Applying for Admission
the application process
The Fall 2016 application is now closed. The Fall 2017 application will be available in September.
To apply for admission, you must:
- Hold a baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university prior to entering law school
- Have taken the Law School Admission Test (LSAT) within the past five years (June 2012 or later)
- Register with the Law School Admission Council Credential Assembly Service (CAS).
In addition, you must submit:
- The completed and signed electronic application. Applications submitted to LSAC for transmission to this law school will be considered postmarked on the day they are electronically transmitted.
- A personal statement. We are interested particularly in learning about your motivation and preparation for the study of law as well as any circumstances that you believe relevant to the evaluation of your credentials. Your personal statement should be no more than two or three pages, double-spaced, with your name on each page.
- The $75 nonrefundable application fee.
- Two letters of recommendation preferably submitted through the LSAC Letter of Recommendation Service. Letters from college professors who can attest to your ability to enter a rigorous academic program may be beneficial. Letters from employers may also be helpful. If you attend a college or university which prefers to send recommendations directly to the law school, we will also accept them. In addition, you may submit evaluations through LSAC’s Evaluation Service. To use this service, follow the directions outlined at LSAC.org.
- Official transcripts of all undergraduate, graduate, and professional study sent directly to the Credential Assembly Service (CAS).
- Foreign Transcripts — Boston College Law School requires that your foreign transcripts be submitted through the LSAC JD Credential Assembly Service. If you completed any postsecondary work outside the United States (including its territories) or Canada, you must use this service for the evaluation of your foreign transcripts. The one exception to this requirement is if you completed the foreign work through a study abroad, consortium, or exchange program sponsored by a US or Canadian institution, and the work is clearly indicated as such on the home school's transcript. This service is included in the Credential Assembly Service registration fee. An International Credential Evaluation will be completed by the American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers (AACRAO), which will be incorporated into your CAS report. All TOEFL scores must be sent to LSAC and LSAC’s TOEFL code for the Credential Assembly Service is 8395. Your score will be included in the International Credential Evaluation document that will be included in your CAS Report. Questions about the Credential Assembly Service can be directed to LSAC at 215.968.1001 or LSACinfo@LSAC.org.
While we initially consider your undergraduate grade point average (UGPA) and LSAT score, several other factors influence our evaluation of your application. These include:
- The college attended and the academic rigor of the program of study.
- The pattern of your academic performance. For example, a poor start in college may be offset by substantially improved academic performance.
- We may place less consideration on your LSAT score if you have achieved exceptional academic success as an undergraduate despite a history of low standardized test scores.
- Other positive factors include employment experience and professional achievements; original research undertakings; graduate education; or evidence of academic and professional success despite social, economic or cultural disadvantage.
- We believe that a diverse student body adds depth and breadth to the law school educational experience. Therefore, we are committed to selecting a class that is widely representative on the basis of age, gender, academic background, race, geography, interests, social and economic backgrounds and other factors.
If any of the factors described above are relevant to your application, particularly as they may have affected your educational record, you should discuss these in your application for admission and send supporting documentation when appropriate.
We accept applications from mid-September through March 31 for the following August's entering class. Because we have a rolling admissions process and begin reviewing completed files long before the application deadline, we urge you to submit your application well before the March 31st deadline and to take the LSAT no later than December.
Although the committee endeavors to make comparable decisions throughout the cycle, the fact that an application is completed early may favorably affect its chances.
CHARACTER AND FITNESS
You are advised that there are character, fitness, and other qualifications for admission to the Bar. We encourage you, prior to matriculation, to determine what the requirements are in the state(s) where you intend to practice.
LAW SCHOOL ADMISSIONS COUNCIL (LSAC)
The LSAC is a helpful resource for prospective law students who need information or assistance in taking the LSAT, selecting a law school, or applying online. For more information, visit the LSAC website at www.lsac.org.
To hold a place in the class, accepted applicants must pay a $500 deposit by April 15. A second deposit of $500 is due on May 15. These amounts will be credited toward the first-semester tuition and are non-refundable.
If you applied for admission to Boston College Law School in the prior year, you may reactivate your application by submitting a new application for admission, a new personal statement, an updated CAS report (regardless of whether you retook the LSAT) and the application fee of $75. You should indicate clearly what additional information (e.g., letters of recommendation, an additional LSAT score) will be provided.