There are approximately 250 LL.M. students at BU Law from numerous countries worldwide. BU Law offers
five LL.M. programs for both foreign-trained and domestic lawyers.
(1) LL.M. in American Law (for foreign-trained lawyers)
BU Law offers an LL.M. in American Law as a one-year, full-time graduate law program. This program is designed to introduce American law concepts to those trained outside the United States. LL.M. in American Law students are fully integrated into the
school’s J.D. classes and select topics from
over 150 courses available at BU Law, including intellectual property and corporate law, contracts, civil procedure and constitutional law. Students are also allowed to pursue specialized “concentrations” in the areas of International Business Practice and Intellectual Property.
(2) LL.M. in Banking and Financial Law
BU Law’s Morin Center for Banking and Financial Law offers an LL.M. in Banking and Financial Law program, the first and only one of its kind in America. This program prepares U.S. and international lawyers for leadership positions in the financial markets. The program’s faculty consists of industry practitioners with broad industry experience. Students may attend on either a full- or part-time basis.
(3) LL.M. in Intellectual Property Law
BU Law's LL.M. in Intellectual Property Law program enables students to study the core topics of copyright,
patents, trademark and unfair competition and also explore specialized topics through an expansive range of "electives" (in such recent fields as Internet and biotechnology law). In a year of full-time study, students also complete a faculty-supervised analytical research paper on an intellectual property law topic.
(4) LL.M. in Taxation
BU Law's LL.M. in Taxation program is designed for U.S. and international lawyers specializing in tax law. The program is consistently ranked by U.S. News and World Report as one of the top tax schools in the
country. The broad curriculum allows students either to undertake a diverse tax program or to concentrate in a subspecialty area such as business organizations and transactions; personal, family, and estate tax; or international tax. Students may attend on either a full- or part-time basis.
(5) Executive LL.M. in International Business Law
BU Law recently introduce its Executive LL.M. in International Business Law -- a 20-credit distance learning program which provides fundamental exposure to the core topics of international business practice. The program is designed to accommodate the careers of international lawyers whose work commitments make it difficult to attend a traditional, full-time nine-month residency program in the United States. The program can be completed in three, two-week residency sessions in Boston, with the remainder of the program online in your home country. The program confers the same internationally recognized LL.M. degree as the one granted to BU Law’s full-time LL.M. students.