Boston University’s School of Law and a highly-regarded business school in Paris will launch a student exchange program next fall, officials announced this week.
The exchange program with École des Hautes Études Commerciales, or HEC Paris, will be “the first of its kind between an American law school and a top-tier international school of management,” BU officials said.
"Employers seek law graduates who understand how businesses operate," said a statement from BU Law Dean Maureen A. O'Rourke. “Our partnership with HEC adds a valuable, international dimension to our already impressive portfolio of business skills training opportunities for J.D. students."
Second- and third-year BU Law students will be able to spend a semester in HEC Paris’ Master in Management Grande École program, which is designed to train students for executive-level positions in global organizations, officials said.
The BU Law students will study alongside business students from 100 countries, taking core and specialized classes all taught in English and covering a range of topics, such as managerial economics, innovation and entrepreneurship, and global risk regulation.
Students from HEC Paris who hold a first degree in law in France will be able to take courses in BU Law's J.D. curriculum or its graduate programs in taxation or banking and financial law, officials said.
"We are thrilled to partner with BU Law," Eloἲc-Anil Peyrache, associate dean and director of the MIM program, said in a statement. "This collaboration will enable our MIM students with legal backgrounds to learn about U.S. law and broaden their skills as global business lawyers."