Boston University School of Law

February 13, 2009

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BU Law introduces European Union Law dual degree program in Paris

Boston University School of Law introduces a new study abroad experience that will allow students to gain an international edge. For the first time, students can now spend their entire third year abroad in Paris to graduate with a J.D. degree from BU Law and an LL.M. in European Union Law from the Université Panthéon-Assas (Paris II). Participants will take classes taught in English from Paris II's European College of Paris.

“For someone who has a commitment to learning about the EU, this kind of opportunity provides a coherent program of study that will give them a perspective otherwise unattainable by simply taking a random selection of courses either in the U.S. or taking a traditional study abroad program,” said John Riccardi, the assistant dean of Graduate and International Programs & Enrollment.

This unique program, which will first be available to the class of 2012, will allow students to take a structured course load in EU topics. The dual degree program will send up to two students to Paris II, one of Europe’s most highly acclaimed law schools. In exchange, two masters-level Paris II students will come to BU Law to earn an LL.M. in American Law. The 26-credit program will include courses such as External Relations of the European Union and Human Rights: Europe and its Democratic Society.

“I think that international opportunities are the number one area of interest for our prospective applicants. Offering an opportunity like this nicely complements our already broad portfolio of study abroad options and further underscores our leading position in global learning,” said Riccardi, who noted that only a handful of highly ranked law schools offer variations on dual J.D./international graduate degrees. “There might be a dozen programs like this at the most.”

Riccardi stressed that students who hope to partake in the program should start planning in their second year at the latest. To spend their full third year abroad, students must complete their J.D. requirements as second-year students. For those who prepare adequately for the program, Riccardi predicted an incredible experience.

“Those interested in working in the EU or in being heavily involved with EU clients could find this very useful, and it would also make them very attractive to potential employers,” he said.

With this new addition to BU Law's dual degree programs, participating students will gain a global perspective on the law while enjoying a year immersed in a foreign culture.

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Reported by Elizabeth Ress