Boston College Law School is among the nation's best law schools. Our success is based on a tradition of educating lawyers through theory and practice, shaping leaders prepared to grapple with society's most important moral and ethical questions.
Founded in 1929, Boston College Law School held its opening classes in the 11-story Lawyer’s Building on Beacon Street in downtown Boston. It began with an enrollment of 54 ambitious students selected from an applicant pool of nearly 700, and quickly thrived despite the onset of the Great Depression that coincided with its early years. In 1932, just three years after its founding, the school received American Bar Association accreditation, joining Harvard, Yale, and Boston University as the only law schools in New England to attain that distinction. By the fall of 1937, the school’s enrollment had grown to 350 students. By 1940, its ranks included women.
With its reputation and enrollment soaring, BC Law moved to Chestnut Hill in 1954, occupying the newly constructed St. Thomas More Hall on the edge of the BC campus. It was not until the University’s acquisition of the Newton College of the Sacred Heart in the early 1970s that the La...w School found its permanent home in what is now known as the Newton Campus.
Today, BC Law is situated on an idyllic 40-acre campus with new and expanded classrooms, conference space, and a state-of-the-art law library. Its 750 students are taught by some of the nation’s best full-time law faculty.
Throughout its history, BC Law has provided a top-quality legal education grounded in Boston College’s Jesuit, Catholic tradition. With an impressive record of education, scholarship, and activity in social justice and public service—through its work aiding immigrants and refugees and groundbreaking research in areas such as environmental law and juvenile justice—BC Law continues to prepare students not only to be good lawyers, but to lead good lives.
With a reputation for excellence solidified through more than nine decades of service, BC Law has earned its rightful place among the nation’s preeminent law schools.