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Why BC Law: Experiential Learning
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Boston College Law School is committed to offering its students meaningful exposure to the world of law practice, including a rich education in lawyering skills, ethics, and client relationships. The result is an array of opportunities to experience the role of a lawyer, including externships in the United States and internationally, in-house clinics supervised by full-time faculty members, and pro bono work for disadvantaged communities.

In Fall 2014, we opened our new Center for Experiential Learning. Based at the Law School, the Center provides a home for all in-house clinics, internships, semester in practice and short-term externship programs at the school, and is part of a comprehensive long-term vision for the support and expansion of BC Law’s experiential learning efforts.

Here is a just a taste of the experiential learning options you will find at BC Law. For more on experiential learning, view our overview (PDF).

Sample Externships
International Criminal Court, Special Tribunal for Cambodia; Inter-American Court of Human Rights; London Program; Jesuit Refugee Service; Massachusetts Office of Attorney General; Greater Boston Legal Services; intellectual property law firms; corporate counsel placements. More

Sample Human Rights Program Placements:
The Asociación Civil por la Igualdad y la Justicia, Buenos Aires; Centre of Investigation and Legal Assessment of Human Rights, Lima, Peru; International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia and The Hague; International Legal Foundation, New York and Nepal; Institute for Justice and Democracy, Haiti; UN High Commissioner for Refugees, Washington, DC. More

Sample Clinical Opportunities
Indigent client representation in Legal Assistance Bureau’s Civil Litigation and Housing Clinics; representation of small businesses in the Community Enterprise Clinic; representation of children in the Juvenile Rights Advocacy Project; immigrant advocacy and litigation; criminal justice prosecution and defense; remedy wrongful incarceration through the Innocence Project. More

Sample Judicial Internships
Assist Superior Court judges through the Judicial Process program; assist District Court judges through The Judge and the Community Courts program. More

Sample Public Interest Offerings
Pro Bono Program; Spring Break Trips to Navajo Nation, immigration-focused projects, and areas of need such as New Orleans after Katrina; John and Mary Curtin Center for Public Interest Programs; Public Interest Scholarships; Francis X. Bellotti Loan Repayment Program; 100+ student summer stipends funded by Public Interest Law Foundation. More

Independent Study
BC Law offers the opportunity to create your own independent study experience. More

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