Preparing foreign lawyers for global practice

The LLM in American Law Program curriculum is specifically designed to prepare foreign lawyers for the challenge of global practice. In this program, students are fully integrated into BU Law’s JD classes, where they sit side-by-side with American students being trained in the tradition of US legal education.

This means you will not only learn the substance of US doctrine in virtually any area of interest—intellectual property, international business transactions, mergers and acquisitions, alternative dispute resolution, to name only a few—but you will learn something equally as important: how US lawyers are trained to analyze legal questions and advocate on their clients’ behalf.

By the end of the year, we expect you will have developed skills to make you a more effective global practitioner. You will have gained unique insight into the “mindset” of US lawyers and others trained in the common law. You will have the necessary perspective to work across borders, and transact with lawyers from diverse traditions and backgrounds.

In that sense, our American Law Program is anything but American. It’s truly global.

Learn more about our program from Assistant Dean John Riccardi, Associate Director Maureen Tracy Leo, or download a program overview here.

Meet some of our alumni

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  • Edoardo Calcaterra

    "I was impressed by the fact that BU Law dedicated a lot of energy and effort to selecting its LLM candidates."

  • Sima Feyzullayeva

    "I decided that an LLM degree from a top law school, such as BU, would greatly assist me in achieving my career goals."

  • Henning Hilke

    "I was able to take courses essential for the basic understanding of US law and courses in banking and capital markets law."

  • Iskandar Mirzoev

    "In the US, to be a good lawyer, it is important to develop analytical reasoning and critical thinking."

  • Isabel Triana

    "After practicing for ten years, it reminded me of why I became a lawyer and that there was so much more to learn."

  • Ye "Stacy" Yuan

    "The most important and useful achievement that I gained was learning how to think like an American lawyer."

Contact Us

Graduate and International Programs Office
Boston University School of Law
765 Commonwealth Avenue, Suite 1003
Boston, MA 02215
Telephone: 617-353-5323