First-Year Advisor Program

Each first-year student has an upperclass student advisor and a faculty contact to help guide him or her during the first year. The student advisors offer advice on a variety of academic and social aspects of life at BU Law. Each advisor group has one faculty contact, whose primary responsibilities are to help acclimate new students to the Law School, plan a social event with the advisees and advisors at the beginning of the fall semester, and provide advisees with course selection advice second semester. For each advisor group, one student advisor is designated the "lead advisor;" he/she is responsible for contacting the group's faculty contact early in the fall to help arrange a social event for the advisees.

During the spring semester, Dean Marx's office will seek applications from upperclass students to serve as advisors to the next group of 1Ls. Advisors' responsibilities include:

  • Meeting their advisees during the first week of classes and arranging to socialize with their advisees soon after classes begin
  • Keeping in continual contact with their advisees through email and personal contacts
  • Helping the faculty contact plan a social event with the faculty contact and the advisees early in the fall semester
  • Attending an advisor training program and lunch in September
  • Helping advisees with issues such as class preparation advice; study tips; advice on exams; outlining; upperclass course selection; and personal issues that may arise and for which advisees may need guidance.

How do I become an Advisor?

Applications for the Student Advisor Program for the 2013-2014 academic year have closed. Please check back next spring to apply.

You can learn more about the program from Jill Collins or Dean Marx at 617.358.1800, or stop by their office in the Dean's Office area on the 4th floor.

Dean Marx's office allocates funds to each faculty contact to pay for the social event that the faculty contact plans. The Student Government Association allocates funds to the student advisors for entertaining their advisees.

If any of your advisees has difficulties related to stress, anxiety, depression, substance abuse, or other personal or family problems that are adversely affecting him/her, please notify Dean Marx as soon as possible. Also make sure that your advisees know about the many counseling resources at B.U. and in Boston.

Student Advisor Program meeting

Professer Kull talking with Upperclass Student Advisors and 1L advisees.