Where can I find information about BU Law's application instructions, application fees, and application fee waivers?
What are the application deadlines for admission?
Distinguished Scholars Binding Early Decision: complete application due by November 14, 2018.
“BU-Bound” Binding Decision Program: complete application due by January 9, 2019.
For more information on our binding decision programs, please visit this page.
Regular Decision: 11:59 pm EST on April 1, 2019.
When should I apply?
BU Law has a rolling admissions process, which means applications are evaluated and candidates are informed of admission decisions throughout the application cycle. You may choose to apply as early as September 1 or as late as April 1, however we encourage applicants to apply as early in the cycle as possible.
Which standardized test scores can I submit along with my application?
Boston University School of Law will accept either the Law School Admission Test (LSAT) or the Graduate Records Examination (GRE). If you have already taken the LSAT, while the holistic review of your file will include all information submitted, your highest LSAT score will be the standardized test used in review of your candidacy.
LSAC automatically reports all LSAT test scores from the past five years in the CAS report. Similarly, those submitting GRE scores must submit all valid scores from the past five years. Applicants are not allowed to select GRE results individually.
How should I submit my LSAT or GRE score to BU Law?
Applicants who have taken or will take the LSAT will only need to submit an application to BU Law through the Law School Admissions Council (LSAC) and release the Credential Assembly Service (CAS) report with the application. The CAS will include your test scores.
Applicants who take the GRE will also submit the CAS report through LSAC, however you must instruct the Educational Testing Service (ETS) to send BU Law all GRE test scores from the mandated five year period. The BU Law ETS (DI) code is 4180.
When should I take either the LSAT or GRE and how long are my scores valid?
The LSAT will be administered seven times in 2018-2019. Please visit the LSAC website for more information. Given the nature of rolling admission, the January 2019 administration is the latest recommended test date for candidates seeking admission to the 2019 entering class.
The GRE is administered year-round. Please visit the ETS website for more information. Given the nature of rolling admission, candidates seeking admission to the 2019 entering class should take the test prior to February 1st.
Scores for both the LSAT and GRE taken within the past five years are considered valid.
What is BU Law's GRE school code?
BU Law’s GRE school code is 4180.
May I submit an unofficial GRE score report?
No, BU Law will only accept official GRE reports sent directly from ETS.
Am I required to submit a LSAC Credential Assembly Service (CAS) report if I only have a GRE score?
Yes, the CAS report is required for all applicants. The CAS will include all required transcripts and letters of recommendation.
If I have taken both the GRE and the LSAT, am I required to submit my GRE score?
No. If you have already taken the LSAT, while the holistic review of your file will include all information submitted, your highest LSAT score will be the standardized test used in review of your candidacy.
May I apply to the binding decision programs with only the GRE?
No. The LSAT is required for both the Distinguished Scholar program and the BU-Bound program.
When will I know my admissions decision?
The Admissions Committee makes every effort to notify applicants of a decision in a timely fashion. However, since no two applications are exactly the same, there is no guaranteed timeline for you to receive a decision. Please be assured that the Admissions Committee reviews each application in its entirety.
How do I check the status of my application for admission?
You may check your application status online at this website. You will receive your login information in an email acknowledging receipt of your application.
Do you grant interviews?
Any and all applicants are invited to visit BU Law and may schedule either an in-person or telephone appointment with an admissions counselor. These are non-evaluative meetings for you to gather information and ask questions in an informal setting. To schedule an appointment, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Must I register with the LSAC credential assembly service?
Yes, all applicants must register with the Credential Assembly Service during the current processing year. To register with the Credential Assembly Service, contact the Law School Admission Council here or at 215-968-1001.
Does BU Law have a part-time or evening program?
No, BU Law does not have a part-time or evening program.
Can I start at BU Law in the spring semester?
No, all students at BU Law must start in the fall semester.
Are deferrals granted?
BU Law encourages you to apply in the year in which you want to attend; however, deferral requests will be considered on a case-by-case basis.
How is my application evaluated?
We read each application in its entirety and holistically. That is, there is no combination of GPA and test score that necessarily results in admission or denial, and, in fact, the weight of these numbers in any particular application will vary according to how much and what other kinds of information are in the file. A look at our admissions statistics from previous years will give you some idea of the GPA and test scores we are looking for, but every year we admit a significant number of students with numbers well below what you might expect and deny some applicants who have numbers higher than our medians.
Regarding the non-numerical factors to an application, there is an infinite range of experiences that an applicant may have had, but even two applicants who have had the same experience may have reacted to and grown from that experience in radically different ways. We are not so much looking for particular experiences as for people who have demonstrated abilities and capacity for growth and a background that will enable them to contribute positively to the life of BU Law and to the legal profession. BU Law’s founding commitment to diversity of all kinds, starting in 1872, continues to inform our admissions decisions today. We encourage each applicant to share with us how they might contribute to BU Law’s learning community.
Can I visit campus?
Yes, we encourage all students to visit campus. For more information on arranging a visit, please see this page.
Are there any recruitment events where I can speak with a BU Law representative?
Yes, representatives from BU Law travel across the country during the summer and fall to attend many events. To find out more information, please visit this page.