LL.M. Programs

Master of Laws in Banking and Financial Law at Boston University School of Law

The Graduate Program in Banking and Financial Law is the oldest LL.M. program of its kind in the United States, and has its roots in the Morin Center for Banking and Financial Law founded in 1978. Since graduating its first class in 1985, the banking program has trained more than 2,000 lawyers for leadership positions in both domestic and foreign banking and financial services industries. Our graduates hold influential positions in government, law firms, corporations, financial institutions, and multilateral and non-governmental organizations throughout the world.

The program has never been more relevant than today. With the recent upheavals in financial markets, the legal and regulatory structure of the financial system has been amended and enhanced. The future will offer opportunities in abundance for financial services lawyers who are familiar with the fundamentals of the industry and the regulatory and supervisory environment in which it operates.

Program Overview

The Graduate Program in Banking and Financial Law is challenging and is designed specifically for students who wish to obtain a graduate-level legal education in the field of financial services law. Ideal candidates are lawyers with some financial services experience can contribute in the classroom and who want to improve their skills in today's rapidly changing world of financial services law. The program, which may be completed on a full- or part-time basis, is also appropriate for attorneys seeking to begin a new career after spending the first part of their professional lives in another legal field. Students receive a practical education in financial services law, enabling them to function effectively in a professional setting.

The Graduate Program is the only financial services LL.M. program in the US with its own faculty and with a curriculum of courses designed exclusively for graduate study (rather than relying on regular law school courses.) The program of study, focusing on regulatory courses and transactional courses in the areas of banking law, securities law and general financial services law, leads to the degree of Master of Laws in Banking and Financial Law.

Domestic and international students are welcome and may attend the Graduate Banking Program on a full- or part-time basis (most international students will be required to enroll on a full-time basis). Students may apply for admission to either the fall (September) or spring (January) semester. International lawyers may qualify for a US bar examination through the Graduate Program. All students benefit from the rich menu of speakers, conferences and internships offered through the Graduate Banking Program. Students are encouraged to apply to become part of the staff of the Review of Banking & Financial Law, a student-run journal continously published for more than 30 years.

Accelerated Tracks for J.D. Students

J.D. students at Boston University with a strong interest in financial services law law have the opportunity to complete both the J.D. and LL.M. in Banking and Financial Law in as few as six semesters of study. Learn more about the six- and seven-semester tracks.



Graduate Program in Banking and Financial LawContact Us:

Graduate Program in Banking and Financial Law
Boston University School of Law

765 Commonwealth Avenue
Boston, Massachusetts 02215

Phone: 617.353.3023
Toll free (in U.S.): 888.285.7003
Fax: 617.353.2444
E-mail: banklaw@bu.edu