After the successful completion of three residency sessions this past summer, one in Budapest and two in Boston, the ELLM program has continued to move forward with the addition of the International Environmental and Energy Law Concentration (IEEC), the creation of two new courses, and involvement in a completely new certificate program at BU Law. It has been a busy few months and we are confident the LECP will quickly become a robust program and all the hard work we are doing now will pay off next year!
The IEEC is the ELLM’s second online concentration. Like the International Taxation Concentration, the IEEC offers students the opportunity to specialize in a growing and important area of specialized legal practice. Offered in conjunction with the Vermont Law School – the nation’s top law school for environmental law studies — this concentration is offered entirely online, with no residential components, in a 7 week long intensive format. ELLM students will now have access to seven new courses: Environmental Law, Administrative Law, Energy Law and Policy in a Carbon-Constrained World, Energy Regulation and the Environment, Alternative Fuels and Renewable Energy, Oil and Gas Development and the Environment, and Environmental Dispute Resolution. These courses offer additional flexibility in addition to providing immersion in this highly-relevant international field. Completion of the IEEC Concentration also allows students to complete the Executive LL.M. program requirements through two, rather than the usual three, residency sessions if desired. Students may also enroll in these courses individually as all these courses will count towards the Executive LL.M. degree.
In addition to the launch of the IEEC, the ELLM program is developing two new courses for 2014. The first new course, Deals: The Legal Engineering Behind Corporate Transactions, will be offered during the 2014 Summer Boston session. This course will be taught by Mr. Andrew Croxford who has over 17 years of experience as a solicitor in London, England, with experience in mergers and acquisitions, equity capital markets, joint ventures and venture capital investments in the U.K. and throughout the world, with a particular emphasis on transactions in emerging economies. This course looks at how lawyers can, and do, add value to complex transactions and contracts, or deals through identification and evaluation of common issues that present contractual risks for corporate clients and examination of how those risks can be resolved or mitigated by legal advisers through the application of conceptual frameworks. The second course, Managing Compliance Risks for International Business Networks, will be offered during the Fall 2014 semester as an entirely online course. Taught by Mr. Babak Boghraty, a BU Law graduate with two decades of experience assisting global enterprises extend their presence to some of the most inaccessible markets, this course will examine recent developments in US law that impact compliance risks in international business operations, and explore potential tools for evaluating and managing those risks.
We have also been busy developing the Legal English Certificate Program (LECP). This program is specifically designed for law practitioners who are academically and professionally qualified to enter an LL.M. program, but require additional English Language instruction. The courses in this two semester, full-time program are designed to strengthen a students Legal English skills as well as give them a firm foundation in the skills necessary to succeed in their future U.S. graduate school education. The program contains two tracks: track one, known as the 2 Year LL.M. option, are for applicants who are provisionally accepted into a BU Law LL.M. program but need to improve their English and legal English proficiency. Track two, the certificate-only program, is also open to non-lawyers and practitioners who are not seeking to matriculate in one of BU Law’s LL.M. programs.
In addition to these program additions, we have been busy reviewing applications for the ELLM (which have been coming in at a rapid pace!), planning the 2014 residency sessions, and working with faculty and students completing their summer session online post-residencies. All the while, the construction of the new Sumner M. Redstone Building has continued and we look forward to the new building opening summer 2014. This building will eventually house the new ELLM suite of offices and classrooms, with a marvelous view of the Charles River. It has been a busy few months, but we look forward to next year when all of this work will come to fruition!
As always, please contact us at email@example.com if we can provide you with any information on the ELLM program, to sign up for one of our upcoming informational webinars, or to give us a professional update.