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boston college law school

The practice of law requires a combination of talents: a quick and creative mind, an ability to adapt to changing circumstances, and a confidence that comes from being well prepared for every possible problem. The goal of our curriculum is to prepare students to be among the best in this demanding profession, both by giving them a thorough knowledge of the foundations of law through an extensive array of required and elective courses, and by encouraging them to think creatively in real-world situations, through our advocacy programs, clinical programs, and student publications.

First-year students take traditional courses such as Civil Procedure, Constitutional Law, Contracts, Criminal Law, Property, and Torts. They also enroll in a two-semester Legal Reasoning, Research, and Writing course. In the second and third years, more than 100 elective courses are available. With the following exceptions, all upper-level courses are electives.  Students are required to take Constitutional Law II, Professional Responsibility, a course satisfying the Perspectives on Justice and the Law requirement, a course satisfying the Upper Level Writing requirement, and a course satisfying the Lawyering Skills requirement.  A list of courses that satisfy these requirements can be found under Courses and Registration/Curriculum Guide here. Boston College Law School also offers a semester-abroad program at Kings College in London, combining legal placements and academic coursework. Other study-abroad programs are available as well.

The Faculty at Boston College Law School strongly believes in the importance of a general legal education emphasizing preparation for a wide range of professional opportunities. The curriculum enables students to practice law in any jurisdiction in the United States.

We offer the Juris Doctor (J.D.) degree in a full-time only program. Study is conducted on a semester basis; no classes are held in the evening or summer. Dual degree programs are offered with Boston College’s Carroll School of Management (J.D./M.B.A.), Graduate School of Social Work (J.D./M.S.W.), and Lynch School of Education (J.D./M.Ed. or M.A.).

Boston College Law School awards the traditional letter grades of A (4.0) through F (0.0). Official class rank is not computed, but the Office of Career Services can provide a statistical chart of approximate percentile ranges (e.g., top 10%, top 50%) based on grade point average.