The Executive LLM is designed to meet the needs of working professionals who want a program that is compatible with your busy lives. Combining two, three-month academic quarters on our Boston campus with a flexible schedule of online study, the Executive LLM allows you to master the complexities of US law at a pace that works for you. Executive LLM students have the same access to our distinguished faculty as traditional LLM students and have the same opportunity to take courses in a wide variety of timely and challenging practice areas, including health policy, human rights, international business law, and law and economic development.

Application Process

Applicants may apply directly or via LSAC. For more information please visit the “How to Apply” section of our website.  

Timeline

The Executive LLM begins either in the summer or fall with one quarter of coursework on our campus in Boston. That in-person experience is followed by online coursework that is offered on a rolling schedule throughout the year. After completing the online coursework, Executive LLM students return to campus for a second quarter. Students in the Executive LLM have up to 24 months to complete all the degree requirements.

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Curriculum

Like other LLM students, Executive LLM students complete 33 quarter credits, as outlined below. Students begin by taking an intensive two-week Introduction to American Law course and a full quarter of Legal Research and Writing. Otherwise, students are free to choose their own courses from among those offered on campus or online. 

First Quarter: On-Campus Courses

  • Introduction to American Law (3 credits) (2-week intensive course)
  • Legal Research and Writing (3 credits) 
  • One or two elective courses ( 2-4 credits each)

Online: Flexible 

  • Two or three elective courses (3-credits each) 

Second On-Campus Quarter

  • Three or four elective courses ( 2-4 credits each)

Sample On-Campus Course Offerings

  • Administrative Law
  • Comparative Law
  • Consumer Bankruptcy
  • Consumer Law
  • Copyright
  • Corporations
  • International Law
  • US Civil Procedure
  • Land Use
  • Negotiation
  • Professional Responsibility
  • Sports Law
  • Trademark Law
  • Trusts and Estates

Sample Online Course Offerings

  • Law and Organizational Management
  • Law and Strategy
  • Mergers and Acquisitions
  • Negotiation and Advocacy

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Applicants residing outside the United States of America should note:

  • Certain degree programs may not be recognized by institutions in your country.

  • Compliance with any applicable local taxes or regulations is your sole responsibility.

Only a small minority of US states permit foreign-educated applicants (i.e., those without a US J.D.) to take the state bar examination, and each state has its own particular requirements. With few exceptions, the states that do permit foreign-educated applicants who have earned a US LLM to sit for the bar examination do not accept graduates of LLM programs that include online coursework. Accordingly, graduates of the Executive LLM program are advised that they may not qualify to take a US bar examination or to practice law in the US. Please refer to the Comprehensive Guide to Bar Admission Requirements at: http://www.americanbar.org/groups/legal_education/resources/bar_admissions.html.