Graduate Legal Studies Admissions

+1-607-255-5185
glsadmissions@cornell.edu