Meet the Ambassador: Ryan Dougherty

Name: Ryan DoughertyRyan Dougherty

Year: 1L (Class of 2018)

Undergraduate institution: Georgetown University, Class of 2011, three-time BIG EAST All-Academic selection as a member of the Hoyas basketball team.

Experiences between college and law school: After college, I got my Master’s degree in Government at Georgetown, with a concentration in International Law and Global Security. While in grad school I was a volunteer assistant basketball coach at Georgetown. Afterwards, I worked for a consulting firm in Washington, DC, advising clients on national security issues in the defense, energy, public health, and transportation sectors.

Activities at BC Law (besides being an Ambassador):
  • 2016 Gulf Coast-New Orleans Service Trip
  • St. Thomas More Society
  • 1L Negotiation Competition
  • BC Law Beantown Shootout & Intramural Basketball Teams

Favorite class: Civil Procedure with David Webber – I love the chess match of strategy and maneuvering that occurs between smart lawyers.

What do you hope to do after graduation?: My interest is on the interplay between international business, US foreign affairs, and national security. I’d like to work at a firm or for the federal government to represent clients affected by these issues.

Why law school?: I’ve always been inspired by my Dad’s career (he’s been an attorney with the United States Secret Service for almost 28 years) because of the breadth of legal issues he faces, the variety of roles he plays as a government lawyer, and the lasting impact of his work on the landscape of Washington.

Why BC Law? Two major reasons:
  1. BC’s location in a major legal market and the opportunity for experiential learning in firms and government agencies downtown, and
  2. BC’s Jesuit ethos, which I appreciate as a product of Jesuit education.

What most surprised you about BC Law when you got here? How willing 2Ls and 3Ls are to mentor new students and how much enjoyment they seem to derive from it. It makes the BC community extremely close-knit and fosters a sense that it will be my class’ duty to do the same in the coming years.

Ryan Dougherty is a 1L at BC Law and a BC Law AmbassadorFeel free to contact him with questions about his experience, BC Law, or law school in general. Comment here or send him an e-mail at

Boston College Law Ambassadors is a newly launched program designed to enhance the on-campus experience for every prospective student who visits BC Law. The Ambassadors are thirty students who lead campus tours, help out at Admitted Students Day, and serve as a resource for applicants and admitted students who are considering enrolling at BC Law.

In support of this role, each Ambassador will be profiled on the Impact blog over the course of the school year. If you are a prospective student and notice something about any of our Ambassadors that you’d like to discuss with him or her – whether it’s a shared alma mater, an interesting extracurricular, or an appealing summer job – do not hesitate to reach out. After all, that’s what we’re here for!

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