The Live Well, Learn Well initiative, housed in the Student Affairs Office, is in keeping with BU Law’s commitment to providing a dynamic education that offers access to a variety of programs, both in and outside of the classroom, that will challenge and support each student in order to facilitate a successful law school career. Launched in 2005, Live Well, Learn Well is designed to aid students in balancing the rigors and stress of law school with healthy living and overall wellness via a broad variety of accessible programming and initiatives. With a realistic outlook about the busy life of the BU Law student, our goal is to provide simple, yet meaningful, options for healthy living—from diet and exercise tips designed just for law students to a 5K along the Charles River Esplanade with faculty and staff. Explore some of the many resources easily available to you at the School of Law, the University, and in Greater Boston:
At the School of Law
The 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:
Live Well, Learn Well 2017 Challenge (January 16 – March 3, 2017)
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 email@example.com. 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 Charles River Esplanade and the event concludes with celebratory raffles, prizes, and snacks.
BU Law Softball Team
There are also law students who have formed the BU Law Softball Team. They prepare for a countrywide 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 school during reading period. This is a very popular program which gives students a chance to re-energize and maintain a healthy sense of balance.
During exam periods, students have the opportunity to take a study break and relax with a certified therapy dog.
At Boston University
Free Student Fitrec Membership
Boston University has a state-of-the-art fitness and recreational complex that 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!
College of Health & Rehabilitation Sciences: Sargent College
Student Health Services
All full-time Boston University 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.
Sustainability at BU
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 improve your own daily life.
In Greater Boston
Boston offers students a number of unique ways to be active and to retreat from the stressors of the Law School at the same time. Indeed, many of Greater Boston’s most historic and charming parks and landmarks are just a short ride on the MBTA or a Zipcar 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.
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 law school, or try ice skating at the Boston Common Frog Pond 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 through the Boston Parks & Recreation Department.
Trek a bit farther afield to spots such as the Blue Hills Reservation or the famed Walden Pond for a quick and manageable escape from the city. If you are feeling a bit more adventurous, head north to the hiking trails in the White Mountains of New Hampshire, 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, or consider participating in a local running event or race.