Whether you're just starting to think about law school or already studying for the LSAT, the Career Center has resources to help you make the best decision possible. Start by reading through our Pre-Law Advising Handbook, and consider scheduling an appointment with a career coach for one-on-one advising. 

Meet Your Career Coach and Pre-Law Advisor

A specialized career coach is available throughout the year to meet with you individually about any aspect of your career journey.

Make An Appointment

Pre-Law mini-sessions will also be held throughout the year during peak times. Mini-sessions are small group sessions designed for students interested in law school. No appointments are needed. View the calendar below to find upcoming mini-sessions. 

Salvatore Cipriano

Salvatore Cipriano, Ph.D.

Sal is the head coach for the government, law, and public policy career cluster as well as the pre-law advisor for Boston College. He holds a bachelor's and master's degree in history from Boston College as well as a Ph.D. in history from Fordham University.

 

Preparing to Apply

Applying to Law School

Acceptance Rates

  2016 2017 2018
National Pool      
Applicants 56,500 56,400 60,700
Admitted 42,800 42,300 44,000
Percentage 75.8%
75.0% 72.4%
     
All BC applicants      
Applicants
179 219 237
Admitted 152 205 209
Percentage 84.9% 93.6% 88.1%
       
BC seniors      
Applicants 44 53 65
Admitted 38 52 62
Percentage 86.3% 98.1% 95.4%
       
BC alumni (1–3 years after graduation)      
Applicants 135 101 96
Admitted 114 96 84
Percentage 84.4% 95.0% 87.5%
BC alumni (3 or more years after graduation)      
Applicants 40 64 75
Admitted 32 56 63
Percentage 80% 87.5% 84%
       

Top 40 by total admits:

*This chart illustrates the percentage of BC and national applicants that were admitted into at least one law school.

LAW SCHOOL 2016 2017 2018 TOTAL
BOSTON COLLEGE LAW SCHOOL 50 82 66 198
NORTHEASTERN UNIVERSITY SCHOOL OF LAW 26 34 44 104
FORDHAM UNIVERSITY SCHOOL OF LAW 29 40 29 98
BOSTON UNIVERSITY SCHOOL OF LAW 25 40 30 95
SUFFOLK UNIVERSITY LAW SCHOOL 32 28 33 93
GEORGETOWN UNIVERSITY LAW CENTER 19 26 25 70
GEORGE WASHINGTON UNIVERSITY LAW SCHOOL 10 33 22 65
AMERICAN UNIVERSITY WASHINGTON COLLEGE OF LAW 18 25 14 57
VILLANOVA UNIV CHARLES WIDGER SCHOOL OF LAW 12 19 15 46
BROOKLYN LAW SCHOOL 11 17 12 40
NEW YORK UNIVERSITY SCHOOL OF LAW 15 14 9 38
WILLIAM AND MARY LAW SCHOOL 8 22 8 38
VANDERBILT LAW SCHOOL 8 12 16 36
BENJAMIN N CARDOZO SCHOOL OF LAW 4 14 14 32
DUKE UNIVERSITY SCHOOL OF LAW 7 10 15 32
NEW ENGLAND LAW- BOSTON 8 10 14 32
COLUMBIA UNIVERSITY SCHOOL OF LAW 13 11 6 30
EMORY UNIVERSITY SCHOOL OF LAW 4 15 11 30
ST JOHNS UNIV SCHOOL OF LAW 7 12 10 29
UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA AT LOS ANGELES 11 10 7 28
NOTRE DAME LAW SCHOOL 3 12 12 27
SETON HALL UNIVERSITY SCHOOL OF LAW 5 10 11 26
CORNELL LAW SCHOOL 10 8 7 25
TEMPLE UNIVERSITY 7 7 11 25
NORTHWESTERN PRITZKER SCHOOL OF LAW 5 9 10 24
LOYOLA UNIVERSITY CHICAGO SCHOOL OF LAW 5 8 10 23
THE UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN LAW SCHOOL 5 11 7 23
UNIV OF SOUTHERN CALIF LAW SCHOOL 6 12 5 23
UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA, BERKELEY 9 9 5 23
WAKE FOREST UNIVERSITY SCHOOL OF LAW 6 10 7 23
UCONN SCHOOL OF LAW 4 11 7 22
UNIV OF CALIF HASTINGS COLL OF THE LAW 5 7 10 22
UNIVERSITY OF COLORADO LAW SCHOOL 4 8 10 22
HOFSTRA UNIVERSITY--MAURICE A. DEANE SOL 5 9 7 21
LOYOLA LAW SCHOOL- LOYOLA MARYMOUNT U 5 6 9 20
THE UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS SCHOOL OF LAW 4 9 7 20
THE OHIO STATE UNIVERSITY 7 9 3 19
TULANE UNIVERSITY LAW SCHOOL 5 11 3 19
UNIVERSITY OF MIAMI SCHOOL OF LAW 3 8 8 19
UNIVERSITY OF VIRGINIA SCHOOL OF LAW 3 12 4 19
WASHINGTON UNIV SCHOOL OF LAW 6 5 8 19
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