March 27, 2013
National Law Journal Recognizes BU Law’s Clinical and LL.M. Programs
Boston University School of Law’s clinical programs and two LL.M. degree programs have been recognized in the 2013 edition of Best of The National Law Journal. BU Law’s clinical programs were ranked second nationally, while the LL.M. programs in Taxation and Banking & Finance were also ranked #2 in their respective categories.
More than 250 students participate annually in BU Law’s broad array of civil, criminal law and legislative clinics. Students learn practical lawyering skills in actual legal settings under the supervision of BU Law faculty and on-site mentors. Every student who wants to participate in a clinical program gets the opportunity.
“We are delighted that our clinical programs have been recognized by The National Law Journal,” says Lois Knight, director of Clinical and Trial Advocacy Programs. “We have expanded our programs significantly to meet students’ growing interests. In addition to learning traditional litigation skills in our clinics, students can learn about international law practice, how the legislative process works, and cutting edge topics such as health care law, environmental law, and financial regulation.”
Two of BU Law’s highly respected LL.M. programs also received recognition from The National Law Journal. The Graduate Tax Program educates students who have already earned their J.D. degree and seek greater mastery of the practice, ethics and subtleties of tax law. Last year, BU Law introduced a new online graduate tax program. “We offer a curriculum that is truly enviable in terms of its depth and breadth,” says Ernest Haddad, interim director of the Graduate Tax Program. “Students learn from members of BU Law’s full-time faculty as well as distinguished tax practitioners from law firms, tax consulting firms and the Internal Revenue Service.”
The Graduate Program in Banking and Financial Law, the oldest LL.M. program of its kind in the United States, has trained more than 3,000 lawyers for leadership positions in both domestic and foreign banking and financial services industries. “We seek to provide an education that is both relevant and practical,” says Martin Lacdao, associate director of the Graduate Program in Banking and Financial Law. “Our curriculum reflects the needs of the industry and equips our students with current information and skills. Our instructors are financial services professionals who are masters in their field and have the passion, dedication and commitment to teach and train young lawyers.”
BU Law is honored by this recognition and pleased to be ranked by The National Law Journal as one of the very best law schools in the country, but acknowledges that rankings are largely subjective and incomplete measures of a school’s overall quality and long-term commitment to excellence. BU Law was second to the University of Pennsylvania for Clinical Programs and the LL.M. Program in Banking & Finance, and second to NYU in the LL.M. in Taxation category.