Boston University School of Law

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

Ian C. Pilarczyk is the founding director of the Executive LL.M. in International Business Law at BU Law. He received his B.A. with Honours in Philosophy from McGill University in Montreal, Quebec, and his J.D. cum laude from Boston University School of Law in 1995, where he was publications editor of the Probate Law Journal and an Edward F. Hennessey Scholar. Following law school, he went on to earn his LL.M. from McGill University’s Institute of Comparative Law, where he was awarded the Association of Quebec Law Professors’ annual prize for best master’s thesis, the Max Crestohl Prize and the Osgoode Society Prize for Legal History. In 2003 he received a Doctor of Civil Law degree from McGill University, where he was named to the Dean’s Honour List and awarded the Osgoode Society Prize for Legal History and the Dean’s Research Fellowship.

Prior to rejoining the BU Law community, he served as founding associate director of the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy’s LL.M. in International Law from 2007 to 2009. He was a Sessional Lecturer at McGill’s law school from 1998-2003, teaching courses in Canadian Legal History and Children and the Law, as well as a seminar he created on comparative nineteenth-century family law. Since 1992 he has also been a position trader, specializing in closed-end funds and microcap securities.

In addition to serving as director of the Executive LL.M. Program, Dr. Pilarczyk teaches a course on “Famous Trials in U.S. History” at the Ex College, Tufts University, and has volunteered as a mediator for the Massachusetts District Court Panel since 2004. His research interests include comparative Anglo-American legal history and the intersection between nineteenth-century family and criminal law, and his articles and essays have been published in the U.S., Canada and the U.K.