Our LLM in American Law Program and LLM in Banking & Financial Law offer unique internship programs that provide short-term professional experiences either during or after your year of LLM studies, depending on your graduate program.
American Law Program: The American Law Internship
BU Law has established the American Law Internship Program with the Academic Internship Council (AIC) to provide short-term, post-graduation law-related internships in the U.S. for LLM in American Law students. The Internship Program is designed to provide LLM graduates with short-term professional experiences in law-related settings, including law firms, nonprofit organizations and in-house legal departments at companies. Placements are designed to help students further their understanding of U.S. legal culture, gain practical exposure to U.S. legal practice, refine their professional development skills and expand their global networks. LLMs who choose to participate will work with AIC to determine placement opportunities that best match their career goals, language skills and experience. they will receive professional development training from AIC to prepare for interviews and receive feedback from employers during and after their internship. Details of the program include:
- Placements generally begin in September and last a minimum of four months, but may go longer at the employer’s discretion
- Placements are located in New York, Boston, Washington, DC, and California (LLMs can choose where they want to work)
- For its customized services, AIC charges a Program Fee of $1,320 to students who accept an internship offer
- Interested students sign a contract with AIC and provide a $100 non-refundable deposit, which is credited toward the overall program fee
- An information session on the Program will be held in April, and interested students will also meet individually with representatives of AIC to discuss the internship and their goals in more detail
Graduate Banking & Financial Law Program: Financial Services Law Internship Course
The Financial Services Internship Course seeks to give students real-world experience in the practice of financial services law by immersing them in the day-to-day operations of a law firm, financial services organization, or regulatory agency. Students work under the supervision of a lawyer and a faculty advisor who help ensure that the students have a meaningful, relevant, and rigorous experience. Traditionally, students enrolled in this course gain at least ten hours of workplace experience per week. Past employers have included the Massachusetts Department of Banking, Cambridge Savings Bank, John Hancock, Ligris and Associates, American Consumer Credit Counseling, Computershare, and the Neighborhood of Affordable Housing.
Both Programs: Federal Clerkship Opportunity
Clerking for a federal judge in the United States is one of the most prestigious and sought-after opportunities available to recent law graduates. Judge William G. Young of the Federal District Court in Massachusetts has in the past offered a graduating BU Law LLM whose first degree in law is from outside the United States the unique opportunity to serve as one of his judicial clerks during his or her Optional Practical Training year. The clerkship has been an unpaid, full-time role that lasts for one year. A high level of English language proficiency as well as superior research, writing and analytical skills are requirements. Candidates must also have a first semester GPA of 3.5 or higher in order to apply.