Message from the Director
Dear Prospective Executive LL.M. Student,
Flexible. Practical. Transformative. Collaborative. Enriching. These are but a few of the words that come to mind when I'm asked to describe BU Law's Executive LL.M. Program in International Business Law--the first U.S. based LL.M. program of its kind.
The Executive Program presents you with a unique opportunity to specialize in the core topics of international business practice, taught by members of America’s top law teaching faculty, and to do so through a flexible structure that accommodates the demands of your professional life. The Program blends world-class classroom instruction with innovative Internet-mediated learning in a way that meets the needs of today’s most qualified LL.M. candidates: busy global practitioners whose professional demands make it impossible to complete a traditional LL.M. residency in Boston. The Program’s format allows you to begin with any of four sessions offered throughout the year, and you can even complete all three of the two-week residential sessions during one consecutive six-week summer session. While most students will complete the Program by enrolling in three sessions and taking two courses at a time, you are also able to take individual courses, either as a degree or a non-degree candidate. Our exciting course offerings provide you with the fundamentals of international business law and include optional course offerings such as U.S. & International Intellectual Property and International Arbitration. We are excited to present the Executive Program’s cutting-edge design as a desirable alternative to a traditional two-semester experience, and we are equally proud that the degree we grant is the same advanced law degree that Boston University has been conferring for over 120 years—a credential recognized throughout the world.
The Executive LL.M. experience that awaits you goes beyond superior classroom instruction and state-of- the-art distance learning. All students receive pre-arranged housing near campus, the costs of which are included in tuition, for the duration of the residential program. Luncheons coupled with a Colloquium series will bring in guest speakers while affording students the opportunity to interact and network with fellow international business law practitioners. Social and other events further enhance the residential experience, allowing you to become part of the Boston University School of Law community and forge important professional relationships. Most importantly, your experience is not limited to short-term Boston visits or on-line exchanges: it will last a lifetime, as you will join a worldwide alumni community of over 17,000 lawyers in more than 65 countries.
2013 will usher in several strategic expansions of the Executive program, including our new online concentration in international taxation. This concentration, in addition to providing expertise in this valuable area of practice through courses such as Corporate Tax, International Tax, and Transfer Pricing, also allows students the added flexibility of completing one-third of the program entirely online, if desired. Beginning in June 2013, one of our summer residencies will take place annually in Budapest, Hungary, adding an additional international element to your educational experience. For all these reasons--and more--I invite you to learn more about our Executive LL.M. Program. I am sure you will find that Boston University's LL.M. degree in International Business Law will advance your professional credentials and expand your expertise by providing you with the additional tools needed to succeed in this dynamic field. We hope you will join us for this dynamic LL.M. experience.
Ian C. Pilarczyk, B.A. (McGill), J.D. (Boston Univ), LL.M. (McGill), D.C.L. (McGill).
Director, Executive LL.M. in International Business Law