Welcome to BU Law’s Two-Year LLM!

BU Law’s Two-Year LLM program is a collaborative effort between BU Law and BU’s Center for English Language and Orientation Programs (CELOP), both of whom have decades of experience in improving students’ English and Legal English proficiency. Together, we have welcomed students from countries that include Armenia, China, Indonesia, Italy, Korea, Kuwait, Oman, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Taiwan, Thailand, and Turkey.

The program is designed for qualified lawyers who are competitive candidates to join one of BU Law’s LLM programs but do not meet our English proficiency requirements for admission. Having been conditionally admitted into one of our LLM programs (in American Law, Banking & Financial Law, Taxation, Intellectual Property, or the Executive Program in International Business Law), students first attend our year-long Legal English Certificate Program (LECP), designed to improve their English writing, reading, and speaking skills and overall ability to effectively engage in US legal discourse. They also receive foundational background in US legal concepts to ensure a smooth transition to full-time LLM studies, which often include classes with BU Law’s upper-class JD students. Our program has been carefully designed to provide a comprehensive, graduated, and immersive learning experience, in which students receive dedicated personal attention, written feedback, and the vocabulary, knowledge, and skills they need to perform well in an English-language LLM program.

Boston University is a great place to learn, and Boston is a great place to live. I believe that you will find the Legal English Certificate Program and your subsequent LLM program are the perfect places to advance your academic and professional career. I invite you to explore our website in more detail, and also to contact us at bullm@bu.edu with any questions. We look forward to hearing from you!


Ian C. Pilarczyk
Director, Legal English Certificate Program
Director, Executive LLM Program in International Business Law