Boston College Law School
|Boston College Law School|
Boston College Law Library
|Parent school||Boston College|
|Religious affiliation||Roman Catholic (Jesuit)|
|Parent endowment||$2.220 billion (2015)|
|Location||Newton, Massachusetts, USA|
|USNWR ranking||27th (2018)|
|Bar pass rate||94.0%|
Boston College Law School (BC Law) is one of the six professional graduate schools at Boston College. Located approximately 1.5 miles from the main Boston College campus in Chestnut Hill, Boston College Law School is situated on a 40-acre (160,000 m2) wooded campus in Newton, Massachusetts.
With approximately 800 students and 125 faculty members, the Law School is one of the largest of BC's seven graduate and professional schools. Admission to BC Law is highly selective. In 2020, US News & World Report ranked BC Law as the #31 law school in the country. Reflecting its Jesuit heritage, BC Law has established programs in human rights, social justice and public interest law, as well as programs in business law and innovation, law and public policy and criminal and civil litigation. Its faculty played a part in arguing for the repeal of the Solomon Amendment, presenting oral arguments before the United States Supreme Court in Rumsfeld v. FAIR.
According to BC Law's 2019 ABA-required disclosures, 85% of the Class of 2018 obtained full-time, long-term, JD-required or advantage employment ten months after graduation.
Although provisions for a law school were included in the original charter for Boston College, ratified by the General Court of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts in 1863, Boston College Law School was formally organized in the 1920s and opened its doors on September 26, 1929. Its founder, John B. Creeden, served as its first regent until 1939. It was accredited by the American Bar Association in 1932 and the Association of American Law Schools in 1937. Originally located in the Lawyer's Building opposite the Massachusetts State House in central Boston, it moved to the main Boston College campus in 1954 and to its present 40-acre (160,000 m2) campus, the home of the former Newton College of the Sacred Heart, in 1975.
Stemming from the nickname of Boston College athletics teams, the term "Legal Eagle" is sometimes used to refer to students and alumni of Boston College Law School. The term Triple Eagle, which technically designates a recipient of any three degrees from Boston College, is usually used to refer to graduates of Boston College High School, Boston College, and BC Law. Boston College Law School has been referred to as the "Disney Land of Law Schools."
BC Law offers a first-year law program that includes constitutional and criminal law, civil procedure, contracts, property, and torts, as well as a two-semester legal reasoning, research, and writing course called Law Practice, which provides three experiential learning credits and a foundation in critical thinking, analysis, and communication. There is also a 1L experiential-based elective in the spring semester. The School offers programs abroad through the Semester-in-Practice International Program primarily based in Dublin and exchange programs with Bucerius Law School, Paris HEAD Law School, and Renmin University in China. The law school also has exchange programs with Bucerius Law School, the Pontificia Universidad Católica Argentina, and numerous other law faculties throughout the world.
Above the Law 2019: 31st; U.S. News & World Report 2019: 27th; National Law Journal Go-To Law Schools: 19th; Washington & Lee Law Review Rankings: 20th
Due to Boston College faculty reputations as teachers and mentors among students, the Princeton Review rankings place Boston College in the number 7 position for "Best Professors". Boston College is also ranked number 10 for "Best Quality of Life." In 2019, "Above The Law," a legal blog that focuses on BigLaw, ranked Boston College Law School 31st overall in the country.
Regarding recruiting at the top law firms in the country, since 2007 the National Law Journal has ranked BC Law in the top 20 law schools because of the large number of graduates the school places in the top American law firms. Harvard was the only other Boston school that placed in the top 20 for recruiting.
The U.S. News & World Report 2021 Law School Rankings placed Boston College Law School 27th in the country. BC Law's tax program ranked 14th in the nation, its environmental law program 27th, and its legal writing program 29th.
Boston College Law School has two main, student-run publications: Boston College Law Review ("BCLR") and the Uniform Commercial Code Reporter-Digest ("UCC Reporter-Digest"). In Spring 2017, the Boston College Environmental Affairs Law Review, Boston College International and Comparative Law Review, and the Journal of Law and Social Justice published their last issues and consolidated into the Boston College Law Review.
The Boston College Law Review is the Law School's main flagship journal and was ranked 20th in the 2019 Washington & Lee Law Review Rankings, the highest ranking in its history. Starting in Fall 2017, it publishes eight issues per year. It endeavors to publish high-quality pieces written by students and scholars on a wide variety of legal issues.
The Uniform Commercial Code Reporter-Digest is published by Matthew Bender & Company, a division of LexisNexis. It provides annotations on numerous cases relating to the Uniform Commercial Code, thereby serving as a helpful research tool.
Boston College Law School also maintains an online publication, the Intellectual Property and Technology Forum, covering issues of copyright, trademark and patent law.
In a new building opened in 1996, the Law Library is located on the Boston College Law School campus in Newton, and contains over 500,000 print volumes covering all major areas of American law and primary legal materials from the federal government, Canada, the United Kingdom, the United Nations, and the European Union. The library also features a substantial electronic volumes offering, treatise and periodical collection and a growing collection of international and comparative law material. The library's Coquillette Rare Book Room houses works from the fifteenth through nineteenth centuries, including works by and about Saint Thomas More.
Research centers and institutes
- Center for Human Rights and International Justice
- Business Institute, Boston College
- Center for Asset Management
- Center for Corporate Citizenship (CCC)
- Center for East Europe, Russia and Asia
- Center for Ignatian Spirituality
- Center for International Higher Education
- Center For Investment Research And Management
- Institute for the Study and Promotion of Race and Culture (ISPRC)
- International Study Center
- Irish Institute
- Jesuit Institute
- The Rappaport Center for Law and Public Policy
- Small Business Development Center
- Urban Ecology Institute
- Winston Center for Leadership and Ethics
- Women's Resource Center
According to BC Law's 2019 ABA-required disclosures, 85% of the Class of 2018 obtained full-time, long-term, JD-required or advantage employment ten months after graduation. BC Law's Law School Transparency under-employment score is 14.2%, indicating the percentage of the Class of 2018 unemployed, pursuing an additional degree, or working in a non-professional, short-term, or part-time job nine months after graduation.
The median private sector starting salary is $190,000, and the median public service starting salary is $60,000, although these numbers are based on self-reporting statistics.
The total cost of attendance (indicating the cost of tuition, fees, and living expenses) at BC Law for incoming students in the 2019-2020 academic year is $79,473. The Law School Transparency estimated debt-financed cost of attendance for three years is $301,402.
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- Gerald T. Zerkin, JD 1976, Federal Public Defender for Zacarias Moussaoui
- Erik P. Kimball, JD 1990, Judge, United States Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of Florida
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