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.