Two-Year LLM in American Law

Course Requirements

First Year Required Courses:

  • LAW LE 650 U.S. Legal Discourse (6 cr.)
  • LAW LE 651 Academic Skills for U.S. Law Studies (3 cr.)
  • LAW LE 653 Legal Reasoning and Analysis (6 cr.)
  • LAW LE 655 Persuasive Legal Advocacy (2 cr.)
  • LAW AM 700 Introduction to American Law (2 cr.)
  • LAW AM 704 Legal Research and Writing Seminar for LLMs (2 cr.)
  • LAW SL 697S Academic Skills for the International Lawyer (0 cr.)  (2-week summer course)

First Year Elective Courses:

  • LAW LE 661 International Contracts and Negotiations (2 cr.)*
  • LAW LE 652 Introduction to U.S. Legal Culture (2 cr.)*
  • LAW AM 701 Professional Responsibility for International LLMs (2 cr.)
  • LAW AM 702 Property for LLMs (2 cr.)
  • LAW AM 703 Evidence for LLMs (2 cr.)
  • LAW AM 709 Fundamentals of U.S. Constitutional Law for LLM Students (2 cr.)
  • LAW AM 710 Criminal Law for LLMs (2 cr.)
  • LAW AM 813 Contract Law Practice for LLM Students: Understanding the US Lawyer’s Perspective
  • LAW AM 815 Corporations for LLMs (4 cr.)
  • LAW AM 715 Essential Bar Skills (2 cr.)
  • LAW TX 901 Federal Income Tax I (2 cr.)
  • LAW TX 902 Federal Income Tax II (2 cr.)

*Students with an English Language Assessment Score below TOEFL 100 or IELTS 7.0 will be automatically enrolled in these course electives. Eligibility for students with a waiver will be determined by the Two-Year LLM Faculty Director.

Second Year Requirements:

  • Professional Skills Lab Colloquium (0 cr.)
  • Minimum of 24 credits (at least 10 credits per semester) from LAW courses offered in BU Law’s JD and/or LLM programs.