Boston College Law School

Boston College Law School


Boston College Law School places unmatched emphasis on teachers as mentors, building community, pursuing justice, global engagement, and experiential learning.  Working together with you, we can deepen our understanding of law, social justice, and public service and collectively increase their prominence on the world stage.


Boston College Law School

Since our founding in 1929, Boston College Law School has earned an international reputation for educational excellence and the highest standards of professionalism.  Our school is among the top few law schools in the U.S. in the number of applications it receives and has an overall applicant-to-acceptance ratio that is among the most selective in the nation.


Boston College Law School places unmatched emphasis on teachers as mentors, building community, pursuing justice, global engagement, and experiential learning.  Working together with you, we can deepen our understanding of law, social justice, and public service and collectively increase their prominence on the world stage.

Boston College Law School’s LL.M.

Our program’s possibilities are as diverse as the students we attract.  LL.M. students choose from Boston College Law School’s extensive curriculum, including both introductory and advanced courses.  The range of options is enormous.  Students are free to pursue particular subject area tracks, such as our concentrations  in business and commercial law, environmental rights, human rights, intellectual property, and taxation.  Alternatively, students can pursue our LL.M. generally and sample from a variety of areas of law.


LL.M. students are required to complete at least 24 credits of work in residence during a single academic year. All foreign-trained candidates are required to complete an integral core course, “The United States Legal System.”  Students also are required to fulfill a writing requirement.  All foreign-trained candidates are encouraged to take a “Legal Research and Writing” course designed specifically for them.  Students also can produce a piece of writing of a breadth and magnitude commensurate with our school’s upper-level writing requirement for J.D. students. This can be completed in one of our school’s regular seminars or written independently under faculty supervision. Otherwise, students study alongside their J.D. classmates and therefore can experience a true immersion experience in American legal education.  LL.M. students also have the ability to participate in internships and externships as well as complete pro bono work.

Student community

The LL.M. Community

LL.M. student life starts with the vibrant LL.M. student community.  The selectiveness of our program ensures that each student gets the necessary support unique to each student’s needs.  We also work hard to help our LL.M. students engage each other from the moment they arrive on campus in mid-August.  Events include a week-long orientation program at the beginning of the school year to a range of social events, symposia, court visits, and other outings throughout the year.  By the end of the year, our LL.M. students have become friends for life.

Boston College Law School Community

Our LL.M. program also integrates LL.M. students into the Boston College Law School Community.  LL.M. students and J.D. students have a common law school experience and view each other as colleagues. Each LL.M. student is paired with one or two J.D. student "buddies."  The student buddies introduce LL.M. students to life as a U.S. law school student.

Boston College Law School enjoys a vibrant community of students, faculty, and visitors interested in international matters in particular. This includes several internationally oriented students organizations within Boston College Law School, and the Graduate International Student Association affiliated with the University's Office of International Students and Scholars. To enhance the experience, we offer an International Legal Studies Colloquium, a periodic gathering of students, faculty, and others for the discussion of ongoing work in the field.

Entry Requirements

Eligibility requirements

Applicants must have either (a) graduated from a U.S. law school that is approved by the American Bar Association, (b) obtained a full degree in law from a non-U.S. university or (c) be admitted to practice law in a country other than the U.S.  Apart from this, we seek applicants from a variety of backgrounds and with a variety of legal and career interests.  We are most interested in applicants from other countries who have completed their prior legal studies with high rank and who intend to return to their home countries to contribute to the legal profession. We also welcome applications from experienced U.S. lawyers who may uniquely benefit from advanced work here.

English Language Skills

Boston College Law School course work and related academic activities require written and spoken fluency in English. Students must be able to express themselves in both spoken and written English and must read the language with ease.  Consequently, you must submit evidence of your English language ability unless either (a) English is your native language, or (b) English was the language of instruction for your entire legal education. We accept the following tests as evidence of your English ability:

Both examinations are administered worldwide.

Boston College life

LL.M. students' lives are enriched by the life of Boston College as a whole. Opportunities include the plays and concerts performed in the Robsham Theatre on the main campus; Saturday afternoon football games before a roaring home crowd in Alumni Stadium; exhibitions of world-renowned paintings and sculptures in the McMullen Museum of Art; and the dozens of other cultural, educational, and sporting events that take place in every part of the campus each week.

A variety of the University's clubs and groups welcome graduate students, and the Campus Recreation (BC Rec) host a wide variety of recreational programs, including fitness, aquatics, outdoor adventures, intramurals, club sports, tennis, dance, and youth programs. Campus Recreation memberships include access to both the Flynn Recreation Complex and the Quonset Hut, a satellite facility located on the Newton Campus.

Application Procedure

Application Components

The complete application will include:

• Application Form (electronic or paper; see below)
• Resume or C.V.
• Statement of Purpose
• Three signed letters of recommendation
• Official transcripts with a certified English translation from all of your colleges, universities and graduate and professional schools
• Official TOEFL or IELTS score report
• $75 Application Fee


The application deadline is April 30, 2016. We will begin making admissions decisions in January 2016, so we strongly encourage you to submit your application well before the stated deadline.

Tuitions and Fees

The estimated cost of study for a single student during the 2015-16 academic year is $68,430. This figure consists of tuition and fees of $50,370 and estimated living expenses of $18,060. It does not include the expenses of travel between the student’s home country and the Boston area. The comparable figures for the 2016-17 academic year are likely to be higher.

Applicants requiring financial assistance should investigate funding sources in their home countries well in advance. Examples of such sources include employers, government agencies and foundations.

Boston College Law School has a very limited amount of financial aid available to LL.M. students.  You may submit your completed financial aid application either with your application for admission or after you receive an offer of admission.  We review your application for admission without regard to your financial situation.  Submitting a scholarship application will have no effect on whether or not we offer you admission to our LL.M. program.  For further information, please feel free to contact the Office of Graduate Legal Education by e-mail at or by telephone at (617) 552-1002.

Our LL.M. Program's Central Philosophy

International perspectives

Boston College Law School’s LL.M. program is a centerpiece of our commitment to promote justice internationally.


Our LL.M. program immerses students in the knowledge and culture of the U.S. legal system and helps prepare them for the challenges of work in an increasingly global legal community.  Today’s world requires every lawyer to ask “what are the international issues?”  International perspectives must be an integral part of each student’s experiences as a whole.  Boston College Law School’s LL.M. is directed to lawyers and law graduates trained in other countries and experienced U.S. lawyers who may uniquely benefit from advanced work here.

Our values

Our LL.M. program offers a superb legal education within a great Jesuit university.  It offers a framework of professional and personal values that will help you succeed not just in practice, but in life.  A LL.M. from Boston College Law School exposes you to renowned world-class professors of unmatched accessibility. We even match each LL.M. student with a faculty mentor who works in that student's areas of interest.  Our LL.M. also gives you membership to a carefully selected student body who is the next generation of global leaders in legal practice, government, NGOs, the judiciary, law teaching, and private industry.


But our LL.M. program is not just about our professors teaching you important skills.  It is also about you teaching us.  Your participation in the classroom inspires us to think about the impact of law more globally.  It prepares us for a world in which the laws of other countries permeate local decision-making to an unprecedented degree.  Your friendship enriches our lives outside the classroom, just as we hope our friendship will enrich yours.


Boston College Law School is only eight miles from downtown Boston and offers fast access to the city by car or public transit. The Boston legal community is wide and varied, a center for federal and state courts, law firms, government agencies and other legal institutions.  Boston is both the first city of New England and a premier center of education in the U.S. The city’s large student population has a noticeable influence on its atmosphere and activities as well as adds to Boston’s diversity. As a result, area campuses and community organizations offer various programs and events appealing to a wide range of interests and cultures.

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