LL.M. Programs

Program Design and Scheduling Options

Degree requirements

To complete the LL.M. degree, students must take six courses (for 18 credits total) plus two Colloquia (for 2 credits), for a total of 20 credits.

Required courses

  • U.S. Contract Law for the International Lawyer*
  • U.S. Corporate Law for the International Lawyer*
  • International Business Transactions and Agreements (IBT&A)

* May be waived if certain criteria are met. See Frequently Asked Questions for more information.

2015 Course schedule

Classroom instruction takes place in Boston or Budapest (anticipated) during intensive two-week residential modules scheduled throughout the year. For the 2014-2015 academic year, the residency and online course schedule is as follows:

  • International Arbitration
  • Corporate Finance with U.S. & International Reporting
  • U.S. & International Intellectual Property
  • Current Issues in U.S. Business Law Colloquia
  • International Business Transactions and Agreements
  • Legal Compliance for International Business
  • U.S. Corporate Law for the International Lawyer
  • Current Issues in U.S. Business Law Colloquia
  • U.S. Contract Law for the International Lawyer
  • U.S. and Trans-Border Mergers & Acquisitions
  • U.S. & Trans-Border Securities Regulation
  • Deals: The Legal Engineering Behind Corporate Transactions
  • Current Issues in U.S. Business Law Colloquia
  • Fall 2015 - Transnational Legal Practice
  • Fall 2015 - International Business Transactions and Agreements

Students may take up to two courses and one Colloquium (7 credits) or a little as one course and one Colloquium (4 credits) per session. On average, most LL.M. students enroll in the maximum. If a student chooses to take less than two courses per session, the student must attend more than three residential periods to complete the degree requirements. All students are welcome to take more than the required 20 credits.

A complete schedule of courses for 2014-2015 can be found here.

Program flexibility

Beyond the degree requirements, LL.M. students are free to take any courses in commercial law they wish, at whatever times suit their schedules. Here are some possibilities:

Sample Schedule A

Four weeks residency in summer 2015 (Budapest and Boston sessions), and two weeks residency in March 2016.

Sample Schedule B

Two weeks residency in spring 2015 and Four weeks residency in summer 2015 (Budapest and Boston sessions).

Sample Schedule C

Two weeks residency in summer 2015, two weeks residency in March 2015, and two weeks residency in summer 2016.

Many other configurations are possible. Students are free to design the schedule that best works for them, provided all program requirements are completed within five years of matriculation. Students may opt to complete more than 20 credits prior to graduation but will be charged the normal tuition rate per credit for all credits taken.

Please note, scheduling and course options are subject to change.

2014-2015 Executive LL.M. Program Calendar

August 15, 2014 Registration deadline for Fall online courses
September 2 - December 19, 2014 Fall online courses.(Compliance, IBT&A, Federal Income Tax, International Tax)
December 12, 2014 Registration deadline for Spring Boston Session
January 13, 2015 Online pre-residency begins for Spring Boston Session
March 9 - March 21, 2015 Spring Boston Session residency. International Arbitration; Corporate Finance; Intellectual Property

Online post-residency session for Spring Boston to occur March 30 - May 1, 2015

April 17, 2015 Course registration deadline for summer sessions
May 5, 2015 Online pre-residency begins for all summer sessions
June 15 - June 27, 2015

Summer Budapest Session residency. IBT&A; Compliance; Corporations

Online post-residency session for Summer Budapest to occur July 7 - July 31, 2015

August 3 - August 15, 2015

Summer Boston Session residency. Securities Regulation; Contracts; Mergers and Acquisitions

Online post-residency for Summer Boston Session to occur August 24 - September 18, 2015