J.D. Program

Advanced Standing

Transfer credit for foreign-trained applicants who completed a BU School of Law LL.M. program

Students enrolled in the BU Law LL.M. in American Law Program may apply to the J.D. program as transfer students during the spring semester of their LL.M. year and -- if they are admitted -- may receive up to 30 credits for their LL.M. studies towards the J.D. degree, based on their BU Law LL.M. studies and prior legal studies, consistent with American Bar Association standards. This means they may be able to complete the J.D. program with two additional years of study.

Graduate Tax Program and Banking and Financial Law students may receive up to 12 credits earned during their LL.M. year. Transfer students who matriculate into the J.D. program need to complete all the requirements of the J.D. program. Transfer applicants need to take the LSAT and will be judged in comparison to all other J.D. transfer candidates. Candidates should not expect preferential treatment by the J.D. Admissions Committee simply by virtue of attending the LL.M. program at BU Law. Admission is not guaranteed. For fall semester transfer candidates, completed application forms, fees, and supporting documents are due to the J.D. Admissions Office by August 1. LL.M. students may take the LSAT as late as June for fall enrollment. January Banking and Financial Law and Graduate Tax Program graduates are not eligible to begin the J.D. program in the spring term immediately following their final fall semester of studies.

Applications for Advanced Standing

Applicants who are not eligible to apply as transfer students may apply through the regular admissions cycle. BU Law accepts only applications that have been submitted online via the Law School Admission Council (LSAC). The deadline for the regular admissions cycle is March 1. Once admitted, foreign-trained lawyers and graduates of LLM programs at ABA-accredited law schools may petition the Academic Standards Committee for advanced standing based on their prior legal study.

Advanced standing credit for foreign-trained lawyers

Subject to American Bar Association regulations, BU Law may admit graduates of foreign law schools and allow credit for studies at foreign law schools.  Foreign law graduates apply for admission following the same procedures as other first time foreign-educated applicants.  Foreign law graduates who have been admitted to BU Law may petition the Academic Standards Committee to determine whether, based on the courses taken at a foreign law school, they might be exempt from certain first-year courses.  Petitions must be submitted before the beginning of first-year classes.  After their first year at BU Law, foreign law graduates may petition the Academic Standards Committee for credit toward their upperclass credit requirements for courses taken at a foreign law school.  The maximum credits that may be granted for first-year and/or upperclass courses may not exceed one-third of the total required for the BU Law J.D. degree.  

Credit for foreign-trained applicants who completed or will complete an LL.M. program at another ABA-accredited law school

Subject to American Bar Association regulations, BU Law may admit foreign-trained applicants who complete an LL.M. program at another ABA-accredited law school, and may accept credits earned in the LL.M. program. These students should apply as first-year students. Students who have been admitted to BU Law may petition the Academic Standards Committee to determine whether, based on the courses taken in the LL.M. program, they might be exempt from certain first-year courses. Petitions must be submitted before the beginning of first-year classes. After their first year at BU Law, students may petition the Academic Standards Committee for credit toward their upperclass credit requirements for courses taken in their prior LL.M. program or prior foreign law studies. The maximum credits that may be granted for first-year and/or upperclass courses may not exceed 30 credits.