Students in clinics work with real clients on real cases, under the supervision of our expert faculty.
Lawyers, judges, and legal educators overwhelmingly endorse the value of clinical education. Clinical work performed by students provides an immeasurable benefit to the clients and agencies they serve.
In BC Law's clinics, students work in civil litigation, criminal justice, juvenile rights, immigration law, issues affecting women, the wrongly convicted, government practice, community development, the prevention of homelessness, the role of the judiciary, and many other individually selected areas, along with programs permitting students to practice law in London, Paris, and in many other locations around the world.
We have some of the most experienced clinical teachers, supervisors, and scholars in the nation. Students learn how law works in practice, and how a lawyer's approach influences the value, direction, and quality of the legal process.
The Amicus Brief Clinic will provide students and faculty an opportunity to weigh in on, and attempt to influence, the development of the law and public policy in the courts.
Students represent clients in every aspect of civil litigation, including discovery, settlement negotiations, trials, and employment, family, housing, and public benefits matters.
Students provide corporate, employment, tax, and other legal services to local small businesses and nonprofits.
The integration of prosecution and defense perspectives is a unique feature of the criminal justice clinical experience at BC Law. In the classroom, students receive skills training and are exposed to different perspectives on the criminal justice system.
Through the EIC, students help bring innovative ideas to life, advising social entrepreneurs, tech startups, authors, filmmakers, musicians, and other creative thinkers. Students deal in the worlds of intellectual property, licensing, regulation, and corporate formation via our region’s thriving innovation economy.
Students litigate cases in local district courts and the Boston Housing Court on behalf of individuals who are homeless or risk becoming homeless. Activities also include working with housing authorities and community organizations.
Students represent noncitizens in applications for legal status.
Students study the problem of erroneous convictions in the classroom while also working in legal practice and nonprofit settings to remedy or prevent these injustices. Students choose from a diverse range of practice settings including an in-house Innocence Clinic or externship placement. All of the students in the clinic and externship placements come together for a weekly seminar.
Students represent youth in special education advocacy, school disciplinary proceedings, advocacy before agencies, and juvenile court status offense cases. Students also work as guardians ad litem and on policy development.
In court, students brief and argue immigration cases brought by indigent clients who would otherwise be without counsel. Cases include asylum, withholding and CAT claims, immigration consequences of criminal convictions, and issues of first impression.
Representing clients at prison disciplinary hearings will give students a window into the hidden world of prisons. Massachusetts is one of the only states that allow students to represent clients at these hearings. All students will meet and interview clients in maximum security prisons, conduct discovery and investigation, file motions, cross-examine witnesses, make closing arguments and file appeals when necessary. Because the hearings are relatively short, students will be able to have multiple hearings each term.
“The BC Law Defenders Clinic really expanded my understanding of the law and gave me the confidence that I could take on new and different legal challenges.”