Why BC Law: Experiential Learning
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.
Below is a just a taste of the experiential learning options you will find at BC Law. For an overview on experiential learning in printable format, view our Viewbook Insert (PDF).
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
BC Law offers the opportunity to create your own independent study experience. More