Boston College Law School

Established in 1929, Boston College Law School is dedicated to the highest standards of academic, ethical, and professional development while fostering a unique spirit of community among its students, faculty, and staff. Boston College Law School is accredited by the American Bar Association, is a member of the Association of American Law Schools, and has a chapter of the Order of the Coif.

The Law School offers two degrees—the three-year Juris Doctor (J.D.) degree, which is the school’s primary degree, and the one-year Master of Laws (LL.M.) degree, which is designed for students who already hold a law degree from another school.

Juris Doctor (J.D.) Degree


Dual Degree Programs

The Law School offers a variety of dual degree programs. Interested students can obtain detailed information from the Admission Offices of both schools. Students are required to be admitted independently to both schools. Current dual degree students should reach out to the Law School’s Academic & Student Services,, to learn more about course planning and degree requirements.


Master of Laws (LL.M.) Degree

The LL.M. degree program is designed to expose legal professionals and recent graduates who hold a first degree in law, primarily but not necessarily of foreign origin, to a broad range of subjects in public and private law, including U.S. and international law. The program enables students to explore many cross-cutting issues that engage U.S. and international law from courses in the Law School’s extensive curriculum, including both introductory and more advanced courses in their particular fields of interest. The LL.M. curriculum is fully integrated with the J.D. curriculum and we welcome students who seek to engage intellectually, critically and comparatively in the study of law. In addition, LL.M. students receive a tailored introduction to the U.S. legal system and specialized training in legal writing. They also have the option to receive a Certificate of Concentration in one of five areas: Business and Commercial Law, Environmental Law, Human Rights Law, Intellectual Property Law, and Tax Law. The program is intended for students from a variety of legal systems and backgrounds and we value representation from a diversity of regions. Because of our strength in the field of global practice, we are equally interested in applicants pursuing careers in private practice, government service, the judiciary, legal academia, international organizations, and non-governmental organizations. Our past LL.M. graduates have made extraordinary contributions to the law school community, and many do so again, in reverse, upon graduation, in their countries of origin or elsewhere. We invite applicants who have achieved high academic standing in their prior law degree.

Further information is available on the program’s website at or from the LL.M. Office, Boston College Law School, 885 Centre Street, Newton, MA 02459. Our e-mail address is