Law School Spotlight: Boston University School of Law

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    Boston University School of Law (often referred to as BU Law, not to be confused with BC Law) is today's Law School Spotlight. From LSAC's Official Guide to ABA-Approved Law Schools:

    Boston University School of Law offers one of the finest legal educations in the nation, attracting students from all over the country and abroad. A pioneer in American legal education, the school was founded in 1872 on the principles that legal education should be open to all men and women of ability without regard to background or beliefs, and that it should balance theory and analysis with practical training. Today, the school's innovative curriculum combines theoretical courses, clinical training, and specialized offerings—including concentrations, dual degrees, and semesters abroad. The full-time faculty of distinguished scholars and teachers ranks among the most productive of the nation's law schools and is known for its superb teaching. The students represent a range of educational backgrounds, ethnicities, races, age groups, and employment histories.

    The city of Boston is a great place to study law and launch a career. BU Law's location presents students with enormous opportunities. They can gain invaluable experience through the myriad job and internship opportunities that flow from Boston's status as a major business, financial, and legal center. Boston is home to many high-tech and start-up companies, as well as leading institutions in health care, finance, and many other fields. In addition, Boston is a major government center. It is both the state capital and the home of numerous federal institutions such as the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston, making the city a laboratory for clinics, pro bono volunteering, and externships.

    Type of school: Private

    Setting: Urban

    Size: 800 (approx.)

    Incoming class size: 268 (2011)

    Student-to-faculty ratio: 11.4 to 1

    Acceptance percentage: 20.5% (1,747 of 8,515 admitted)

    Tuition and fees: $40,838

    Cost of living (single student): $17,618

    Address: 765 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston, MA 02215
    Phone: 617.353.3100
    Twitter accounts: @BU_LAW
    Facebook: Boston University School of Law
    Blog: In Their Own Words: BU Law Student Blogs

    All information (except for social networking and blog information) was gathered from the school's profile on the Law School Admission Council's Official Guide to ABA-Approved Law Schools and the school's website. Please consult the school's website and Office of Admissions with questions regarding this information. 

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