Boston University

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765 Commonwealth Avenue
Boston, MA 02215

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#27 Best Law Schools


#5 in Tax Law

Law School Overview

The School of Law at Boston University has an application deadline of April 1. The full-time program application fee at the School of Law at Boston University is $80. Its tuition is full-time: $45,786 per year. The student-faculty ratio is 12.0:1. The School of Law at Boston University has 139 full- and part-time faculty on staff.

Faculty at the Boston University School of Law teach using the Socratic method, which encourages interactive discussions, and, with a 12:1 student-to-faculty ratio, classes and clinic sizes are relatively small. The BU Law curriculum offers several concentrations, including business organizations and finance law, and is especially highly ranked for its specialty programs in health law, intellectual property law, and tax law. Students can also bolster their legal education by completing a dual degree, such as a J.D./LL.M. in Taxation, a J.D./M.B.A. in Law and Healthcare Management, or a J.D./M.S. in Law and Mass Communication.

The school has several research centers and institutes, including the American Society of Law, Medicine and Ethics and the Institute of Jewish Law, as well as law journals such as the American Journal of Law and Medicine and the Public Interest Law Journal. Outside of class, students can get involved in more than 30 student organizations and can participate in community service events through the optional BU Pro Bono Program or in annual events such as Legal Follies, the yearly law school variety show. For an international law experience, BU Law students can study abroad in locations including Florence; Lyon, France; and Tel Aviv.

Notable alumni of the BU School of Law include Michael Fricklas, executive vice president, general counsel, and secretary at media conglomerate Viacom Inc., and Jack VanWoerkom, executive vice president, general counsel, and corporate secretary at The Home Depot.

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Year founded 1872
Public/private Private
Law school designation National


Application deadline April 1
Full-time program application fee $80
Part-time program application fee N/A
Admissions phone (617) 353-3100
Admissions email


Full- and part-time faculty 139
Student-faculty ratio 12.0:1
Total faculty 163

Student Body

Enrollment (full-time) 676
Gender distribution (full-time)
Gender distribution (full-time)
J.D. candidates graduating in 2012-2013 278


Tuition and fees

full-time: $45,786 per year

Room and board $12,070


Employed at graduation2 46.9%
Median private sector starting salary $160,000
Median public service starting salary $57,000


Total volumes and volume equivalents 1,032,807

* 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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