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|Eligibility||Applicants are eligible to apply to the LL.M. programs if they have a first degree in law from a regionally accredited college or university by the date of intended enrollment in SUNY Buffalo Law School.|
|Transcripts|| The Admissions Committee takes a broad view of law school performance. They evaluate transcripts of applicants based on courses taken, increasing levels of difficulty, and academic rigor of the course of study. The academic reputation of the institution is not weighed, as heavily as the student's academic performance. The Admissions Committee will also accept addenda to an application that explain any anomalies in the applicant's academic performance. If applicants have experienced an unexpected event that resulted in an inconsistent academic performance, they can provide a one-page explanation to the Admissions Committee.
NEED TO KNOW: Applicants with non-U.S. academic documents must have them evaluated and if necessary translated. If an application is made through LSAC, the LL.M. Credential Assembly Service (CAS) can be used. If an application is made through Gradmit, the World Education Services (WES) can be used. Upon acceptance and enrollment, students must provide official copies of all academic documentation, including transcripts and proof of degree.
|Letters of Recommendation|| Letters of recommendation help to complete the academic profile of each applicant. Applicants are encouraged to ask faculty members to write these letters. The recommendation should stress an applicant's ability to think and write critically and analyze large volumes of text as well as explain the level of responsibility the applicant held in the classroom. The Graduate Admissions Committee highly values letters from faculty members who know the applicant well.
If applicants are returning to the academic environment after some time away, letters of recommendation from employers are acceptable. They should be encouraged to stress the applicant's academic ability as much as possible.
|Personal Statement|| The Graduate Admissions Committee uses the personal statement to learn about each applicant. They are particularly interested in knowing what motivates applicants to pursue an advanced law degree. They are also interested in learning about the life experiences of prospective students in addition to their family background, academic experiences and academic accomplishments, which make them uniquely qualified to pursue an advanced degree at SUNY Buffalo Law School.
The personal statement should be an excellent example of an applicant's writing skills. It is recommended that the statement is proofread at least once prior to submission. Ideally, this statement should be tailored to SUNY Buffalo Law School. It should not be more than 2½ typewritten pages.
|Proof of Competency in English||Applicants, whose first language is not English, must demonstrate English proficiency by taking the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). TOEFL scores must be dated within two years of prospective enrollment at the law school.|
|Law School Admission Test||N/A|
Applicants must complete all questions before submitting their application. If any question is omitted, the application will be considered incomplete and consequently, delay the review of the application submitted
If an applicant answers "yes" to any of the questions related to character and fitness, an additional statement requires to be submitted to support the response. Responding in the affirmative to the character and fitness questions does not disqualify prospective students from admission. The Graduate Admissions Committee considers the seriousness of the event, how recently it occurred, whether someone was harmed, and whether this was an isolated incident or a pattern of behavior.
|Nature and Tenure of Courses Offered||One year degree program|
|Application Procedure/Time to apply/Application deadline||The deadline for submitting all supporting material is1 April.|
|LL.M. Degree Requirements||Applicants should have a first degree in law from a regionally accredited college or university by the date of intended enrollment in SUNY Buffalo Law School. Applicants whose first language is not English must demonstrate English proficiency by taking the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). TOEFL scores must be dated within two years of prospective enrollment at SUNY Buffalo Law School.|
|General LL.M.||Applicants possessing a J.D. degree or an equivalent foreign law degree (LL.B.) are eligible to get enrolled in the General LL.M. Program.|
|Criminal Law LL.M.||Applicants possessing a J.D. degree or an equivalent foreign law degree are eligible to get enrolled in the LL.M. Program in Criminal Law.|
|Student Activity Fee||$160|
|Academic Excellence Fee||$150|
|Total for New York State Residents||$44,555|
|Additional Cost for non-New York State Residents||+$16,070|