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Banking and Financial Law, LL.M.

  • Application Deadline
  • 12 months
University rank #51 (BCR) Boston, MA, United States
The Graduate Program in Banking and Financial Law at Boston University prepares domestic and foreign-trained lawyers for leadership positions in the American and international banking and financial services industries.


The Banking and Financial Law program at Boston University requires the successful completion of 24 credit units. With the exception of the Banking Structure and Regulation course, all courses are elective. The course offerings are focused and seek to give students a thorough understanding of financial services law through a combination of regulatory, transactional, and business-oriented courses. In order to qualify for an American bar examination (such as the New York state bar examination), students with non-US law degrees may need to take additional courses, such as Introduction to the American Legal System and Professional Responsibility, among others. Bar admission requirements vary from state to state. With the permission of the director, students may take a maximum of two courses related to banking and financial services in the School of Law’s JD program and Graduate Tax Program or from the graduate curriculum of the Questrom School of Business.

Program Learning Outcomes

  • Students will demonstrate knowledge and understanding of US financial services law and regulation and of certain widely adopted international financial law standards.
  • Students will demonstrate an understanding of the approach of US practitioners to complex financial services issues, including structuring, negotiating, and documenting certain types of financial transactions.
  • Students will develop the skills to communicate more effectively in English about banking and financial law topics.
  • Students will demonstrate an ability to prepare US-style employment application materials and to communicate effectively, orally and in writing, with potential US and international employers.
  • Students interested in qualifying to take a US bar exam will meet eligibility and application requirements.

Programme Structure

Courses included:

  • Banking and Financial Law Research
  • Banking Structure and Regulation
  • Financial Regulation
  • Corporate Finance
  • Hedge Funds
  • Pooled Funds and Investor Protection
  • Private Equity and Venture Capital Transactions 
  • RICs, REITs,and REMICs
  • Securitization (Structured Financing)

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 12 months
  • Credits
    24 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

English Language Requirements

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Academic Requirements

  • Applicants who have not previously completed a master’s degree program, who have not passed the CPA exam, and who have less than 3 years of related work experience are required to submit standardized test scores from an accepted graduate program test, including LSAT, GRE, or GMAT.

    This programme accepts GRE® scores. However, it does not provide a recommended score range.

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    The GRE® General Test is a widely administered admissions test that measures the skills needed in today's graduate and business school programs worldwide. The GRE® General Test contains three sections - Verbal Reasoning, Quantitative Reasoning, and Analytical Writing. Three scores are reported: a Verbal Reasoning score on a 130 - 170 score scale in one-point increments, a Quantitative Reasoning score on a 130 - 170 score scale in one-point increments, and an Analytical Writing score on a 0 - 6 score scale in half-point increments.

General Requirements

  • Completed Application for Admission Form
  • Application Fee of $85
  • Official, Sealed Academic Records
  • Two Letters of Recommendation
  • Personal Statement of Interest
  • Curriculum Vitae/Resume
  • Standardized test score for Master in the Study of Tax Law applicants

Tuition Fee

  • International

    55700 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 55700 USD per year and a duration of 12 months.
  • National

    55700 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 55700 USD per year and a duration of 12 months.
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Living costs for Boston

  • 1560 - 3240 USD/month
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