LL.M. Programs

Activities in the Graduate Program

Learning Outside the Classroom

Since most students in the Graduate Program complete their degree after one year of study, we believe in providing our students with as many extracurricular learning opportunities as possible.

Because we seek to provide a practical education, we supplement students’ coursework by focusing on the issues of the day through lectures, conferences and roundtable discussions. A number of these lectures are co-sponsored with groups such as the American Bar Association, the Boston Bar Association and the New England Consumer Advisory Group.

  • Financial Services Basics: At the beginning of the fall semester, we hold a two-day primer on the U.S. financial services industry—its products, participants and role in the economy—to give students an overview of this dynamic sector. The seminar examines the financial services industry through its main component industries: banking, securities and insurance. Basic concepts in corporate law, finance and accounting are also discussed.
  • Lunchtime Conversations: At least once every other week, we invite a speaker to have lunch with a group of students in the BU Faculty Dining Room. Because of the limited number of seats at the table (in general, no more than 20 students can participate), an intimate but high-quality discussion results. These conversations are so engaging that we frequently meet for more than two hours. Past speakers have included representatives from the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston, the Massachusetts Attorney General’s office, local law firms and the academe. Topics discussed have ranged from the European debt crisis and "robo-signings" to the economic numbers behind the financial crisis.
  • Edward Lane-Reticker Speaker Series: This is the premier lecture event of the Graduate Program. Each academic year, we invite a prominent leader in the financial services industry to speak on a topic that affects legal practitioners and the general public alike. Speakers have included SEC commissioners, members of the board of financial institutions and members of Congress.
  • Brown Bag Lectures: A Brown Bag Lecture is any lunchtime lecture held at BU Law. These lectures are held quite frequently and are open to the entire BU Law community. Recent speakers have included lawyers from the SEC and legal counsels of banks in the greater Boston area. The topics are always timely. Don’t be surprised to read about the lecture in the next day’s paper!
  • Student Brown Bag Lectures:Instituted in 2007, the student brown bags are lunchtime lectures prepared and delivered by our students. We recognize that many of our students are accomplished professionals who have valuable knowledge and experience to share with classmates. These lectures are the perfect practice venue for students aspiring to be professors or public speakers.
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    Graduate Program faculty member, Francis Morrissey (center), led his class’ visit to the U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Boston’s Financial District. Around him are members of the Class of 2010.
    A Day in Court: Every year, Mr. Francis C. Morrissey, one of the many experienced practitioners on the Graduate Program’s faculty, takes his Bankruptcy class on a trip to the U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Boston’s financial district. Attendees hear an actual case being argued, and then have a private conference with the judge when the session is over.
  • Movie Nights: Even when we go to the movies, we still talk financial services. Once a semester, we show a movie featuring some aspect of the industry. Be it a documentary on the collapse of the financial markets or a film featuring traders on Wall Street, we enjoy using popular media to drive home the lessons learned in class. At the end of the film, we also have a class discussion.

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Social Activities

The Graduate Program provides numerous opportunities for students to balance hard work with play. Just as we are serious about the business of learning, we’re also serious about fostering camaraderie among our students. Here’s a sampling of what students can expect to do in their spare time:

  • Spectator sports: One wonderful thing about living in Boston is that the city has teams in all four major American sports—baseball, football, hockey and basketball. At the college level, BU has a nationally ranked men’s hockey team that annually competes for the national championship. The Graduate Program purchases tickets so that students can attend these events as a group.
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    Anastasia Bobyleva ( ’12) and Evanthia Koutsioumpa (’12) enjoy the annual ski trip at Mount Sunapee, New Hampshire.
    Skiing and Skating: New England winters can be long—but they can also be fun. Every February, we take students on a ski trip. Many graduates say this outing is the highlight of the year and should not be missed. There is also an ice skating rink on the BU campus where students can figure skate.
  • Concerts at Symphony Hall: It’s an easy walk from the law school to Boston’s Symphony Hall, home of the Boston Symphony Orchestra and the Boston Pops. From Bach to Beethoven, Rachmaninoff to Gershwin, students don’t have far to go to find the sounds they want to hear.
  • Potluck Dinner: Every year we host a potluck dinner where students share a dish from their home country or region in the United States. These dinners are always a big hit—and a welcome study break.
  • Events Organized by Students: Every year, the Graduate Program class elects student officers to help keep the class engaged. We also encourage all students to organize an event if they have a hobby or interest that they would like to share with their classmates. We fully support student involvement and can help with the planning process. From mentoring students at a local high school to class dinners featuring some exotic cuisine to organizing a soccer team to compete in the BU Intramurals, there are limitless possibilities.

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Review of Banking and Financial Law

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Symposium on the Shadow Banking System panelists
L-R: Professor Ronald Borod; Associate Director Martin Lacdao (’04); and SEC attorney Norm Knickle (’03).

Founded in 1982, the Review of Banking and Financial Law is the nation’s preeminent student-run banking and financial law journal. It includes professional articles written by the field’s leading authorities, notes and comments, and development articles authored by J.D. and LL.M. students. In February 2012, the Review successfully hosted a one-day symposium entitled "The Shadow Banking System: Past, Present, and Future," which was well-attended by practitioners and academics. While the journal’s membership is mostly made up of J.D. students, LL.M. students in the Graduate Program in Banking and Financial Law can qualify through a competitive examination in the fall. Learn more about the Review by visiting its Web site.

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Meeting Program Alumni

In the Graduate Program, we pride ourselves on keeping in touch with our alumni, long after they graduate and move forward in their careers. As a result, many alumni return to the school to attend events and serve as speakers. From career panels where they sit and give advice, to receptions where they’re eager to get to know students, our alumni are an integral part of the Graduate Program experience. By joining us in this Program, students are guaranteed to expand their professional network.

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