The future is now. Seize it.

The global financial services industry is transforming at break-neck speed. Banks, investment firms and insurance companies must mitigate risks in markets continually disrupted by emerging technologies. Amidst perpetual flux, regulators must oversee business activities with global implications. As the nation’s premier specialized financial service law program, BU Law’s LLM in Banking and Financial Law Program will give you the expertise and global perspective you need to thrive in the rapidly evolving, dynamic world of financial services law. The future is now. Are you ready to seize the moment?

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Get hands-on training.

You’ll have an opportunity to obtain practical training through BFL’s spring semester Financial Services Law Internship course, which will immerse you in the day-to-day operations of a law firm, financial services organization, financial nonprofit entity or regulatory agency. Working under the supervision of a practicing lawyer, you’ll be able to brandish your skills portfolio —and make valuable connections in the market.

The nation’s first and only.

The BFL is the oldest and only program of its kind in the nation: no other LLM program boasts its own dedicated faculty of senior industry practitioners who teach a curriculum designed exclusively for graduate study. Since its inception, BFL has trained 2,000+ lawyers from 70+ countries around the world.

Comprehensive perspective. Specialized expertise.

No other program offers advanced studies of such depth and breadth.
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Real world learning.
Practical knowledge.

If you want to hit the library and dive into the academic literature of global finance, you might not enjoy the BFL.
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Compliance training and certificate.

Financial regulation is a global affair. Regulatory compliance is hot. BU Law is your pathway to leadership as a financial services compliance professional.
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Comprehensive perspective. Specialized expertise.

No other program offers advanced studies of such depth and breadth.
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With more than 25 LLM courses, the BFL’s curriculum enables you to explore in-depth the interrelated regulatory, transactional and business aspects of banking and financial services law.

That, by itself, is a stand-out.

The program’s one required class, Banking Structure and Regulation, will give you a foundational understanding of US banking and financial services law and where US laws intersect with international banking supervision structures and principles. All your other courses within the program are elective, empowering you to customize your study plan according to your professional needs and interests.

Courses fall into three main areas, giving you a comprehensive perspective on the industry’s players and dynamics.

Regulatory courses.

Regulatory courses provide a foundational understanding of the structure and content of banking, securities, and financial services regulations; the role of central banks and oversight agencies; and the interaction of commercial banks, the Federal Reserve System, and monetary policy.

Transactional courses.

Transactional courses provide hands-on training in structuring, negotiating and documenting transactions in numerous areas, including commercial lending, project finance, securitization, and mergers and acquisitions.

Business-oriented courses.

Business-oriented courses explore the legal structure of financial products and services, such as hedge funds, pooled investments, derivatives, and structured finance products; the taxation of international transactions; and the technology-driven innovations of cryptocurrencies, blockchains and other fintech products and services.

In developing your plan, you’ll be able to pursue any one of five elective concentrations in: The Business of Banking; Compliance Management; Financial Services Transactions; Lending and Credit Transactions; and Securities Transactions. Each concentration consists of a basket of classes that, when taken together, give comprehensive training in a particular sub-specialty of financial service law practice.

To meet the program’s 24 credit requirement, full-time students generally take six 2-credit courses each semester.

Online or in-person? Part-time or full? The choice is up to you.

Whether you’re looking to earn your degree as a full-time online student, a part-time residential student, or vice versa, BU Law’s LLM program can make it happen.

Both online and in-person classes lead to the same degree and are taught by the same experienced faculty. The online option is ideal for domestic and internationally-trained lawyers whose jobs preclude them from attending our traditional on-site program option in Boston.

By the Numbers

Top 10%

Overall.

– U.S. News & World Report

#10

for “Best Classroom Experience.”

– Princeton Review

Top 10

LLM Programs:
Banking & Financial Law, Graduate Tax Program.

– LLM Guide (2019)

Real world learning.
Practical knowledge.

If you want to hit the library and dive into the academic literature of global finance, you might not enjoy the BFL.
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On the other hand, if you want to understand how to practice financial services law and hone the lawyering skills needed for success in the field, then the BFL may be a perfect fit.

Your training will be practical, not theoretical. Your instructors will be accomplished professionals who have served in leadership positions in a broad range of industry settings. They bring to the classroom their experience as senior advisors at the Securities and Exchange Commission, the Federal Reserve and other agencies; as law firm partners and heads of banking and financial services practice groups; as general counsels of state insurance departments; and as presidents, chief operating officers and general counsels of money management firms, banks, finance companies and Fintech enterprises.

They are adept at “showing you the ropes” of practicing banking and financial services law. In other words, you’ll be negotiating deal documents, not exploring the theoretical underpinnings of contract law.

Despite their diverse backgrounds, they share one thing in common: a passion and commitment to teach and train young lawyers.

Your practice-oriented perspective will deepen outside the classroom as well. In addition to the Financial Law Internship elective class, you’ll be immersed in co-curricular activities such as career panels, special guest lectures, and have an opportunity to serve on the staff of the Review of Banking and Financial Law, the nation’s oldest student-run law journal devoted to this subject.

By the Numbers

#1

QS Best Student Cities 2019 ranked Boston first in the United States.

Top 10

financial services
LLM program.

– LLM Guide (2019)

Compliance training and certificate.

Financial regulation is a global affair. Regulatory compliance is hot. BU Law is your pathway to leadership as a financial services compliance professional.
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Minimizing risk through effective internal compliance programs is among the highest priorities for financial institutions, whether based in the US or abroad.

Expertise in the field is at a premium worldwide, as US regulators must consider foreign financial firms’ operations in the US; and foreign regulators must look at US firms’ operations in their home jurisdictions.

A BU Law credential in financial services compliance will distinguish you in the market and signal your readiness to add immediate value to employers and clients.

For LLM students, one pathway is through the LLM program’s Compliance Management concentration, which will train you to design effective compliance systems for regulated institutions in today’s post-2008 Dodd-Frank environment. You’ll develop expertise to counsel clients on a range of compliance matters, including those related to the US Foreign Corrupt Practices Act; the Office of Foreign Assets Control; the Bank Secrecy Act; Securities and Exchange Commission regulations; Glass-Steagall; and Bank Holding Company Act issues, to name but a few.

For non-LLM students — namely, early-career financial services compliance professionals, or compliance professionals seeking to enter the financial services industry — BU Law’s 12-credit online Certificate in Financial Services Compliance is the ideal credential. Open to lawyers and non-lawyers, the certificate provides foundational knowledge of the competencies and functions of compliance officers in the US financial services industry. It also seeks to develop students’ proficiencies in project management, data analysis and risk assessment, essential ingredients in a compliance professional’s skills portfolio.

Certificate courses are all delivered asynchronously online, making the program accessible to working professionals, no matter their location. Qualified lawyers who complete the certificate’s 12 credit requirement may apply to the LLM program on an advanced standing basis, and — if admitted — receive 12 credits towards the LLM program’s 24-credit requirement.

By the Numbers

#16

among US law schools ranked in the Top 100 in the world.

– QS World University Ranking of Law Schools

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One-of-a-kind
graduate-level faculty and curriculum.

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Optional Concentrations:

The Business of Banking
Compliance Management
Financial Services Transactions
Lending & Credit Transactions
Securities Transactions

Flexible and online enrollment options.

If there’s a will, there’s a way. If you seek the LLM credential, the BFL is available at your convenience. You can enroll in the BFL as a full-time residential student in Boston, or on a part-time basis if you are US citizen or permanent resident. You can start in the fall or spring. Prefer online? BU Law also offers the BFL online. Classes are offered in an asynchronous format, featuring built-in interactive components that foster lively engagement with your instructors and fellow classmates — an ideal arrangement if you’re unable to study on a full-time residential basis.

Start with the fundamentals.

Entering students who lack basic familiarity with the overall structure and workings of the financial services industry have an opportunity to enroll in Financial Services Fundamentals, a three-week summer course designed to provide essential background on subjects relevant to financial services law studies. Taught by many members of the BFL program’s faculty, the modules are curated to help ensure students’ preparedness for first semester classes. The course has the added benefit of introducing incoming international students, including those in the American Law and Graduate Tax programs, to lectures, discussions and readings on financial topics in English.

You’ll miss out if all you do is study.

In the BFL, you’ll learn as much outside the classroom as inside. To make the most of your experience, you don’t want to spend the entire year in the library. Trust us.

Because networking is key to identifying and securing job opportunities, we orchestrate events to get you “out there” and forge connections with potential employers, including those who attend the International Student Interview Program (ISIP), held in NY each January. We also connect you with the 200+ other LLM students from around the world, your future professional colleagues, clients and referral sources. Whether this happens at the annual LLM “Lobster Feast” or annual Red Sox night at Fenway Park, you’ll be glad you took that hard-earned study break.

Welcome to BU Law.

If a long history, nationally recognized faculty, and top-tier law school sound good to you, then welcome to BU Law. Since 1872, we’ve been educating lawyers for the world ahead. Our faculty is recognized nationally for exceptional teaching and preeminent scholarship. We’re located in the LEED Gold-certified Sumner M. Redstone Building, right in the heart of Boston. Not only is Boston the state capital, it’s also an economic and cultural hub providing the school with experienced faculty, our students with enrichment and entertainment, and our graduates with a whole host of employment opportunities.

Come visit us, you won’t want to leave!

BFL By the Numbers

#1

QS Best Student Cities 2019 ranked Boston first in the United States.

Top10

financial services LLM program
– LLM Guide (2019).

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Optional Concentrations:

  • The Business of Banking
  • Compliance Management
  • Financial Services Transactions
  • Lending & Credit Transactions
  • Securities Transactions

#20

in U.S. News & World Report’s 2021 ranking of U.S. law schools.

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20

U.S. law schools ranked among the top 100 in the world by 2018 QS World University Rankings.

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