School of Law

The BU School of Law is built upon a strong foundation, and it boasts an incredibly rich and rewarding intellectual environment.

Our strengths include a strong and diverse community where each of our members is valued and supported. Since we opened our doors in 1872, we have accepted students of ability, regardless of their race, background, or beliefs. As a result, many of our graduates have been pioneers in society and in the legal profession.

We also consistently rank in the top 30 of 200 ABA-accredited law schools in the United States. In 2011, the Princeton Review rated the BU Law faculty as “Best in the Country” for both classroom competence and out-of-class accessibility. And our graduates go on to stellar careers; we regularly add to the employee ranks of top firms like Goodwin Proctor, Ropes & Gray, and Ernst & Young.

Now, we’re poised to create a physical campus that will match the quality of our learning environment. This is a critical moment for BU Law, and we need your support. Join us as we propel the BU Law learning experience to new heights.

Campaign Priorities

The overall goal for the BU School of Law campaign is $80 million to support five important priorities:

    $40 million for construction of the new Redstone Building and renovation of the 18-story Law Tower;
    $15 million for student scholarships and financial aid;
    $10 million for professorships and faculty support;
    $8 million for academic programing;
    and $7 million in unrestricted support for the Law Annual Fund.

Gifts to support any of these campaign priorities will strengthen our School and keep it in the top tier of leading U.S. law schools.

Transforming the campus

The campaign for the School of Law has enjoyed early initial success and momentum generated by a small group of generous alumni, faculty, and friends, along with the lead gift of $18 million from former faculty member and media leader Sumner Redstone (Hon.’94). These supporters have responded to the need to transform the School’s campus, which has struggled with space constraints for decades. Although the student body is smaller than its peak size in the 1980s, we now offer 15 percent more classes to JD students, a greater number of student organizations and journals, and an expansion of our graduate programs. As planned, the new Law School facilities will have ample space for students to interact informally with each other and the faculty, to study alone or in small groups, and to participate in the School’s many student organizations in rooms designed to promote these co-curricular and extracurricular activities.

As of December 1, 2012, the Law School had raised $43.4 million in gift commitments toward its $80 million goal. For details, visit the School of Law Alumni page.