The Law School provides students with many opportunities to take a break from academics in order to balance mental and physical health with the rigors of legal studies:
Partnership with Sargent College of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences
The Student Affairs Office has joined with BU’s renowned Sargent College of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences to target simple changes in diet and exercise directly to BU Law students. Whether it is taking the stairs to class or walking to Espresso Royale for your coffee, Sargent experts reveal that even small changes and activity boosts can make an important impact on overall health. Keep an eye out for posters throughout the Tower that detail how extra steps translate into calories burned and for healthy “Sargent Choice” snack options at law school events (and throughout the campus).
Free Yoga Classes Sponsored by Dean O’Rourke
During each semester while classes are in session, a free, weekly yoga class is held for students. Students may sign-up for yoga sessions at the start of each semester. If you would like more information, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org. Please note that you must sign a waiver at the start of each semester to participate.
Annual Spring 5K
Each year, the Student Affairs Office and the Student Government Association sponsor a 5K Road Race in the spring for the BU Law Community and their family and friends. The race takes place along the esplanade and the event concludes with celebratory raffles, prizes and snacks.
BU Law Running Club
Law students have organized the BU Law Running Club which is a student-run organization focused on running while accepting all skill-levels. The group goes on bi-weekly runs ranging from 3-5 miles at all different paces. For more information about that event and the group, email email@example.com.
BU Law Softball Team
There are also law students who have formed the BU Law Softball Team. They prepare for a country-wide law school softball tournament held in Virginia each spring. They also participate in fall tournaments against Boston-area law schools.
Chair Massages During Exam Period
Exam period is an extremely stressful time for law students. In order to relieve some of this natural anxiety and give students a chance to take a deep breath amidst the busy weeks at the semester’s close, the Student Affairs office sponsors professional chair massage sessions for students on-site at the Law Tower during reading period. This is a very popular program which gives students a chance to reenergize and maintain a healthy sense of balance.
Free Student Fitrec Membership!
Boston University has a state-of-the-art fitness and recreational complex which extends full-access membership to all full-time law students. Located just a short walk down Commonwealth Avenue, the BU Fitrec offers courses in everything from aerobics to boxing to yoga in addition to weight and cardio rooms and equipment, two swimming pools, racquetball and squash courts, a rock climbing wall, two gymnasia, an indoor running track and more!
Learn more about the facility, hours, and membership benefitshere.
Resources offered via Sargent College of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences
Take a moment to peruse Sargent College's website and to consider utilizing the excellent resources available to the BU Community, such as:
Establisted in 2004, The Sargent Choice Nutrition Center's mission is to translate current, evidence-based research into practical food and activity recommendations to help individuals achieve realistic health goals in keeping with their lifestyle demands and preferences. BU's SCNC is staffed by three, full-timed, licensed registered dietitians and provides a variety of services, such as nutrition counseling, to the BU community. Check out their calendar of events here, their programs offered to BU students here, and their excellent collection of general resources here.
The Sargent Choice program is a collaboration between Sargent College and BU Dining Services designed to enhance, expand and promote healthy food options at BU by offering a variety of delicious foods at convenient locations across campus and creating recipes which follow comprehensive, evidence based diet recommendations which promote health and reduce the risk of chronic diseases linked to poor diet. Keep an eye out for the "Sargent Choice" logo at eateries around campus for these healthy options. You can keep up with nutrition and wellness tips, news, and recipes via the Sargent Choice Blog.
All full-time Boston Univeristy students are eligible to use the health care resources at Student Health Services. Departments currently include a medical service, behavioral medicine service by appointment or on an emergency basis, a crisis intervention counselor, and chiropractic care. With an actively growing list of services, Student Health is always available to address immediate and ongoing health care needs.
- SHS Wellness & Health Resources
- Be Well @ BU Resources and Blog
- Behavioral Health Services
- Counseling Resources at BU
- Helping Students in Distress
Learn about Boston University's impressive sustainability initiatives and how you can make a difference as a member of the BU community. Also, find out how green living can your improve your own daily life.
Boston offers students a number of unique ways to be active and to retreat from the stressors of the Law Tower at the same time. Indeed, many of Greater Boston’s most historic and charming parks and landmarks are just a ride on the T or a short Zip Car trip away (discounts available for BU students). The Live Well, Learn Well initiative encourages students to take a day, or even just a couple of hours, to explore the many opportunities for recreation right here in our city and its surrounding communities. The links below aim to get you started in enjoying the outdoors here in Boston. Need a little direction? Check the MBTA website for T, Bus, and Commuter Rail schedules, maps, and fares.
Parks and Recreation
From the Public Garden in the heart of the city (and the first public botanical garden in the United States) to the Arnold Arboretum in Jamaica Plain to the Harbor Islands a short ferry ride away, Boston boasts more than 2,200 acres of park land throughout the city. Enjoy a simple outing like a walk, jog, or bike ride along the Charles River Esplanade, easily accessible behind the Tower, or try ice skating at the Frog Pond in Boston Common on a chilly day or community boating over the summer. A number of free or low-cost and geographically accessible options are available for a variety interests. Start exploring with the links below.
- City of Boston Parks and Recreation
- Charles River Reservation (Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation)
- Greater Boston and Beyond: Trek a bit farther afield to spots such as The Blue Hills Reservation or the famed Walden Pond for a quick and managable escape from the city. If you are feeling a bit more adventurous, head north to the hiking trails in the White Mountains of New Hamphire, or south to take in the ocean air on Cape Cod.
A self-guided walking tour can be a great way for newcomers to explore the city or for Bostonians to see their city and neighborhood through a new lens. As an added bonus, you will enjoy the benefits of exercise as you walk and learn! The Freedom Trail and The Black Heritage Trail are great places to start. In addition, check out the organization WalkBoston for a wide selection of printable walking tour maps that will give you some fresh insight into the history of Boston's varied and vibrant neighborhoods.
Running and Biking
If you enjoy running or cycling, Boston has a lot to offer as well. Check out bike trails in Greater Boston and beyond, plan new running routes with www.mapmyrun.com, or consider participating in a local running event or race .