June 10, 2010
BU Law announces new Executive LL.M. in International Business Law
Boston University School of Law has announced the launch of its Executive LL.M. in International Business Law Program – a master of laws program designed to accommodate the careers of international lawyers whose work commitments make it difficult to attend a traditional nine-month residency program in the United States. The new program received formal university approval on May 5, 2010.
The 20-credit program, opened exclusively to lawyers trained outside the United States, will focus on the fundamental topics in the field of international business law as taught from a U.S. perspective. Classes will be taught in Boston by the School’s regular teaching faculty during three two-week residency sessions scheduled in March, July and August.
“This innovative program enables foreign-trained lawyers to enhance their international business skills without sacrificing extended periods of time away from their firms and clients,” said BU School of Law Dean Maureen A. O’Rourke. “It also builds upon BU Law’s long history and leadership in educating international practitioners.”
The fixed curriculum will consist of Contracts, Corporations, Securities Regulation, Corporate Finance and Accounting, Mergers and Acquisitions, and International Business Transactions and Agreements. Each two-week residency session will cover two topics and will be coupled with a structured program of asynchronous distance learning developed in collaboration with Boston University’s Office of Distance Education. Students may attend the sessions in any order and may complete the program in as short a period as nine months.
“The concept arose after listening to the number of candidates who have sought LL.M. studies at BU Law but have been unable to leave their firms or companies for an entire year,” said John Riccardi, Assistant Dean of Graduate Studies and one of the prime architects behind the Executive Program. “This program offers an innovative “blended learning” design to meet their needs. For the busy international practitioner, it’s the best of both worlds.”
The Program’s inaugural director is Ian Pilarczyk, a BU Law graduate (’95). “This is an exciting new venture for the School of Law, and the level of interest from the international community has already been extremely gratifying,” said Pilarczyk, who, before prior returning to BU Law to assume the directorship, served as the founding associate director of the LL.M. program at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University. “This will be a proud, first-rate addition to our family of graduate law programs.”
Pilarczyk is joined by Professor Stephen Marks, a corporate law expert and member of BU Law’s faculty since 1988, who will serve as the program’s academic director. “Students in the Executive LLM program will be learning from some of the best in the business, and will be doing so through a combination of a traditional classroom setting and cutting-edge technology,” said Marks.
The School of Law expects to begin accepting applications for the Executive Program in July 2010. The first session will take place in March 2011.
In addition to the new LL.M. program, BU Law offers LL.M. programs in Banking and Financial Law, Taxation, Intellectual Property and in American Law. A top-tier law school known for its teaching quality, BU Law has been preparing leaders in law, domestically and internationally, for 138 years. Since its founding in 1872, the School has welcomed qualified men and women from across the United States and abroad, without regard to background or belief.