realllllly random question, but I was curious about the jewish population at BC. Is it substantial or is it negligible? Or somewhere in between?
I suppose "substantial" or "negligible" are somewhat subjective given your personal experience. If I had to place a number on it, I'd guess 10-20% of the student body (I looked at BC's website and was surprised that they don't have this figure anywhere). It's not uncommon to see a yarmulke in the hallways.
Relative to the undergrad population (I went to BC), there are a lot of jewish students. Anecdotally, BC Law gets most of the high holidays off whereas the undergrads do not.
Edit: Apparently there was a post on this before which was full of misinformation. http://www.top-law-schools.com/forums/viewtopic.php?f=1&t=125703
Only 1 or 2 Jesuits still teach at the law school and none teach 1L courses.
I'll chime in as well. I am originally from the midwest and I was actually surprised at the comparatively large number of Jewish students at BC Law (and in Boston) compared to anywhere I had lived before. The Law School is very welcoming of Jewish students and for a long, long time, the dean of the Law School was Jewish. I think I would put the Jewish number at 25% or more, but perhaps I just found myself associating with the Jewish students more.
If one desires to live in a more Jewish area, I would recommend looking around Brookline/Coolidge Corner. That area is a bit pricey compared to Allston/Brighton, but it is definitely one of the heavier Jewish communities in Boston.
This question reminds me of one of my favorite brunch spots in Coolidge Corner - Zaftigs. Highly recommended! There is also a pretty decent bagel place on Harvard Avenue just outside of Coolidge Corner (towards Comm Ave.). Can't really compare to New York bagels, but for Boston they were definitely some of the best I had.
And lastly, I never had a "priest" professor. I believe my 1L year one section had their Con law class taught by a Jesuit professor; however, from what I understand it wasn't like he was bringing God into the classroom (unless they were discussing the line of freedom of religion cases). I can't even think of the second Jesuit that still teaches...although I tended to stay away from the upper-level religion classes that these professors typically teach.
I am non-religious and while I would occasionally notice what I perceived as too much religion (like automatically being included on email lists telling me when weekly Mass occurred), I NEVER had this experience while in the classroom. Students talked about religion in Con law when the cases so dictated, but it never was in a preachy way.