Boston U. to launch dual J.D./LL.M. in Germany

Boston University School of Law is launching an international dual J.D./LL.M. program in partnership with the Institute for Law and Finance at Goethe University in Frankfurt, Germany. Third-year students will be able to complete J.D. courses, earn an LL.M. in finance and complete an international law or finance internship while in the program, starting this coming fall.

“We have long been a leader in banking and financial law studies,” said Dean Maureen O’Rourke in a press release. “Our new partnership with the ILF adds an attractive international option for our students interested in this dynamic field and in gaining hands-on experience in one of Europe’s most important economic markets.”

As part of the LL.M. program, students will complete a six- to eight-week internship at either an international law firm or financial institution in Frankfurt or elsewhere in Europe.

Second-year students also have the option to study at ILF as visiting exchange students this spring semester and intern at a Europe-based institution over summer.

“The program’s internships at leading international law firms and financial institutions will guarantee that our students have direct career-enhancing practical training experiences when they study at ILF,” said John Riccardi, assistant dean for graduate and international programs. “This is truly a unique opportunity for our students interested in foreign studies and a nice complement to the six- and seven-semester J.D./LL.M. programs we offer in Boston through our own graduate program in banking and financial law.”

The ILF was established in 2002 at Goethe University and about 50 students from over 25 countries have participated in the LL.M. program. Specialized course offerings cover the economic, transactional and regulatory aspects of global finance. German LL.M. students studying finance will also have the option to spend fall semester at Boston University through the school’s graduate program in banking and finance law.

“We are very enthusiastic to partner with BU Law," said Dr. Andreas Cahn, ILF executive director and professor. "This collaboration will enable our German legally qualified students to learn about banking and financial services law from the U.S. perspective, and will greatly enhance their understanding of the global financial system.”

This is Boston University’s fifth international joint J.D./LL.M. program. Students can also earn dual degrees in Singapore, China, France and Spain.