At BU Law, we believe a great deal of learning happens outside the classroom—we encourage students to enjoy their legal studies, to expand intellectually and personally and to participate in student organizations, extracurricular activities, community service and other activities that enrich student life. Even our facilities contribute; the new Sumner M. Redstone Building is purposefully designed to facilitate learning and promote community.
You have many options to pursue your individual interests outside of class. Join some of the 30-plus interest-centered student organizations; apply for one of six student-run scholarly journals; or volunteer at partner legal service organizations, such as Kids in Need of Defense (KIND). LLM students are invited to join any of BU Law’s student organizations. Every year, student-led organizations plan conferences on cutting-edge legal topics and frequently invite notable speakers to the School to discuss current law-related issues.
There are a number of conferences and lectures held throughout the academic year that bring to campus leading legal minds from around the country to discuss current law-related topics. Graduate student activities include a Law and Economics Seminar, LLM Discovery Series, and the LLM Colloquium: Topics in American Law.
We work with students to foster a commitment to public and professional service. First-year JD orientation includes a voluntary community service day, where new students get to know each other while working at sites in the community, such as the Charles River Conservancy or Cradles to Crayons. During law school, students may voluntarily pledge to complete 50 hours of pro bono work with organizations dedicated to underrepresented groups and or social issues. Those students who complete the pledge receive a notation on their transcript and are recognized at an annual celebration. The student-led Public Interest Project (PIP) encourages students to pursue public interest careers and fundraisers throughout the year, including their signature Auction Gala, to fund about 60 summer grants to support qualifying students working in the public interest.
Mentoring and Support
As an incoming JD student, your orientation experience will be a bridge to law school. The first year JD Orientation program includes insights and support from second and third year students, who volunteer to organize many aspects of orientation. Our optional Be Yourself Orientation offers a series of welcome events for students of color, those who identify as LGBTQ, and their allies.
Once classes begin, you’ll be paired with an upper-class Student Advisor who can answer your questions and share ideas.
We’ll also assign you an individual advisor from the Career Development & Public Service Office, who will work closely with you to identify your career path and the steps you need to take to prepare for it, from course choices to experiential opportunities and beyond. Alumni mentors are also available to offer you guidance and advice.
Through our Faculty Connections program, students can choose to be matched with a faculty member who shares common interests. It could be a passion for criminal law, intellectual property, or legal history; a love of cycling, baseball, or punk rock music; or a shared hometown or alma mater. You can meet informally over lunch or a cup of coffee to get advice on course selection, career opportunities, and other areas of shared interest. All students will meet with both their faculty mentor and their CDO advisor before choosing their courses for 2L year.
Work Hard, Play Hard
Opportunities for BU Law students include first-year section parties, Student Appreciation Days, holiday parties, law prom, ski trips, social hours and an annual auction to raise funds for grants for summer public interest jobs. A dynamic variety of social and athletic activities— yoga classes sponsored by the Dean, intramural football, ultimate Frisbee, ballroom dancing, and an annual 5K Road Race—are just a few of the many activities that help make BU Law a true community.
The offices of the graduate programs organize frequent receptions and gatherings where LLMs interact with one other and the JD community. Together, they explore Boston and New England—from hiking in New Hampshire to Boston’s Fenway Park.
Life Beyond Law School
Work out at the Fitness & Recreation Center. Attend a concert at Agganis Arena. Volunteer at the Community Service Center. Take up to 12 credits of graduate-level classes or earn a dual degree at BU’s other schools and colleges. As a law student, you’ll have access to the University’s vast resources.
The law school’s central location also puts you only minutes away from Boston’s famous attractions. Here, you’ll find excellent restaurants, numerous theaters, world-class museums, a wealth of historical sites, and a sports scene legendary for its enthusiasm. The city is also a major center for finance, health care, high-tech, government, and, of course, law. Many of our students do pro bono work in local courts, nonprofits, and government agencies, while others gain professional experiences through clinical and externship opportunities in Boston.
If you’re looking for an international experience, consider one of our 21 foreign study opportunities in Asia, South America, Europe, and the Middle East. BU’s study abroad program is one of the most extensive of any law school and features prestigious, well-regarded partner institutions.