October 21, 2004 • Volume 13 Number 4

A Boston College Law School classroom in the 1950s.

At a Glance: BC Law School

Founded in 1929. Operated in its early years in downtown Boston, then in More Hall on the Chestnut Hill Campus from 1954 to 1975, when it moved to current home on the grounds of the former Newton College of the Sacred Heart.

Ranked 29th among US law schools by US News and World Report.

Among the top six law schools in the country in applications, with more than 7,800 applicants for 260 seats in the Class of 2007

Named among the 10 Best Law Schools for the Money by PreLaw Insider and National Jurist magazines.

Clinical programs highly regarded in civil litigation, criminal justice, juvenile rights, immigration, government, and community development.

Jesuit tradition emphasizes service to others: Legal Assistance Bureau has helped 8,000 clients since 1968.

New $16.4-million law library and $12.4-million East Wing dedicated within past decade.

Noted Alumni:

In Politics: US Sen. John Kerry '76, Democratic presidential nominee; US Congressmen Edward Markey '72, William Delahunt '67 and Michael Capuano '77; former Massachusetts Governor and current US Ambassador to Canada Paul Cellucci '73; former Massachusetts House Speaker Thomas Finneran '78; former US Sen. Warren Rudman '60; late Congressman Silvio Conte '49; Massachusetts Attorney General Thomas Reilly '70; former Massachusetts Senate President William Bulger '61; former Boston Mayor Kevin White '55.

In Law: American Bar Association President-elect Michael Greco, '72; former ABA President John J. Curtin Jr. '57; attorney R. Robert Popeo '61, chairman, Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky & Popeo; Massachusetts Superior Court Associate Justice Barbara Dortch-Okara '74; late US District Court Judge David S. Nelson '60; Judge Lynda M. Connolly '75, first woman to serve as chief justice of the district courts in Massachusetts; attorney Renee M. Landers '85, first woman of color to become president of the Boston Bar Association; Los Angeles US Attorney Debra W. Yang '85, first Asian-American woman to serve as a US Attorney.

Elsewhere: Late novelist George V. Higgins '67, author of The Friends of Eddie Coyle; National Association of Securities Dealers Senior Executive VP Michael D. Jones '76; former Detroit Tigers president John J. McHale Jr. '75; National Organization on Disability chairman Michael R. Deland '69; Vice President of USA Luge Cameron "Cammy" Myler '01, who won eleven World Cup medals and holds the highest Olympic finish for an American woman in the sport.

Snapshot of the Class of 2007:

BC Law's 75th Class has 260 students, 53 percent of them men, 47 percent women, representing 25 states and more than 100 different colleges and universities.

Students of color comprise 25 percent of the school's most diverse class ever.

Forty-five students are members of Phi Beta Kappa; 28 students hold master's degrees; four students hold PhDs. Median LSAT: 164. Median undergrad GPA: 3.61.

"We have former legislative aids, litigation specialists, analysts, system engineers, Army Intelligence Officers, Fulbright Scholars and Woodrow Wilson Fellows. Some have started their own companies. We have a professional opera singer, ballet dancer, and marathon runners."

-Assistant Dean for Admissions Elizabeth Rosselot

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