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Boston University

Boston University was founded in 1869 and is one of the world’s leading institutions for higher education and research. BU is one of the largest independent universities in the United States with more than 30,000 students from 50 states and 40 countries. BU also boasts a large number of international students.

The University is located on the beautiful city of Boston, between the Charles River and the Back Bay district.

The law school

Boston University School of Law ("BU Law") is one of the leading law schools in the United States. BU Law professors are generally well-renowned for their legal skills and their research, writing and advisory skills in both the public and private sectors.

Boston University School of Law is generally considered to be a top-tier law school with a rich tradition of inclusion and accomplishment.

In fact, both the Princeton Review and the Leiter Report gave BU Law the highest ranking in America for "Teaching Quality." BU Law is also perennially ranked among the top 10 percent of U.S. law schools in the U.S. News and World Report rankings.

Today, BU Law is a dynamic community of students, faculty, staff and alumni united in the pursuit of excellence. The school is known for its spirit of collaboration and the opportunity to learn in a challenging and collegial atmosphere. Students are able to learn practical legal skills through a wide range of clinics and externships in addition to learning legal theory in class.

Students at BU Law also have access to all the resources a major city has to offer — federal and state courts, the Massachusetts legislature, non-government organizations, corporations, law firms of all sizes, cultural and historical offerings, major sporting events and many other civic and social opportunities.

Tuition fees

For full-time LLM programs, the tuition cost is approximately $40,000.

For the part-time LLMs, the tuition is between $3,000-4,000 per course.

More specific and highly detailed information, as well as several scholarships available to LLM students, may be viewed on the University's website.

Entry Requirements

Candidates for BU Law's LL.M. programs must generally hold a first degree in law, or its equivalent, from an accredited or comparably recognized law school or law faculty outside the United States.

Admission is highly competitive and depends to a great extent on the demonstration of outstanding ability in previous law studies. While work experience is not required, it is highly valued.

The Program

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.

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