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  May 2016
  April 2016

Boston University School of Law


Boston University School of Law (BU Law) is the second-oldest law school in Massachusetts and one of the first law schools in the country to admit students regardless of race or gender. It is also a member of the Association of American Law Schools and a charter member of the American Bar Association. In 2010, BU Law was named one of the top 4 Public Service Law Schools in the country by National Jurist. U.S. News & World Report's Specialty Rankings (2012 edition) place BU Law at 9th in Tax Law, 2nd in Health Law, and 7th in Intellectual Property Law. Additionally, according to the 2011 Princeton Review law school rankings, BU Law places 8th in Best Classroom Experience and 1st in Best Professors.


Boston University School of Law offers a broad selection of legal classes and seminars (approximately 150) with a student to faculty ratio of 12:1.

Joint Degree Programs

BU Law offers joint degrees with the following programs:

  • Boston University Graduate School of Management (JD/MBA) - Law and Management or Law and Health Sector Management
  • Boston University College of Communication (J.D./M.S.) - Law and Mass Communication
  • Boston University School of Public Health (J.D./M.P.H.) - Law and Public Health
  • Boston University Graduate School of Arts and Sciences (J.D./M.A.) - Law and International Relations, Law and Philosophy, or Law and Preservation Studies


The J.D. program offers certificates in the following concentrations:

  • Business Organizations and Finance Law
  • Health Law, Intellectual Property Law
  • International Law
  • Litigation and Dispute Resolution

LL.M. Programs

In addition to J.D. and joint degree programs, Boston University School of Law offers LL.M. programs in the following:

  • American Law
  • Banking and Financial Law
  • Intellectual Property
  • Taxation
  • BU Law also offers J.D./LL.M . programs in the following:
    • European Law
    • Banking and Financial Law
    • Taxation

Pappas Law Library

Pappas Law Library, an integral part of the Boston University School of Law community, is committed to the continued growth of academic excellence by providing service, resources, and an environment that facilitates legal and law-related research, scholarship and curricular goals. The Library collection includes most of the circulating titles as well as specialized law reviews and international materials.


Boston University School of Law offers several clinical programs, which allow students to apply legal theories learned in the classroom to real-life lawyering. Students may enroll in clinical courses in their second and third years of law school.

Civil Litigation Program

Students serve clients in civil litigation in the following areas:

  • Housing, Employment, Family and Disability Clinic (HEFD)
  • Asylum & Human Rights Clinic (AHR)
  • Employment Rights Clinic (ERC)

Community Courts

Students explore the structure of State trial courts that are based in the community and how they have traditionally operated. Students also examine the evolution of "problem-solving" or "specialized courts" throughout the country.

Criminal Law Clinics

Students enrolled in the Criminal Law clinics carry full responsibility for the prosecution or defense of criminal cases in several Boston courts.

Health Law Externship Program

Students will develop practical lawyering skills through live-client and real-life practice experiences in Boston's non-profit health care offices. Students also gain greater understanding of the doctrines, substantive laws and context of health care.

Legal Externship Program

Students expand their experience through field-placements in the following areas: civil and criminal litigation, civil rights, health care, taxation, securities law, environmental law, banking, domestic violence, children's law and the judiciary.

Legislative Clinics

  • Students enjoy a variety of opportunities to examine the legislative process through the following programs:
  • Legislative Policy & Drafting Clinics - Students work with State Senators and representatives, Mayors, city councils, administrative agencies and public interest groups to create legislative solutions to problems.
  • Legislative Counsel Clinic - Students work with Legislators, State Executive Offices, non-profit organizations and advocacy groups to advance a bill or project.
  • Africa i-Parliaments Clinic - Students assist African Parliaments draft and enact more effective legislation.

Legislative Internship Program

Students matched with Senators and representatives at the Massachusetts State House have the opportunity to, among other things, draft legislation, evaluate testimony and participate in planning meetings with legislators and staff.

Semester-in-Practice Program

Students may spend a semester working full-time for credit at an externship placement outside of Boston. The four options available are:

  • Human Rights Externship (Geneva)
  • Government Lawyering in Washington, D.C.
  • Death Penalty Externship
  • Independent Proposal Externship.


Boston University School of Law
765 Commonwealth Avenue
Boston, MA 02215 
Phone No: 617.353.3118
Email: lawalum@bu.edu
Website: www.bu.edu

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