Students Say

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.

Overview

Applicants
4,584
Acceptance Rate
35%
Accepted Applicants Who Attend
220

Test Scores

LSAT
161 - 166

Deadlines

Application Deadlines
April 1

Application Process

Rolling Admissions
Yes

LSDAS Service Used
Yes

Applicants accepted in terms other than fall
No

Transfer Applicants Accepted
Yes

Deferred Admission
Yes

Other Admission Factors

Overall

Students Say

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. In addition, “the school encourages faculty-student interaction through numerous mentorship and social programs.” These, obviously, aid job placement for students in Boston and elsewhere, and while there can be a “sometimes uphill battle to receive the initial offers for summer employment,” students report that they’re equipped to compete with the best: “My classmates and I are consistently considered the top summer interns at our jobs.”

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.


Faculty Information

Total Faculty
148

33
Female
11
Minority

Career overview

Career Rating
97
Pass Rate for First-Time Bar Exam
90%
Average Starting Salary
$105,000
% of graduates who are employed within nine months of graduation
87%

Career Services

On campus summer employment recruitment for first year JD students
Yes

On campus summer employment recruitment for second year JD students
Yes

# of Employers that Recruit on Campus Each Year
75

Employers who most frequently hire graduates
Too many to list.

Graduates Employed by Area

41%
Private Practice
15%
Government
13%
Public Interes
12%
Business/Industry
5%
Judicial Clerkships
1%
Military

Graduates Employed by Region

46%
New England
18%
Mid-Atlantic
8%
South
5%
Pacific
4%
MidWest
3%
International
2%
South West
1%
Mountain

Prominent Alumni

Judd Gregg
U.S. Senator - New Hampshire

William S. Cohen
Former Secretary of Defense

David Kelley
Executive Producer

Gary F. Locke
Secretary of Commerce

Hon. Sandra L. Lynch
Chief Judge, U.S. Court of Appeals, First Circuit

Dates

Financial Aid Rating
Mar 1

Financial Aid Statistics

Average Annual Total Aid Package Awarded
$47,547

% Students Receiving Some Aid
92%

Direct Lender
Yes

Expenses per Academic Year

Estimated On-Campus Room and Board
$12,070
Estimated Off-Campus Room and Board
$12,070
Estimated Cost for Books / Academic Expense
$5,832

Student Body Profile

Total Enrollment
677
Parent Institution Enrollement
32,603

Number of Foreign Countries Represented
16
Average Age at Entry
24

Demographics

26.00%
% Under-represented Minorities

100% are full time
0% are part time
54% female
46% male

Campus Life

Students Say

While BU’s graduates are prepared to compete with the best, they pride themselves on avoiding the typically competitive law student portrait: students say BU has “managed to get together a good group of people who are intelligent and competitive but fun-loving and caring.” Another reports, “I came to law school expecting to jump into a shark tank, and have been delightfully surprised by the smart, funny, thoughtful students I have found instead.” “The community at BU is very accepting and encourages personal growth,” many students agree, without sacrificing the “drive of the students.” In addition to the demands of law school, some notable BU lawyers-to-be find the time to participate in Legal Follies, the law school’s “regionally (some might say nationally) well-known sketch comedy group”: “The fact that some students are willing to practice 15–20 hours a week to put on a great show really speaks to the type of people that attend BU.”

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.”


More Information

% of Classrooms with Internet Access
100%

Campus-wide network
No

Admissions Office Contact

Contact
Admissions Office
Admissions Office

Address
765 Commonwealth Avenue
Boston, MA 02215

Phone
617-353-3100

Email
bulawadm@bu.edu
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Key Stats

4,584
Applicants
677
Size
35%
Acceptance Rate

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