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Concentrating Your Studies at BU Law BU Law has many options to help you prepare for the career you want. If you want to focus on a particular area of the law, you may choose to complete a concentration program or pursue a dual degree that will help you develop expertise in your chosen field. You may also take up to 12 credits of graduate-level coursework at Boston University outside the School of Law.

Concentration Programs At BU Law, you may pursue a concentration in one of five areas. You will engage in advanced, in-depth study with the leading scholars and practitioners in a specific field. A faculty advisor who has specialized expertise in a given area of the law is assigned to each concentration to offer students advice throughout their course of study. For more information, see Health Law: Choose from one of the finest health law curricula in the country, with courses taught by some of the most respected scholars in the field. Cross-register at Boston University School of Public Health and School of Management to supplement your law studies. Join BU Law’s prestigious health law journal, the American Journal of Law and Medicine. Participate in the Health Law Externship Program, which places students with in-house counsel at area hospitals (Tufts, Boston Medical Center, Beth Israel, Deaconess Medical Center), nongovernmental organizations, or government agencies like the U.S. Attorney’s Health Fraud Division. Intellectual Property Law: Learn about all facets of intellectual property law, including copyright, trademark and patent law. Immerse yourself in cutting-edge topics at the frontier of this constantly evolving field through the program’s expansive course offerings, speaker series and Journal of Science and Technology Law. Participate in the Legislative Law Clinic and elect to focus on intellectual property issues. Litigation & Dispute Resolution: Gain practical legal experience in a clinical program in addition to learning theory and “blackletter law” in the classroom. Choose a criminal defenders’ program, prosecutors’ program or civil litigation program. Or elect a legal externship program in which you work for a semester at a public interest, judicial or government organization. In all of these programs, you will gain hands-on legal experience under the supervision of well-respected practitioners who are experts in their fields. Business Organization & Finance Law: Gain the foundation you need for a career as a corporate attorney. Take courses in corporations, securities regulation, taxation, accounting and corporate finance. Choose electives to supplement these core courses at both the School of Law and the School of Management. You may also participate in the Review of Banking & Financial Law. (More on Reverse)

International Law: Learn about the political, economic, business and legal environments of foreign countries as well as those of the United States. Study international law at an advanced level, acquiring sophisticated knowledge of the international sphere while developing an in-depth knowledge of American law as it operates in the global environment. Take advantage of one of 13 study abroad programs and join the International Law Journal or the International Law Society. Apply your knowledge by participating in the Asylum & Human Rights Clinic, representing clients in asylum or humanitarian/refugee-related cases.

Dual Degree Programs Today, the study and practice of law are becoming increasingly interdisciplinary. To gain in-depth knowledge of other disciplines, you may pursue a dual degree program. In less time than it would take to pursue two degrees separately, you can earn both a J.D. and a master’s, or a J.D. and an LL.M. degree. BU Law is unique in the wide array of dual degrees we offer, including: •

J.D./LL.M. in Banking and Financial Law

J.D./LL.M. in European Law with Université Panthéon-Assas (Paris II)

J.D./LL.M. in Law and Taxation

J.D./M.A. in International Relations

J.D./M.A. in Law and International Relations

J.D./M.A. in Law and Philosophy

J.D./M.A. in Law and Preservation Studies

J.D./M.B.A. in Law and Health Sector Management

J.D./M.B.A. in Law and Management

J.D./M.P.H. in Law and Public Health

J.D./M.S. in Law and Mass Communication

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Boston University had everything that I was looking for in a law school: an excellent reputation, faculty and students who shared my interest in international law, and a structured dual degree program in international relations. The dual degree program enriched my study of the law by bringing a political, economic and cultural dimension to my research and analysis. My experience will undoubtedly serve me well as I embark on a career in foreign relations. Susan Bayles M.A. International Relations ‘09 J.D. ‘08

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