Boston University - School of Law campus


Acceptance Rate
Accepted Applicants Who Attend

Test Scores

160 - 165


Application Deadlines
April 1

Application Process

Rolling Admissions

LSDAS Service Used

Applicants accepted in terms other than fall

Transfer Applicants Accepted

Deferred Admission

Other Admission Factors

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Faculty Information

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, eighteen 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.” Thanks to a recent $18 million donation from alumnus Summer Redstone, a new building that houses most law school classes opened in 2014, and the renovated Law Tower reopened in Fall 2015.

Career overview

Pass Rate for First-Time Bar Exam
% of graduates who are employed within ten months of graduation

Career Services

On campus summer employment recruitment for first year JD students

On campus summer employment recruitment for second year JD students

Employers who most frequently hire graduates
Too many to list.

Graduates Employed by Area

Private Practice

Prominent Alumni

Alan Change
Deputy General Counsel, VP Legal Affairs, New York Yankees

David M. Zaslav
President and CEO, Discovery Communications

Irving Picard
Partner, Baker Hostetler, Madoff Trustee

Gary F. Locke
Secretary of Commerce

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


Financial Aid Rating
Mar 1

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% Students Receiving Some Aid

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Student Body Profile

Total Enrollment
Parent Institution Enrollement

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% Under-represented Minorities

100% are full time
0% are part time
55% female
45% 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

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Admissions Office Contact

Admissions Office
Admissions Office

765 Commonwealth Avenue
Boston, MA 02215