Two-Year LLM Boston University School of Law
The Two-Year LLM is an intensive LLM program designed to equip ambitious international students and lawyers with the academic, legal, and language skills necessary to succeed in U.S. law school. Through experiencing an innovative blend of legal English, American legal culture and practice, and substantive doctrinal coursework, you will graduate with high competency in both the letter of the law and its application.
Three Advantages of the Two-Year LLM:
- Intensive development of legal writing, case analysis, and advocacy skills in the first year allows students to confidently meet the academic challenges of their LLM coursework in the second year;
- Having an additional year to study legal English gives students the opportunity to make substantial improvements in their English that are not possible in one-year programs; and
- Spending two years in Boston and at BU Law allows students and any of their family members the opportunity to really become a Boston local and to fully appreciate the rich history that Boston has to offer. You will also have the most opportunities to visit court proceedings, attend talks by special guest lecturers, and participate in the many social events sponsored by the law school.
Year 1: Legal English Certificate Program
Students enroll in a specialized mix of legal English, legal skills, and legal doctrine coursework. Fall semester: U.S. Legal Discourse, Academic Skills for U.S. Law Studies, and Introduction to U.S. Legal Culture. Spring semester: Legal Reasoning and Analysis, International Contracts and Negotiations, Legal Writing, Persuasive Legal Advocacy, and Topics in American Law.
Students are required to complete a two-week Pre-LLM program, consisting of a two-week course focused on academic skills for the international lawyer. Students entering the Banking and Financial Law Program will alternatively attend Financial Services Fundamentals. Please note that BU offers spring, summer, and fall semesters, and summer programs are billed separately from full-year programs.
Year 2: Your LLM Program
Students enroll in the American Law, Banking and Financial Law, Intellectual Property Law, or Taxation LLM program.