LL.M. Programs

Meet the Staff

The Graduate and International Programs Office (OGIP) serves as the central administrative office for BU Law's LL.M. in American Law Program, LL.M. in Intellectual Property Law Program and foreign exchange programs.  It is, in many respects, the "home away from home" for most of the dozens and dozens of international graduate students whom BU Law welcomes each year. The OGIP is committed to furthering BU Law's long-standing tradition of welcoming people of every race and ethnicity, encouraging the exchange of ideas, and the formation of relations that transcend national boundaries.

Prospective students should direct all application-related questions to this office.

Contact Us:

Graduate and International Programs Office
Boston University School of Law
765 Commonwealth Avenue, Suite 1003
Boston, MA 02215
Tel: 617.353.5323
E-mail: gradint@bu.edu



John N. Riccardi
Director and Assistant Dean for Graduate and International Programs

John N. Riccardi is BU Law's assistant dean for Graduate and International Programs and director of the Graduate and International Programs Office. He received his A.B. cum laude from Harvard College and his J.D. magna cum laude from BU Law in 1991, where he was an editor of The Boston University Law Review, a G. Joseph Tauro Scholar and a recipient of an American Jurisprudence Prize for his academic achievements.

For several years, he was an associate at Ropes & Gray, one of Boston's largest law firms, where he specialized in health care law, intellectual property and public financing. Before returning to BU Law in 1997, he was a principal in the Cambridge, MA, consulting firm of Vogt Associates, where he advised lawyers, law firms, in-house legal departments and law schools on professional development, marketing and strategic planning issues.

His responsibilities at BU Law include directing the School's LL.M. in American Law, LL.M. in Intellectual Property Law, Summer Legal Institute in London and study abroad programs, and overseeing the School's graduate programs, international initiatives and marketing and communications. He has taught the survey course in American law for LL.M. students.



Shannon Balliro
Assistant Director, Graduate and International Programs Office

Shannon Balliro is the Assistant Director for the Graduate and International Programs Office. She serves as the primary contact for American Law Program, Intellectual Property Law Program, & Visiting Foreign Exchange students and oversees admissions for our five residential LL.M. programs! Shannon deals mainly in academic advising, student affairs, student events, and every other form of support students need to succeed here at BU Law; she is an amazing resource for all students, faculty, and staff with questions large and small. A student herself, she recently earned her second graduate degree (Master of Education: Higher Education Policy, Planning, and Administration) in May 2013 after having completed her Master of Arts in English in May 2012. She is now working toward her Doctorate of Education in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies.

Prior to joining the OGIP, Shannon worked in the Boston University Residence Life Department helping undergraduate students acclimate to life on-campus. Shannon's knowledge of Boston University's academic, social, and professional resources makes her a one-stop-shop for incoming students. Please stop by the OGIP and say hi to Shannon the next time you are on campus!


Cara Hebard

Cara Hebard
Senior Program Coordinator

Cara Hebard is the senior program coordinator for the Graduate and International Programs Office. She is the front-line contact for American Law Program and Intellectual Property Law Program students, providing academic and administrative support on matters large and small, including registration, immigration, add/drop, OPT, and more! Cara is also the primary resource for all incoming LL.M. students for visa matters, as she works with our International Students and Scholars Office (ISSO) to ensure that all incoming students receive their visa paperwork in a timely manner. Cara loves meeting new and prospective students, so stop by the office and say hi the next time you are on campus!  

Cara brings a broad range of student support and administrative experiences within higher education to Boston University. Prior to joining the OGIP, Cara worked at Bryant University as an undergraduate admissions counselor. She also worked at Boston College Law School in Alumni Relations and Development. She received her B.A. in Sociology with a minor in psychology at Quinnipiac University in 2010. During her free time, Cara enjoys staying active, travelling, and going to the beach (in the summer of course).