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Boston College ("BC")

Boston College ("BC") is a private Catholic Jesuit research university located in the beautiful village of Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts in the United States, about 6 miles (10 km) west of downtown Boston.

Boston College confers more than 4,000 degrees annually in more than 50 fields of study among nine schools and colleges. Faculty members are generally committed to both teaching and research and have attained various research grant awards over the last ten years, amounting to more than $45 million in the last year alone.

The University has made a major commitment to academic excellence. It is in the process of adding faculty positions, expanding faculty and graduate research, increasing student financial aid, and widening opportunities in key undergraduate programs, such as foreign study, internships, community service, and personal formation.

Boston College has experienced tremendous growth in recent years, including a 75 percent increase in undergraduate applications over the past decade. During the same period, a remarkable increase in revenue from voluntary giving has helped to move the University's endowment to approximately $1.4 billion, among the 40 largest in the nation.

The law school

Boston College Law School is among the top few law schools in the United States in the number of applications it receives, and has an overall applicant-to-acceptance ratio that is among the most selective in the nation. Since its founding in 1929, Boston College Law School--one of the nation's premier Jesuit, Catholic legal institutions--has earned a national reputation for educational excellence and the highest standards of professionalism.

BC Law School spreads across a 40-acre campus in Newton, Massachusetts, and ranks among the nation's premier law schools.

Tuition fees

Entry Requirements

Most of BC Law's LLM students are lawyers trained in other countries, but they also welcome applications from U.S.-trained lawyers who may uniquely benefit from advanced work at the university.

The Program

Students in the program may choose from among most of the courses in the Law School’s extensive curriculum, including both introductory and more advanced courses in their particular fields of interest.

Students are required to complete at least 24 credits of work during the course of the academic year. This includes a core course, “The United States Legal System”, which is required of all foreign-trained candidates. Students also are required to produce a piece of writing of a breadth and magnitude commensurate with the school’s upper-level writing requirement for J.D. students. This can be completed in conjunction with one of the school’s regular seminar offerings, or written independently (for up to three credits) under the supervision of a faculty member. LL.M. students also are encouraged to take a “Legal Research and Writing” course designed specially for them. Otherwise, students study alongside their J.D. classmates -- an immersion experience in American legal education.

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