150th Anniversary

Boston University School of Law is celebrating the 150th anniversary of its founding throughout the 2022-23 academic year with special events and other opportunities to connect, as well as the release of a commemorative book. We invite all members of the Boston University School of Law community—past and present—to celebrate this significant achievement with us, as you are all part of our rich history.

150/150: People, Places, Precedents

BU Law’s Anniversary Book

Did you know…That Boston University School of Law created the three-year program of courses now standard in legal education? Or that Class of 1883 alum Wilford H. Smith’s litigation paved the way for increased voting rights for Black Americans? Or that Bradford Morse (LLM’49) led the United Nations Development Programme for 12 years?

150/150 book on a windowsill alongside a plant and glasses with the Boston skyline in the background.

As part of the celebrations of BU Law’s 150th anniversary, we created a commemorative book that features 150 profiles of people, places, and events that have shaped the school and the world. We are excited to share this work with you as we recognize our community’s history and set a course for the next 150 years of excellence in legal education at BU Law.

Receive your copy by making a gift of $150 or more to the 150th Anniversary Fund. Visit bu.edu/lawgiving and select the School of Law 150th Anniversary Fund or contact the Esdaile Alumni Center at 617-353-3118 or lawalum@bu.edu. 

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150th Anniversary Gala

On Saturday, October 1, kicked off BU Law’s sesquicentennial celebration with our 150th Anniversary Gala at BU’s George Sherman Union right next door to the law complex. Alumni, students, faculty, staff, and friends to came together to celebrate the school’s impressive 150-year legacy of impact on law and society.

W. Kamau Bell, noted sociopolitical comedian and filmmaker, was the guest speaker and CBS legal analyst Rikki Klieman (’75) was the emcee.


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Alumni Weekend 2022 

Friday, September 30–Sunday, October 2, 2022

We invite alumni from class years ending in 2 or 7 as well as all alumni from class years before 1972 to join us for Reunion Weekend 2022.

Portrait unveiling of BU Law alumni

Saturday, October 1, 2022 at 10:30am

Special portrait unveiling of distinguished BU Law alumni Sandra Lynch (’71), O. Rogeriee Thompson (’76) , and the late Juan R. Torruella (’57) by the artist Timothy J. Clark.

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150th Anniversary Gala

Saturday, October 1, 2022 at 5:30pm