Degree Details

The LLM in American Law Program curriculum is specifically designed to prepare foreign lawyers for the challenge of global practice. In this program, students are fully integrated into BU Law’s JD classes, where they sit side-by-side with American students being trained in the tradition of US legal education.

Degree Type

  • Graduate

Minimum Requirements

  • 2 Semesters
  • 12 Courses
  • 24 Credits


  • In-Person


  • Full-Time


  • On-Campus
Read more on the Academic Bulletin

You will not only learn the substance of US doctrine in virtually any area of interest—intellectual property law, international business law, mergers and acquisitions, alternative dispute resolution, to name only a few—but you will learn something equally as important: how US lawyers are trained to analyze legal questions and advocate on their clients’ behalf.

By the end of the year, we expect you will have developed skills to make you a more effective global practitioner. You will have gained unique insight into the “mindset” of US lawyers and others trained in the common law. You will have the necessary perspective to work across borders, and transact with lawyers from diverse traditions and backgrounds.

In that sense, our American Law Program is anything but American. It’s truly global.

Learn more about our program from Christina Rice, Assistant Dean of Graduate, International & Online ProgramsDirector of American Law Program Maureen Tracy Leo, or download a program overview here.

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