Ian C. Pilarczyk

Director for Executive, Online, and Special Initiatives

BA with Honours, McGill University
JD cum laude, Boston University School of Law
LLM, McGill University Institute of Comparative Law
DCL, McGill University Institute of Comparative Law


Ian C. Pilarczyk is the founding director of the Executive LLM in International Business Law and Legal English Certificate Program (LECP) at BU Law, and manages the Introduction to Business Fundamentals course in the JD program (in which he also created the “Introduction to Capital Markets” module). He received his B.A. with Honours in Philosophy from McGill University in Montreal, Quebec, and his JD cum laude from Boston University School of Law in 1995. Following law school, he went on to earn his LLM and DCL from McGill University’s Institute of Comparative Law.

Prior to rejoining the BU Law community, he served as founding associate director of the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy’s LLM in International Law from 2007- 2009. He was a Sessional Lecturer at McGill’s law school from 1998-2003, teaching Canadian Legal History and Children and the Law, as well as a seminar he created on comparative nineteenth-century family law. Since 1992 he has also been a position trader, specializing in closed-end funds and microcap/smallcap securities.

Dr. Pilarczyk teaches as a visiting lecturer at the Ex College, Tufts University, where he was recognized as an “exceptional instructor” on the basis of student evaluations for his course on Famous Trials in U.S. History; and teaches Introduction to U.S. Legal Culture and Topics in American Law in the LECP. He also teaches Introduction to American Law, Introduction to Alternative Dispute Resolution, and Introduction to Criminal Law for special programs run by the Executive LLM office. He serves as a volunteer mediator on the Massachusetts District Court Panel since 2004.

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