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Information on this page applies to students interested in applying to the Certificate in Financial Services Compliance.

To access BU Law’s Certificate Application, click the link below.

Eligibility Requirements

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

Application Requirements

A completed application includes the following documents and supporting materials:

Application Deadline

Spring 2024 Deadline – The formal application deadline is January 5, 2024. However, applications will still be accepted on a space-available basis following the deadline.

Fall 2024 Deadline – The formal application deadline is August 23, 2024. However, applications will still be accepted on a space-available basis following the deadline.


1. Completed Application for Admission Form

Please note, Boston University School of Law uses a program-specific application form for the Certificate in Financial Services Compliance. Applicants looking to apply to other certificate programs, should email for additional instructions.

2. Application Fee
There is no application fee for the Certificate in Financial Services Compliance.
3. Resume

Candidates must submit an up-to-date resume.

4. Academic Records

For the purpose of admission, we require that candidates upload a copy of unofficial transcripts from all previous degree-granting institutions. Matriculating students will need to provide original transcripts from these institutions.

5. Letters of Recommendation or LinkedIn Profile

Candidates with endorsements on their LinkedIn profile do not need to submit a letter of recommendation. Candidates without endorsements should upload a letter of recommendation during the application process.

6. Proof of English Language Proficiency

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, and should upload their score reports during the application process.

7. Work Experience

No work experience is required, although professional experience will aid in the acquisition and retention of program concepts.

8. Personal Statement of Interest (Optional)

Candidates may choose to supplement their other materials through a separate personal statement, outlining their reasons for being interested in the program. This is not required for an application to be considered complete.

9. Interview (Optional)

If a candidate would like to interview with the Director of the program prior to receiving their decision, they should express that in their application materials and communication. Applicants may also request a consultation with the Director following admission to the program. This is an ideal time for applicants to ask in-depth questions about the program.

10. Admission Decision

Following a review of an applicant’s submitted materials, qualifying candidates will be issued an admissions decision. Applicants can expect an admissions decision around three weeks after our office has received a completed application.