Meet the Staff
Graduate and International Programs serves as the central administrative office for BU Law's LL.M. in American Law Program, LL.M. in Intellectual Property Law Program and foreign exchange programs. It is, in many respects, the "home away from home" for most of the dozens and dozens of international graduate students whom BU Law welcomes each year. The Office is committed to furthering BU Law's long-standing tradition of welcoming people of every race and ethnicity, encouraging the exchange of ideas, and the formation of relations that transcend national boundaries.
Prospective students should direct all application-related questions to this office.
Graduate and International Programs
Boston University School of Law
765 Commonwealth Avenue, Room 1534
Boston, MA 02215
John N. Riccardi
Director and Assistant Dean for Graduate and International Programs
John N. Riccardi is BU Law's assistant dean for Graduate and International Programs and director of the Office of Graduate and International Programs. He received his A.B. cum laude from Harvard College and his J.D. magna cum laude from BU Law in 1991, where he was an editor of The Boston University Law Review, a G. Joseph Tauro Scholar and a recipient of an American Jurisprudence Prize for his academic achievements.
For several years, he was an associate at Ropes & Gray, one of Boston's largest law firms, where he specialized in health care law, intellectual property and public financing. Before returning to BU Law in 1997, he was a principal in the Cambridge, MA, consulting firm of Vogt Associates, where he advised lawyers, law firms, in-house legal departments and law schools on professional development, marketing and strategic planning issues.
His responsibilities at BU Law include directing the School's LL.M. in American Law, LL.M. in Intellectual Property Law, Summer Legal Institute in London and study abroad programs, and overseeing the School's graduate programs, international initiatives and marketing and communications. He has taught the survey course in American law for LL.M. students.
Assistant Director, Office of Graduate and International Programs
Shannon Supitkowsky is the Assistant Director for the Office of Graduate and International Programs. She serves as the primary contact for American Law Program and Intellectual Property Law Program students and oversees admissions for our four, traditional LL.M. programs! Shannon deals mainly in academic advising, student affairs, student events, and everything else students need to succeed here at BU Law; she is an amazing resource for all students, faculty, and staff with questions large and small. A student herself, she recently earned her second graduate degree (Master of Education: Policy, Planning, and Administration with a Sub-concentration in Higher Education) in May 2013 after having completed her Master of Arts in English in May 2012. She is now working toward her Doctorate of Education in Educational Leadership and Development.
Prior to joining the OGIP, Shannon worked in the Boston University Residence Life Department helping undergraduate students acclimate to life on-campus. Shannon's knowledge of Boston University's academic, social, and professional resources makes her a one-stop-shop for incoming students. Please stop by the OGIP and say hi to Shannon the next time you are on campus!
Cara Hebard is the program coordinator for the Office of Graduate and International Programs. She is the front-line contact for American Law Program and Intellectual Property Law Program students, providing academic and administrative support on matters large and small, including registration, immigration, add/drop, OPT, and more! Cara is also the primary resource for all incoming LL.M. students for visa matters, as she works with our International Students and Scholars Office (ISSO) to ensure that all incoming students receive their visa paperwork in a timely manner. Cara loves meeting new and prospective students, so stop by the office and say hi the next time you are on campus!
Cara brings a broad range of student support and administrative experiences within higher education to Boston University. Prior to joining the OGIP, Cara worked at Bryant University as an undergraduate admissions counselor. She also worked at Boston College Law School in Alumni Relations and Development. She received her B.A. in Sociology with a minor in psychology at Quinnipiac University in 2010. During her free time, Cara enjoys staying active, travelling, and going to the beach (in the summer of course).
Senior Program Coordinator
Lane is the senior program coordinator for the Office of Graduate and International Programs. She provides administrative support to our study abroad programs, Summer Legal Institute in London, professional development services, marketing activities, alumni relations and outreach efforts, and cross-LL.M. program initiatives.
Lane joins us from Language International, an educational advising firm in Cambridge, MA, where she was a senior student advisor and admissions manager. Prior to that, she worked as a cultural ambassador and North American language assistant with the Ministry of Education in Spain. Her placements were in secondary schools in Ciudad Real and Burgos, Spain. Lane graduated summa cum laude from Colby College in 2008, where she pursued a double major in Spanish and music. As a student, she spent a semester abroad at the University of Salamanca in Spain, competed in Track and Field and was a violinist with the Colby Symphony Orchestra.
Associate Director for Professional Development
Sara Marshall is the associate director for Professional Development at Boston University School of Law. She is available to meet with current LL.M. students and alumni throughout the academic year. After law school, Sara worked as an attorney in the Boston office of Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris Glovsky and Popeo, PC, where she practiced corporate bankruptcy, restructuring and commercial law and was active in the firm's recruitment program. After practicing law, Sara expanded her career into academic and career advising and worked in the Career Development Offices of MIT and BU Law. At BU Law, Sara has worked as a career advisor for both J.D. and LL.M. students. She most recently worked in the Boston office of WilmerHale as a Professional Development and Training specialist where she helped develop and manage corporate training programs and the firm's Women's Leadership Initiative.
Sara advises BU Law LL.M. students on all areas relating to career and professional development. She counsels students on job search strategies, interviewing skills, resume and cover letter preparation and other aspects of professional outreach. Additional services include online access to professional development workshops and career panels during the academic year. We encourage you to take advantage of our professional development services, as they are specifically designed to meet the needs of LL.M. students.
Program and Marketing Manager
As the Program and Marketing Manager for the Office of Graduate and International Programs, Jordan Smock oversees many different programs and initiatives. Her program management responsibilities include administering BU Law's Study Abroad portfolio for outgoing J.D. students, and managing all aspects of the Summer Legal Institute in London. Jordan also creates and implements marketing initiatives across five LL.M. programs offered here at Boston University, including the new online Graduate Tax Program option. In addition, Jordan has acted as Interim Assistant Director for the Office of Graduate and International Programs as well as Interim Production Manager for the Office of Communications and Marketing. Needless to say, she is an amazing resource. So, if you are interested in going abroad, feel free to contact her with questions!
Prior to joining the OGIP in 2009, Jordan owned and operated her own catering company where she was Director of Marketing and Sales. She received her B.A. in Political Science with a minor in history here at Boston University in 2007. When not at work, Jordan can be found all along the South Shore of Massachusetts trying fabulous, new restaurants or playing with her yellow lab, Buster.