September 29, 2010
BU Law Introduces International Dual Degree in Asian Legal Studies
BU Law announces the establishment of a new international dual degree program with one of Asia’s leading law faculties: the National University of Singapore (NUS). The program will enable third-year BU Law students to spend the entire year enrolled in NUS’s LL.M. in Asian Legal Studies Program -- one of the few programs of its kind. At the end of the year, students will receive the BU Law J.D. degree and the LL.M. in Asian Legal Studies degree from NUS.
“This is an exciting and important addition to our Asian portfolio and expansion of our relationship with our partners at NUS,” says John Riccardi, Assistant Dean for Graduate and International Programs. “It’s an outstanding opportunity for students with the most serious interests in Asia-related work.”
Through NUS’s LL.M. program, students will be able to spend the entire year learning about the legal traditions of specific Asian countries, such as India and Indonesia, as well as focus on particular areas of law, such as commercial law, constitutional law and international law, as these are treated across Asia. The program enables students to understand not only the law in its wider socio-cultural context, but to appreciate its linkages with regional commerce, trade and politics.
Launched in 2007, the LL.M. program is “one of only a handful available globally,” according to NUS. The program is affiliated with NUS’s Asian Law Institute (ASLI). One of the world’s most prestigious universities, NUS ranks 30th out of the top 200 universities worldwide, according to the authoritative QS World University Rankings conducted by the Times Higher Education Supplement (THES) (2009). The university is ranked 20th in the world in social sciences, according to THES. In August 2006, Newsweek named the University as one of the top three “global” universities in Asia and Australasia, based on “openness and diversity as well as distinction in research.”
The program is BU Law’s second international dual degree program for third-year students. In 2009, the school introduced a dual J.D./LL.M. program with the Université Panthéon-Assas (Paris II), leading to an LL.M. in European Law from Paris II. Since 2007, BU Law has had a single semester exchange program with NUS, which remains available to second- and third-year J.D. students. “Our students’ single semester experiences in Singapore have been outstanding,” says Riccardi. “We expect this new program – the full-year abroad – to be at least twice as outstanding.”
In addition to its two international dual degree programs, BU Law offers 13 single-semester abroad programs throughout Europe, Asia, the Middle East and Latin America – among the most expansive portfolios available at any U.S. law school.