Frequently Asked Questions
Where can I find information about BU Law's application instructions, application fees, and application fee waivers?
For detailed information on these topics, please visit this page.
What are the application deadlines for admission?
Distinguished Scholars Binding Early Decision: Received by November 15 and completed by November 30. For more information, please visit this page.
Regular Decision: April 1
Can I visit campus?
Yes, we encourage all students to visit campus. For more information on arranging a visit, please see this page.
Are there any recruitment events where I can speak with a BU Law representative?
Yes, representatives from BU Law travel across the country during the summer and fall to attend many events. To find out more information, please visit this page.
When should I apply?
BU Law has a rolling admissions process, which means applications are evaluated and candidates are informed of admission decisions throughout the application cycle. You may choose to apply as early as September 1 or as late as April 1, however we encourage applicants to apply as early in the cycle as possible.
When will I know my admissions decision?
The Admissions Committee makes every effort to notify applicants of a decision in a timely fashion. However since no two applications are exactly the same, there is no guaranteed timeline for you to receive a decision. Applicants who complete their applications by February 1, 2013 will receive a decision by early April 2013. Please be assured that the Admissions Committee reviews each application in its entirety.
How do I check the status of my application for admission?
You may check your application status online at this website. You will receive your login information in an email acknowledging receipt of your application.
How many people applied last year?
We had nearly 6,000 applications for admission for the 2012 entering class.
Do you grant interviews?
Any and all applicants are invited to visit BU Law and may schedule either an in-person or telephone appointment with an admissions counselor. These are non-evaluative meetings for you to gather information and ask questions in an informal setting. To schedule an appointment, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Must I register with the LSAC credential assembly service?
Yes, all applicants must register with the Credential Assembly Service during the current processing year. To register with the Credential Assembly Service, contact the Law School Admission Council here or at 215-968-1001.
Does BU Law have a part-time or evening program?
No, BU Law does not have a part-time or evening program.
Can I start at BU Law in the spring semester?
No, all students at BU Law must start in the fall semester.
Are deferrals granted?
BU Law encourages you to apply in the year in which you want to attend; however, deferral requests will be considered on a case-by-case basis.
How is my application evaluated?
We read each application in its entirety and holistically. That is, there is no combination of GPA and LSAT that necessarily results in admission or denial, and, in fact, the weight of these numbers in any particular application will vary according to how much and what other kinds of information are in the file. A look at our admissions statistics from previous years will give you some idea of the GPA and LSAT numbers we are looking for, but every year we admit a significant number of students with numbers well below what you might expect and deny some applicants who have numbers higher than our medians.
Regarding the non-numerical factors to an application, there is an infinite range of experiences that an applicant may have had, but even two applicants who have had the same experience may have reacted to and grown from that experience in radically different ways. We are not so much looking for particular experiences as for people who have demonstrated abilities and capacity for growth and a background that will enable them to contribute positively to the life of BU Law and to the legal profession. BU Law's founding commitment to diversity of all kinds, starting in 1872, continues to inform our admissions decisions today. We encourage each applicant to share with us how they might contribute to BU Law's learning community.