Boston College Law School

Boston College Law School, known colloquially as BC Law, is one of the six professional graduate schools at Boston College. Located approximately 1.5 miles from the main Boston College campus in Chestnut Hill, Boston College Law School is situated on a 40-acre wooded campus in Newton, Massachusetts. With approximately 800 students and 125 faculty members, the Law School is the largest of BC's seven graduate and professional schools. Admission to BC Law is among the most selective in the United States, with approximately 7,000 applicants for the 275 places in the first year class in 2005. Reflecting its Jesuit heritage, BC Law has established programs in human rights, social justice and public interest law. Its faculty has played a significant national role arguing for the repeal of the Solomon Amendment, presenting oral arguments before the United States Supreme Court in Rumsfeld v. FAIR.

CONTACT INFORMATION

Contact Website (Website) http://www.bc.edu/law
Admissions Dean (Admissions Dean) bclawadm@bc.edu
Location (Location) Newton, MA
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Quick Facts

Founded : 1929
ABA Accredited : Yes
AALS Member : Yes

Rankings

US News Week : 31
Vault Top 25 : N/A
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Median LSAT : 164
Median GPA : 3.61
Acceptance Rate : 30%


BC Law School Admissions

BC Law School is considered a Moderately Competitive law school, which accepts only 30% of its applicants. Comparatively, Bc is Higher than the average cost for law school.

  Applications Offers Matriculated
Class of 2017 4774 1400 (29.33%) 245 (5.1%)
  25% Median 75%
GPA 3.40 3.61 3.71
LSAT 161 164 166

Tuition And Financial AID

  In-State Resident Non-Resident
Full Time $43,511 N/A
Part Time N/A N/A
Living Expenses  
Living on-campus: N/A
Living off-campus: $19,360
Living at home: N/A

Important Dates

Early Decision 1 : N/A
Early Decision 2 : N/A
Regular Decision : 03/31
Application Fee : $75

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BC Law School Community

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

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FACULTY STATISTICS

  • Full Time : 53
  • Part Time : 35

FACULTY

  • # Female Faculty : 20
  • # Minority Faculty : 9

RATIO

12.7 Students

1 Faculty

HOUSING OPTIONS

  • On Campus Housing : Yes
  • Graduate Housing : Yes
  • Law Specific Housing : Yes

BC 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. Boston College 1L section size is 11% larger than law schools in Massachusetts and 18% larger than all Private law schools.

1L Section Size Comparison

BC Law School: 82
Massachusetts Average: 73
Private School Average: 67
  • Positions Available in Advanced Courses
  • Simulation Courses : 461
  • Faculty Supervised Clinics : 116
  • Students Involved in Advanced Activities
  • Field Placements : 84
  • Law Journals : 186
  • Moot Court/Mock Trials : 47

Attrition Rates

  • First Year : 2.6%
  • Second Year : 0.4%
  • Third Year : 0.0%
  • Fourth Year : 0.0%

BC Law School Employment

Deciding to attend law school requires a large financial investment with the goal of securing employment upon graduation. The Boston College class of 2012 had an employment rate of 84% with 2% pursuing an additional degree.

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In 2012, 87.5%% of students reported their employment status 9-months after graduation.

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Type of Employment

  • Law Firms: 54.0%
  • Business: 15.0%
  • Government: 12.0%
  • Public Interest: 8.0%
  • Academia: 4.0%
  • Massachusetts: 53%
  • New York: 10%
  • District Of Columbia: 9%

Bar Passage Rates

  • Reporting: 87.5%
  • First Time Takers: 279
  • Average School: 93.0%
  • Average State: 87.2%
  • Pass Difference: 5.8%

Top Bar Jurisdiction

  • Massachusetts : 87.9%
  • Passed : 175 of 182 (96.2%)
  • State Average : 87.2%
  • Difference : 8.2%
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