Dear members of the BC Law community:

As you know, very few states held the July administration of the bar exam. The lives of our new graduates have been upended as courts and bar examiners struggled to find solutions. Today and tomorrow you may spot some of our recent graduates on campus. They are here, at last, to take the Massachusetts remote bar examination. I have been thinking of them and their classmates sitting for these new remote administrations across various jurisdictions. As a community, we have worked hard to support them and advocate on their behalf during this uncertain time. Please join me in reaching out to the recent grads close to you to offer continued encouragement and support.

In thinking about the strength of our community, I want to express my sincere thanks to everyone for the continued efforts to keep this campus and one another safe. We have not had any positive Covid-19 cases at the Law School this semester, and my hope is that this positive trend will continue and we will be able to complete the fall semester as planned. 

Many of you have asked about what our campus plan is for the spring. Based on the assumption that public health conditions stay relatively the same over the coming months, we are planning to operate under the same hybrid learning model. We anticipate sharing the spring semester course information later this month, so that faculty can meet with their advisees regarding course selection in advance of registration on November 18-20.

We have more excellent news on faculty hiring. The Provost approved us to move forward with two new searches. One will be for a clinician and the other will be for a tenure-track faculty member. These searches are in addition to the search already in progress for a senior tenured faculty member whose scholarship focuses on civil rights or critical race theory. The Appointments Committee will add the tenure-track search to their work right away, and in the next few days, I will form a Clinical Appointments Committee for the clinical search.  I am confident that we will recruit outstanding candidates for these positions.    

Lastly, for those of you who were not at the Public Interest Law Retreat on Saturday and want to feel inspired and motivated, I highly recommend that you watch the LEAPS Keynote Address that was given by Nicole Austin-Hillery, the Executive Director of the US Program for Human Rights Watch about her personal journey and work as a public interest leader. While I am not surprised given the speaker, the positive feedback from this address was impressive, and it is well worth your time.

Sincerely,

Vincent Rougeau
Dean, Boston College Law School
bclawdean@bc.edu