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Boston University School of Law

Overview

Lawdragon Lawyer Limelight

Q&A with Maureen O'Rourke

BU Law Dean; Yale Law School Alum

"We are seeing increasing numbers of students take jobs in small and mid-size firms, corporations and the government. We also are seeing more students go out on their own, whether as solo practitioners or, more often, as part of entrepreneurial ventures."

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Admissions Profile

Admission rate %:
39%
Number students applying:
4,218
Number students accepted:
1,655
First-year attrition rate:
7%

LSAT Scores 2014

75th percentile:
166
Median:
163
25th percentile:
160

GPA 2014

75th percentile:
3.74
Median:
3.66
25th percentile:
3.42

Financial Profile

$53,854,569
Tuition and Fees Full-time Part-time
Resident $47,188 N/A
Non-resident $47,188 N/A
Living Expenses Full-time
On Campus $18,142
Off Campus $18,142                 

Education Life Profile

School Population

Total number students enrolled:
646
Number students enrolled full-time:
645
Number students enrolled part-time:
1
Number of first-year students:
208

Gender Diversity

% Women faculty:
36%
% Women students:
55%

Ethnic / Racial / Global Diversity

% Minority faculty:
8%
% Minority students:
27%
% International students:
3%

Academic Profile

Student Opportunities

Number of law journals:
6
Names of law journals:
American Journal of Law and Medicine, Boston University International Law Journal, Boston University Law Review, Journal of Science and Technology Law, Public Interest Law Journal, Review of Banking and Financial Law
% of students involved in law journals:
61%
Number of faculty-supervised clinical courses:
20
Names of faculty-supervised clinical courses:
Africa i-Parliaments Clinic, American Legislative Practice Program, Criminal Law: Prosecutor Program, Criminal Law: Public Defender Programs (Adult & Juvenile), Employment Rights Clinic; Housing, Employment, Family & Disability Clinic, Human Trafficking Clinic, Immigrants' Rights Clinic, International Human Rights Clinic, Wrongful Convictions Clinic, Affordable Housing Externship, Community Courts Externship, Government Lawyering Externship (Boston); Health Law Externship; Judicial Externship; Legal Externship; Human Rights Externship; Government Lawyering Semester-in-Practice (D.C.); Death Penalty Externship
% of students in faculty-supervised clinical courses:
59%
% of students in field placements:
50%
% of students in simulation courses:
70%

Curriculum Strengths

Corporate/M&A/Transactions,
Tax,
Science & Technology/Patents,
Media-Entertainment/Intellectual Property,
Public Interest Law

Graduate Employment Profile

National Employment Rate Percent Number of
Graduates
National Employment Rate 2014 73% 179
National Employment Rate 2013 67% 187
State Employment Rate 2014 State Percent Number of
Graduates
State 1st Largest Employer MA 43% 95
State 2nd Largest Employer NY 17% 37
State 3rd Largest Employer DC 6% 14
State Employment Rate 2013 State Percent Number of
Graduates
State 1st Largest Employer MA 48% 116
State 2nd Largest Employer NY 16.9% 41
State 3rd Largest Employer CA 5.8% 14

Employment by Job Categories

Law Firm Solo
0.4%
Law Firm 2-10
7%
Law Firm 11-25
4.5%
Law Firm 26-50
2.1%
Law Firm 51-100
2.9%
Law Firm 101-250
4.9%
Law Firm 251-500
3.3%
Law Firm 501+
19.3%
Law Firm Unknown Size
0
Business & Industry
9.9%
Government
11.9%
Public Interest / Service
10.3%
Clerkships Federal
2.9%
Clerkships State / Local
3.3%
Education / Academia
0.4%
Other
0.4%

First-Time Bar Pass Rates

Bar Exam Eligibility:
Most Current
Reported Data
State Average
School %
Average
State %
State 1 MA 97% 88%
State 2 NY 89% 85%
State 3
One Year Prior
Reported Data
State Average
School %
Average
State %
State 1 MA 94% 85%
State 2 NY 90% 82%
State 3 CA 78% 71%
Two Years Prior State Average
School %
Average
State %
State 1 MA 96% 88%
State 2 NY 93% 85%
State 3

Type of School

Accreditation Status:
ABA Accredited
Public / Private:
Private
Part-time:
No
Affiliation:
Feeder School 1:
Boston University
Feeder School 2:
Amherst College
Feeder School 3:
Cornell University

Student Bar Association

Contact Phone:
URL (if any):

Link to Lawdragon Survey

Link to Survey:

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School Information

765 Commonwealth Avenue
Boston, MA 02215
Region:
New England
Main Phone:
Admissions Phone:
617-353-3100
School Website:

Administration

Dean of School:
Maureen
A.
O'Rourke
Undergraduate:
BS
School:
Marist College
Law Degree:
JD
School:
Yale University
Graduate Degree:
School:
Director of Admissions:
Alissa
R.E.
Leonard
Undergraduate:
BA
School:
Oberlin College
Law Degree:
School:
Graduate Degree:
School:

Reputation Profile

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