Public Service and BC Law
institutional support and alumni profiles
Public service has always been a central part of the Boston College Law School experience. BC Law supports a wide array of educational, pro bono, and student activities designed to create opportunities for students to use their legal skills to support underserved communities. BC Law is home to the John J. Curtin Jr. and Mary Daly Curtin Center for Public Interest Law, the Holocaust Human Rights Project, the Shelter Legal Services Program, and the BC Law Experiential Learning Program.
Boston College Law School is also committed to helping students make public interest employment financially feasible. In 2012, BC Law's Francis X. Bellotti Loan Repayment and Forgiveness Program (LRAP), awarded $373,000 to 104 graduates. Funding for LRAP, originally founded in 1988, has increased more than 300% during the past decade. Several public interest scholarships and loan repayment programs are also available to students, including the annual Drinan Family Award, named after former BC Law Dean Robert Drinan, S.J. In addition, the BC Law Public Interest Law Foundation (PILF), founded in 1984, provides stipends every summer to law students working in public interest internships. In 2012, PILF funded more than 100 summer public interest internships.
Over the past several years, 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 ABA Public Interest Tax Fellowship, and the Presidential Management Fellowship.
In keeping with Boston College Law School's mission of education for service to others, BC Law is proud to annually offer a small number of full-tuition scholarships to highly-qualified applications who plan to practice law in service of the public. The Public Service Scholars are expected to work for public interest organizations during both summers and post-graduate employment, and to take substantial leadership roles in the public interest community at BC Law. Learn more about the Public Service Scholarship.
Recent Public Service Scholar graduates have gone on to work for the Department of Justice, the Massachusetts Committee for Public Counsel Services, the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court, the Political Asylum/Immigration Representation (PAIR) Project, the Middlesex District Attorney's Office, and South Brooklyn Legal Services. Learn more about the program, and read bios of current and former Public Service Scholars!
Many Boston College Law School alumni pursue post-graudate careers in public interest. From the Class of 2011, 9.41% of graduates secured jobs in public interest; an additional 12.94% are working in the government. Alumni work in a broad range of public interest organizations including:
- Massachusetts Attorney General
- Committee For Public Counsel Services
- Middlesex District Attorney's Office
- Community Catalyst
- U.S. Department of Justice
- AIDS Action Committee
- Rhode Island Public Defender
- U.S. Department of Defense
- Boston Social Security Administration
- Federal Energy Regulatory Commission
- Open Society Foundations
- California Rural Legal Assistance
- And many, many more!