For the JD Program

  1. Students will possess knowledge and understanding of substantive and procedural law;
  2. Students will possess the ability to perform:
    a) legal analysis and reasoning
    b) legal research
    c) problem solving
    d) written communication in the legal context
    e) oral communication in the legal context
  3. Students will understand the exercise of proper professional and ethical responsibilities to clients and the legal system; and
  4. Students will demonstrate the professional skills of collaboration, counseling and negotiation needed for competent and ethical participation as a member of the legal profession. All students will also demonstrate a basic understanding of business fundamentals and be able to read and understand basic financial documents.

For the LLM in American Law Program

  1. Students will demonstrate a basic understanding of the US legal system;
  2. Students will demonstrate an understanding of the US substantive and procedural law that is relevant to their field(s) of interest and/or foreign-based practices;
  3. Students will demonstrate a familiarity with US legal discourse, case analysis, legal reasoning, and how US lawyers are “trained to think;”
  4. Students will demonstrate skills to conduct legal research and draft legal memoranda and other legal communications;
  5. Students will demonstrate their ability to communicate effectively in English, generally, and about legal topics in particular, both orally and in writing;
  6. Students interested in qualifying to take a US bar exam will meet eligibility and application requirements; and
  7. Students will demonstrate an ability to market themselves to US and international employers through drafting effective US style application materials and effectively communicating with employers in networking and job interviews.

For the LLM in Banking & Financial Law Program

  1. Students will demonstrate knowledge and understanding of US financial services law and regulation and of certain widely adopted international financial law standards;
  2. Students will demonstrate an understanding of the approach of US practitioners to complex financial services issues, including structuring, negotiating, and documenting certain types of financial transactions;
  3. Students will develop the skills to communicate more effectively in English about banking and financial law topics;
  4. Students will demonstrate an ability to prepare US-style employment application materials and to communicate effectively, orally, and in writing, with potential US and international employers; and
  5. Students interested in qualifying to take a US bar exam will meet eligibility and application requirements.

For the LLM in Intellectual Property Law Program

1. All students:

a) Students will demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the core doctrines of intellectual property law;
b) Students will demonstrate knowledge of the specific aspects of intellectual property law that are relevant to their legal practices and careers;
c) Students will demonstrate an understanding of contemporary legal scholarship in intellectual property and an ability to participate in and potentially publish their own work in scholarly debate;
d) Students will demonstrate an ability to market themselves to US and international employers through drafting effective US-style job application materials and effectively communicating with employers in networking and job interviews.

2. Internationally trained students—the above outcomes 1 (a–d), plus:

e) Students will demonstrate a basic understanding of the US legal system;
f) Students will demonstrate a familiarity with US legal discourse, case analysis, legal reasoning, and how US lawyers are “trained to think;”
g) Students will demonstrate skills to conduct legal research and draft legal memoranda and other legal communications; and
h) Students will demonstrate their ability to communicate effectively in English, generally, and about legal topics in particular, both orally and in writing.

For the LLM in Taxation Program

  1. Students will demonstrate a foundational understanding of the US tax system and operational knowledge of US tax law and process;
  2. Students will demonstrate understanding of US substantive and procedural tax law that is relevant to their tax specialty;
  3. Students will demonstrate an understanding of US tax discourse, case analysis and legal reasoning in a tax context, and an overall awareness of how tax lawyers think;
  4. Students will demonstrate skills in tax research and draftsmanship; and
  5. Students will demonstrate effective communication skills on sophisticated tax topics, both orally and in writing.

For the Executive LLM in International Business Law (ELLM)

  1. Students will demonstrate a basic understanding of international business law from a US perspective;
  2. Students will demonstrate a cultural understanding of issues raised in international and US business law;
  3. Students will demonstrate a basic understanding of the practical considerations of international business law (i.e., “the law in practice”);
  4. Students will demonstrate familiarity with issue-spotting and problem-solving methods employed by US-trained lawyers; and
  5. Students will demonstrate the ability to market their professional skills.

For the Legal English Certificate Program

  1. Students will demonstrate improvement in their English language abilities across listening, speaking, reading, and writing;
  2. Students will demonstrate improvement in their knowledge of legal English, including an understanding of legal vocabulary and concepts and their appropriate usage;
  3. Students will be able to formulate, structure and clearly communicate legal arguments made in English;
  4. Students will demonstrate a foundational knowledge of common law principles that underpin the U.S. legal system, as well as the history and background of the development of the U.S. legal system;
  5. Students will be able to use legal precedent to synthesize and articulate rules of law;
  6. Students will apply skills useful for legal studies, including case briefing, issue spotting, effective note taking, and study and time management skills;
  7. Students will demonstrate the ability to participate in the American law school classroom environment through asking questions, orally presenting legal concepts and arguments, and responding to the Socratic method of teaching; and
  8. Students will demonstrate a deepened familiarity with and understanding of the various forms of assessment and assignments commonly used in law schools, including fact patterns, multiple-choice exams, client memos, research and writing assignments, and argument papers.

For the Transactional Practice Concentration

  1. Students will demonstrate competent knowledge and understanding of substantive and, to the extent applicable, procedural law related to corporations and other business entities and one or more specific practice or specialty areas generally relevant to transactional practice;
  2. Students will be capable of performing legal analysis and reasoning in the areas referred to in 1  immediately above;
  3. Students will demonstrate a basic understanding of business fundamentals and the ability to read and understand basic financial documents;
  4. Students will demonstrate the ability to perform legal analysis and reasoning, problem solving, and written and oral communication in the legal context, in particular through contractual analysis and drafting to resolve problems posed by clients with differing business concerns and objectives; and
  5. Students will demonstrate in simulations one or more of the professional skills of negotiation, collaboration and counseling, in particular through (a) negotiating and drafting contract terms, (b) organizing and completing group assignments, including allocating responsibility, compiling a completed work product and meeting deadlines and (c) interviewing, and making presentations to, clients.

For the Health Law Concentration

  1. Students will demonstrate an understanding of the substantive and procedural law related to health care, across multiple domains, tracking the Model Curriculum Guidance created by the American Health Lawyers Association;
  2. Students will demonstrate the ability to compose a substantial written work on health law, generally through a certification paper in a health law topic supervised by a health law professor;
  3. Students will demonstrate the ability to apply substantive health law in experiential settings, such as classroom simulations and field placements (externships); and
  4. Students will function effectively in an integrative capstone experience in health law.

For the Litigation & Dispute Resolution Concentration

  1. Students will demonstrate an understanding of the substantive and procedural law related to litigation and dispute resolution, including the rules of evidence, oral and written advocacy;
  2. Students will demonstrate the ability to properly apply the accepted standards of professional and ethical responsibility;
  3. Students will be capable of applying the skills of problem solving, collaboration, counseling and negotiation in the litigation context;
  4. Students will demonstrate the ability to compose a substantial written work on a litigation or dispute resolution topic; generally through a certification paper supervised by a professor who teaches within the concentration, with iterative feedback and improvement over multiple drafts;
  5. Students will demonstrate the ability to analyze and critique issues of professional and ethical responsibility; and competently practice the skills of problem solving, collaboration, counseling and negotiation in an experiential setting both in classroom simulations as well as in field placements (clinics and externships).

For the Intellectual Property Concentration

  1. Students will demonstrate an understanding of the several federal and state legal domains for regulating intangibles and encouraging or rewarding creative/inventive effort. One or more of these domains will be federal copyright, federal trademark, or federal patent law;
  2. Students will show competence in modes of statutory interpretation and an understanding of how to assess and deploy legislative history;
  3. Students will demonstrate an ability to perform legal analysis and reasoning, including the ability to formulate arguments based in legislative history, economics, normative ethics, or caselaw, and demonstrate an ability to engage in problem-solving and strategic planning for litigation;
  4. Students will draw across more than one IP subject-matter area to assess how best a client’s IP issues should be framed for purposes of litigation or transactions;
  5. Students will demonstrate an understanding of the challenges posed by differences between the many kinds of information products, both in comparing the intangible products and their different legal domains among themselves, and in comparing the information products on the one hand with, on the other, tangible products such as land or chattels;
  6. Students will show a basic understanding of what analogies from common-law physical property and torts might be illuminating in IP and the nature of the analogies’ various shortcomings;
  7. Students will perform written and oral communication in the legal context, whether in negotiation, client counseling or in litigation;
  8. Students will demonstrate an understanding of the many ways in which rapidly changing technology can affect, and be affected by, the law, in a way that can assist clients with their planning or legislators with their proposals.

For the International Law Concentration

  1. Students will demonstrate an understanding of substantive and procedural international law, both public and private;
  2. Students will demonstrate the ability to compose a substantial written work in international law, generally through a certification or substantial seminar paper in a topic of international, foreign, or comparative law supervised by a professor in these respective disciplines;
  3. Students will demonstrate the ability to apply international law in experiential settings, either through clinical work (for example, in the international human rights law, human trafficking, or asylum clinics), classroom simulations, externships abroad or with non-governmental organizations or U.S. government agencies that deal with international law or foreign policy;
  4. Students will demonstrate an understanding of how international law today influences and interacts with domestic (U.S.) law in a diversity of substantive areas.

For the Compliance Concentration

A student who completes the Compliance Concentration will:

  1. demonstrate an understanding of how to conceptualize, identify and quantify business risk;
  2. demonstrate an awareness of issues raised in the practice of international and U.S. business law and their relationship to business risk;
  3. demonstrate an understanding of the major laws, regulations, and cases that constitute the current U.S. and international compliance legal framework;
  4. demonstrate knowledge of the potential consequences of non-compliance with relevant U.S. and international laws;
  5. demonstrate an understanding of the nature and role of effective compliance officers in their specific industry;
  6. demonstrate the ability to create, implement, and improve in-house compliance and ethics programs and procedures;
  7. demonstrate knowledge of common strategies and best practices used to ameliorate risk, ensure business continuity, and ensure legal compliance with applicable U.S. and international laws.

To learn more about Program Learning Outcomes Assessment at Boston University, please visit the BU Provost’s website.