About Ian

Hello– I am the founding director of the Executive LL.M. in International Business Law at BU Law and the Legal English Certificate Program. As of late 2017, my position is Director of Executive, Online and Special Initiatives.

I received my B.A. with Honours in Philosophy from McGill University in Montreal, Quebec, and a J.D. cum laude from Boston University School of Law in 1995, where I was publications editor of the Probate Law Journal and an Edward F. Hennessey Scholar. Following law school, i earned my LL.M. from McGill University’s Institute of Comparative Law, where I was awarded the Association of Quebec Law Professors’ annual prize for best master’s thesis, the Max Crestohl Prize and the Osgoode Society Prize for Legal History. In 2003 I completed my Doctor of Civil Law degree from McGill University, was named to the Dean’s Honour List and awarded the Osgoode Society Prize for Legal History and the Dean’s Research Fellowship. I have  the good fortune to teach two courses I created, Introduction to U.S. Legal Culture and Topics in American Law at BU and I have also been a visiting lecturer at Tufts University’s Ex College, where I was recognized as an exceptional instructor on the basis of student evaluations for my course, Famous Trials in U.S. History. In addition, I teach Introduction to American Law and Introduction to Alternative Dispute Resolution as part of the special programs put on by the Executive LL.M. office. Since 2004, I  have volunteered as a mediator on the Massachusetts District Court Panel. I also give occasional public lectures on areas of general legal interest.

Prior to rejoining the BU Law community, I served as founding associate director of the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy’s LL.M. in International Law from 2007 to 2009. I was a Sessional Lecturer at McGill’s law school from 1998-2003, teaching courses in Canadian Legal History and Children and the Law, as well as a seminar I designed on comparative nineteenth-century family law. Since 1992 I have been a position trader, specializing in closed-end funds and microcap and smallcap securities.

My research interests are in comparative legal history, specifically the intersection of family law and criminal law; and I collect 19th century American murder trial reports. It sounds morbid, but I help preserve our legal history in this way!

For my LinkedIn profile, visit http://www.linkedin.com/in/iancpilarczyk. Follow me on Twitter, including my legal facts of the week, @IanCPilarczyk.


Please feel free to contact me at ipilar@bu.edu.

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