Boston University Law School (BU Law)

Boston University Law School (BU Law)


Boston University School of Law is a top-tier law school that offers a wide-ranging curriculum taught by professors recognized nationally as exceptional teachers and preeminent scholars. 

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The Boston University School of Law learning experience is characterized by excellence in teaching and a superior learning environment in which faculty guide, inspire, and challenge. BU Law professors are nationally acclaimed for their legal experience and distinguished scholarship. Their knowledge and insights are sought out by all manner of law-related organizations, in both the public and private sectors. 

BU Law’s excellence is recognized far and wide:  our school is ranked #2 in the nation for 'Best Professors' and #5 for “Best Classroom Experience” by The Princeton Review.  Over the last 10 years, the School has maintained an overall ranking in the top 15% of all U.S. law schools, according to U.S. News and World Report.  Perhaps most importantly, employers throughout the world recognize that a BU LL.M. degree stands for intellectual rigor, superior instruction, real-world preparation, and professional achievement.

Graduates of BU Law find rewarding legal careers at top law firms; in public interest organizations; at all levels of the judiciary and local, state and national government;  in emerging ventures; in academia; and with some of the largest corporations in the world. Many alumni serve as mentors to current students and provide a strong network across the United States and abroad.

Graduate Studies Overview

BU Law offers five post-graduate degrees in a variety of legal fields that can be pursued on-campus and online in both full-time and part-time formats.

LL.M. Admissions

BU Law is proud to offer some of the most highly regarded graduate programs in the nation. We hope you have discovered the unique attributes of our programs in American Law (for non-U.S. lawyers)Banking and Financial Law, Intellectual Property, International Business Law, and Taxation-- through this Web site.  Candidates who wish to apply to more than one program should contact the admissions office at before applying.

Application Instructions

Applicants to the LL.M. in American Law Program, the Graduate Program in Banking and Financial Law, the LL.M. in Intellectual Property Law Program, the Executive LL.M. in International Business Law Program, the Graduate Tax Program or our Two-Year LL.M. Program must apply via the Law School Admissions Council (LSAC) online application form.

Extracurricular activities

Academic Events

Faculty "brown bag lunches" feature guest speakers who discuss cutting-edge legal topics like stem cell research in Jewish Law, issues surrounding gay marriage, and the politics of national security in an age of novel threats. Graduate student activities include a Law and Economics Seminar, LL.M. Discovery Series and the LL.M. Colloquium: Topics in American Law.

Community Service

We work with students to foster a commitment to public and professional service. Part of first-year J.D. orientation is a voluntary community service day, where new students can sign up to join current students in projects like Habitat for Humani

Work Hard, Play Hard

Opportunities for BU Law students include first-year section parties, Student Appreciation Days, holiday parties, law prom, pot-luck dinners, ski trips, social hours and an annual auction to raise funds for grants for summer public interest jobs.

LSAC Credential Assembly Service and International Transcript Authentication and Evaluation Service

Applicants planning to use the LSAC electronic application must use the LSAC Credential Assembly Service. Applicants using the Boston University online application may also elect to use the LSAC Credential Assembly Service, which is currently available for all Boston University LL.M. programs. Applicants who do not use the LSAC Credential Assembly Service must submit items by mail directly to the LL.M. Admissions Office.

Internationally-educated students are strongly encouraged to register for LSAC's International Transcript Authentication and Evaluation Service.  For an additional fee of $125, LSAC will authenticate and evaluate your transcripts and distribute them to the schools to which you wish to apply.

Campus and City Life

Our slice of Boston is a mosaic like no other: a swirl of languages, faces and religions, over 500 student clubsshows and lectures, a state-of-the-art fitness center, a slew of pubs and restaurants, and the thrills and spills of Terrier hockey. Oh, and don’t forget the tailgate parties. Our world, yours for the taking.

Boston University School of Law: an Overview

Dean Maureen A. O'Rourke discusses Boston University School of Law's commitment to excellence in teaching, the student body's entrepreneurial spirit, and the campus' ideal location within the city of Boston.

The LL.M. American Law Program (for Non-U.S. Lawyers)

The LL.M. in American Law Program is specifically designed to prepare foreign lawyers for the challenge of global practice. 

In this program, students are fully-integrated into BU Law's J.D. classes, where they sit side-by-side with American students being trained in the tradition of U.S. legal education.  This means you will not only learn the substance of U.S. doctrine in virtually any area of interest -- intellectual property, international business transactions, mergers and acquisitions, alternative dispute resolution, to name only a few -- but you will learn something equally as important: how U.S. lawyers are trained to analyze legal questions and advocate on their clients' behalf.  By the end of the year, we expect you will have developed skills to make you a more effective global practitioner. 

You will have gained unique insight into the "mind set" of U.S. lawyers and others trained in the common law. You will have the necessary perspective to work across borders, and transact with lawyers from diverse traditions and backgrounds.

In that sense, our American Law Program is anything but American. It's truly global.

Graduate Program in Banking and Financial Law

The Graduate Program in Banking and Financial Law is the oldest LL.M. program of its kind in the United States. Since graduating its first class in 1985, the banking program has trained more than 2,000 lawyers for leadership positions in both domestic and foreign banking and financial services industries. Our graduates hold influential positions in government, law firms, corporations, financial institutions, and multilateral and non-governmental organizations throughout the world.


The Graduate Program in Banking and Financial Law is challenging and is designed specifically for students who wish to obtain a graduate-level legal education in the field of financial services law. Ideal candidates are financial services lawyers who bring their expertise to the classroom and who want to improve their skills in today's rapidly changing world of financial services law. The program, which may be completed on a full- or part-time basis, is also appropriate for attorneys seeking to begin a new career after spending the first part of their professional lives in another legal field. Students receive a practical education in financial services law, enabling them to contribute effectively in a professional setting.

Domestic and international students are welcome and may attend the Graduate Program on a full- or part-time basis (most international students will be required to enroll on a full-time basis). Students may apply for admission to either the fall (September) or spring (January) semester. International lawyers may qualify for a US bar examination through the Graduate Program. All students benefit from the rich menu of activities that are taking place at the Graduate Program. Students are encouraged to apply to become part of the staff of the Review of Banking & Financial Law, a student-run journal celebrating its 30th year of continuous publication.

Tuition and Fees

The student budget, or cost of attendance, is an estimation of the total cost of attending the School of Law during the nine-month academic year, including living and personal expenses. The total budget is also the maximum amount of financial aid students may receive, including university scholarships, student loans, resident assistantships, work-study, and any aid from other outside sources.

2014-2015 Student Budget – Full-Time LL.M. students



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2014-2015 Tuition and Fees - Graduate Tax Program: Online Option

Tuition – Graduate Tax Program (per 2 credit course) ($1,921 per credit)   $3,842

LL.M. in Intellectual Property Law Program

As an Intellectual Property Law LL.M. student, you will pursue a range of IP and IP-related classes offered through the School's J.D. curriculum. That means you will have access to some of the most preeminent law scholars in the nation. Included among our intellectual property faculty are a number of prominent practitioners engaged in cutting-edge work at Boston's top intellectual property boutiques and biotechnology companies.

The program's limited size ensures that each Intellectual Property Law LL.M. student receives the dedicated support of a faculty advisor and full-time associate director for professional development, in addition to the undivided attention of the program director, who is available to counsel on all academic planning and adjustment issues.

BU Law has been ranked one of the top intellectual property law schools, ranking 10th among American law schools for intellectual property law studies, according to U.S. News and World Report (2015 edition).

Application Deadlines


LL.M. in American Law

Fall 2015 Semester

April 15, 2015

Graduate Program in Banking and Financial Law

Fall 2015 Semester - International Applicants

April 15, 2015

Fall 2015 Semester - Domestic Applicants

July 31, 2015


LL.M. in Intellectual Property Law

Fall 2015 Semester

April 15, 2015


Executive LL.M. in International Business Law

Summer 2015 Sessions

April 15, 2015

Fall 2015 Session

June 30, 2015

Graduate Tax Program

Summer 2015 Semester - Online Option Only

April 15, 2015

Fall 2015 Semester - International Applicants

April 15, 2015

Fall 2015 Semester - Online Program Option

July 15, 2015

Fall 2015 Semester - Domestic Applicants

July 31, 2015

Applications received after these dates are reviewed on a space available basis.

The Graduate Tax Program (LL.M. in Taxation)

BU Law’s Graduate Tax Program (GTP), established in 1959 as one of the nation’s first graduate tax programs, stands as one of the best.  It currently ranks second in the nation, according to the National Law Journal.  We are #5 in tax studies among US law schools, according to U.S. News & World Report.  And for three consecutive years, we’ve been ranked among the country’s top five LL.M. in Taxation programs in the annual TaxTalent survey of corporate tax department heads.  Employers value the BU Law LL.M. credential because it signals rigorous training and superior preparation.  Simply put, we equip students with the practical skills required for immediate success in the field of taxation, whether they earn the degree through residential studies in Boston, online from home, or through a combination of both formats.  Our graduates—over 3,000 strong—consistently tell us that their BU LL.M. degree has been an essential ingredient to their professional success. 

Our classes are scheduled only during the late afternoon and evening hours in order to facilitate participation by working lawyers. The Program's student body is comprised of recent law school graduates as well as seasoned attorneys from both the public and private sectors, many of them from the nation's leading law and tax consulting firms. Our graduates are engaged in private practice at law and accounting firms, but several work for government agencies and corporate law departments.

Online Option

The LL.M. in Taxation is now offered through a 24-credit online program option, which provides the same course of study as the traditional Graduate Tax Program. This online option, which leads to the BU Law LL.M. in Taxation, is ideal for domestic and internationally trained tax lawyers whose jobs preclude them from attending our traditional on-site program option in Boston.

Executive LL.M. in International Business Law

Our Executive LL.M. in International Business Law Program brings together a global network of accomplished professionals from a broad range of legal practices, industries and businesses.  The program’s unique blended learning format combines two-week residency sessions in Boston and/or Budapest with online instruction, offering a level of flexibility that’s ideal for busy practitioners who seek advanced expertise but cannot attend a traditional nine-month residential program.  You’ll learn the key doctrines of international business practice from the US perspective—taught by members of BU Law’s regular teaching faculty—whiel you expand your international connections. BU Law’s Executive LL.M. Program offers an uncompromising executive experience:  world-class training for cross-border work, delivered conveniently and flexibly by one of the top-ranked teaching faculties in America. 

Highlights of our program include:

Flexibility and customization
  • Complete the program in less than one year or take up to four years to graduate.
  • Fulfill your Boston or Budapest residencies in as little as one summer, or distribute your 2-week on-campus residencies over one year or several years; or complete one-third of the program entirely online.
  • Continue working while studying, thereby minimizing professional, personal, and financial disruption to you and your employer.

A true executive experience
  • Earn an internationally recognized international business law degree from one of America's top law schools.
  • Learn from experts in the field, including members of BU Law's regular teaching faculty, consistently ranked among the very best in the U.S..
  • Build upon your residential classroom experience with pre-session and post-session online learning created specifically for this program.
  • Connect to the worldwide alumni network of practicing BU Law graduates.

Moreover, the Executive LL.M. program in International Business Law offers three optional, entirely-online concentrations: the Enterprise Risk Management and Compliance Concentration (ERMC); the International Taxation Concentration; and the International Environmental and Energy Law Concentration (IEEL). These concentrations offer the opportunity for Executive LL.M. students to specialize in these three important subject matter fields.