diversity at bc law
Through an intensive on-campus interviewing program and off-campus programs held in major cities throughout the United States, hundreds of law firms, corporations and public sector organizations actively recruited BC Law students last year.
That record of success is based largely on the recognized quality of our educational program and strength of our alumni network, as well as the assistance provided by the Office of Career Services.
Students of color may participate in additional interviewing programs sponsored by external groups. These include the Cook County Bar Association Job Fair, Dupont Legal Minority Job Fair, Northwest Minority Job Fair, Delaware Minority Job Fair, Minnesota Minority Recruiting Conference, Hispanic National Bar Association, Rocky Mountain Diversity Legal Career Fair, National Black Prosecutors Association and the National BLSA Job Fair. BC Law also works closely with The Boston Lawyers Group, which consists of 37 private and public sector legal employers in Boston. In addition to an annual job fair, The Boston Lawyers Group coordinates a mentor program to pair students of color with practicing attorneys in Boston, and runs a mock interview program to assist students in the interviewing process.
"Here at BC Law, I have found that students have numerous opportunities to be involved in causes that resonate with them most."
Class of 2013, Boston College Law School
Career Services offers students in-depth individual counseling and job search guidance, a career library, workshops on resumé/ cover letter writing and interviewing skills, and referrals to graduates. The law school’s full-time public interest counselor assists students who are pursuing public interest positions, either while in law school or after they earn their law degree. Public interest opportunities are also available through PSLaw Net, of which Boston College Law School is a founding member.
The Black Alumni Network (BAN) is a dynamic group of 500 black graduates who support their alma mater’s efforts to include black students in all aspects of the law school community and who seek to further students’ development as members of the legal profession. BAN was formally established in 1985 with the stated goals of promoting the educational interests and objectives of the law school; providing continuing communication among alumni, students, faculty and staff; providing an influence at the school on matters affecting the lives of the black community; serving as a supportive body for students’ needs and activities; and generating funds to support those goals.
In service to both the law school and legal communities, BAN hosts public policy debates focusing on issues affecting communities of color. BAN has helped sponsor events and programs such as the Efficacy Institute’s Efficacy Workshop for BLSA students, which helps them define goals and gain problem-solving skills. BAN frequently co-sponsors various dinners and social events to encourage networking and mentoring relationships among BAN members and BLSA students.