Boston University Law School

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Boston University School of Law (BU Law) is the law school affiliated with Boston University. Located in the heart of Boston University's campus on Commonwealth Avenue in Boston, Massachusetts, BU Law is housed in the tallest law school building in the United States. It was founded in 1872 by a group of educators, lawyers, law teachers and jurists united by two beliefs; first, that a superior legal education requires instruction in the theory, analysis and practice of law; and second, that educational opportunities should be available to anyone, with merit as the only test. BU Law students come from 46 states, 14 countries and more than 238 colleges and universities around the world.

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BU Law School Admissions

BU Law School is considered a Competitive law school, which accepts only 38% of its applicants. Comparatively, Bu is Significantly Higher than the average cost for law school.

Applications Offers Matriculated
Class of 2028 4248 1609 (37.88%) 236 (5.6%)
25% Median 75%
GPA 3.41 3.67 3.75
LSAT 160 163 164

Tuition And Financial Aid

In-State Resident Non-Resident
Full Time $49,330 $49,330
Part Time N/A N/A

Living Expenses

  • Living on-campus: $18,472
  • Living off-campus: $18,472
  • Living at home: $13,362

Important Dates

  • Early Decision 1: 12/01
  • Early Decision 2: N/A
  • Regular Decision: 01/07
  • Application Fee: $85

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BU Law School Community

BU Law School is considered to have a Somewhat Favorable student to faculty ratio. The average class size for 1L sections is approximately Above Average compared to other law schools. Student diversity at Bu is Below Average.

Student body

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Faculty Statistics

  • Full Time: 44
  • Part Time: 75


  • # Female Faculty: 42
  • # Minority Faculty: 11


15.3 Students

1 Faculty

Housing Options

  • On Campus Housing: Yes
  • Graduate Housing: Yes
  • Law Specific Housing: No

BU Law School Curriculum

The size of 1L sections affects the quality and consistency of teaching in law schools. Generally with smaller 1L section sizes, students receive more individualized attention. BU Law School 1L section size is 23% larger than law schools in Massachusetts and 33% larger than all PRIVATE law schools.

1L Section Size Comparison

BU Law School: 217
Massachusetts Average: 168
PRIVATE School Average: 146

Positions Available in Advanced Courses

  • Simulation Courses: 674
  • Faculty Supervised Clinics: 185

Students Involved in Advanced Activities

  • Field Placements: 99
  • Law Journals: 289
  • Moot Court/Mock Trials: 0

Attrition Rates

  • First Year: 5.3%
  • Second Year: 1.3%
  • Third Year: 0.0%
  • Fourth Year: 0.0%

BU Law School Employment

Deciding to attend law school requires a large financial investment with the goal of securing employment upon graduation. The BU Law School class of 2023 had an employment rate of 90% with 4% pursuing an additional degree.

Employment Comparison

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In 2023, 76.0%% of students reported their employment status 9-months after graduation.

Type of Employment

  • Law Firms: 55.0%
  • Business: 15.0%
  • Government: 15.0%
  • Public Interest: 9.0%
  • Academia: 0.0%
  • Massachusetts: 43%
  • New York: 17%
  • District Of Columbia: 6%

Bar Passage Rates

  • Reporting: 76.0%
  • First Time Takers: 237
  • Average School: 92.8%
  • Average State: 81.9%
  • Pass Difference: 10.9%

Top Bar Jurisdiction

  • Massachusetts: 83.2%
  • Passed: 124 of 130 (95.4%)
  • State Average: 81.9%
  • Difference: 12.2%