JD Admissions

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. Every application is read holistically in an effort to admit a class of great accomplishment, diversity, and professional potential. We take into account 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 materials.

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 eclectic community.

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Selected Stories

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.

Steven Arrigg Koh, associate professor of international law, teaching in 2023

A Family in Law

Seventy years after his grandfather taught at BU Law, Steven Arrigg Koh is continuing a family tradition of exploring international law.

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Dean Angela Onwuachi-Willig sits at a table with participants in the 2022 Summer PreLaw Academy at BU Law

Helping Others Reach Their Potential

In recognition of her commitment to mentoring, the Law & Society Association has honored Dean Angela Onwuachi-Willig with the 2023 Stan Wheeler Mentorship Award.

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Kaye-Alese Green (LAW'25, MED'25) stands in front of a blooming tree on BU's campus
Health Law

Seeking Systemic Change

Kaye-Alese Green (LAW’25, MED’25) wants to leverage law and medicine to create spaces where people can thrive.

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Black and bronze text on a white background reading: The 150th: The Class of 2023 is ready to make its mark.
Student Life

The 150th

The Class of 2023 is ready to make its mark.

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Public Policy

A Safe Bet

Orrick partner Jeremy Kudon (’00), who advocates for his clients in state capitals across the country, has helped pass a slew of laws legalizing sports betting, including in Massachusetts.

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Cesar Lopez-Morales ('14) stands on the steps of the US Supreme Court, where he will clerk for Justice Sonia Sotomayor in 2023-24

Headed to the High Court

Cesar Lopez-Morales (’14) will clerk for US Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor starting in July.

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BU Law News

BU Law to Launch Program on Reproductive Justice

Available in fall 2023, the program will foster student interest and facilitate career opportunities in reproductive justice and adjacent fields.

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A Place to Find Oneself

Kimberly Atkins Stohr (COM'98, LAW'98) reflects on a time and place that shaped her experience of law school.

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