Public Sector

Serving the Public Good

Public service is a vital part of the BC Law experience. We encourage students to gain practice skills and discern what is most important to them while helping communities and enriching their own educational process. Our Pro Bono and Public Interest Designation Programs, overseen by our full-time Program Director Michelle Grossfield, encourage students to deliver justice and make a difference in the world.

Our students participate in dozens of activities—including symposia, advocacy programs, and awards receptions. Students stay engaged through our Curtin Center for Public Interest Law, the Forum on Philanthropy and the Public Good, our Public Interest Law Foundation (PILF), the Lawyers for Affordable Justice residency program, the Holocaust Human Rights Project, the Rappaport Center for Law and Public Policy, and our Center for Experiential Learning.

 

John Kerry

Leaders in Public Service

BC Law has a long tradition of grooming leaders like Secretary of State John Kerry.

Alumni in Action

Our alumni enjoy careers across the public sector, including:

  • Massachusetts Attorney General
  • Committee for Public Counsel Services
  • Middlesex District Attorney's Office
  • Legal Aid Society in New York
  • U.S. Department of Justice
  • AIDS Action Committee
  • New York County District Attorney's Office
  • U.S. Department of Defense
  • Boston Social Security Administration
  • Federal Energy Regulatory Commission
  • California Department of Justice

 

15.1%

of those employed from the class of 2015 started their careers in the public sector

 

The Class of 2016 completed over 13,500 pro bono hours.

In 2016, PILF funded three-fourths of all applicants for summer public interest internships.

In 2016, 100% of eligible applicants to BC Law's Francis X. Bellotti Loan Repayment and Forgiveness Program (LRAP) received assistance.

The annual Drinan Family Fund Award is also available to a graduating student who will pursue a career in public interest.

BC Law graduates have also received prestigious post-graduate fellowships in the public interest field, including the Skadden Fellowship, the Equal Justice Works Fellowship, the Immigrant Justice Corps Fellowship, and the Presidential Management Fellowship.

Over 17% of the Class of 2016 participated in the Public Interest Designation Program

Make Your Case in Federal Court

In our Ninth Circuit Appellate Program, students hone high-level skills in client communication, legal research, brief writing, and oral advocacy as they argue (and often win) real immigration cases before the bench in Federal Appeals Court—a chance that many seasoned lawyers never get over an entire career.
 

California Ninth Circuit program