Dear incoming students:

We are looking forward to welcoming you and your classmates in person to the extraordinary BC Law community at the end of August. In the meantime, I am writing to inform you of an important resource to help incoming students prepare for law school. 

Last year, BC Law was one of a few pilot schools that partnered with Harvard Law School to offer a short, information-packed online introduction to law school called Zero-L. Our students found it extremely helpful, and BC Law is pleased to be able to share it again this year with our incoming students prior to their arrival.

Consisting of about three hours of lively video lectures and intermittent comprehension checks, Zero-L will provide you with an overview of key features of the U.S. legal system, the vocabulary of law school, and what it means to be a law student. It also provides a number of practical tips, such as how to read a case most effectively. Zero-L will give you and your classmates background that will help you get off to a great start when classes begin. We strongly recommend completing Zero-L before you arrive at BC Law. Our faculty are excited to build upon the foundational material in Zero-L on your first day of classes.

You will be receiving an email later this week about how to log in to Zero-L to watch the videos and complete the online readings and comprehension checks. Before you begin the Zero-L program, please watch this short video, in which Professor Mary Bilder and I introduce you to the BC Law community and provide some tips on acclimating to BC Law.

I am so glad to welcome you to this amazing community and profession—and to offer you this resource to help you make the most of your experience here. 

Vincent Rougeau
Dean, Boston College Law School | he/him/his