LL.M. Programs

Ian C. Pilarczyk, D.C.L., Director, Executive LL.M. in International Business Law

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 (ELLM) in International Business Law-- an innovative LL.M. program offering global legal literacy in this important field of international legal practice.

The Executive LL.M. 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 several residential sessions, or with multiple online offerings, all offered throughout the year. 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 also offer two online concentrations as part of the ELLM, the Concentration in International Taxation, and the Concentration in International Environmental and Energy Law, which also allow you to complete the program with just two residential sessions. 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 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 brings with it several strategic expansions of the Executive LL.M. program, including our new concentrations. Starting this June, one of our annual summer residencies will also take place in Budapest, Hungary, adding an additional international element to your educational experience. 2014 will bring further expansion, including proposed new courses in Legal Compliance in International Business, Corporate Deals, and an all-online version of International Business Transactions and Agreements. 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, provide you with invaluable networking and learning opportunities, and expand your expertise by providing you with the additional legal literacy tools needed to succeed in this dynamic field. We hope you will join us for this dynamic LL.M. experience at BU Law.



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

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