Institute for Law & Finance, Frankfurt, Germany

Semester Option: Spring

Language: English

Second- and third-year JD students interested in the global dimension of banking and financial law may spend a spring semester in Frankfurt, Germany, at the Institute for Law and Finance (ILF), one of the leading centers in Europe for the advanced study of international financial services law and economics. A part of Goethe University, the ILF is renowned for its close connections to the practicing bar and sponsorship by major financial service institutions. JD participants take a minimum of five classes through the ILF’s LLM in Finance program. Taught entirely in English by academics and experienced practitioners from Europe’s legal and financial world, courses cover the economic, transactional, and regulatory aspects of the global financial service industry.

JD students also have the option of pursuing a one-month internship at a financial institution (i.e., at a law firm, bank, consultancy, etc.) in Frankfurt or elsewhere in Europe, arranged by ILF, during the summer following their spring studies.

Interested second-year JD students should be aware that because the ILF’s spring term classes end in mid-July, they will not be able to return to the US for a summer position or start a European internship until after that time. Third-year JD participants would not be eligible to receive the BU JD degree until September (instead of May), nor qualify to take a bar exam until February of the following year.