Jury Service

According to the Office of the Jury Commissioner of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, “Every U.S. citizen 18 years of age or older who is a Massachusetts resident or an inhabitant for more than 50% of the time is eligible to serve as a juror. If you are a resident of another state but a student at a Massachusetts college, you are an inhabitant for more that 50% of the year and therefore eligible to serve as a juror in Massachusetts.”

It is not unusual for students residing in Suffolk County to be summoned to serve as trial jurors. Jury service, on a short-term basis, can provide students with a good opportunity to fulfill one of their important responsibilities as members of the community. Boston University supports students in their fulfillment of this civic duty.

Students should carefully read all materials they receive with their summons to service, as these contain helpful information about confirming, postponing, rescheduling, or relocating service, and address many of the most frequently asked questions. Students who must miss class in order to fulfill their jury service requirement should notify each of their instructors of the summons and make arrangements to complete any missed work.

Staff at the dean’s office of your school or college of registration may also be able to assist you in making arrangements for missed class time due to jury service. Students may be required to furnish their summons notice or the certificate of service when making these arrangements.

If you have any questions about jury duty, including confirming, postponing, rescheduling, or limiting your service, please consult the Student’s Guide to Jury Duty brochure, available in the Dean of Students office, or contact the Office of the Jury Commissioner at 1-800-THE-JURY (1-800-843-5879).


  1. I was recently summoned for jury dury, but I’m worried that going to the first trial will turn into a long-time commitment. If the trial takes several months, do i have to continue being a part of the jury foe that case?

  2. Hi Anapatricia –

    As a resident of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts (which you are when you go to school here), you may be called for jury duty. If you are concerned about the time commitment interfering with classes, you may call the Office of the Jury Commissioner (the out of town number for which is 617-422-5860.)

    If you have other questions, please call our office at 617-353-4126 or email dos@bu.edu.


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