Acceptance Rate
Median Undergrad GPA
Accepted Applicants Who Attend

Test Scores

25th-75th percentile
(enrolled students)
160 - 167


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

Selectivity Rating

Faculty Information

Total Faculty

Underrepresented Minorities

Students Say

The School of Law at Boston University stresses real world context in its curriculum and hence has one of the largest selections of experiential education opportunities; there are more than twenty available clinics and externships, and the school guarantees that every student can get at least one clinical opportunity if they are interested. In addition, semester-in-practice placements lets secondand third-year students conduct full-semester externships either locally or further beyond Boston. Each placement combines reading, research papers, and at least sixty-five days of field placement in one of three areas: International Human Rights, Government Lawyering (in D.C.), or an Independent Proposal externship. Students are also able to get professional training by participating in the school’s simulation courses, which are practice-based courses that span everything from depositions to the sale of a private company. BU's dual degree programs are “probably one if its best-kept secrets,” and the well-taught courses allow students to gain in-depth knowledge in various legal fields: “Anyone who knows that they are interested in a particular area of the law should unquestionably take advantage of the opportunity to earn a second degree along with their JD,” says a student. There is “a lot of programming to expose students to various fields,” and exploring options from big firms to public defenders is encouraged.

Fortunately, students avoid being overwhelmed by the multitude of offerings thanks to staff assistance: the Office of Clinical & Experiential Programs (as well as the Career Development & Public Service Office) offers student guidance on which offerings will best complement and further the student’s individual career goals, and “Career Services will bend over backwards for you if you are proactive about your goals.” Indeed, BU's professors “are one of the best parts about BU Law.” They are “diverse, world class, and each represent the very highest authority within their respective fields”; most professors use the Socratic Method “but as more of a dialogue.” They are “constantly working on new publications or doing something to stay involved in their respective specialty,” but also make time to meet with students. The faculty and members of the administration (some of whom teach classes) also “have an excellent working relationship.”

Additionally, the classroom technology is “a huge asset,” as many professors record their lectures and give students online access, so “at the end of the semester you [can] rewatch lectures if necessary.” The school recently competed a comprehensive renovation of the law school making the building an “efficient, beautiful space to learn in” with “a lot of space for small groups to meet and students to socialize.” The librarians are also “particularly helpful in finding obscure books and articles for journal assignments and student notes.”

Career overview

Pass Rate for First-Time Bar Exam
Median Starting Salary
% of graduates who are employed within ten months of graduation
% of job accepting graduates providing useable salary information

Career Services

On campus summer employment recruitment for first year JD students

On campus summer employment recruitment for second year JD students

# of Employers that Recruit on Campus Each Year

Employers who most frequently hire graduates
Too many to list.

Graduates Employed by Area

Prominent Alumni

David Morris
Vice President and Associate General Counsel, TripAdvisor

David M. Zaslav
President and CEO, Discovery Communications

Irving Picard
Partner, Baker Hostetler, Madoff Trustee

Veronica Serrato
Executive Director of Project Citizenship

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

Number of Foreign Countries Represented
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% Under-represented Minorities

100% are full time
0% are part time
59% female
41% male

Campus Life

Students Say

Despite being at a large university, the School of Law has a “small community feeling” where “everyone is approachable and helpful” and “the school fosters both academic and social interactions.” Everyone works hard and is serious about their studies, but “is not at all cutthroat in terms of competitiveness.” “When one of us got a summer associate position or full-time job offer, for example, it felt like a win for everyone,” says a student. It’s “certainly a liberal school, with mostly liberal perspectives,” and but the administration “makes ample effort to increase diversity at every chance” and will respond to and actively incorporate feedback from students, “from programming to addressing more serious systemic issues.” BU Law even started a First Generation Professionals group “which has advocated for greater support for first generation and low income students.” The school is located outside of the city center, so there are “lovely views of the Charles River” and easy subway access, and it’s “mostly students on the sidewalks rather than tourists.”

More Information

% of Classrooms with Internet Access

Admissions Office Contact

Admissions Office
Admissions Office

765 Commonwealth Avenue
Boston, MA 02215