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  • Tanvi Rajvanshi

Applying to Boston University? Here’s what matters.

Standing at #17 in the 2023 U.S. News & World Report rankings for the best law schools in the United States, the Boston University School of Law offers a diverse selection of specializations alongside a general track LLM in American Law.

In addition, considering its proximity to New York, it should come as no surprise that BU Law is a highly coveted choice for students applying for an LLM in the US.

Based on inputs and anecdotes from BU Law’s LLM students, here’s a guide to help you put your best foot forward as you embark on your journey to apply for an LLM at BU Law.

Admission Requirements: Do Grades Matter?

The main admission requirement at BU Law for international students is a first degree in law or its equivalent from a recognized law school outside of the US. With that being said, BU Law will also consider candidates who do not have a law degree but are licensed lawyers in their home countries.

What they’re really trying to assess is your competence to keep up with the course,” clarifies Parvesh Baba, currently pursuing his LLM in the Graduate Tax Program at BU Law. In Parvesh’s experience, his classmates’ grades ranged from anywhere between a 2.5 to a 4.0 GPA, an indication that grades are one amongst several factors considered by the admissions committee in evaluating LLM applications.

Trisha Mukherjee, an LLM candidate in the Banking & Financial Law program, echoed this sentiment by advising students to, “...holistically prepare your CV. Grades are not the only thing that matter.” For example, knowing early on that she wanted to build a career in fintech, Trisha carefully selected internships and jobs so that her CV would reflect her passion for the world of finance and law.

Building a Strong Profile: What’s the Impact of Work Experience?

Although work experience is not an official eligibility requirement, it is highly valued at BU Law. As a student in the tax law program, Parvesh remarks, “what they’re really looking at is: do you have an interest in [your specialization] and have you shown some kind of ability to do it?” In his case, while he did not have prior work experience, he had several tax law internships under his belt, along with two tax moot court competitions, and experience in debating.

When it comes to internships, it may help if the selection of internships demonstrates a common purpose or interest. “You need to make a difference between why you want it and what is the need of doing it,” Trisha insists. Your internships should be selected based on your interests and should be relevant to the program you’re hoping to pursue.

To build a strong profile, therefore, what really matters is commitment.

However, even if you do not have a declared specialization, “that’s what general LLMs are for,” reassures Anmol Sheth, a BU Law alumna who obtained an LLM in the general track American Law program. “Do a bunch of really good diverse internships,” Anmol suggests. One of the significant aspects of the application is to show your ability to commit to your interests, general or specific, and see them through.