BCLR April 2021 Issue
The latest volume of the Boston College Law Review is now available.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Our faculty includes:
Environmental litigation pioneer Zygmunt Plater and international law scholar David Wirth headline our faculty in this area.
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.
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:
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.
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.
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:
LLM students receive a rigorous introduction to US Legal Reasoning, Research and Writing. Students work on legal problems that require them to analyze the applicable law and learn to write effectively to a legal audience. All students will also engage in hands-on research to become familiar with the major research platforms used by US lawyers.
“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.”
This recent webinar featured the director of graduate legal education & international programs, Susan Simone Kang, and members of our faculty, current students and alumni., discussing how a BC Law LLM can help advance your own goals and dreams.
"You take classes with JD students, and you're held to the same standard, so it's very challenging...the LLM experience is a huge advantage going back to my old profession."
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.
Improved voting access and census collection among changes needed to ensure representation for marginalized groups.