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Boston College Law School

BC Law's demanding first-year program emphasizes concise analysis, creativity, oral and written communication skills, and an appreciation for professional responsibility and ethics. We teach you how to research, how to reason and how to write. Legal Reasoning, Research & Writing (LRR&W) is a full-year course that is an important part of our first-year curriculum at BC Law. In LRR&W you will learn a sophisticated methodology for legal problem-solving by developing and integrating legal analysis, research and communication skills. LRR&W is taught in sections of approximately forty-five students by six highly experienced full-time professors who have created a distinctive, nationally recognized program. Over the course of the year, you will receive extensive written and oral feedback on several major writing assignments as well as on interim drafts and have the opportunity to meet individually with your LRR&W professor a number of times. Legal employers report that LRR&W contributes to the success of BC Law graduates in the workplace by preparing them exceptionally well to research, analyze and write about legal problems.

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Program At a Glance

Total Program Enrollment 760
Incoming LSAT Scores (25th-75th Percentile) 161 - 166
Incoming GPA (25th-75th Percentile) 3.4 - 3.71
Bar Exam First Time Pass Rate 93.03%
Percent Employed (9 Months After Graduation) 84.23%
In State Tuition $43,511

Overview

Overview

About Boston College Law School

BC Law's demanding first-year program emphasizes concise analysis, creativity, oral and written communication skills, and an appreciation for professional responsibility and ethics. We teach you how to research, how to reason and how to write. Legal Reasoning, Research & Writing (LRR&W) is a full-year course that is an important part of our first-year curriculum at BC Law. In LRR&W you will learn a sophisticated methodology for legal problem-solving by developing and integrating legal analysis, research and communication skills. LRR&W is taught in sections of approximately forty-five students by six highly experienced full-time professors who have created a distinctive, nationally recognized program. Over the course of the year, you will receive extensive written and oral feedback on several major writing assignments as well as on interim drafts and have the opportunity to meet individually with your LRR&W professor a number of times. Legal employers report that LRR&W contributes to the success of BC Law graduates in the workplace by preparing them exceptionally well to research, analyze and write about legal problems.

Reviews

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

Academics

Academics

Degree Programs Offered

Graduates Last Year: 253

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.

Joint Degree Programs Offered

JD/MBA, 4 years; JD/MSW, 4 years; JD/M.Ed., 3 years. J.D./MA Philosophy 3.5 years; J.D./M.A. Environmental law

Specialty Law Programs

  • Civil Procedure
  • Commercial
  • Constitutional
  • Corporation Securities
  • Criminal
  • Environmental
  • Human Rights
  • International
  • Labor
  • Legal History
  • Legal Philosophy
  • Property
  • Taxation
  • Intellectual Property

Faculty Information

Total Faculty 98
Full-Time Faculty 49
Deans, Librarians, and Others Who Teach 12
Part-Time Faculty 37
Faculty Gender 63% Male
36% Female
Student Teacher Ratio 12 : 1

Accreditation

Accredited by American Bar Association

Student Body

Student Body
Gender Breakdown 53% Male
47% Female
Student Diversity
Percentage
White 65%
Multi-racial 2%
International 2%
Hispanic/Latino 7%
Ethnicity Unknown 13%
Black or African American 3%
Asian 8%
American Indian or Alaska Native 0%

Finance

Finance

Sticker Price

In-State

On-Campus Off-Campus
Stated Tuition $43,511 Same as On-Campus
Housing N/A N/A
Books N/A N/A
Total (before financial aid) $43,511 $43,511

Out-of-State

On-Campus Off-Campus
Stated Tuition N/A Same as On-Campus
Housing N/A N/A
Books N/A N/A
Total (before financial aid) N/A N/A

Financial Aid

86% Graduate students receiving financial aid (loans and grants)

Admissions

Admissions

Application Information

Deadline for Regular Decision: March 31

Average Age Admitted: 24

Incoming Class

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

Exam Enrollment Type 25th - 75th Percentile
LSAT Full-Time 161 - 166
LSAT Total 161 - 166

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

Enrollment Type 25th - 75th Percentile
Full-Time 3.4 - 3.71
Total 3.4 - 3.71

Admission Considerations

Important: Undergraduate GPA, Personal Essay, Recommendations

Admission Requirements

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

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

Rankings

Rankings

U.S. News & World Report

Outcomes

Outcomes

Bar Exam Results

Percent Reporting 87%
First Time Pass Rate 93%
Avg. Pass Rate In This State 87%

Employment

Percent Employed (9 Months After Graduation) 84%
Average Starting Salary $85,344
Job Sector Number of Graduates Percent of Graduates
Firm Sized 2-10 26 12%
Firm Sized 11-25 11 5%
Firm Sized 26-50 7 5%
Firm Sized 51-100 7 3%
Firm Sized 101-250 22 10%
Firm Sized 251-500 4 2%
Firm Sized 501+ 40 18%
Business Industry 33 15%
Government 27 12%
Public Interest 18 8%
Federal Clerkship 6 3%
State Clerkship 9 4%
Academia 8 4%
Unemployed Number of Graduates Percent of Graduates
Unemployed, Not Seeking 3 1%
Unemployed, Seeking 29 11%
Pursuing Graduate Degree 4 2%

Top Employment Locations

State Percent Employed
DC 9%
NY 10%
MA 53%
International 1%

Famous Alumni

Well known alumni of Boston College Law School include:

  • Warren Rudman - Former U.S. Senator
  • A. Paul Cellucci - Former Ambassador to Canada
  • Scott Brown - Former U.S. Senator
  • Debra Yang - Former United States Attorney, CA
  • John Kerry - United States Secretary of State

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