Among much to praise at BU’s seriously competitive law school, students report almost universally that “The dedication of the faculty and administration has to be the greatest strength” of the program. BU was one of the first law schools to admit women and minorities, and continues its commitment to diversity with a stunningly broad range of specialized programs for law students: six concentrations, sixteen dual-degree programs, eighteen study abroad options in both English and foreign languages, a transactional law program, and a fleet of clinical programs and externships in the professionally target-rich surrounding city of Boston.
Students appreciate BU’s practice-oriented curriculum, including “the great moot court opportunities beyond 1L, with 2L moot court competitions and 3L teams.” While BU students have sometimes suffered from a reputation, many are eager to counteract this image: “Some of us were admitted to Harvard but chose BU due to its focus on teaching, its small class size, and its generous financial aid.”
Few law schools elicit as much praise from students for both the “top notch” professors and the “absolutely wonderful” administration. “Everything runs very smoothly” as a result of the combined efforts of “the administration and professors,” who “are extremely friendly, intelligent, and accommodating.” While the Career Development & Public Service Office (CDO) “is still scrambling with the recession/jobs market,” it excels at tuning in to students’ needs: “I have been impressed by how open they are to feedback—from the Dean down.” Similarly, BU’s professors, who are at “the top of their field,” “love their areas of law, and they love teaching. They go out of their way to be accessible—even offering their home phone numbers.” “The one universal complaint at BU law is that the elevators run too slow between classes” and indeed, virtually the only widely panned aspect of the BU law experience is that “the physical facilities are certainly lacking.” However, thanks to a recent $18 million donation from alumnus Sumner Redstone, a new building that will house most law school classes is opening 2014.
While they’re smart, BU students also resist being characterized as nerds: “Sure we may be the ‘bright’ kids, but we’re not an excessively nose to the book school.” The average age upon entrance is twenty-four, but students are anxious to point out that “the community is by no means monolithic and includes directors of non-profits, former Marines, and students that have never gone to a bar review.”