Applying for Visiting Student Status at BU Law

Students at other ABA-accredited law schools who wish to spend a semester or a year studying full time at the School of Law may apply for Visiting Student status. Visiting privileges are most often granted to students wishing to be at Boston University during one or two semesters of their third year. Students wishing to spend part or all of their second year at BU Law must present especially compelling reasons. Non-matriculating students may not transfer to degree status.

The deadline for entering in Spring 2020 has passed. The deadline for entering in Fall 2020 is August 1, 2020. The deadline for Spring 2021 is November 1, 2020. 


A Complete Visiting Student Application Consists Of:

Visiting Student Data Sheet

On the Visiting Student Data Sheet, please provide your name, social security number, date of birth, current address, and dates when you would like to be in residence at BU Law.

All applications must be mailed or hand delivered to:

Boston University School of Law
Admissions Office
765 Commonwealth Avenue
Boston, MA 02215

No application will be processed unless the application form is completed, signed, and dated.

$85 Application Fee

When submitting your Visiting Student Data Sheet, please include a check or money order for $85 made payable to Boston University. The application fee is nonrefundable and is not credited toward any charges when you register as a student.

Law School Transcripts

You must have two law school transcripts—one of work already taken and, as soon as it is available, one showing your grades for the current semester—sent to BU Law directly from your law school.

Letter of Permission from Law School Dean

Your law school must send a letter of permission from the Dean of your law school or his/her official representative stating that you are a student in good standing and that credits earned at Boston University will be applied toward your degree from your law school. The letter should also include a list of any specific courses you will be required to take during your visit.

Letter of Recommendation

This letter should be from a law school faculty member who has taught you in class, and should be sent from the recommender directly to BU Law.

Statement of Interest

Statement indicating your reasons for wanting to study at BU Law.


Admitted students will be required to pay a $1,000 deposit within two weeks of receiving a decision.

Tuition and Registration

Tuition and required fees at Boston University School of Law have been set at $56,982 for the 2019–2020 academic year.

Please note that Boston University School of Law cannot award financial aid to Visiting Students.

Status of Visiting Students when Registering for Courses

Registration preference is given to students who are matriculated (non-visiting) at BU Law. However, especially if you are here for the year rather than one semester, you should be able to design a program that is satisfactory to you.

Services Available to Visiting Students

Visiting Students are welcome to participate in events on campus and join student organizations. The Career Development Office (CDO) provides Visiting Students access to Symplicity, enabling them to view and apply for positions, as well as RSVP to CDO events and book an appointment with a CDO Advisor.  Visiting students are not designated a specific CDO Advisor and may not participate in On-Campus Interviewing. They are encouraged to participate on campus but cannot compete to be on a journal. Financial aid should go through their home institution.