Boston University School of Law

The Honorable Jack Lu

Adjunct Professor of Law
Lecturer on Law, New England School of Law
Associate Justice, Massachusetts Superior Court

BA, Johns Hopkins University
JD, Boston University School of Law


After his graduation from the School of Law in 1984, where he focused his studies on experiential, public interest, and practical training, Judge Jack Lu was a trial lawyer; he tried well over 100 cases to a jury including several double homicides. Since 2001, he has been a trial judge; all of this experience has informed his teaching.

Judge Lu was appointed to the Boston Municipal Court in 2001 by Governor Argeo Paul Cellucci. Governor Mitt Romney appointed Lu to the Massachusetts Superior Court in 2006, where he is a regional administrative justice. Before attending law school, he graduated from Johns Hopkins University. Judge Lu formerly taught at New England Law in Boston, where he taught evidence practice courses, Sentencing, and Trial Practice.

Judge Lu was appointed to chair the Massachusetts Sentencing Commission by Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick in 2014.

Judge Lu is the lead Superior Court judge for a Bureau of Justice Assistance-funded Demonstration Field Experiment of HOPE probation principles, a random control trial of supervision of high-risk probationers, and helps to lead a multi-agency criminal justice innovation group; both are in Essex County, Massachusetts.

Judge Lu's professional interests include criminal justice and sentencing innovation, leadership and management.

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