Experiential Learning

Practical experience. Professional growth.

A complete legal education brings the law to life, combining traditional classroom methods with practical applications. At BC Law, first-hand experiences permeate our curriculum, beginning in the first year with six credits dedicated to experiential learning.

Our Center for Experiential Learning houses all of our experiential initiatives under one roof, connecting students to hundreds of opportunities—including civil and criminal litigation clinics, counseling startups and entrepreneurs, arguments before the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals in California, award-winning advocacy programs, and a variety of externships along the East Coast.

All first-year students take a legal practice course and an experiential learning elective. BC Law is one of the only law schools in the country that encourages 1L students to participate in American Bar Association client counseling and negotiation competitions. In their second year, students test their appellate skills through the Wendell F. Grimes Intramural Moot Court competition, which leads to placements on national moot court and mock trial teams during the 3L year.

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LAB: Real Clients, Real Solutions

Meet our innovative Legal Services LAB, a fully functioning law firm within the Center. LAB features seven clinics that cover areas such as civil litigation, housing, immigration, juvenile rights, startups, and corporate and IP law.

Experiential Learning Opportunities

Justice and the judicial process, including the Ninth Circuit Appellate Program, Innocence Program, and community courts.
 

Externships

Semester in Practice
BC in DC
London / International

Specialized Externships
Administrative Law - Federal, State, and local government placements
Attorney General
Criminal Defense
Government Lawyer (Prosecution)
Innocence Program
Judicial Process- Appeals
Judicial Process- Trials
Judge in Community Courts
Innocence

Tethered Externships

Corporate Counsel
Intellectual Property/ Patent Law Externship
Mediation
Sports Law

Clinics

Criminal Justice
Innocence
Ninth Circuit
Civil Litigation
Housing
JRAP

Advocacy Programs

First Year
Third Year

Skills-Based Courses

Trial Practice

 

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All things business, from entrepreneurship and innovation clinics to tax and London externships.
 

Externships

Semester in Practice
SIP: BC in DC
SIP: London / International

Specialized Externships
Judicial Process - Appeals
Judicial Process - Trials
MA Department of Revenue

Tethered Externships
Business Immigration Externship
Business Law and Health Care Enterprises
Corporate Counsel
Intellectual Property/ Patent Law Externship
Mediation
Sports Law

Clinics

Community Enterprise
Entrepreneurship & Innovation

Advocacy Programs

First Year
Third Year

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Improving society with opportunities in juvenile advocacy, immigration, housing, human rights, health, and more.
 

Externships

Semester in Practice
BC in DC
London/International

Specialized Externships
Administrative Law - Federal, State, and local government placements
Innocence Program
Judge in Community Courts
MA Department of Revenue

Tethered Externships
Business Immigration Externship
Business Law and Health Care Enterprises
Intellectual Property/ Patent Law Externship
Sports Law

Clinics

Ninth Circuit
JRAP

Advocacy Programs

First Year
Third Year

 

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What employers are saying about BC Law graduates:

"We have hired several BC Law graduates and found them to be strong and effective advocates. We appreciate the training and skills-building that BC does to prepare students for work in the public and private sectors."

—Jonathan L. Mannina, Executive Director, Community Legal Aid

Being in the Defender's Clinic allowed me to be responsible for someone who had their livelihood at stake, and to stand up in court and argue for them. It educated me about how to be a practicing attorney...When I'm challenged now with something I don't necessarily have a lot of expertise in, I have the confidence knowing I did something very different — and I was successful at it.
Alex Andalis '09 , Senior Counsel, Amgen