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Message from the Dean

vincent rougeau, dean, law school

Welcome to our online community. Since its founding in 1929, Boston College Law School--one of the nation's premier Jesuit, Catholic legal institutions--has earned a national reputation for educational excellence and the highest standards of professionalism.

Particularly striking is the spirit of community here. Though our students have varied backgrounds and represent more than 200 colleges and universities in the United States and in several foreign countries, they readily support one another in their learning. Diverse student groups also work together on common projects. One must see Boston College Law School to believe that so many people will give so much of themselves to create a community characterized by care and concern for others. Our students work hard, of course, but they find other students, faculty, staff and alumni mentors who help them through any rough patches.

We realize that the theory and practice of law are complementary rather than conflicting, and this, too, shapes our community. We have great respect for the craft of lawyering and teach it early and often, in our first-year legal reasoning, research and writing program, in our nationally recognized clinical programs in the Center for Experiential Learning, and in many other aspects of the curriculum.

We are also proud to be part of the long Jesuit tradition that combines the highest regard for learning with an emphasis on service to others. We stress professional responsibility throughout the curriculum, anchored in a sense of obligation that is rooted in religious faith as well as other values. Many of our classes and co-curricular activities connect directly to seeking justice, and we repeatedly consider the impact of our actions on the less fortunate. We believe the practice of law stands for something beyond detached analysis and neutral professional skills.

As a result, we emphasize the importance of pro bono service. This does not in any way diminish our commitment to a broad range of legal scholarship and learning. Our faculty continue to gain national and international recognition for their work in numerous areas of law, even as they remain focused on teaching and accessible to students outside the classroom. Our students excel in their studies, their advocacy and their involvement in countless community projects.

At Boston College Law School, students are prepared to meet the many challenges of a successful legal career as they study in a supportive, collegial environment. We welcome your interest and encourage you to explore our web site further. You are always welcome to contact our students, faculty and alumni to learn more about us.

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