Boston College Law School

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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.

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BC Law School Admissions

BC Law School is considered a Competitive law school, which accepts only 46% of its applicants. Comparatively, Bc is Significantly Higher than the average cost for law school.

Applications Offers Matriculated
Class of 2028 3631 1645 (45.30%) 234 (6.4%)
25% Median 75%
GPA 3.39 3.56 3.65
LSAT 158 162 163

Tuition And Financial Aid

In-State Resident Non-Resident
Full Time $48,820 $48,820
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: $70

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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 Above Average compared to other law schools. Student diversity at Bc is Below Average.

Student body

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Faculty Statistics

  • Full Time: 49
  • Part Time: 42


  • # Female Faculty: 43
  • # Minority Faculty: 14


14.2 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. BC Law School 1L section size is 8% larger than law schools in Massachusetts and 20% larger than all PRIVATE law schools.

1L Section Size Comparison

BC Law School: 183
Massachusetts Average: 168
PRIVATE School Average: 146

Positions Available in Advanced Courses

  • Simulation Courses: 560
  • Faculty Supervised Clinics: 144

Students Involved in Advanced Activities

  • Field Placements: 182
  • Law Journals: 171
  • Moot Court/Mock Trials: 0

Attrition Rates

  • First Year: 5.7%
  • Second Year: 1.3%
  • Third Year: 1.3%
  • 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 BC Law School class of 2023 had an employment rate of 92% with 1% pursuing an additional degree.

Employment Comparison

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In 2023, 71.0%% of students reported their employment status 9-months after graduation.

Type of Employment

  • Law Firms: 54.0%
  • Business: 13.0%
  • Government: 13.0%
  • Public Interest: 8.0%
  • Academia: 1.0%
  • Massachusetts: 50%
  • New York: 13%
  • Florida: 5%

Bar Passage Rates

  • Reporting: 71.0%
  • First Time Takers: 262
  • Average School: 90.9%
  • Average State: 83.2%
  • Pass Difference: 7.7%

Top Bar Jurisdiction

  • Massachusetts: 83.2%
  • Passed: 169 of 186 (90.9%)
  • State Average: 83.2%
  • Difference: 7.7%