BU School of Law and HEC Paris Launch Student Exchange Program to Train Global Leaders in Law and Business

Partnership is first between a U.S. law school and top-tier school of management in Europe

eiffel towerBoston University School of Law and École des Hautes Études Commerciales in Paris, France (HEC Paris) have agreed to launch a student exchange program—the first of its kind between an American law school and a top-tier international school of management—that will prepare students for leadership roles in the global economy.

"Employers seek law graduates who understand how businesses operate," says BU Law Dean Maureen A. O'Rourke, "and business today is global. Our partnership with HEC adds a valuable, international dimension to our already impressive portfolio of business-skills-training opportunities for J.D. students."

Beginning in fall 2014, BU Law second- and third-year students can spend a semester in HEC Paris's Master in Management (MIM) Grande École program, a highly selective management program designed to train students for executive-level positions in global organizations. HEC students who hold a first degree in law in France can take courses in BU Law's J.D. curriculum or its graduate programs in taxation or banking & financial law.

"This collaboration presents an extraordinary opportunity for our law students to develop business skills and learn to think like clients, while attending one of the world's premier global business schools," says John Riccardi, BU Law's assistant dean for graduate and international programs. Studying alongside business students from 100 countries, BU Law students will take core and specialized classes covering a range of management topics, such as managerial economics, innovation and entrepreneurship, and global risk regulation, all taught in English.

"We are thrilled to partner with BU Law," says Eloἲc-Anil Peyrache, associate dean and director of the MIM program. "This collaboration will enable our MIM students with legal backgrounds to learn about U.S. law and broaden their skills as global business lawyers."

HEC Paris, founded in 1881 as one of France's elite Grande Écoles, has consistently topped the Financial Times' European business school rankings since 2006. It is the first business school in France to have received the prestigious Triple Crown Academic accreditation (AMBA, EQUIS, AACSB). In addition to its MIM program, HEC Paris offers an MBA, Ph.D., several graduate programs, and executive education programs ranked #1 in the world by the Financial Times.

Reported December 9, 2013

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