Curriculum designed exclusively for graduate study

Equipped with the knowledge and skills needed to handle the regulatory, transactional and compliance needs of financial services clients in today’s global economy, our graduates hold influential positions worldwide—in banks, governments, law firms, corporations, financial institutions, and multilateral and nongovernmental organizations. Since conferring our first LLM in Banking & Financial Law in 1984, our program remains the only financial services LLM program in the country with its own faculty and a curriculum designed exclusively for graduate study.

The program of study, focusing on regulatory courses and transactional courses in the areas of banking law, securities law, and general financial services law, leads to the degree of Master of Laws in Banking and Financial Law. Students may also choose to focus their studies in one of the available program concentrations in The Business of Banking, Compliance Management, Financial Services Transactions (offered only to students studying in the residential format), Lending and Credit Transactions, and Securities Transactions. Upon graduating, students will have a deep appreciation of how to apply the law to banking and financial transactions, whether they earn the degree through residential studies in Boston or online from home.

Beyond the classroom, students can supplement their coursework by focusing on the financial services issues of the day through lectures, conferences, and roundtable discussions. A number of these conferences and lectures are co-sponsored with groups such as the American Bar Association, the Boston Bar Association, and The Clearing House Association.

We also offer the Certificate in Financial Services Compliance, the first online program offered by the Graduate Program in Banking & Financial Law. For more details on this new program, visit the program website.

Learn more about the program from Director Mary Moran Zeven, or download a program overview here.

What our students have to say about the BU Law Banking & Financial LLM program

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  • Gustavo Rodriguez - Colombia

    Gustavo Rodriguez - Colombia

    "[The program] not only covers the regulatory side of things, but also the transactional side"

  • Shanying Liu - China

    Shanying Liu - China

    "BU Law professors encourage, engage, and continually support you throughout your studies.”

  • Bruce Mwauluka - Zambia

    Bruce Mwauluka - Zambia

    "After having been out of school for around 8 years, I was drawn to a practical program that I could implement immediately."

  • Aline Vitelli Tanaka - Brazil

    Aline Vitelli Tanaka - Brazil

    "In the banking program, because everyone has work experience, the level of discussion is more in-depth."

  • Alvaro Ruiz Ostos - Venezuela

    Alvaro Ruiz Ostos - Venezuela

    “That’s what made me realize there was another side of corporate and banking and financial law. I started researching development banking and how many countries have used tools like capital markets.”

  • Thayanne Aliduir - Brazil

    Thayanne Aliduir - Brazil

    "I love how proud BU is to open its doors to students from all around the world and believe in them and also not just give them an opportunity of a lifetime, but support them throughout the whole process in every way it can."