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 2019
National Pool        
Applicants 56,500 56,400 60,700 63,015
Admitted 42,800 42,300 44,000 44,239
Percentage 75.8%
75.0% 72.4% 70.2%
 
All BC applicants        
Applicants
179 219 237 254
Admitted 152 205 209 220
Percentage 84.9% 93.6% 88.1% 86.1%
         
BC seniors        
Applicants 44 53 65 53
Admitted 38 52 62 50
Percentage 86.3% 98.1% 95.4% 94.3%
         
BC alumni (1–3 years after graduation)        
Applicants 135 101 96 139
Admitted 114 96 84 126
Percentage 84.4% 95.0% 87.5% 90.6%
BC alumni (3 or more years after graduation)        
Applicants 40 64 75 58
Admitted 32 56 63 43
Percentage 80% 87.5% 84% 74.1%

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

Top 40 by total admits:

LAW SCHOOL 2017 2018 2019 TOTAL
BOSTON COLLEGE LAW SCHOOL 82 66 68 216
NORTHEASTERN UNIVERSITY SCHOOL OF LAW 34 44 37 115
FORDHAM UNIVERSITY SCHOOL OF LAW 40 29 36 105
BOSTON UNIVERSITY SCHOOL OF LAW 40 30 30 100
SUFFOLK UNIVERSITY LAW SCHOOL 28 33 28 89
GEORGE WASHINGTON UNIVERSITY LAW SCHOOL 33 22 29 84
GEORGETOWN UNIVERSITY LAW CENTER 26 25 31 82
AMERICAN UNIVERSITY WASHINGTON COLLEGE OF LAW 25 14 17 56
VILLANOVA UNIV CHARLES WIDGER SCHOOL OF LAW 19 15 21 55
WILLIAM AND MARY LAW SCHOOL 22 8 16 46
VANDERBILT LAW SCHOOL 12 16 13 41
BROOKLYN LAW SCHOOL 17 12 11 40
BENJAMIN N CARDOZO SCHOOL OF LAW 14 14 12 40
EMORY UNIVERSITY SCHOOL OF LAW 15 11 12 38
ST JOHNS UNIV SCHOOL OF LAW 12 10 15 37
NEW YORK UNIVERSITY SCHOOL OF LAW 14 9 12 35
DUKE UNIVERSITY SCHOOL OF LAW 10 15 10 35
NEW ENGLAND LAW- BOSTON 10 14 9 33
UNIVERSITY OF MIAMI SCHOOL OF LAW 8 8 16 32
SETON HALL UNIVERSITY SCHOOL OF LAW 10 11 10 31
NOTRE DAME LAW SCHOOL 12 12 7 31
THE UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS SCHOOL OF LAW 9 7 13 29
TEMPLE UNIVERSITY 7 11 10 28
UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA AT LOS ANGELES 10 7 10 27
UCONN SCHOOL OF LAW 11 7 9 27
UNIVERSITY OF COLORADO LAW SCHOOL 8 10 9 27
LOYOLA UNIVERSITY CHICAGO SCHOOL OF LAW 8 10 8 26
NORTHWESTERN PRITZKER SCHOOL OF LAW 9 10 7 26
THE UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN LAW SCHOOL 11 7 8 26
NEW YORK LAW SCHOOL 7 9 10 26
COLUMBIA UNIVERSITY SCHOOL OF LAW 11 6 8 25
UNIV OF SOUTHERN CALIF LAW SCHOOL 12 5 8 25
WAKE FOREST UNIVERSITY SCHOOL OF LAW 10 7 7 24
HOFSTRA UNIVERSITY--MAURICE A. DEANE SOL 9 7 7 23
LOYOLA LAW SCHOOL- LOYOLA MARYMOUNT U 6 9 8 23
TULANE UNIVERSITY LAW SCHOOL 11 3 9 23
UNIV OF CALIF HASTINGS COLL OF THE LAW 7 10 5 22
RUTGERS LAW SCHOOL 6 7 9 22
WASHINGTON UNIV SCHOOL OF LAW 5 8 8 21
CORNELL LAW SCHOOL 8 7 5 20
WASHINGTON AND LEE UNIVERSITY 9 1 10 20
UNIVERSITY OF VIRGINIA SCHOOL OF LAW 12 4 4 20
UNIV. OF CALIFORNIA, IRVINE SCHOOL OF LAW 5 6 9 20
ARIZONA STATE UNIVERSITY 8 3 8 19
HARVARD LAW SCHOOL 6 5 7 18
UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA, BERKELEY 9 5 3 17
GEORGE MASON U, ANTONIN SCALIA LAW SCHOOL 5 4 8 17
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