Executive LLM in International Business Law

The Executive LLM in International Business Law Program is an online and blended learning graduate program that provides exposure to the core topics of international business practice.

Program Requirements

To earn the Executive LLM in International Business Law (ELLM):

  • Students must complete, with a grade of “C” or better, 20 credits* in the Executive LLM curriculum. Students must attain an overall GPA of 3.0 (“B”) for the following required courses and workshops: Corporations; Contracts; and International Business Transactions and Agreements. Corporations and Contracts may be waived, in accordance with the program’s Academic Regulations.

*Students are free to complete more than 20 credits, if desired.

A Flexible Program Schedule

Sessions are available in both online and residential formats, and offered at least twice per year:

  • Spring Boston (when offered) has a mid-March residency
  • Summer Budapest has a mid-June residency
  • Summer Boston has an early August residency
  • Fall Boston (when offered) has a mid-October residency

Courses are offered throughout the calendar year, so students may begin their studies at any time. Students can complete the entire degree in less than a year, or take up to three years to complete, whatever best fits each student’s professional schedule.

Courses

Courses are offered on a rotating basis, including but not limited to:

  • US Contract Law for International Lawyers
  • US Corporate Law for International Lawyers
  • US and Trans-Border Securities Regulation
  • US and Trans-Border Mergers & Acquisitions
  • Corporate Finance with US and International Reporting
  • International Business Transactions and Agreements
  • US and International Intellectual Property
  • International Arbitration
  • Global Compliance: Introduction and Best Practices
  • Global Cyber Law and Governance
  • Deals: The Legal Engineering Behind Corporate Transactions
  • Transnational Legal Practice
  • Directed Study

Course descriptions can be found here.

Online Concentrations

International Taxation Concentration

Executive LLM students may pursue a concentration in International Taxation. All tax classes will be offered entirely online, with no residency component, and are offered jointly by the Executive LLM Program, the Distance Education office, and the Graduate Tax Program.

To complete the concentration, students must earn 10 or more credits in the online Graduate Tax Program, consisting of:

  • Federal Income Tax I (2 cr)*
  • Federal Income Tax II (2 cr)*
  • Tax Aspects of International Business (2 cr) (required)
  • Inbound International Taxation (2 cr) (required)
  • Introduction to Corporate Tax (2 cr)
  • Corporate Reorganizations (2 cr)
  • US Transfer Pricing (2 cr)

*Federal Income Tax I & II are prerequisite or corequisite for Corporate Tax and International Tax. Requirements and prerequisites can be waived based on prior coursework.

All tax courses offered as part of the concentration count toward ELLM degree requirements. The International Taxation concentration requires completion of a minimum of 10 credits, but must be completed in addition all other degree requirements. Students are free to complete any additional online Graduate Tax courses, subject to all applicable prerequisites and corequisites, but courses falling outside of this concentration will not be counted toward the ELLM requirements.

International Environmental and Energy Law Concentration

Executive LLM Program candidates may pursue a concentration in International Environmental and Energy Law (IEEL). Offered in conjunction with Vermont Law School, the nation’s top law school for environmental law studies, this provides an opportunity to complete a concentration in this growing and important area of specialized legal practice. This concentration is offered entirely online, with no residential components, in a seven-week, intensive format. These courses therefore allow for an additional element of scheduling flexibility in addition to providing immersion in this highly relevant international field. Students may also enroll in these courses individually, subject to all prerequisites and other requirements, as all these courses will count toward the Executive LLM degree. As these are highly intensive and time-intensive courses, it is expected that students will take only one course from this basket at a time. These courses are offered at multiple times during the year.

To complete the IEEL concentration, students must complete 12 or more credits from this basket:

  • Environmental Law (3 cr) (required)
  • Administrative Law (3 cr)
  • Energy Law and Policy in a Carbon-Constrained World (3 cr)
  • Energy Regulation and the Environment (3 cr)
  • Alternative Fuels and Renewable Energy (3 cr)
  • Oil and Gas Development and the Environment (3 cr)
  • Environmental Dispute Resolution (3 cr)

All of these courses count toward the Executive LLM degree requirements. As such, the IEEL concentration requires completion of a minimum of 12 credits, but must also be completed in addition to all other degree requirements.

Courses in International Environmental and Energy Law 

Students enrolled in the Executive LLM may enroll in as few or as many of these courses as they wish, subject to all prerequisites and requirements. Environmental Law is a prerequisite for all courses other than Administrative Law and Environmental Dispute Resolution, although it is strongly recommended that Environmental Law be taken as the first course in any sequence.

Enterprise Risk Management and Compliance Concentration

Executive LLM Program candidates may pursue a concentration in Enterprise Risk Management and Compliance (ERMC). Offered in conjunction with Metropolitan College’s Administrative Sciences master’s program, the ERMC leverages industry and academic experts in the field of risk management, business continuity, and compliance at both LAW and MET. This concentration is offered entirely online, with no residential components, in a mix of 7-week, intensive courses and LAW’s standard 14-week courses. These courses therefore allow for an additional element of scheduling flexibility in addition to providing immersion in this highly relevant growth field in international business law. Students may also enroll in these courses individually, as all these courses will count toward the Executive LLM degree. These courses are offered at various times of the year, and not all courses will necessarily be available in the same calendar year.

In order to complete the ERMC concentration, students must complete 12 or more credits from the available choices, subject to the additional requirements below:

  • Enterprise Risk Management (3 cr, MET)
  • Enterprise Risk Planning and Compliance (3 cr, MET)
  • Enterprise Risk Analytics* (3 cr, MET)
  • Global Compliance: Introduction and Best Practices (3 cr)
  • Global Cyber Law and Governance (3 cr)

*Enterprise Risk Analytics generally requires completion of one or more prerequisites, which may waived based on a prior background in statistics.

Executive-Style Conveniences and Pre-Arranged Accommodations

Students are provided with pre-arranged housing, the costs of which are included in tuition, for each residential session in which they are enrolled. Luncheons will be provided on days in which the Current Issues in International Business Law Colloquium is held, affording students the opportunity to interact and network with fellow international business law practitioners. In addition, the residential experience is enhanced with social and networking events, allowing students to become part of the Boston University School of Law community.

Related Certificates

Students seeking exposure to specialized topics in international business practice, but not able to commit to a full 20-credit degree program, should consider the two 12-credit graduate certificate programs where students take the related Executive LLM courses: the Certificate in International Business Law and the Certificate in Enterprise Risk Management & Compliance.