Dear Members of the BC Law Community:

I would like to welcome you back to the Law School, and offer a particularly warm welcome to our new students who are getting to know BC Law for the first time. I enjoyed meeting some of you at the LSA and Academic & Student Services Welcome Back Event on Friday. For those of you who were not able to join us, I encourage you to watch this fun welcome video featuring many different members of our community, put together by LSA President Kayla Snyder.

Thanks to the outstanding work by our Admissions Committee and Admissions Team led by Assistant Dean Shawn McShay, I am pleased to report that we have 255 talented new members of the Class of 2023 from a total pool of nearly 5,100 applications. Members of this class hail from 136 colleges and universities, 31 states and territories, and 13 countries. The Class is 27% diverse and 49% women, with a median LSAT of 164, median GPA of 3.69 and an average age of 24. Eight new members of the LLM Class of 2021 are also joining us from Brazil, France, Italy, Peru, Nigeria, and Syria, along with one part-time non-degree student and one exchange student (thank you, Susan Simone Kang). Finally, we welcome 21 new members of the Class of 2022 who transferred in this year.

Today we begin our third week of upper-level classes and our second week of first-year classes. The transition to this fall’s hybrid learning model is going well under the circumstances, and I appreciate all of you who have been patient during this challenging time. I would like to thank the faculty and staff who have worked so hard to improve the student experience. Our collaboration and our ability to share insights and continue to refine our approach will help us have a successful fall. We are all in this together.

I know that you are also wondering about the future. Will we be able to continue our hybrid model throughout the fall? What will next semester look like? We have no way of predicting the path of the public health crisis in the future, but in order to remain on campus through Thanksgiving, we must follow the health guidelines set for us and prioritize the safety of everyone. If our situation changes, we will respond with the flexibility and grace that this community showed itself capable of during the past few months. For now, we begin to prepare for the spring semester, and the most practical assumption is that we will continue in a mode similar to this one and adjust as needed.   

Whether you are joining us virtually or in person this fall, please know that you are all valued members of our community, and everyone in the BC Law administration wants to make sure you remain connected and enjoy a fulfilling and challenging academic year. Lastly, I hope that you will join me and members of the LSA and Academic and Student Services team for a virtual Town Hall this Friday, September 11, at noon. Please register here.

Stay safe, everyone.

Vincent Rougeau
Dean, Boston College Law School