Boston University School of Law is launching an exchange program that will send 3Ls to the City of Light for a semester to learn how to be leaders in a global economy.

The school is working with the École des Hautes Études Commerciales (known as HEC Paris), a top-rated international management school. The 3Ls will spend their semester in the Paris school’s masters in management program, which prepares students for executive-level jobs with international organizations. They will take core and specialized English-language classes covering topics like managerial economics, global risk regulation and entrepreneurship.

In turn, HEC Paris students who hold French law degrees will come to Boston for a semester to study taxation, banking, financial law or other J.D. classes.

Boston administrators believe it is the first student exchange between a U.S. law school and a top-ranked international management school.

“Employers seek law graduates who understand how businesses operate, and business today is global,” Boston law dean Maureen O’Rourke said. “Our partnership with HEC adds a valuable, international dimension to our already impressive portfolio of business skills training opportunities for J.D. students.”

The exchange opportunities will start in the fall.

HEC Paris administrators also see benefits for their students. “This collaboration will enable our [management] students with legal backgrounds to learn about U.S. law and broaden their skills as global business lawyers,” said Eloic-Anil Peyrache, director of the Paris program. HEC Paris was ranked No. 2 for customized executive education programs by the Financial Times this year and draws business students from 100 countries.

“This collaboration presents an extraordinary opportunity for our law students to develop business skills and to learn to think like clients,” said John Riccardi, assistant dean for graduate and international programs in Boston.

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