Located at the Newton campus location of Boston College, just west of Brookline, Boston College Law is a “welcoming community” that benefits from strong ties to the surrounding area and judicial system. Academics are “challenging but by no means unmanageable,” and a solid writing program and “incredibly motivated” student body contribute to a “very positive” overall experience. Law school “horror stories” are unfounded at Boston College; “everyone here is willing to share notes, [with] very few ‘gunners’.” Public interest is also “heavily emphasized.” Professors are “supportive and very approachable,” and are “available to assist you and provide you with all of the necessary resources.” They are “brilliant and incredible teachers” and are “committed to teaching and also helping students beyond classroom.” “Our teachers are the best and most approachable group of scholars,” says a student. “Even adjuncts are amazing in the classroom.” Though the curriculum can be “pretty broad and theoretical,” the first-year Legal Reasoning, Research & Writing course “is the best” and thoroughly prepares students for their future careers. There are “several advanced research courses in specific practice areas,” and though the professors expect a lot, “they do their best to make it an atmosphere of learning and not fear.” This “unmatched” faculty is clearly intellectual and gifted, and what makes Boston College outstanding is “how all the professors buy into the community of the school.” “Everyone feels like they are a part of something and with the campus outside Boston, you also feel like you are in a very unique place that is untouched by frivolous things like rankings.”Some students here admit that the school could stand for “better organization,” as the rough waters from recent transitions have “trickled down to all aspects of the school.” Luckily, most think that “in the next year or two the school will be back on track.” BC's career services also “relies entirely upon alumni and offers little real advice or opportunity for specific organizations or careers/internships outside of those connected with current alumni,” says one student. This can hinder those students looking for non-firm jobs, international positions, or those outside of Massachusetts.However, the close relationships among school, alumni, and the Boston legal community are “the greatest strengths of BC Law.” The school possesses more partners in Boston firms than Boston University and Harvard Law. This stems from the fact that more Boston College graduates remain in the area, and “this can be a great assistance to students as they seek to network and find employment, since BC is so well-respected.” The school also boasts an excellent library, which staffs “reference librarians every single day until 7:00 p.m., [who are] … available over the summer, too.” In addition, there exist “particularly strong” clinical programs and opportunities for getting practical experience.
- The Princeton Review