Boston College Law School

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Boston College Law School
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Boston College Law Library
MottoΑἰέν ἀριστεύειν
Parent schoolBoston College
Religious affiliationRoman Catholic (Jesuit)
School typePrivate
Parent endowment$2.220 billion (2015)[1]
DeanVincent Rougeau
LocationNewton, Massachusetts, USA
Faculty103 (Fall)
110 (Spring)[2]
USNWR ranking27th (2018)[3]
Bar pass rate94.0%[2]

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.[4] Admission to BC Law is highly selective.[5] In 2020, US News & World Report ranked BC Law as the #31 law school in the country.[6] 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.[7]


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.[8] 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.[9] 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.[10]


Ranking Summary

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[11]

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".[12] Boston College is also ranked number 10 for "Best Quality of Life."[13] In 2019, "Above The Law," a legal blog that focuses on BigLaw, ranked Boston College Law School 31st overall in the country.[14]

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.[15]

The U.S. News & World Report 2021 Law School Rankings placed Boston College Law School 27th in the country.[16] BC Law's tax program ranked 14th in the nation,[17] its environmental law program 27th,[18] and its legal writing program 29th.[19]

Law reviews[edit]

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.[20] 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.[21]

Boston College Law School also maintains an online publication, the Intellectual Property and Technology Forum, covering issues of copyright, trademark and patent law.[22]


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.[23]

Research centers and institutes[edit]

Boston College Newton Campus
  • 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.[24] 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.[25]

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.[26]


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.[27] The Law School Transparency estimated debt-financed cost of attendance for three years is $301,402.[28]

Noted people[edit]

See also[edit]


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  8. ^ Solis-Cohen, Emily (Spring 2008). "Father Walsh and the Founding of the School of Foreign Service" (PDF). Utraque Unum. 2 (1): 67. Archived (PDF) from the original on September 21, 2019. Retrieved September 21, 2019.
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  10. ^ "BC Law International". 2014-04-28. Retrieved 2014-06-24.
  11. ^ "Law Calendar". Washington and Lee University. Retrieved 2020-01-09.
  12. ^ "Best Professors | The Princeton Review". Retrieved 2020-01-09.
  13. ^ "Princeton Review List". Retrieved 2014-06-24.
  14. ^ Shepherd, David Lat, Elie Mystal, Staci Zaretsky, Kashmir Hill, Marin, Mark Herrmann, Jay. "The 2015 ATL Top 50 Law School Rankings". Retrieved 12 April 2018.
  15. ^ The go-to schools Archived February 2, 2007, at the Wayback Machine
  16. ^ "US News Law School Rankings". Archived from the original on 2016-03-03.
  17. ^ "US News Legal Writing Rankings". Archived from the original on 2010-07-22. Retrieved 2014-06-24.
  18. ^ "US News Best Grad Schools". Retrieved 2014-06-24.
  19. ^ "US News Legal Writing Ranking".
  20. ^ "BC Law Review Gains in Stature". Boston College Law School Magazine. Retrieved 9 August 2017.
  21. ^ "UCC Reporter-Digest". Boston College Law. Retrieved 9 August 2017.
  22. ^ "The Intellectual Property and Technology Forum". Retrieved 2014-06-24.
  23. ^ "Daniel R. Coquillette Rare Book Room - Boston College". 2014-03-04. Retrieved 2014-06-24.
  24. ^ [1]"Employment Summary for 2018 Graduates" (PDF).[permanent dead link]
  25. ^ "Boston College Profile".
  26. ^ "Law - Best Graduate Schools - Education - US News and World Report". Retrieved 1 November 2013.
  27. ^ "2013-2014 law school cost of attendance" (PDF).
  28. ^ "Boston College Profile".
  29. ^ "Boston College Law Bookshelf, Spring 2006". Boston College. Retrieved 30 December 2013.

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