Information on this page applies to students interested in applying to the Certificate in Financial Services Compliance.
Candidates for BU Law’s Certificate Programs, including the Certificate in Financial Services Compliance, must submit their certificate application online through the Law School Admissions Council (LSAC). To access BU Law’s Certificate Application, click the link below.
Applicants are encouraged to submit their applications for the Fall 2017 semester by July 31, 2017.
Admission to BU Law’s Certificate Programs is competitive and depends to a great extent on the candidate’s prior academic achievements and/or professional experience in law or a related field. While our programs are designed for qualified lawyers, we welcome applications from highly-qualified candidates who hold a bachelor’s degree or equivalent, with additional professional experience in a legal services or other related field. As such, you do not need to hold a law degree to apply to our certificate programs. If you wish to receive additional information describing the qualifications of students who have received admission to our certificate programs without formal legal training, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
A completed application includes the following documents and supporting materials:
Fall 2017: July 31, 2017
Please note, Boston University School of Law uses one application form for all graduate certificate programs. You will indicate to which specific certificate program you are applying by answering the first question on the application: question #1 – Program Information. If you wish to apply to more than one certificate program, please email email@example.com for additional instructions.
Payment of a nonrefundable application fee of US $80 must accompany the application. Applicants may pay this fee by credit card. This is in addition to any service fees assessed by LSAC.
Complete official transcripts—or notarized, full-sized copies—of all degrees you have received must be submitted to LSAC. The official transcript or an accompanying report must contain your class standing, if given, together with a description of the school’s grading system. All transcripts or other academic records must be official documents bearing the registrar’s signature and/or the institution’s seal. If these records are not in English, a certified English translation must be submitted together with the originals or copies. We recommend and prefer that international applicants register with LSAC’s LLM Credential Assembly Service. For more information, visit
The letters of recommendation should be written by individuals who are well acquainted with your academic or professional abilities and are able to provide a thoughtful, thorough and candid assessment of your academic ability and potential for success in graduate level law study. BU Law requires at least two – but accepts up to four — letters of recommendation. We welcome letters from former professors, as well as from employment supervisors and other professional colleagues who have direct knowledge of your skills and attributes. If these letters are not in English, a certified English translation must also be submitted
A carefully worded and detailed personal statement of interest is an important part of your application. You should discuss your personal and professional reasons for pursuing this program. You should also include an explanation of your study interests and their relation to your previous study, employment experiences and professional goals.
Please include your curriculum vitae as a separate item, not as a substitute for your personal statement.
Applicants (whose native language is not English) must take either the TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) or IELTS (International English Language Testing System) exam to demonstrate their English competence. You should take one of these exams as early as possible, preferably eight months or more before your anticipated admission. TOEFL. If taking the TOEFL exam, you must demonstrate proficiency in English by achieving a minimum score of 600 (paper-based) or 250 (computer-based) or 100 (internet-based). If you have taken the new internet-based test, your scores on the individual sections should at a minimum be 25 (reading), 25 (listening), 25 (writing) and 25 (speaking).
You must arrange for an official report of your TOEFL scores to be sent electronically to LSAC from the Educational Testing Service (ETS). IELTS. If taking the IELTS exam, you must achieve a minimum score of 7.0. Specific instructions for sending TOEFL and IELTS score reports to LSAC can be found on the LSAC LL.M. Application – English Proficiency site.
Note: Applicants whose native language is not English may ask us to waive the requirement to take an English language proficiency examination if: a) they have received their first degree in law from a college or university in a country where both the language of instruction and the only official language is English; or b) they have completed at least two years of post-secondary education in the United States. To formally apply for a TOEFL waiver, please complete the English Proficiency Exam Waiver Request Form. Please upload the document to your LSAC application in the attachment section. The law school retains discretion to approve or deny any waiver request.
Applicants to certificate programs do not have a requirement related to work experience, although professional experience will aid in the acquisition and retention of program concepts.