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Master of Law (LLM) in American Law Boston University




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The LLM in American Law Program is specifically designed to prepare foreign-trained lawyers for the challenge of global practice. In this program, students are fully integrated into BU Law’s JD classes, where they sit side-by-side with American students being trained in the tradition of US legal education. Students not only learn the substance of US doctrine in virtually any area of interest—intellectual property, international business transactions, mergers and acquisitions, and alternative dispute resolution, to name only a few—they also learn something equally as important: how US lawyers are trained to analyze legal questions and advocate on their clients’ behalf.

Customized Curriculum

Upon admission and confirmation of commitment to attend BU Law, students will receive detailed registration materials and indicate preliminary course selections. Academic plans, however, are not completely settled until students meet one-on-one with the director or associate director, who will discuss professors’ different teaching styles and approaches and guide each student on how to construct the optimal study plan to achieve his or her goals.

Program Learning Outcomes

Students will demonstrate a basic understanding of the US legal system;
Students will demonstrate an ability to use legal authority and perform legal analysis; and
Students will demonstrate proficiency in legal English, in both written and oral communications.


Intellectual Property Concentration

Students study the essentials of copyright, patents, and trademark law, and also select cutting-edge topics such as e-commerce, legal issues in high-tech start-ups, technology licensing, and biotechnology and the law. The concentration requires a minimum of four classes.

Taxation Concentration

Students with professional tax experience and/or a strong background in tax studies can pursue the concentration in taxation, which requires a minimum of four specified courses taken through the JD curriculum and the School’s Graduate Tax Program. Beyond the concentration’s minimum requirements, students may also pursue further coursework in specialty practice areas, such as general business taxation, estate planning, international taxation, or financial services, depending on their professional goals and interests.

International Business Practice Concentration

Students who concentrate in International Business Practice immerse themselves in a range of business or commercial law courses. Students may select from more than 50 courses, such as International Business Transactions, Securities Regulation, International Project Finance, Corporate Finance, Mergers and Acquisitions, and Antitrust. The concentration requires a minimum of four classes, including Corporations.

Career Paths

While many students know their future plans prior to completing the LLM program, some return to their former employers, and others begin internships before joining their home country’s bar. Many other graduates leverage their BU Law degrees to find new positions in their home countries, often by participating in the International Student Interview Program (ISIP) that takes place each January in New York—BU Law is one of the few schools invited to participate. A smaller number of students find permanent work in the United States.

Course options

Here are the different ways in which you can study Master of Law (LLM) in American Law.

Full Time (1 year)

Tuition fees

$55,700.00 (41,08,794) per year


21 Jan, 20 May, 02 Sep


School of Law

765 Commonwealth Avenue,



02215, United States

Entry requirement for international students

LLM degree program applicants must hold a first degree in law:

US-trained applicants must be graduates of a law school accredited by the American Bar Association at the time of matriculation.

Foreign-trained applicants must hold a first degree in law, or its equivalent, from an accredited or comparably recognized law school or law faculty outside the United States at the time of matriculation. Admission to the national bar of certain jurisdictions may meet the eligibility criteria.

Exception: highly-qualified candidates who hold a bachelor’s degree or its equivalent but do not have a law degree are occasionally admitted into our Executive LLM in International Business Law.

Proof of English Language Proficiency

TOEFL. If taking the TOEFL exam, you must demonstrate proficiency in English by achieving a minimum score of 600 (paper-based) or 250 (computer-based) or 100 (internet-based). If you have taken the new internet-based test, your scores on the individual sections should at a minimum be 25 (reading), 25 (listening), 25 (writing) and 25 (speaking). You must arrange for an official report of your TOEFL scores to be sent electronically to LSAC from the Educational Testing Service (ETS).

IELTS. If taking the IELTS exam, you must achieve a minimum score of 7.0.

* Please check with your chosen school for the exact entry requirements for your programme.

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