Academic Programs


As the practice of law becomes increasingly specialized, today's lawyer needs advanced skills to stay ahead of rapidly changing laws and regulations. At Boston University School of Law, students can develop these skills by concentrating their studies in one of these specialized fields:

By pursuing a concentration, students can engage in advanced, in-depth study with the leading scholars and practitioners in a specific field, without having to pursue an advanced degree. Students are then equipped with the specialized legal training and tools that can give them a powerful advantage in the marketplace.

Typically, students begin a concentration in their second year but may formally declare a concentration any time in their three years of study. A faculty advisor who has specialized expertise in a given area of the law is assigned to each concentration to offer students advice throughout their course of study. Once students have decided to pursue a concentration, they should complete an Intent to Concentrate form, available online or from the Registrar’s Office. Any administrative questions about a concentration should be directed to Associate Dean Muir at 617.358.1800. FAQ's


Women's, Gender, and Sexuality (WGS) Graduate Certificate

Across the nation, gender and sexuality are increasingly being integrated into all disciplines and departments. The WGS graduate certificate enables students enrolled in graduate programs across the University to pursue comprehensive study in these vibrant, interdisciplinary fields and receive institutional acknowledgement of their work. Pursuing this certificate will prepare students for work in policy development, advocacy, and other fields, as well as refine research, writing, communication and presentation skills.

For questions or additional information about the certificate, contact Professor Linda McClain, the School of Law's representative for the certificate program.