J.D. Admissions

Welcome to the J.D. Admissions section of the BU Law website. Here, you will find all you need to know about how to apply to BU Law and determine if BU Law is a fit for you.

bu law class of 2017Although BU Law is a highly selective institution, we admit students on the basis of much more than numbers. Every application is read holistically in an effort to admit a class of great accomplishment, diversity, and professional potential. Consequently, the admissions committee takes into account any number of factors that may be evident not only in the applicant's previous academic record but also in her or his letters of recommendation, personal statement, resume, and other materials.

These factors may include demonstrated leadership ability, clearly articulated motivations for the study of law, economic and social obstacles overcome, as well as outstanding nonacademic achievements, interests, and passions. Particularly in the case of applicants who have been out of school for some time, demonstrated excellence in another field can have a positive impact on chances for admission.

Ultimately, there is no archetypical BU Law student. This law school has been open to all applicants on the basis of ability since the day it opened its doors. Students are encouraged to be themselves at BU Law, and the result is an intelligent, dynamic, and eclectic community.

Please follow the links on the left side of this page to familiarize yourself with our application process and to discover what makes BU Law an exceptional place to study and to launch a career in the law.

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