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

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

2014 Course schedule

Classroom instruction takes place in Boston or Budapest (anticipated) during intensive two-week residential modules scheduled throughout the year. For the 2013-2014 academic year, the residency and online course schedule is as follows:

  • U.S. Contract Law for the International Lawyer
  • International Business Transactions & Agreements
  • Current Issues in U.S. Business Law Colloquia
  • International Arbitration
  • U.S. and Trans-Border Mergers & Acquisitions
  • Corporate Finance with U.S. & International Reporting
  • Current Issues in U.S. Business Law Colloquia
  • U.S. Corporate Law for the International Lawyer
  • U.S. & International Intellectual Property
  • U.S. & Trans-Border Securities Regulation
  • Deals: The Legal Engineering Behind Corporate Transactions
  • Current Issues in U.S. Business Law Colloquia
  • Fall 2014 - Legal Compliance for International Business
  • Fall 2014 - 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 2013-2014 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 2014 (Budapest and Boston sessions), and two weeks residency in March 2015.

Sample Schedule B

Two weeks residency in spring 2013 and Four weeks residency in summer 2014 (Budapest and Boston sessions).

Sample Schedule C

Two weeks residency in summer 2014, two weeks residency in March 2015, and two weeks residency in summer 2015.

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.

2013-2014 Executive LL.M. Program Calendar

Monday, August 5, 2013 Registration deadline for Fall online tax courses
Tuesday, September 3-December 23, 2013 Fall online tax courses. (Federal Income Tax, International Tax)
Friday, December 13, 2013 Registration deadline for Spring Boston Session
Tuesday, January 7, 2014 Online orientation begins for Spring Boston Session
Tuesday, January 14, 2014 Online pre-residency begins for Spring Boston Session
Monday, March 10 - Saturday, March 22, 2014 Spring Boston Session residency. U.S. Contract Law; International Business Transactions & Agreements

Online post-residency session for Spring Boston to occur March 31- May 2 2014

Friday, April 11, 2014 Course registration deadline for summer sessions
Tuesday, April 22, 2014 Online orientation begins for all summer sessions
Tuesday, May 6, 2014 Online pre-residency begins for all summer sessions
Monday, June 16-Saturday, June 28, 2014

Summer Budapest Session residency. International Arbitration; U.S. and Trans-Border Mergers & Acquisitions; Corporate Finance with U.S. & International Reporting

Online post-residency session for Summer Budapest to occur September 2-October 6, 2014

Monday, July 28-Saturday, August 9, 2014

Summer Boston Session residency. U.S. & Trans-Border Securities Regulation; U.S. & International Intellectual Property; U.S. Corporate Law for the International Lawyer; Deals: The Legal Engineering Behind Corporate Transactions (tentative)

Online post-residency for Summer Boston Session to occur October 28- November 24, 2014