Established in 1869, Boston University is one of the world's premier institutions of higher education and research. Our global campus is a thriving center of research and scholarship that includes more than 8,000 international students representing 133 countries from around the world, the 10th largest such population among US universities. BU embodies the diversity that characterizes the best in US education.
Boston University School of 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. The core of the BU Law learning experience is superior teaching and a supportive, dynamic learning environment in which teachers guide, inspire and challenge. BU Law professors are nationally acclaimed for their legal skills and scholarship, on the cutting edge in research, writing and advising to both the public and private sectors. But what uniquely defines them is their devotion to students, academically, professionally and individually. This explains why the school is consistently ranked by the Princeton Review among the top law schools in the nation for "Best Professors,”. The school is also within the top 11 percent of American law schools in U.S. News and World Report and in the top ten in the specialty areas of intellectual property, tax and health law.
BU Law's Graduate Programs
The school’s more than 300 LLM students bring an astounding mix of backgrounds and interests to campus. Our current cohort represents 54 different countries of origin. The average age of a BU Law LLM student is 33 years old, with the ages ranging from 20 - 72, and 24% of our LL.M. students hold an advanced degree in law prior to enrolling at our School. These students are currently enrolled in the following degree programs:
- LLM in American Law Program
- Graduate Program in Banking and Financial Law
- LLM in Intellectual Property Law Program
- Executive LLM in International Business Law Program
- Graduate Tax Program, which includes a fully online enrollment option
In addition, we offer several specialized certificate programs for students not seeking a full LLM experience:
- Legal English Certificate Program
- Certificate in Enterprise Risk Management and Compliance
- Certificate in International Business Law
- Estate Planning Certificate
- Certificate in Transaction Skills
In Fall 2019, we are also proud to announce the launch of our Master in the Study of Tax Law, a masters degree that opens up the curriculum of the Graduate Tax Program to accounting and other business professionals.
Review our full profile, and fill out a request for information form, for additional information on all of our programs!
Top-ranked faculty. Focused LLM student support.
The BU Law difference begins in the classroom: our top-ranked faculty comprises preeminent scholars and accomplished practitioners who are accessible, approachable, expert at blending theory with practice, and committed to helping you raise your professional standing to new heights.
Our LLM student support is second to none—we deliver academic and professional support through one-on-one advising sessions, specifically tailored to meet the professional goals of each student. Upon graduation, you’ll become part a successful, global alumni network of highly accomplished attorneys who remain a part of the BU Law community long after graduation.
And then there’s Boston, one of the world’s great cities. It’s a ready-made laboratory for legal training in a number of fields.
Five top LLM degree programs, countless opportunities.
Choose from five LLM programs, all highly respected and three—Banking & Financial Law, the Tax Program, and Intellectual Property Law—rank in the nation’s top ten. For an overview of all of our LLM Programs, download the BU Law LLM Brochure here. Or, compare our LLM programs here.
The LLM in American Law Program is one of the nation’s premier programs for global practitioners seeking to learn how US lawyers think, approach legal programs, and handle client matters. You’ll be integrated into the JD classroom, and have the opportunity to select from 200+ courses when creating your individualized study plan.
The Graduate Program in Banking & Financial Law equips you with the knowledge and skills needed to handle the regulatory, transactional and compliance needs of financial services clients in today’s global economy. Since conferring our first LLM in Banking and Financial Law degree in 1984, our program remains the only financial services LLM program in the country with its own faculty and a curriculum designed exclusively for graduate study. We’re ranked #2 in the nation by the National Law Journal.
The LLM in Intellectual Property Law Program gives you the opportunity to learn advanced IP theory and doctrine from some of the top IP scholars in the world. For five consecutive years, U.S. News & World Report has ranked BU Law among the top ten schools for intellectual property studies.
The Executive LLM in International Business Law Program brings together a global network of accomplished professionals from a broad range of legal practices, industries, and businesses seeking intensive exposure to the core legal topics facing transnational enterprises. The program’s flexible, blended-learning executive format is ideal for busy practitioners who cannot attend a traditional, nine-month LLM program.
The Graduate Tax Program equips you with the practical skills required for success in the field of taxation, whether you earn the degree through residential studies in Boston, online from home, or through a combination of both formats. An LLM in Taxation degree from BU Law is valued by employers all over the world: We’re ranked #8 in the nation for tax studies in U.S. News & World Report, and #2 in the National Law Journal. For six straight years, we’ve been ranked among the country’s top seven LLM in taxation programs in the annual TaxTalent survey of corporate tax department heads.