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Boston University School of Law
Location Boston, MA, US
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Boston University School of Law is located in Boston, MA

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Boston University School of Law (BU Law) is the law school affiliated with Boston University. Located in the heart of Boston University's campus on Commonwealth Avenue in Boston, Massachusetts, BU Law is housed in the tallest law school building in the United States. It was founded in 1872 by a group of educators, lawyers, law teachers and jurists united by two beliefs. Firstly, a superior legal education requires instruction in the theory, analysis and practice of law. Secondly, the founders believed that educational opportunities should be available to anyone, with merit as the only test. BU Law is ranked as a top tier law school by U.S. News & World Report. BU Law was named “The Best Teaching Faculty in America” in The Princeton Review's annual guide, The Best Law Schools. BU Law students come from 46 states, 14 foreign countries and more than 238 colleges and universities around the world. BU Law's student to faculty ratio is 12:1. BU Law is ranked 20th by U.S. News and World Report, ranking it third in New England, and 29th in the country by Brody, fourth in New England. [1] [2]


The Boston University School of Law was established in 1872. BU Law is a member of the Association of American Law Schools and a charter member of the American Bar Association. BU Law's first homes were 36 Bromfield Street, 18-20 Beacon Street and 10 Ashburton Place. In 1895 the Trustees acquired 11 Ashburton Place, which was refurbished and named Isaac Rich Hall in honor of the third founder of Boston University. The dedication speaker was Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr. whose historic speech "The Path of Law" was delivered in 1897. Issac Rich Hall housed BU Law until 1964, when the School moved to the bottom half of the current building, 765 Commonwealth Avenue on the Charles River Campus, which it shared with the School of Education for some years. BU Law now occupies the entire building overlooking the Charles River.


Boston University School of Law offers one of the nation's broadest selections of legal classes and seminars (approximately 150). In addition to J.D. programs, Boston University School of Law offers LL.M. programs in American Law, Banking and Financial Law, Intellectual Property, and Taxation, as well as several J.D./LL.M. programs. BU Law also offers joint degrees with the Boston University Graduate School of Management (J.D./M.B.A.), the Boston University College of Communication (J.D./M.S.), the Boston University School of Public Health (J.D./M.P.H.), and the Boston University Graduate School of Arts and Sciences (J.D./M.A.)

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