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Boston University School of Law




One hundred fifty years ago tomorrow, eighteen professors and approximately sixty students held the first day of classes at what was then called Boston School of Law. It was 1872. The Civil War had ended less than a decade before. The telephone had not been invented yet. It was a remarkably different time in our nation’s history.

Our law school’s rather humble beginnings did not portend the impressive legacy that it would build over the next 150 years. At the time, the school consisted of only one small lecture hall and an adjacent room for the dean—tight quarters for a burgeoning law school with big ambitions.

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