In our juris doctor program, you’ll combine a rigorous academic curriculum with professional training in critical lawyering skills. Our 85-credit degree program is a full-time program requiring three academic years of study.
Low faculty/student ratios in both classrooms and clinics ensure a highly personalized educational experience. In addition to your faculty advisor, who will help guide you in your academic and professional decisions, you will be matched with a faculty mentor with common personal or career-related interests.
Learn to think like a lawyer.
The first-year curriculum is designed to get you thinking like a lawyer. You’ll study the basics of legal doctrines and rules in civil and criminal law, learn legal research and writing skills, and gain other real-world lawyering skills in the 1L Lawyering Lab.
In your second and third years, you’ll build on that knowledge. You’ll learn the professional responsibilities of a lawyer and basic financial and management principles, hone your legal writing and research skills, and deepen your knowledge of specific areas of law and legal practice.
You can choose from over 200 courses—one of the widest selections of any law school anywhere—that cover legal topics from international human rights to banking regulation. We also offer concentrations in Health Law and Intellectual Property, both of which U.S. News & World Report rank as Top 10 programs, along with International Law, Transactional Law, and Litigation & Dispute Resolution.
Additionally, you can pursue one of 18 dual degrees in conjunction with BU’s graduate schools or with foreign universities in disciplines ranging from Chinese law to public health. Most programs can be completed in three years, including the JD/LLM degree in Banking & Finance Law or Taxation and the JD/MBA in Law & Management.
You can also opt to spend a semester or a year overseas in one of our 21 study abroad programs in South America, Asia, Europe, or the Middle East at some of the world’s most prestigious universities.
Develop skills outside the classroom.
Through our extensive experiential learning opportunities, you can participate in real cases in professional legal settings, under the supervision of experienced clinical faculty. In our numerous clinics, externships, and semester-in-practice placements, you will gain practice-ready skills by working in courtrooms, government agencies, companies, and nonprofit organizations in Boston, Washington, DC, and cities around the world.
Our moot court programs and mock trial competitions will sharpen your written and oral presentation skills and teach you how to negotiate and advocate for your client. In our transactional law program, you’ll learn how to draft contracts, make business deals, and negotiate agreements. These versatile lawyering skills will prepare you for practice in corporate, government, or non-profit settings.
Working on one of BU Law’s six nationally recognized journals will help hone your writing and editing skills and give you the opportunity to make original contributions to legal literature. The journals also host major conferences where you can establish valuable contacts and supplement your education. And our faculty co-author scholarly papers with students that are published in BU Law’s journals and other distinguished law journals across the country.
A BU Law education is flexible enough to accommodate your specific career interest, rigorous enough to prepare you well for it, and prestigious enough to get it started.