Boston University School of Law

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BU Law offers accelerated J.D./LL.M. programs in Banking and Financial Law and Taxation

bu law classSince fall 2013, BU Law has offered two new accelerated dual degree programs in which students can complete a J.D. and an LL.M. degree in Banking and Financial Law or Taxation in just six semesters. Available exclusively to BU Law J.D. students, these six-semester programs, along with the existing seven-semester J.D/LL.M. degree programs in the same legal specialties, provide options for students to complete both degrees in a shorter timespan than eight semesters, while acquiring deeper field-specific knowledge in areas that are important to employers.

The new programs are specifically designed for students already enrolled in the J.D. program that take required LL.M. courses in their second and third years.“The six-semester option should be an attractive path for students who know early on that they want to specialize in these fields,” says John Riccardi, assistant dean for graduate and international programs.

For the seven-semester program, degree candidates take qualifying courses during the second and third years of the J.D. program, and then graduate from the J.D. program with sufficient advanced standing to complete the LL.M. in Banking & Financial Law or Taxation in just one additional semester.

“We are always seeking to give our students a leg up in the marketplace, and are mindful of the level of debt students face at the end of three years of studies,” says Riccardi.

The Banking & Financial Law program includes courses in banking law, securities law, insurance law, accounting and economics, and teaches essential skills in contract drafting and analysis, as well as structuring and negotiating deals. The Graduate Tax Program offers a balance between courses in tax law theory and practical application, meeting the needs of lawyers who wish to excel as tax practitioners.

If you have any questions regarding BU Law’s LL.M. programs or the application process, please email

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