- Boston University School of Law
Boston University School of Law (BU Law) is the
law schoolaffiliated with Boston University. Located in the heart of Boston University's campus on Commonwealth Avenuein 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 Schoolsand 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.
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.
BU Law's first homes were 36 Bromfield Street, 18–20
Beacon Streetand 10 Ashburton Place. In 1895the University 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 the Law" was delivered in 1897. Isaac Rich Hall housed BU Law until 1964.
In 1964 BU Law occupied the bottom half of the current building, 765
Commonwealth Avenueon 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.
The Law Education Tower is the tallest academic building on campus. It was built in 1961, in the Brutalist architectural style, matching the nearby
George Sherman Union, built two years later, and the Mugar Memorial Library, constructed in 1966.
Boston University School of Law offers a broad selection of legal classes and seminars (approximately 150) with a student to faculty ratio at 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.programs.
Centers and Institutes
* [http://www.aslme.org/ American Society for Law, Medicine, and Ethics]
Institute for Business Law and Technology
Institute of Jewish Law
* [http://www.bu.edu/law/lawdrafting/index.html The International Distance (Internet) Legislative Drafting Program]
* [http://www.bu.edu/law/banking/ Morin Center for Banking and Financial Law]
N. Neal Pike Institute on Law and Disability
* [http://www.bu.edu/law/prospective/jd/journals/index.html Boston University Law Review]
* [http://www.bu.edu/law/prospective/jd/journals/index.html American Journal of Law & Medicine]
* [http://www.bu.edu/law/prospective/jd/journals/index.html Annual Review of Banking & Financial Law]
* [http://www.bu.edu/law/prospective/jd/journals/index.html Boston University International Law Journal]
* [http://www.bu.edu/law/prospective/jd/journals/index.html Journal of Science & Technology Law]
* [http://www.bu.edu/law/prospective/jd/journals/index.html Public Interest Law Journal]
BU Law is ranked #21 among American law schools by the 2009 "
U.S. News & World Report" [http://www.usnews.com/usnews/edu/grad/directory/dir-law/brief/glanc_03073_brief.php usnews.com] .
In addition, according to
The Princeton Review's annual guide, "The Best Law Schools", BU Law ranks #1 for teaching quality and is ranked #6 for Best Career Prospects.
BU Law notable alumni"
* Nathan Abbott, LLB 1881, founding Dean of
Stanford Law School
* Carolyn E. Arch, LLB 1963, first African-American woman appointed Assistant U.S. Attorney in the State of New Jersey
F. Lee Bailey, LLB 1960, 1966, disbarred criminal defense lawyer; represented O.J. Simpson, among others
Consuelo Northrup Bailey, LLB 1925, first woman elected as lieutenant governorin the United States
Edward W. Brooke, LLB 1948, LLM 1949, Attorney General of Massachusetts; first African American elected to the Senate by popular vote; one of only five African Americans to serve in the US Senate; awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom.
* Thomas E. Burke, LLB 1896, Olympic gold medalist in the 100- and 400-meter running events.
Martha Coakley, JD 1979, first woman elected Attorney General of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts
William S. Cohen, LLB 1965, U.S. Secretary of Defenseand US Senatorfrom Maine
* Austin Barclay Fletcher, LLB 1879; 1880 Prominent New York lawyer and Boston University Trustee. Namesake of
The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacyat Tufts University.
Dr. Barbara C. Jordan, JD 1959, first African-American woman elected to the U.S. Congressfrom a southern state, awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedomin 1994, first woman to deliver a keynote addressat the Democratic National Conventionin 1976
Richard Graber, JD 1981, US Ambassador to the Czech Republic (September 2006 - Present).* Wendy Kaminer, JD 1975 writer and social critic
David E. Kelley, JD 1983, writer of L.A. Law, Ally McBeal, The Practice, and Boston Legal, among others.
* Takeo Kikuchi, LLB 1877, founder and first president of Tokyo’s
Gary F. Locke, JD 1975, Governor of Washington, and the first Asian-American governor in the mainland U.S.
F. Bradford Morse, LLB 1949, director of the United Nations Development Program
Robert T. Stafford, LLB 1938; HON 1959, U.S. Senator, father of the Stafford Loanprogram and the Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act(Stafford Act)
Juan R. Torruella, JD 1957, first Hispanic to serve on the United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit
Clifton Reginald Wharton, Sr., LLB 1920, first African-American Foreign Service Officerin the U.S. Department of State; the first black diplomat to become ambassador by rising through the ranks of the Foreign Service rather than by political appointment; and the first black diplomat to lead a U.S. delegation to a European country.
Owen D. Young, LLB 1896, founder of RCA, 1929 Time Magazine's Man of the Year Chairman and CEOof General Electric
* [http://www.bu.edu/law/ Boston University School of Law]
* [http://www.bu.edu Boston University]
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