Boston University Law School

Rank 27 (USNWR 2023)
Median LSAT
Median GPA
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Also known as

  • Boston University Law School
  • Boston University
  • BU

Boston University Law School is a law school located in Boston, Massachusetts. The school was ranked 27 in 2023 by USNWR. Annual enrollment for Boston University Law School is approximately 216.

Admissions website: https://www.bu.edu/law/admissions/

Admissions email: bulawadm@bu.edu

Admissions phone: 617.353.3100

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Boston University Law School Key Statistics

Previous year ABA 509 data
Percentiles 25 50 75
LSAT 164 170 171
GPA 3.57 3.84 3.91
Miscellaneous Count Percentile
# Applications 7661 98
# Admissions offers 1251 -
Class size 216 70
% Accepted 16.3% 90
% Yield 16.7% 3

During the 2023 application cycle, 7,661 people applied and 1,251 were offered admission.

Boston University has a 1L class size of 216, and yield of 16.71%. 209 out of 1,251 applicants who were offered admission accepted, meaning that 16.71% of the people who were offered admission ended up attending the school.

The 1L class at Boston University has a median LSAT of 170. The 25th percentile LSAT is 164 and the 75th percentile LSAT is 171.

The median GPA is 3.84. The 25th percentile GPA is 3.57 and the 75th percentile GPA is 3.91.

Boston University Law School LSAT & GPA graph for 2022-2023

LSD has stats for 1,559 applicants for the 2022-2023 application cycle.

The graphs show applicant results plotted against GPA and LSAT. The dotted lines on the graphs represent the 25/50/75th percentiles reported by the school in their ABA 509 report from the previous year.

Each data point represents an LSD user that shared their application results for the benefit of future applicants.

Click on a data point to see that user's profile.

25th, 50th, 75th refer to percentiles from last year's admitted class

How much does Boston University Law School cost per year?

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Bar pass rate
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Cost of attending Boston University Law School

In 2023, tuition was $62,534 and the annual cost of attending was $83,426 (tuition plus living expenses).

Cost of Attendance (CoA) is the estimated total amount you will have to spend every year to go to school. Unlike tuition, CoA includes expenses like rent, food, and insurance.

Boston University Law School employment outcomes

JD graduates from Boston University make $215,000 (median) upon graduation if they work in the private sector. If they go into the public sector, a grad can expect to make $60,000.

66.9% of law graduates from Boston University go directly to work for law firms, while 6.8% clerk for a judge. 6.4% of graduates go into public interest.

93.5% of Boston University graduates pass the bar on their first try.

Some interesting facts about Boston University Law School

Boston University School of Law, founded in 1872, is a top-tier law school with a dynamic community of students, faculty, staff, and alumni. The core of the BU Law experience isa supportive, engaging learning environment in which teachers guide, inspire, and challenge their students. BU Law professors are nationally acclaimed for their legal skills, scholarship, and activities in the public and private sectors. What uniquely defines the BU Law Faculty is their devotion to students—academically, professionally, and individually.

The superior value of a BU Law degree is recognized worldwide. BU LLM graduates are among the most highly recruited by global firms and corporations. Graduates live, or practice in over 65 countries outside of the United States, and Boston University Alumni Clubs span the globe with international associations worldwide.

BU Law thrives as part of Boston University—a major, internationally recognized institution of higher education and research with more than 33,000 students from 50 states and 130 countries. Its location in Boston, Massachusetts—America’s academic capital—presents students with one of the world’s greatest settings for advanced studies. Boston’s unique combination of educational, cultural, financial, and high-tech scientific activity attracts thousands of students each year.

Located in the heart of Boston between the Charles River and the bustling Back Bay district, BU offers a unique combination of urban excitement and peaceful relaxation. The famed Charles River Esplanade is steps from BU Law—three miles of riverside paths and parks—where students can picnic, jog, rollerblade, cycle, or even rent a sailboat between classes.

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@iwbeasscjoafjoalcs: yeah. A higher percentage of graduating students from BU go to big law (101+ attorneys)
I thought big law was 501+ attorneys. Do 101+ attorneys law firms have the same salary profile as 501+ attorneys law firms do? I had assumed it was only 501+ attorneys law firms that have (now) the 215k starting salary for first-year associates. But I'm very ignorant when it comes to all this stuff, so happy to be corrected.
Congrats admits! Did you have a status change in the tracker? Did they call or email?
has anyone heard about scholarships yet??????
@CondemnedWiryOyster: Thank you! I got the A on wednesday of last week and my status still reflected "complete." after i got the call, it changed
My status checker looks completely different. The paragraph at the top has a link to the admitted students website and a password to access everything on it. I didn't check it until after I got the call on Monday
are the aspire scholarships out yet?
@2fast2furious: i'm still waiting on it
@2fast2furious: are they doing interviews for it??
On the website it says yes, but i havent seen anyone say theyve been reached out to about it yet
Just out of curiosity, when the employment by sector pie chart says that .8% of last year's graduating class went into academia upon graduating (or when the ABA-required disclosure regarding employment outcomes for BU says something similar), what exactly are these academic jobs? I assume they're basically post-docs of some sort or perhaps positions as a research assistant for a prof. While, exactly, would someone want such a job? Serious question. Is the thought that such a job may help one get a permanent teaching/research position at a law school, that is, as a TT or clinical professor?
*Why* would someone want such a job, not *while.*
Or is it rather that these "academic jobs" represented by the pie chart and referred to in ABA documents are typically fallback jobs that graduates take when they fail to get a job they really wanted (say, at a law firm, clerking, in the government, or whatever)? Not trying to be "insulting" here. I'm just trying to know what these academic jobs are and why people would want them.
Any other early sept applicants who have not heard back yet? Not sure whether it’s a good sign or bad that I’ve missed every wave BU has had lmao
Is BU calling, emailing, or texting rn?
just got a call
Congrats!!! 🥳
thank you so much!!
Do they call every person admitted or?
What’s the area code they call from?
@2fast2furious: add me on reddit? i need another BU person to talk tooooooo
@ImReallyJustAGirl: i woulddd but im not on reddit🫣
@TackyEightSatyr: the area code is 617
ppl getting calls from BU when did you submit ur applications
bro how did i miss another bu wave i applied in october😭
@2fast2furious: omggg how do we exchange info bc i just called finaid today to ask for info
@ImReallyJustAGirl: ok ok Im making a reddit account for this lol, whats ur username?
omg whos going to admit day on march 22
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