Boston University School of Law (BU Law) is the law school affiliated with Boston University.
It was founded in 1872 by a group of educators, lawyers, law teachers and jurists united by two beliefs: first, that a superior legal education requires instruction in the theory, analysis and practice of law; and second, that educational opportunities should be available to anyone, with merit as the only test.
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 and the tallest academic building on campus.
It is a member of the Association of American Law Schools and a charter member of the American Bar Association.
BU Law students come from 46 states, 14 countries and more than 238 colleges and universities around the world.
Since 1964 BU Law occupies the bottom half of the current building, 765 Commonwealth Avenue on the Charles River Campus, colloquially known as the "Law Tower." BU Law shared the Law Tower with the School of Education for some years but now occupies the entire building overlooking the Charles River.
Boston University School of Law offers a broad selection of legal classes and seminars (approximately 150) with a student to faculty ratio of 12:1.
BU Law offers joint degrees with the Boston University Graduate School of Management (JD/MBA), 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.)
In addition to J.D. and joint degree 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. program. BU Law is ranked #21 among American law schools by the 2009 U.S. News & World Report usnews.com.
BU Law is also ranked #10 for Best Career Prospects and #1 for quality of professors by the Princeton Review Best Law School Rankings.