Yes—we make decisions throughout the admissions cycle.
While we do not have an official early decision program, we encourage students to apply earlier in the admissions cycle in order to get a faster response.
We offer only a full-time, three-year JD program. For information on our one-year LLM, please visit the LLM website.
JD enrollment occurs only in the fall.
You must submit a new application for each admissions cycle. The Office of Admissions retains copies of applications for one year. If you applied in consecutive years, the admissions committee may use a previous application for reference, but you must still submit a new application.
You can take the LSAT as late as February to enroll in the following fall.
You can, but the admissions committee can’t review your application without your LSAT score. Our Office of Admissions may process your application materials in advance and forward your application for review after receiving your LSAT score.
We consider all LSAT scores in the application review process. We report your highest score to the American Bar Association (ABA) and the Law School Admission Council (LSAC).
No. Although there is a range of scores that will make your application more likely to be accepted, we do consider all applicants. We make our decision based on many different aspects of an application, as well as supplemental information if provided.
Two. If you want to submit a third letter, you can. The LSAC Credential Assembly Service will process up to three letters. However, submitting more than the required number of documents does not necessarily grant you a competitive advantage.
Be judicious: If you submit more than the required number of documents, your additional documents should include information or perspectives not already provided in other areas of your application.
We don’t require evaluations, and you don’t have to submit them.
If you want to submit evaluations in addition to the required letters of recommendation, we will accept and review up to two evaluations. Evaluations do not replace the letters of recommendation.
Yes—you can submit supplemental information. For example, you can submit explanations of academic or test performance.
Be judicious, in terms of content and length, when considering submitting supplemental materials.
You may submit supplemental material for the admissions committee to review while it considers candidates on the waitlist.
There is no set timeline for the waitlist process—it’s difficult to predict if or when seats become available.
We consider deferral requests on a case-by-case basis—they’re not granted automatically.
Cost of attendance consists of two categories:
Tuition is adjusted each year. For the 2016–2017 academic year, tuition is $50,620. Total cost of attendance is currently $70,378.
There are two components:
Yes—we award merit scholarships based on admission applications. No separate financial aid application is required. We also award our Public Service Scholarships based on merit.
We begin making financial aid awards for admitted students in March.
We try to provide a conditional financial aid package before our first deposit deadline. The earlier you submit your FAFSA and Need Access, the sooner we can determine your eligibility.
Because the data you report on your FAFSA is usually an estimate of the data you report on your tax forms.
Once we've had a chance to review your federal tax forms, federal tax schedules, and W-2s, we determine if your financial aid award needs to be adjusted. This process begins in June.
We send revised award letters to students only if we adjusted their financial aid packages after reviewing their tax forms.
You can apply for federal Grad PLUS loans in an amount in excess of your directly billed expenses, like tuition and fees, and use the money for living expenses.
Begin the process of applying for private loans in early June.
No—both the federal government and Boston College require U.S. citizenship or permanent residency status. Some U.S. lenders offer student loans to international students, but they require a cosigner who is an American citizen.
Yes—BC Law graduates can apply to the Francis X. Bellotti Loan Repayment and Forgiveness Program, which supports recent graduates in law-related public interest careers. The awards are renewable annually. A scholarship committee appointed by the Dean selects recipients.
Use estimated dollar amounts.
No—only the student section is required.
If you have received your Student Aid Report (SAR) and properly listed the federal code for Boston College (002128) on your FAFSA, we should have access to your data. If you don't have your SAR and it has been four or more weeks since you completed your FAFSA, contact the Federal Student Aid office.
Use your SAR for multiple FAFSA submissions. You can replace schools already submitted with new schools and resubmit the SAR online. Before adding new schools, correct errors and resubmit your original SAR.
Yes—use your SAR for any corrections. As you begin filing your taxes, review and correct your SAR, matching your FAFSA data with your tax returns.