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As a top-tier law school, BU Law is highly selective and considers many criteria in the admissions process. Test scores and undergraduate GPAs are important components of an application, but numbers alone never determine an admissions decision. We weigh a variety of factors that may be evident not only in your previous academic record but also in your letters of recommendation, personal statement, resume, and other supporting materials. Every application is read holistically in an effort to admit a class of great accomplishment, diversity, and professional potential.

We consider your demonstrated leadership ability; clearly articulated motivations for the study of law; economic and social obstacles overcome; and outstanding non-academic accomplishments, interests, and passions. If you have been out of school for some time, notable achievement in another field can have a positive impact on your 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 diverse community.

Have questions and want to learn more about the JD program at BU Law? We encourage you to visit us on our campus in the heart of Boston, where you will have the opportunity to tour the law tower, attend a class, and meet with a member of the JD Admissions team. You can also meet the admissions team at one of our upcoming recruitment events across the US. And to hear more about BU Law from the firsthand experience of our students, connect with one of our student ambassadors.

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Connect with a Current Student

Reach out directly to one of our JD students. Our ambassadors have a wide variety of interests and are willing to answer questions and talk about their experience at BU Law.

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The Record, the magazine of Boston University School of Law, tackles timely topics about law and policy and features stories about our alumni, faculty, and students.

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Demand the Impossible

BU Law hosts an event to celebrate the publication of Professor Robert Tsai’s latest book.

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Bar Exam Motivational Music

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Boston University School of Law alumni, Christine Desmarais Bergstrom, dances with Jack Bergstrom at their wedding as guests dance and clap in the background.

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A penchant for the cutting edge.

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