Dear friends of BU and the Executive LL.M. program:
As the year draws to a close, we take a moment to reflect on another successful year and share our gratitude towards everyone who has helped us continue to grow the ELLM. Our first “fall online” session proved very popular and allows us to further enhance our curricular flexibility and depth through the addition of an all-online version of International Business Transactions and Agreements, as well as two well-received new courses, Managing Compliance Risks for International Business Networks and Deals.
A generous donor and supporter of the ELLM allowed us to offer entrance scholarships for the first time, improving our capacity to build the program further. Looking forward, we have a revamped version of Securities Regulation in production, and a new course in Transnational Legal Practice, both to be offered in 2015.
I also wish to take this opportunity to mention a new academic offering, available starting in January: a Directed Study! For those of you who are particularly interested in a special area of study, or wish to undertake further studies after BU (such as a Ph.D. or SJD), the Directed Study will allow you to write a research paper under the supervision of a BU Law faculty member for 1-3 credits. This may prove particularly helpful to you if you wish to write an article that will form the basis of a publication or thesis. It may also be of benefit if you find yourself a few credits short of your requirements for degree completion. Only one Directed Study may be taken as part of the ELLM, and it requires the written permission of the Director as well as a qualified instructor (which will be chosen in tandem with our office). For more information on the course, please visit our curriculum section of the website, or email us at email@example.com. We hope that some of you will find this to be an exciting and relevant addition to your ELLM studies.
There are also some very exciting new developments for the ELLM that I look forward to announcing to you in the near future, once all of the approvals are concluded– but that will have to wait for the New Year! As always, we are thankful for your referrals, your enthusiasm for our program, and most of all for being part of our community. While I take a respite from creating my “legal facts of the week” until January, here is a seasonal favorite from my blog at www.iancpilarczyk.com, from 2011, entitled “Of Christmas Caroling, Extortion, and Mistletoe“. By the way, if you ever have ideas you wish to share for topics, please do send them along!
We wish you and yours a wonderful and joyous holiday season, and all the best in 2015!