Boston University School of Law

Boston University School of Law

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After Harvard Law School, Boston University is bean town’s highest-ranked school from an academic standpoint. Its high admissions standards have helped it score the second-highest bar pass rate after Harvard. It is also tied for second in the city for employment — with 85 percent of 2014 graduates employed in bar-passage-required or JD-advantage positions within 10 months of graduation.

The school is also not far behind Harvard in terms of lowest faculty-to-student ratio — 11.1-to-1.     

Boston University’s semester-in-practice program puts students in a full-time, immersive law experience. Students work with everyone from the United Nations to the U.S. government. So if you have an interest in health law, BU can find you a spot in the Department of Health and Human Services.

Boston University is also at the forefront of innovation. Its 1L Lawyering Lab and Business Fundamentals course, along with its Transactional Law Program and new Entrepreneurship & IP Law Clinic “are intended to teach our students critical business skills that they will deploy in any area of practice,” says Dean Maureen A. O’Rourke.

Plus, a select group of graduates are awarded full-time, one-year public service fellowships each year to provide legal assistance to underfunded non-profits and government agencies. 

Boston University is housed in a modern complex along the Charles River that includes the new Sumner M. Redstone Building and a renovated law tower.

It offers 200-plus classes and seminars, 22 clinics and externship programs, and 18 dual degrees. It recently launched an accelerated 3-Year JD/MBA, two 6-semester JD/LLM degrees in Banking and Taxation, and a JD/MD degree.

Boston University also has the nation’s largest study abroad programs, with 21 foreign opportunities in Asia, the Middle East, Europe, and South America. 

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75th Percentile1653.77
25th Percentile1613.52
Financial Profile
Tuition Part-time
Living Expenses
Median grant$25000
Percent receiving grants92.00%
Estimated net tuition
Employment & Bar Exam Profile
Post-grad employment 84.80%
NJ Employment81.16
Bar Passage87.91%
Academic Profile
Business, Corporate, Banking
Health Law
Intellectual Property Law
International Law
Tax Law