Dear International Candidate:

Thank you for your interest in Boston University School of Law (BU Law).

As you consider attending law school in the United States, either as a JD or LLM student, you may be asking how recent changes in federal immigration policy might shape your law school experience, both inside and outside the classroom.  In addition, you may have concerns about the divisions in our country that followed the 2016 presidential election.

I am writing to offer assurances about our law school – including who we are and what we stand for – in light of any uncertainties you may have.

I am deeply committed to an open, inclusive, and respectful culture. Indeed, diversity and inclusion have defined BU Law since its founding in 1872. When BU Law first opened its doors to qualified students, it did so without regard to race, gender, religion, or national origin. As the dean and the steward of this legacy, I believe there is no time more important than today to reaffirm BU Law’s historic commitment to these values.

Our international JD and LLM students experience a community that welcomes all perspectives. BU fosters a community where students, faculty, and staff can engage in safe, civil discussions on a multitude of issues, both inside and outside of class.  Take, for example, our Critical Conversations series, which welcomes all students, faculty and staff to discuss and explore issues of culture, identity and inclusion.  The Critical Conversations series is only one of the many programs, student organizations, school-sponsored events, and initiatives where we facilitate and support the open, respectful exchange of ideas.  We are a better school for each of these efforts.

Tolerance and acceptance are woven into the fabric of our entire university.  I invite you to read President Brown’s letter to the greater university community, in which he reaffirms “the enduring principles that have defined [Boston University’s] community for 150 years: respect for all people and their right to free expression, adherence to the rule of law, and respect for reasoned arguments and scientific findings.”

The welcome that our international students receive extends beyond our campus. The city of Boston also embraces global diversity. Boston is among the nation’s most diverse and international cities, with 27 percent of its residents hailing from foreign countries.  Additionally, tens of thousands of international students attend the nearly 100 colleges and universities in the greater Boston area — and for good reason:  Boston is the #1 city in the U.S. for international students, according to QS Top Universities.

I invite you experience first-hand the inclusiveness of our culture and the diversity of our city.

If you would like to discuss any issues or concerns about life as an international student at our school, please do not hesitate to contact our JD admissions office (; 617-353-3110) or LLM admissions office (; 617-353-5323).

Thank you again for your interest in Boston University School of Law.


Angela Onwuachi-Willig
Dean and Professor of Law
Boston University School of Law