Boston University LLM

Boston University LLM Programs

Boston University LLM Programs

Boston University School of Law offers two Master of Laws (LLM) programs specifically to internationally trained lawyers and has three LLM programs available to U.S.- and foreign-trained lawyers.

Boston University LLM in American Law

This program offers a basic overview in American law and the U.S. legal system. Students in this program also have the opportunity to be integrated into Boston University’s JD courses. The program requires the use of polished legal English and requires regular communication in English both in writing and conversation. The program was created to help foreign attorneys practice on a global scale, so that they can become familiar with the technicalities of U.S. law which often become relevant in global cross-border transactions. Foreign-trained students in the American Law LLM Program can choose to transfer to the JD program during the spring semester of their LLM course of study. Students who transfer can receive up to LLM 30 credits towards their JD degree, and may be able to complete the degree in 2 years. Taking the LSAT is required for transfer entrance into the JD program.

Degree Requirements

The completion of a minimum of 24 credit hours with a total weighted average of 2.30, or C+, is required to graduate. With the exception of the required Introduction to American Law course, the Legal Research and Writing Seminar (which in some circumstances may be waived), and the graduate colloquium Topics in American Law, students are free to tailor their course of study to their particular interests. Students have a wide range of JD courses to choose from, from basic offerings in torts, contracts, and constitutional law to upper-level courses such as Critical Race Theory and US Mutual Fund Regulation. Within the Boston University American Law program, LLM students can choose to concentrate in one of three areas: Intellectual Property, International Business, and Tax.

Contact Information

Office of Graduate and International Programs
Boston University School of Law
765 Commonwealth Avenue, Room 1534
Boston, MA 02215
Tel: 617.353.5323
Fax: 617.358.2720
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Boston University Executive LLM in International Business Law

The Boston University Executive LLM program is a 20-credit blended learning program that covers core topics in international business legal practice. The program can be completed in one year or spread out for up to four years via the use of Internet-based learning and two-week residential on-campus modules in Boston or Budapest, allowing students to continue to work and maintain their personal lives abroad.

Degree Requirements

The Boston University Executive LLM degree requires the completion of 20 credits, comprised of 6 three-credit courses and two colloquia. The courses U.S. Contract Law for the International Lawyer, U.S. Corporate Law for the International Lawyer, and International Business Transactions and Agreements are required; however, the first two may be waived with permission. During the residency, students also take a Current Issues in U.S. Business Law Colloquial. For electives, students can choose courses such as International Arbitration, U.S. and Trans-Border Securities Regulation, and Corporate Finance with U.S. and International Reporting.

Boston University LLM Online International Tax Concentration

The Executive LL.M. program in International Business Law offers two optional, entirely-online concentrations: the International Taxation Concentration; and the International Environmental and Energy Law Concentration. These concentrations provide the opportunity for Executive LL.M. students to specialize in these two important subject matter fields. The online component of the Program allows students to do only two, in place of three, residencies to complete the Executive LLM degree. The concentration in International Taxation requires at least 10 credits in the Graduate Tax program, including the following courses: Corporate Tax, International Tax, Federal Income Tax, and Transfer Pricing, which are applied to the Executive LLM degree. Courses are all offered completely online and must be taken on top of the 14 courses required for the Executive LLM degree.

Contact Information

Executive LL.M. in International Business Law
Boston University School of Law
765 Commonwealth Avenue, Room 1440
Boston, MA 02215

Phone: (617) 358-6162
Fax: (617) 358-6264
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The three programs available to both U.S.- and foreign-trained attorneys are:

Boston University LLM in Banking and Financial Law

The Boston University LLM Banking program is the oldest program of its kind, created in 1984, and the only financial services program in the country with its own specially designed curriculum and faculty. The program is designed for students interested in the field of financial services law and is ideal for attorneys currently working in that area or those who would like to transition into financial services. The program can be taken either full-time or part-time.

Degree Requirements

Boston University Banking LLM students can study economics, accounting, banking law, insurance law, and securities law. Twelve courses are required for completion of the Banking LLM degree. Aside from the required Banking Structure and Regulation course, students have freedom to choose their own courses. The program offers more than 20 courses in three major areas: business-oriented, regulatory, and transactional. With permission, students can also take a maximum of two relevant courses from the JD program, the Graduate Tax Program, or the School of Management.

Within the Boston University Banking LLM program, students can choose to concentrate in one of six areas:

  • American Banking and Financial Law
  • Financial Services Transactions
  • Lending and Credit Transactions
  • Securities Transactions
  • International Banking and Financial Law
  • Compliance Management

Students who wish to take the New York Bar Examination must take the following sequence of courses in order to qualify:

  • Introduction to the American Legal System
  • Legal Research and Writing
  • Business Law: the Uniform Commercial Code
  • Corporations
  • Professional Responsibility
  • Six electives in the Banking and Financial Law Program

Contact Information

Graduate Program in Banking and Financial Law
Boston University School of Law

765 Commonwealth Avenue, Room 1524
Boston, Massachusetts 02215

Phone: 617.353.3023
Toll free (in U.S.): 888.285.7003
Fax: 617.353.2444
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Boston University LLM in Intellectual Property

The Boston University LLM in Intellectual Property program allows students to pursue focused study in the exciting field of intellectual property law in Boston, a hub for high-tech companies in industries including biotechnology, software, hardware, and medical devices.

Degree Requirements

The Boston University LLM in Intellectual Property program requires 24 credits with a final average above 2.30, or C+, in order to graduate. Introduction to American Law and Legal Research and Writing Seminar (which may be waived with permission) are required for foreign law graduates, in addition to three of four core courses in the Intellectual Property Program: Intellectual Property, Patents and Trademark, Copyright, and Unfair Competition. The remaining electives of the 24 credits may be chosen from the JD curriculum. Students can choose from courses like Art Law, Food and Drug Law, IP & the Internet, Law & Sports, Entertainment Law, and Biomedical Innovation.

Contact Information

LL.M. in Intellectual Property Law Program
Boston University School of Law
Office of Graduate and International Programs
765 Commonwealth Avenue, Room 1534
Boston, MA 02215
Tel: (617) 353-5324
Fax: (617) 358-2720
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Boston University LLM in Taxation

The Boston University Tax LLM program offers students a balanced approach in both tax law theory and practical application. The program, founded in 1959, was one of the first graduate law programs devoted to tax in the U.S. Students are able to complete the program on either a full-time or part-time basis. The program’s accomplished faculty can impart real-world experience to students, as they have been employed at corporations, accounting firms, law firms, and government agencies such as the Internal Revenue Service. Graduates of the Tax LLM program have gone on to become employed as in-house counsel, tax associates, government officials, and international legal advisors.

Boston University Tax LLM Online

The Boston University Tax LLM program also offers an Online degree program, through which students can take the same courses from the same instructors as those who physically attend the university. The program can be taken at a student’s convenience; students can choose to begin the program in fall, spring, or summer annd complete the course of study in anywhere between four part-time sessions to four years.

Degree Requirements

The Boston University Tax LLM degree requires the completion of five mandatory courses and comes with the ability to choose between 30 electives for seven additional courses. A total of 12 courses, or 24 credits, with an overall minimum 3.0 average and no more than one D grade, is required to graduate.

Within the Boston University Tax LLM program, students can choose to tailor their course of study to concentrate in one of the following:

  • International Taxation
  • Estate Planning
  • Financial Services
  • General Business Taxation

Contact Information

Boston University School of Law
Graduate Tax Program
765 Commonwealth Avenue, Suite 1670
Boston, MA 02215
Telephone: (617) 353-3105
Fax: (617) 353-2368
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Boston University LLM Admissions

At Boston University each program has its own specific admissions guidelines and deadlines. View a list of application deadlines. The requirements also vary between U.S.-trained and internationally trained attorneys. General application requirements are as follows:

  • Completed application form online either through BU Online Application or LSAC, or by mail
  • Nonrefundable application fee via credit card for online applications or check or money order through a U.S. bank (payable to Boston University)
  • Official sealed transcripts and certifications from all attended universities
  • Curriculum Vitae (CV)
  • Personal statement of interest
  • Two (2) letters of recommendation, one from a former law school professor and the other from a professor, employer, or school administrator
  • Proof of English proficiency (TOEFL score minimum of 600 paper-based, 250 computer-based, or 100 online-based with minimums of 25 in each section, IELTS minimum of 7.0, ILEC minimum of B2)*
  • International Student Data Form

*Students who fall short in English proficiency can opt to enroll in BU’s Extended LLM Program, a three-semester course of study. During the first semester of the Extended LLM Program, students take intensive English language courses at the Center for English Language and Orientation Programs (CELOP) and introductory law courses prior to beginning the regular two-term LLM program.

The Boston University School of Law also recently teamed up with the BU’s Center for English Language and Orientation Programs (CELOP) to roll out a Two Year LLM/Legal English Certificate Program (LECP). The program is residential, full-time, 25 credits, and can be taken as a one-year Certificate-only, or as the Two-Year LLM track in preparation for enrollment in one of BU’s LLM programs. The program involves instruction in legal English, as well as American legal vocabulary, legal culture, concepts, and law school skills and studies.

Admissions decisions are made on a rolling basis, so students are encouraged to apply early for their desired programs. All applicants are encouraged to submit their applications via LSAC, although Boston University also allows applications to be submitted by mail. Candidates may apply to more than one program, but must contact the admissions department before applying. Highly qualified applicants are likely to be contacted for phone interviews to be conducted with the admissions office.

The Boston University LLM admissions office can be contacted at:

Boston University School of Law
LL.M. Admissions Office
765 Commonwealth Avenue, Suite 1534
Boston, MA 02215
Phone 617.353.5323
Fax 617.358.2720
Email the LL.M. Admissions Office:

Boston University LLM Tuition

To learn more about Boston University LLM tuition, visit the school website.

Boston University LLM Financial Aid

A number of financial aid options are available to Boston University LLM students. Boston University LLM scholarships include the LLM Scholars Program, which all incoming applicants are considered and selected on the basis of academic achievement for, and the Frederic G. Corneel Scholarship, which is awarded to Tax LLM students on the bases of both merit and financial need and requires a separate application. For more information on LLM scholarships, visit our Scholarships for LLM Students page. Students can also seek part-time employment and apply for federal loans, grants, and outside scholarships to help defray the cost of tuition.

Boston University LLM Employment

Boston University LLM students have had no problem finding jobs in both the private and public sectors in the U.S. and internationally. Employers of Boston University LLM students include:

  • World Bank in Washington, DC
  • Internal Revenue Service in Washington, DC
  • Federal Reserve Bank of Boston
  • “Big 4″ accounting firms including PriceWaterhouseCoopers and Ernst & Young in cities such as Boston, Atlanta, Miami, Houston, New York, and Washington, DC
  • Large international corporate law firms, including Allen & Overy, Linklaters, Baker & McKenzie, Clifford Chance, Bingham McCutchen, Hogan & Hartson, Chadbourne & Parke, Curtis, Mallet-Prevost, Colt & Mosle LLP, and DLA Piper in locations such as London, Brussels, Madrid, Milan, Zurich, Hong Kong, New York, Boston, and Washington, DC
  • United Technologies Corporation in Hartford, Connecticut

Boston University LLM students can also take advantage of a professional development advisor employed by the Office of Graduate and International Programs specifically for them, an online job database, the BU Law Career Development and Public Service Office career resources library, resume collections, recruiting events both on-campus and off-, such as the yearly DC Tax Attorney Recruiting Event and New York International Students Interview Program, and special workshops, panels, and clinics on topics such as job searching, networking, and interviewing.

The Boston University LLM Program also runs a unique Career Discovery Program, in which students can visit the workplaces of BU alumni, where they will be given office tours and the opportunity to ask questions and gain guidance on their own career paths. Past visits have included government agencies such as the John Joseph Moakley United States Courthouse, courthouses, law firms such as Holland & Knight and Brown Rudnick, and private companies.

Boston University LLM Housing

LLM students live off-campus in studio apartments or one-bedrooms close to campus. Boston University provides several resources to help students procure housing, including the Office of Rental Property Management, which provides housing specifically for Boston University graduate students and leases independent apartments, Boston University Off-Campus Services, which has listings of apartments and sublets in the Boston area, and information on neighborhoods in the area and rental estimates.