Boston College

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885 Centre Street
Newton, MA 02459

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#36 Best Law Schools


Law School Overview

The Law School at Boston College has an application deadline of March 31. The full-time program application fee at the Law School at Boston College is $75. Its tuition is full-time: $44,860 per year. The student-faculty ratio is 11.9:1. The Law School at Boston College has 72 full- and part-time faculty on staff.

Boston College Law School offers students a robust curriculum, which includes the yearlong, first year Legal Reasoning, Research & Writing Program that introduces students to problem-based, analytical study. Electives make up the majority of the second and third year curriculum. There is also the Boston College Law School Land and Environmental Program, which can culminate in a Certificate in Environmental & Land Use Law. For students who want to combine their legal education with another discipline, there are multiple dual degree options, including a J.D./M.B.A. through the Carroll School of Management, a J.D./Master of Social Work through the School of Social Work, and J.D./M.A. in Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning in conjunction with Tufts University.

Through the school’s numerous in-house clinical courses, students can get hands-on experience in areas including housing law, civil ligation, and criminal justice. There is also a clinic specific to women’s legal issues, called Women and the Law, in which students work on cases including divorce, spousal support, and restraining orders. Boston College Law School students can check out more than 35 student organizations, such as the Asia Law Society, as well as a variety of academic advocacy programs, including internal and inter-school competitions. Legal journals at the school include the Boston College Law Review, the Third World Law Journal, and the Environmental Affairs Law Review.

The law school is six miles from downtown Boston, and students can live in university-owned housing or can use the Boston College Off-Campus Housing Office to find rental properties nearby. Notable alumni of Boston College Law School include U.S. Senator John Kerry and U.S. Olympic gymnast Shannon Miller.

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Year founded 1929
Public/private Private
Law school designation National


Application deadline March 31
Full-time program application fee $75
Part-time program application fee $0
Admissions phone (617) 552-4351
Admissions email


Full- and part-time faculty 72
Student-faculty ratio 11.9:1
Total faculty 105

Student Body

Enrollment (full-time) 728
Gender distribution (full-time)
Gender distribution (full-time)
J.D. candidates graduating in 2012-2013 253


Tuition and fees

full-time: $44,860 per year

Room and board $11,300


Employed at graduation2 49.6%
Median private sector starting salary $145,000
Median public service starting salary $48,732


Total volumes and volume equivalents 518,480

* Law School Overview details based on 2013 data

2. Represents the percentage of all 2012 graduates who had a full-time job lasting at least a year for which bar passage was required or a J.D. degree was an advantage. These employment rates are part of the data on placement success used to determine a school’s ranking.

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