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Clinical Programs

academic programs

Boston College Law School is widely regarded as having one of the best clinical curricula in the country in a wide range of practice areas, enabling students to perform, and focus on, legal work in civil litigation, criminal justice, juvenile rights, immigration law, issues affecting women, 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 and The Hague.

Our faculty includes 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. Clinical work performed by students provides an immeasurable benefit to the clients and agencies they serve.

Students will begin their participation in the legal profession while still in law school. Lawyers, judges, and legal educators overwhelmingly endorse the value of clinical education, and encourage thoughtful selection of clinical experiences by students. Clinical education enables students to make an early and positive transition into professional life, thereby helping them become better lawyers, who have a better sense of what kind of work they most enjoy.

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What are clinical courses?
Why should I take a clinical course? What are the course requirements? More...

In-House
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  In-House clinics are those in which students are supervised by full-time faculty members. More...

Externships
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  Students are placed in settings outside of the law school supervised by lawyers who work in those settings. More...

Judicial Internships
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  Students do not perform actual legal work, but observe legal and judicial practice. More...