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Boston University School of Law

BU Law's J.D. curriculum combines the best of traditional legal education with a forward-looking perspective --and carefully balances theory and practical training. You can design your own curriculum around courses that prepare you for work in specific areas of interest--here or abroad: Choose from nearly 150 classes--we offer one of the widest selections of courses and seminars available anywhere. Concentrate in any of five areas of focus. Develop practical courtroom skills and represent real-world clients through our nationally-recognized clinical and advanced litigation programs.

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Program At a Glance

Total Program Enrollment 741
Incoming LSAT Scores (25th-75th Percentile) 162 - 167
Incoming GPA (25th-75th Percentile) 3.52 - 3.83
Bar Exam First Time Pass Rate 95.39%
Percent Employed (9 Months After Graduation) 88.0%
Tuition $44,168

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About Boston University School of Law

BU Law's J.D. curriculum combines the best of traditional legal education with a forward-looking perspective --and carefully balances theory and practical training. You can design your own curriculum around courses that prepare you for work in specific areas of interest--here or abroad: Choose from nearly 150 classes--we offer one of the widest selections of courses and seminars available anywhere. Concentrate in any of five areas of focus. Develop practical courtroom skills and represent real-world clients through our nationally-recognized clinical and advanced litigation programs.

Reviews

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, fourteen dual-degree pro­grams, seventeen study abroad options in both English and foreign languages, 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 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 is currently under construction that will house most law school classes beginning in 2014.

- The Princeton Review

Academics

Academics

Degree Programs Offered

Graduates Last Year: 278

Description: A program that prepares individuals for the independent professional practice of law, for taking state and national bar examinations, and for advanced research in jurisprudence. Includes instruction in the theory and practice of the legal system, including the statutory, administrative, and judicial components of civil and criminal law.

Job Opportunities:

Lawyers
Represent clients in criminal and civil litigation and other legal proceedings, draw up legal documents, or manage or advise clients on legal transactions. May specialize in a single area or may practice broadly in many areas of law.
Judicial Law Clerks
Assist judges in court or by conducting research or preparing legal documents.
Administrative Law Judges, Adjudicators, and Hearing Officers
Conduct hearings to recommend or make decisions on claims concerning government programs or other government-related matters. Determine liability, sanctions, or penalties, or recommend the acceptance or rejection of claims or settlements.
Arbitrators, Mediators, and Conciliators
Facilitate negotiation and conflict resolution through dialogue. Resolve conflicts outside of the court system by mutual consent of parties involved.
Judges, Magistrate Judges, and Magistrates
Arbitrate, advise, adjudicate, or administer justice in a court of law. May sentence defendant in criminal cases according to government statutes or sentencing guidelines. May determine liability of defendant in civil cases. May perform wedding ceremonies.
Law Teachers, Postsecondary
Teach courses in law. Includes both teachers primarily engaged in teaching and those who do a combination of teaching and research.

Graduates Last Year: 0

Description: A program that prepares individuals for the independent professional practice of law, for taking state and national bar examinations, and for advanced research in jurisprudence. Includes instruction in the theory and practice of the legal system, including the statutory, administrative, and judicial components of civil and criminal law.

Job Opportunities:

Lawyers
Represent clients in criminal and civil litigation and other legal proceedings, draw up legal documents, or manage or advise clients on legal transactions. May specialize in a single area or may practice broadly in many areas of law.
Judicial Law Clerks
Assist judges in court or by conducting research or preparing legal documents.
Administrative Law Judges, Adjudicators, and Hearing Officers
Conduct hearings to recommend or make decisions on claims concerning government programs or other government-related matters. Determine liability, sanctions, or penalties, or recommend the acceptance or rejection of claims or settlements.
Arbitrators, Mediators, and Conciliators
Facilitate negotiation and conflict resolution through dialogue. Resolve conflicts outside of the court system by mutual consent of parties involved.
Judges, Magistrate Judges, and Magistrates
Arbitrate, advise, adjudicate, or administer justice in a court of law. May sentence defendant in criminal cases according to government statutes or sentencing guidelines. May determine liability of defendant in civil cases. May perform wedding ceremonies.
Law Teachers, Postsecondary
Teach courses in law. Includes both teachers primarily engaged in teaching and those who do a combination of teaching and research.

Graduates Last Year: 47

Description: An advanced, professional study of the law and process related to the regulation of businesses and the financial services industry. Includes instruction in corporate law, antitrust law, securities law and regulation, negotiation, incorporation, partnerships, trusts, and related topics

Job Opportunities:

Lawyers
Represent clients in criminal and civil litigation and other legal proceedings, draw up legal documents, or manage or advise clients on legal transactions. May specialize in a single area or may practice broadly in many areas of law.

Graduates Last Year: 44

Description: An advanced, professional study of tax law and taxation procedures in U.S. or Canadian jurisdictions affecting individuals and corporations.

Job Opportunities:

Lawyers
Represent clients in criminal and civil litigation and other legal proceedings, draw up legal documents, or manage or advise clients on legal transactions. May specialize in a single area or may practice broadly in many areas of law.

Graduates Last Year: 7

Description: An advanced, professional study of the law, policies, and regulations governing transnational business and commercial practices, including the specialized tax law related to international financial transactions.

Job Opportunities:

Lawyers
Represent clients in criminal and civil litigation and other legal proceedings, draw up legal documents, or manage or advise clients on legal transactions. May specialize in a single area or may practice broadly in many areas of law.

Graduates Last Year: 89

Description: A program that prepares lawyers educated outside the United States to understand U. S. or Canadian law and jurisprudence.

Job Opportunities:

Lawyers
Represent clients in criminal and civil litigation and other legal proceedings, draw up legal documents, or manage or advise clients on legal transactions. May specialize in a single area or may practice broadly in many areas of law.

Joint Degree Programs Offered

JD/MBA, JD/MBA Sector Management, JD/MA International Relations, JD/MS Mass Communication, JD/MA Preservation Studies, JD/MPH Public Health, JD/MA Philosophy, JD/LLM in Taxation (seven semesters), JD/LLM in Banking and Financial Law (seven semesters); all except the Philosophy program (3 years) are 3 1/2 to 4 year programs. JD/LLM in European law (with the University of Paris II) (three years) JD/LLM in Asian Legal Studies (with the National University of Singapore) (three years)

Specialty Law Programs

  • Corporation Securities
  • International
  • Intellectual Property

Faculty Information

Total Faculty 160
Full-Time Faculty 55
Deans, Librarians, and Others Who Teach 9
Part-Time Faculty 96
Faculty Gender 68% Male
31% Female
Student Teacher Ratio 12 : 1

Accreditation

Accredited by American Bar Association

Student Body

Student Body
Gender Breakdown 49% Male
51% Female
Student Diversity
Percentage
White 65%
Multi-racial 3%
International 4%
Hispanic/Latino 9%
Ethnicity Unknown 7%
Black or African American 2%
Asian 10%
American Indian or Alaska Native 0%

Finance

Finance

Sticker Price

On-Campus Off-Campus
Stated Tuition $44,168 Same as On-Campus
Housing $12,070 N/A
Books N/A N/A
Total (before financial aid) $56,238 $44,168

Financial Aid

88% Graduate students receiving financial aid (loans and grants)

$50,123 Average financial aid amount

Admissions

Admissions

Application Information

Deadline for Regular Decision: April 1

Average Age Admitted: 24

Incoming Class

Boston University School of Law's entering class of 2012 enrolled having these exam grades:

Exam Enrollment Type 25th - 75th Percentile
LSAT Full-Time 162 - 167
LSAT Total 162 - 167

Boston University School of Law's entering class of 2012 enrolled having these college GPA's:

Enrollment Type 25th - 75th Percentile
Full-Time 3.52 - 3.83
Total 3.52 - 3.83

Admission Considerations

Important: Undergraduate GPA, Personal Essay, Recommendations

Admission Requirements

Required: Recommendations, Personal Essay, Undergraduate GPA, Standardized Test Scores

Optional: Extracurricular Activities, Interview, Work Experience, State Residency

Rankings

Rankings

The Princeton Review

#1 Best Professors
#5 Best Classroom Experience

U.S. News & World Report

Outcomes

Outcomes

Bar Exam Results

Percent Reporting 74%
First Time Pass Rate 95%
Avg. Pass Rate In This State 87%

Campus Recruitment

Number of Employers Recruiting on Campus 70
First Year Recruitment Time Summer
Second Year Recruitment Time Summer

Employment

Percent Employed (9 Months After Graduation) 88%
Average Starting Salary $135,000
Job Sector Number of Graduates Percent of Graduates
Firm Sized 2-10 20 8%
Firm Sized 11-25 9 4%
Firm Sized 26-50 10 4%
Firm Sized 51-100 5 2%
Firm Sized 101-250 16 7%
Firm Sized 251-500 10 4%
Firm Sized 501+ 48 20%
Business Industry 25 10%
Government 31 13%
Public Interest 47 19%
Federal Clerkship 13 5%
State Clerkship 7 3%
Academia 3 1%
Unknown Employer Type 1 0%
Unemployed Number of Graduates Percent of Graduates
Unemployed, Not Seeking 2 1%
Unemployed, Seeking 12 4%
Pursuing Graduate Degree 7 3%

Top Employment Locations

State Percent Employed
CA 11%
NY 13%
MA 45%
International 2%

Famous Alumni

Well known alumni of Boston University School of Law include:

  • Hon. Sandra L. Lynch - Chief Judge, U.S. Court of Appeals, First Circuit
  • Gary F. Locke - Secretary of Commerce
  • David Kelley - Executive Producer
  • William S. Cohen - Former Secretary of Defense
  • Judd Gregg - U.S. Senator - New Hampshire

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