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Brooklyn Law School

Brooklyn Law School's LL.M. program offers foreign-trained lawyers the opportunity to study United States law and to learn how U.S. lawyers approach specific types of legal issues. The program is also designed to train foreign-educated lawyers in using legal English as it is used in U.S. legal practice. Our program is designed to meet the New York Court of Appeals requirements for foreign-trained lawyers who wish to sit for the New York State bar exam and may facilitate specialized study in three subject areas: business law, intellectual property law, and refugee and immigration law. While the three specializations draw on Brooklyn Law School's academic strengths in these areas, the Law School can also accommodate tailored study plans for those students who wish to explore other areas of the law.

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Program At a Glance

Total Program Enrollment 1260
Incoming LSAT Scores (25th-75th Percentile) 158 - 164
Incoming GPA (25th-75th Percentile) 3.08 - 3.5
Bar Exam First Time Pass Rate 89.61%
Percent Employed (9 Months After Graduation) 75.7%
Tuition $50,001

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Overview

About Brooklyn Law School

Brooklyn Law School's LL.M. program offers foreign-trained lawyers the opportunity to study United States law and to learn how U.S. lawyers approach specific types of legal issues. The program is also designed to train foreign-educated lawyers in using legal English as it is used in U.S. legal practice. Our program is designed to meet the New York Court of Appeals requirements for foreign-trained lawyers who wish to sit for the New York State bar exam and may facilitate specialized study in three subject areas: business law, intellectual property law, and refugee and immigration law. While the three specializations draw on Brooklyn Law School's academic strengths in these areas, the Law School can also accommodate tailored study plans for those students who wish to explore other areas of the law.

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Located in everyone’s favorite borough, Brooklyn Law School offers students a “broad range of classes,” “four scholarly journals,” and a renowned moot court program. Additionally, BLS maintains four joint-degree programs. These provide a modicum of “flexibility” and grant students the opportunity “to pursue parallel interests and to tailor [their] legal education [to their] particular career goals.” Additionally, students are quick to highlight the “fantastic” clinic program. As one third year explains, “It gave me the opportunity to apply legal theory to the real world, and to contribute to the Brooklyn community.”When it comes to their professors, students at Brooklyn Law are quick to heap praise and accolades. As one second year gushes, “The faculty at Brooklyn Law is comprised of some of the best teachers that I have ever had. They are enthusiastic, dedicated, brilliant, and are passionate about teaching.” And a grateful third year chimes in, “Our professors our fantastic. We are extremely lucky to have some leaders in their fields.” Perhaps even more noteworthy, the faculty here makes it a point to not only “help with coursework but also [offer] career advice and placement.” As a relieved fellow third year shares, “I've had professors pull all sorts of strings for me, and I'm not even at the top of the class. I'm very appreciative of their backing and support.” Another aspect of Brooklyn Law that students appreciate is the school’s prime location. Indeed, since BLS is near both the Southern and Eastern District Courts of New York “students are able to intern at the federal courts during the school year.” Additionally, the school is also a stone’s throw from “major New York law firms” and as one grateful third year asserts, “a surprisingly large number of law firms do hire Brooklyn Law students (or at least interview them).” A fellow third year adds (and reiterates), “The location of Brooklyn is top-notch. Several schools in Manhattan compete over the Southern District of New York where Brooklyn has almost free reign over the Eastern District. District Courts, Second Circuit, Bankruptcy Courts, US Attorney, District Attorney, Kings County Courts—are ALL located within a few blocks from the school. This leads first to incredible clinical opportunities, and for many—jobs.” A pleased second year sums up, “Brooklyn Law School has a great reputation in the NYC legal market, and the school really encour­ages internships and real-world experience.” Though students enjoy their academic experience, they are less than enamored with Brooklyn’s administration. While some do acknowledge that there are “good individual administrators,” they quickly note that the “administration is too departmentalized [with] not enough communication between departments.” A less than pleased third year students complains, “The administrators seem to be more concerned with the school's ranking, alumni donations, and number of students who obtain post-graduate clerkships than the actual quality of the school.” A fellow third year is more sympathetic stating, “The administration generally seems like it is working hard for the betterment of the school community, although we had some instability due to a dean search that has recently ended.”

- The Princeton Review

Academics

Academics

Degree Programs Offered

Graduates Last Year: 478

Description: A program that prepares individuals for the independent professional practice of law, for taking state and national bar examinations, and for advanced research in jurisprudence. Includes instruction in the theory and practice of the legal system, including the statutory, administrative, and judicial components of civil and criminal law.

Job Opportunities:

Lawyers
Represent clients in criminal and civil litigation and other legal proceedings, draw up legal documents, or manage or advise clients on legal transactions. May specialize in a single area or may practice broadly in many areas of law.
Judicial Law Clerks
Assist judges in court or by conducting research or preparing legal documents.
Administrative Law Judges, Adjudicators, and Hearing Officers
Conduct hearings to recommend or make decisions on claims concerning government programs or other government-related matters. Determine liability, sanctions, or penalties, or recommend the acceptance or rejection of claims or settlements.
Arbitrators, Mediators, and Conciliators
Facilitate negotiation and conflict resolution through dialogue. Resolve conflicts outside of the court system by mutual consent of parties involved.
Judges, Magistrate Judges, and Magistrates
Arbitrate, advise, adjudicate, or administer justice in a court of law. May sentence defendant in criminal cases according to government statutes or sentencing guidelines. May determine liability of defendant in civil cases. May perform wedding ceremonies.
Law Teachers, Postsecondary
Teach courses in law. Includes both teachers primarily engaged in teaching and those who do a combination of teaching and research.

Joint Degree Programs Offered

JD/MS City and Regional Planning, JD/MBA, JD/MS Library/Information Science, JD/M Urban Planning. 4-6 Years

Specialty Law Programs

  • Civil Procedure
  • Commercial
  • Constitutional
  • Corporation Securities
  • Criminal
  • Environmental
  • Government Services
  • Human Rights
  • International
  • Labor
  • Legal History
  • Legal Philosophy
  • Property
  • Taxation
  • Intellectual Property

Faculty Information

Total Faculty 157
Full-Time Faculty 67
Deans, Librarians, and Others Who Teach 8
Part-Time Faculty 82
Faculty Gender 63% Male
36% Female
Student Teacher Ratio 15 : 1

Accreditation

Accredited by American Bar Association

Student Body

Student Body
Gender Breakdown 55% Male
45% Female
Student Diversity
Percentage
White 66%
Multi-racial 3%
International 1%
Hispanic/Latino 6%
Ethnicity Unknown 8%
Black or African American 4%
Asian 11%
American Indian or Alaska Native 0%

Finance

Finance

Sticker Price

On-Campus Off-Campus
Stated Tuition $50,001 Same as On-Campus
Housing $21,760 N/A
Books N/A N/A
Total (before financial aid) $71,761 $50,001

Financial Aid

88% Graduate students receiving financial aid (loans and grants)

$55,515 Average financial aid amount

Admissions

Admissions

Application Information

Deadline for Regular Decision:

Average Age Admitted: 24

Incoming Class

Brooklyn Law School's entering class of 2012 enrolled having these exam grades:

Exam Enrollment Type 25th - 75th Percentile
LSAT Full-Time 159 - 164
LSAT Part-Time 156 - 160
LSAT Total 158 - 164

Brooklyn Law School's entering class of 2012 enrolled having these college GPA's:

Enrollment Type 25th - 75th Percentile
Full-Time 3.1 - 3.51
Part-Time 3.08 - 3.44
Total 3.08 - 3.5

Admission Considerations

Very Important: Recommendations, Undergraduate GPA, Personal Essay

Admission Requirements

Required: Standardized Test Scores, Personal Essay, Recommendations, International Student Questionnaire, Undergraduate GPA

Optional: Work Experience, Extracurricular Activities, Interview, State Residency

Rankings

Rankings

The Princeton Review

#7 Most Liberal Students

Outcomes

Outcomes

Bar Exam Results

Percent Reporting 96%
First Time Pass Rate 90%
Avg. Pass Rate In This State 85%

Campus Recruitment

Number of Employers Recruiting on Campus 120
Second Year Recruitment Time Summer

Employment

Percent Employed (9 Months After Graduation) 76%
Average Starting Salary $61,500
Job Sector Number of Graduates Percent of Graduates
Firm Sized 2-10 75 22%
Firm Sized 11-25 8 2%
Firm Sized 26-50 17 2%
Firm Sized 51-100 9 3%
Firm Sized 101-250 10 3%
Firm Sized 251-500 8 2%
Firm Sized 501+ 24 7%
Business Industry 75 22%
Government 47 14%
Public Interest 26 8%
Federal Clerkship 10 3%
State Clerkship 15 4%
Academia 4 1%
Unknown Employer Type 4 1%
Unemployed Number of Graduates Percent of Graduates
Unemployed, Not Seeking 10 2%
Unemployed, Seeking 100 21%
Pursuing Graduate Degree 9 2%

Top Employment Locations

State Percent Employed
NJ 5%
NY 84%
International 1%

Famous Alumni

Well known alumni of Brooklyn Law School include:

  • Sheldon Silver - Speaker, NY State Assembly
  • Lonn A. Trost - Chief Operating Officerand General Counsel, NY Yankees
  • Barry Salzberg - CEO Deloitte & Touche USA LLP
  • Stephen J. Dannhauser - Chairman, Weil Gotshal & Manges LLP
  • David Dinkins - former Mayor, City of New York

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