LLM Program

Law Is Global. So Is Our Reach.

We provide a rigorous education by renowned faculty at a top U.S. university with personalized guidance and mentoring in a friendly and supportive environment.

Why BC Law?

Academic Excellence

BC Law is highly ranked and well known for the quality of its faculty, students, and curriculum. We prepare lawyers for practice in a global environment, and our faculty comprises scholars and practitioners informed by the latest law and business developments.


Customized Program

Our LLM students enjoy the best of both worlds. They can tailor their courses to their interests by selecting from an array of courses and specialize by taking a concentration in one of five areas: human rights and international law, business law, environmental law, intellectual property law, and tax. As a BC Law LLM student, you’re poised to have a significant impact on global law development and application.



Our LLM Program promotes true immersion, giving you a genuine US law school experience with JD students as your colleagues and your classmates.


Individualized Mentoring

The LLM program is small, allowing us to provide individualized attention to our students. LLM students are paired with a faculty mentor in their field of interest and a JD “buddy” for support. The LLM team meets weekly throughout the year to advise on academic and career strategies.


Supportive Community

Our celebrated culture of collaboration, inspiration, and encouragement builds international professional networks and lasting personal bonds. More than 10,000 BC Law alumni and 120,000 Boston College alumni are on LinkedIn, Facebook, and other platforms.



BC Law invites internationally renowned professors, business leaders, judges, and prosecutors to campus regularly to meet with students and discuss global legal issues.



Business & Commercial Law

Our faculty includes:

  • Kent Greenfield, a leader in the stakeholder school of corporate law
  • International trade scholar Frank Garcia, who teaches international business transactions on several continents
  • Renee Jones, an internationally known expert in corporate and securities law
  • Brian Quinn, the editor of an influential M&A blog
  • Natalya Shnitser, a leader in retirement security and the regulation of financial intermediaries

Environmental Law

Environmental litigation pioneer Zygmunt Plater and international law scholar David Wirth headline our faculty in this area.

Human Rights

Our interdisciplinary Center for Human Rights and International Justice—co-directed by Daniel Kanstroom—together with a range of courses in our concentration in human rights law, nurtures a new generation of scholars and practitioners, helping them acquire skills across key disciplines while exchanging best practices with faculty and students working in the field.

Intellectual Property

Our exciting concentration covers topics in copyright, trademark, and patent law, and incorporates electives in antitrust law, cyber law, and technology licensing. Our faculty includes:

  • Alfred Yen, who directs our program on Emerging Enterprises and Business Law
  • Joseph Liu, whose work explores the impact of digital technology on copyright law and markets
  • Patent law and antitrust law scholar David Olson, who has examined the legal uncertainties in recent patent laws and the market behavior of actors with patent portfolios


Some of the country's most influential tax law scholars give students an important grounding in US and international tax concepts —including Diane Ring, who examines cross-border tax arbitrage and international tax relations, James Repetti, author of groundbreaking tax equity work, and Shu-Yi Oei, a well known expert in tax policy and economic regulation. The program also features a Tax Policy Workshop that showcases emerging scholarship in the field.

Other Course Options

We also have significant strengths in international law, constitutional law, gender and family law, and legal history. LLM students can cross-register for courses in Boston College’s other graduate schools and university departments as well.

Use our Fusion search tool for full descriptions of current courses and to search our faculty by subject area.

Degree Requirements

Students must complete at least 24 credits during the academic year—including our The United States Legal System course, and for those students with law degrees from outside the US, the Law Practice 1 course in US legal analysis.

Students must also satisfy a written work requirement in one of the following ways:

  • Complete the course Law Practice 1
  • Produce a piece of writing commensurate with the school’s upper-level writing requirement for JD students. This can be completed in conjunction with one of our regular seminar offerings or written independently (for two or three credits) under the supervision of a faculty member.
Our LLM program is designed to immerse participants in the United States legal system, and help prepare them for the challenges of the legal profession in an increasingly global legal community.
Susan Simone Kang, Director, Graduate Legal Education & International Programs

Meet Our Community

Our LLM community is diverse—in backgrounds, interests, and experiences. Discover what BC Law LLM alumni are like, where they work, and what they experienced, on campus and beyond.

Connect With Us

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Every Tuesday at 6:00 p.m. EST (U.S.)

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Info Sessions (Thursday Mornings)

Every Thursday at 8:00 a.m. EST (U.S.)

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