Overview

Applicants
4,520
Acceptance Rate
37%
Accepted Applicants Who Attend
247

Test Scores

LSAT
161 - 163

Deadlines

Application Deadlines
March 31

Application Process

Rolling Admissions
Yes

Application Fee
$75

LSDAS Service Used
Yes

Applicants accepted in terms other than fall
No

Transfer Applicants Accepted
Yes

Deferred Admission
Yes

Other Admission Factors

Academic

LSAT Score
Undergraduate GPA

Selectivity Rating

Faculty Information


Students Say

Boston College Law School, located in Newton, Massachusetts, offers its 724 JD candidates a curriculum balanced between legal theory and practical applications of the law and provides numerous learning opportunities both inside the classroom and beyond. The school doesn't impose a certain academic approach (such as the Socratic Method), though first-years are in a lockstep program with the option of an elective ("which was nice"), and the legal writing program helps whip students into shape from the start. "Employers and professors have commented about the quality of my legal writing, and I believe that to be directly attributable to the writing course I was required to take as a 1L," says one student. The school's focus on experiential learning helps to set it apart, and "most students have done clinic or externship by graduation"; the administration and faculty "strive to ensure that there are many diverse opportunities for students to get involved in." Similarly, BC Law professors "consistently care not only that I succeed academically but that I succeed as a person" and "demonstrate a clear interest not only that I find professional success, but that I can be a happy human being." The "fantastic" faculty at BC Law is "extremely knowledgeable in their fields in Massachusetts and beyond" and offers students "incredible teachers and resources." In fact, students say that the level of interest that the faculty take in the students "can frankly be startling compared to other academic experiences." Career Services is also excellent, and "bends over backwards to foster meaningful connections in the Boston area and beyond" as well as bringing in "a wide array of employers."

Resources abound and the library is "well-equipped" and comprehensive: "I've never felt like there was a research resource that I couldn't get," says a student. The administration is "extremely approachable and understanding" and "are always willing to speak to students and invest in our education." "BC Law has supported me more than I ever thought possible and things have gone swimmingly thus far," says a 1L student. Students feel that there is "always an open door that you can walk into to convey your concerns and have them answered."

Career overview

Pass Rate for First-Time Bar Exam
89%
Median Starting Salary
$95,000
% of graduates who are employed within ten months of graduation
93%
% of job accepting graduates providing useable salary information
91%

Career Services

On campus summer employment recruitment for first year JD students
Yes

On campus summer employment recruitment for second year JD students
Yes

Employers who most frequently hire graduates
Biglaw (e.g., Ropes & Gray, Cooley, and Goodwin) Business (e.g., Deloitte, Ernst & Young, General Electric) Federal Government (agencies, judges and JAG) State/Local (e.g., Philadelphia District Attorney's Office, Community Legal Aid, Suffolk County District Attorney's Office)

Graduates Employed by Area


Graduates Employed by Region


Prominent Alumni

John Kerry
Former U.S. Secretary of State

Dannel Malloy
Governor of Connecticut

Ed Markey
United States Senator from Massachusetts

Marilyn Mosby
State's Attorney, Baltimore, MD

Paul J. Barbadoro
US District Judge, USDC, District of NH

Dates


Financial Aid Statistics

Average Annual Total Aid Package Awarded
$45,868

% Students Receiving Some Aid
87%

Direct Lender
Yes

Expenses per Academic Year

Tuition
$50,620
Estimated Off-Campus Room and Board
$11,300
Estimated Cost for Books / Academic Expense
$1,300
Fees
$150

Student Body Profile

Total Enrollment
724
Parent Institution Enrollement
14,250

Average Age at Entry
24

% International
5%

Demographics

34.00%
% Under-represented Minorities

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

Campus Life

Students Say

Student life at BC Law is "very competitive, but not cutthroat at all," and there is "a cordial and comfortable atmosphere" on the sprawling 40-acre campus (shared with some Boston College undergraduates and located within easy reach of downtown Boston). The facilities are "quite nice" and mostly relatively new, though students say, "it really is like an island out on Newton campus," which "is desirable at times because there is almost no traffic." There is a real sense of community at "the Disneyland of law schools," which extends even beyond graduation to "alumni who are obsessed with us." Students are "friendly and always helping one another out," and "most upper-level law students are quick to share information, provide advice and opinion, and generally aid in making law school a good experience for the incoming class of law students."

The BC Law student body tends toward younger adults (the average age at entry is 24). There is "a liberal climate" that is quite common in Massachusetts, though "there is room for others to voice their opinions" and everyone, regardless of political views, "come together and get along on a daily basis." There is "a good amount of interactions between the 3Ls, 2Ls, and 1Ls," especially via the significant number of social events held throughout the year, ranging from "weekend softball to the ski trip to law prom to a silent auction hosted by a big law firm in downtown Boston." The Law Student Association is "very active in maintaining a robust student community," and events "have a pretty good turnout on a consistent basis." Students themselves will even organize events for their class sections, and invite people from any year to join.


More Information

% of Classrooms with Internet Access
100%

Admissions Office Contact

Contact
Kim Gardner
Associate Director of Admissions and Financial Aid

Address
885 Centre Street
Newton, MA 02459

Phone
617-552-4351

Email
bclawadm@bc.edu