With February over and March finally here, we can now look forward to not only the coming of spring but also to welcoming our admitted students to BU Law.
This past month, I attended an alumni and admitted students reception at Goodwin Procter in Boston. The reception gave these students an opportunity to speak to some of our faculty members, who represent one of the top faculties in the nation, and to our Boston alumni. After all, who better to tell prospective students all about BU Law than those who have experienced all the School has to offer? Our alumni are an invaluable resource to students, offering insight into BU Law courses, clinics and externships, and careers.
At the event, I was pleased to report on the success of our very first 1L Lawyering Lab, which gave first-year students an introduction to “real-world” lawyering skills that are applicable to a wide range of practice areas. I was also delighted to talk about how much our students enjoy the beautiful new Redstone Building and to give an update on the law tower, which is currently undergoing a complete renovation and will be finished and just-like-new by the fall!
Last month, The Clearing House in New York hosted a panel for alumni and admitted students on the entertainment industry and the law. New York has the second largest concentration of BU Law graduates of any state in the country, with some of our alumni working at large firms, corporations, public interest organizations, and even the 27-time World Champion New York Yankees! Our alumni serve as proof that though you’ll get your degree in Boston, you can begin your legal career in New York, DC, or any state in the country.
I will be in San Francisco on March 12th for another reception with alumni and admitted students. I always enjoy catching up with our alumni around the country and I look forward to meeting more of our impressive admitted students.
Later this month, we will host our Preview Days and welcome our admitted students into the BU Law family. I look forward to meeting the new members of our community who, I have no doubt, will continue BU Law’s legacy of pushing the boundaries of the legal field and becoming the best in the legal profession.
BU Law was recently ranked #19 on the National Law Journal‘s list of “Go-To” law schools with new graduates working in the largest law firms. Additionally, 16 BU Law alumni were promoted from associate to partner at the 250 largest firms in 2014, the 11th most associate-to-partner promotions among all law schools according to the NLJ rankings. This year, our faculty was ranked #2 for the Best Law Professors and #7 for Best Classroom Experience by The Princeton Review. We just learned that BU Law is #26 on this year’s U.S. News & World Report ranking of the nation’s law schools, rising one spot from our #27 ranking last year.
While these external rankings change from year to year, our commitment to providing our students with the best possible legal education never wavers. We offer a rigorous curriculum, stellar faculty, extensive clinical and externship opportunities, and new programs such as the 1L Lawyering Lab, Business Fundamentals course, and Transactional Law program, all of which are focused on helping our students be successful in their first legal job and throughout their professional career.