The Seven-Semester J.D./LL.M. Program in Banking and Financial Law
BU Law J.D. students with a strong interest in both law and financial services may apply for the accelerated LL.M. in Banking and Financial Law. By taking qualifying courses during the second and third years of the J.D. program, students can graduate from the J.D. program with sufficient advanced standing to complete the LL.M. in Banking and Financial Law in just one additional semester. Admission to the seven-semester program is open only to students already enrolled in the J.D. Program at BU Law.
To be accepted in the seven-semester program, a student must complete two prerequisite courses and Government Regulation of Financial Institutions in the J.D. program. The prerequisite courses are Corporations and either Commercial Code or Sales and Secured Transactions. The prerequisite courses do not earn credit toward the LL.M. degree.
All courses in the Graduate Program in Banking and Financial Law, except Introduction to the American Legal System, qualify for credit toward the LL.M. degree. J.D. courses which also qualify are listed below:
- Fiduciary Law
- Government Regulation of Financial Institutions
- Insurance Law
- International Business Transactions
- International Commercial Arbitration
- International Trade Law
- Mutual Funds
- Securities Regulation
Admission to the Program
Any BU Law J.D. student who has taken Government Regulation of Financial Institutions may apply for conditional admission to the Seven Semester Program. Typically, applications will be made during the student's fourth or fifth semester in the J.D. program. Applicants must follow the regular application process for admission to the Graduate Program in Banking and Financial Law, except that they need not provide official transcripts of their pre-J.D. program academic work, and need submit only one letter of recommendation which must be from either a member of the Boston University School of Law faculty. Applicants will be notified whether they will be offered admission to the program promptly after the application file is complete. All offers of admission to the program are conditional upon the applicant completing, with grades of B or better, and with an average grade of B+ or better, all J.D. and LL.M. courses to be credited toward the LL.M. degree.