Information on this page applies to students interested in applying to the:

  • Certificate in International Business Law
  • Certificate in Enterprise Risk Management and Compliance
  • Certificate in Financial Services Compliance
  • Estate Planning Certificate

BU Law graduate certificate programs should be completed online via LSAC on the BU Law Certificate Application, which can be accessed only by clicking the below link.

Eligibility Requirements

Admission to BU Law is highly competitive and depends to a great extent on the demonstration of high achievement in previous law studies and/or experience in related fields. While our programs are designed for qualified lawyers, we welcome applications from highly-qualified candidates who hold a bachelor degree or equivalent, with relevant academic and/or professional experience in a legal services or other related field. As such, you do not need to hold a first degree in law to apply to our certificate programs. If you wish to receive additional information on the qualifications of students without a first degree in law who are typically admitted to any of our certificate programs, please contact

Application Requirements

Please note, Boston University School of Law uses one application form for all graduate certificate programs. You will indicate to which specific certificate program you are applying by answering the first question on the application: question #1 – Program Information. If you wish to apply to more than one certificate program, please email for additional instructions.

Payment of a nonrefundable application fee of US $85 must accompany the application. Applicants may pay this fee by credit card. This is in addition to any service fees assessed by LSAC.

Complete official transcripts—or notarized, full-sized copies—of all degrees you have received must be submitted to LSAC. The official transcript or an accompanying report must contain your class standing, if given, together with a description of the school’s grading system. All transcripts or other academic records must be official documents bearing the registrar’s signature and/or the institution’s seal. If these records are not in English, a certified English translation must be submitted together with the originals or copies. We recommend and prefer that international applicants register with LSAC’s LLM Credential Assembly Service. For more information, visit or read below.

The letters of recommendation should be written by individuals who are well acquainted with your academic or professional abilities and are able to provide a thoughtful, thorough and candid assessment of your academic ability and potential for success in graduate level law study. BU Law requires at least two – but accepts up to four — letters of recommendation. We welcome letters from former professors, as well as from employment supervisors and other professional colleagues who have direct knowledge of your skills and attributes. If these letters are not in English, a certified English translation must also be submitted.

A carefully worded and detailed personal statement of interest is an important part of your application. You should discuss your personal and professional reasons for pursuing this program. You should also include an explanation of your study interests and their relation to your previous study, employment experiences and professional goals.

Please include your curriculum vitae as a separate item, not as a substitute for your personal statement.

Applicants (whose native language is not English) must take either the TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) or IELTS (International English Language Testing System) exam to demonstrate their English competence. You should take one of these exams as early as possible, preferably eight months or more before your anticipated admission. TOEFL. If taking the TOEFL exam, you must demonstrate proficiency in English by achieving a minimum score of 600 (paper-based) or 250 (computer-based) or 100 (internet-based). If you have taken the new internet-based test, your scores on the individual sections should at a minimum be 25 (reading), 25 (listening), 25 (writing) and 25 (speaking).

You must arrange for an official report of your TOEFL scores to be sent electronically to LSAC from the Educational Testing Service (ETS). IELTS. If taking the IELTS exam, you must achieve a minimum score of 7.0. Specific instructions for sending TOEFL and IELTS score reports to LSAC can be found on the LSAC LL.M. Application – English Proficiency site.

Note: Applicants whose native language is not English may ask us to waive the requirement to take an English language proficiency examination if: a) they have received their first degree in law from a college or university in a country where both the language of instruction and the only official language is English; or b) they have completed at least two years of post-secondary education in the United States. To formally apply for a TOEFL waiver, please complete the English Proficiency Exam Waiver Request Form. Please upload the document to your LSAC application in the attachment section. The law school retains discretion to approve or deny any waiver request.

Applicants to these certificate programs must meet all the same rigorous application requirements as candidates for the Executive LLM, with the exception of work experience. While the requirement for the Executive LLM is a minimum of three years work experience, these Certificates are open to those with less than three years of work experience.

Application Deadlines

Application deadlines for these programs are the same as for the Executive LLM in International Business Law (Certificate in International Business Law, Certificate in Enterprise Risk Management and Compliance) and Graduate Tax Program (Estate Planning Certificate) respectively. Those dates can be found on our LLM Degree Applicants page.

Legal English Certificate Program

Please note that applicants to the Legal English Certificate Program should apply using this link.