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The Center for Experiential Learning

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Researchers say "learning by doing" results in 90% retention ratesfar beyond the traditional 10% from classroom lectures.

Our new center brings all of our experiential learning programs under one roof. It encourages collaboration across legal disciplines and provides a focal point for any idea that relates to the practice of law.

We encourage all students to participate in some form of experiential learning—from programs that provide services ranging from civil litigation to overturning wrongful convictions, to externships at major law firms, businesses and non-profits, to participation in our highly regarded and award-winning oral advocacy programs. Our goal is to provide students with a deeper understanding of what it means to practice law and to be career-ready upon graduation.

The breadth and depth of our programs are important. But the core of any educational institution is the strength of its faculty. We offer the very best teachers and mentors the legal academy has to offer—from podium to practicum. It takes only a few moments with a BC Law professor to understand that they have a passion for teaching and for the higher calling of law that cannot be matched anywhere else.

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Students in Ninth Circuit Court
Student Winning Streak Continues with Another Ninth Circuit Triumph

Mary Pat Brogan ’16 and Shayna Sehayik ’16 (above, left to right) prevailed in the case that they represented before the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals this past spring. T

Student in classroom
Experiential Meets Academic in BC Law Classrooms

Experiential learning—in the form of clinics, externships, and advocacy programs—has been a part of the law school experience for decades, but traditionally it has been kept mostly separate from the classroom.

Cristina Manzano
Manzano '16 Awarded ACC-NE Ethics Scholarship

Third-year student Cristina Manzano has been given the 2016 Association of Corporate Counsel, Northeast Chapter (ACC-NE) Ethics Award. The award was given out at the ACC-NE awards dinner, held at the Institute of Contemporary Art in Boston on April 25.

Cristina Manzano '16
BC Law Students Win Momentous Ninth Circuit Victory

In what one observer is calling “a watershed decision,” the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals on May 11 granted a petition briefed and argued by BC Law students Jovalin Dedaj ’16 and Cristina Manzano ’16 (pictured).

About the Center

The Center for Experiential Learning is located in the Smith Wing of the Law School campus.
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Student in courtroom

Clinical work provides an immeasurable benefit to clients and agencies.

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Student Abroad

Want something more immersive? Try a semester-long local or international placement.
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Student at internship

Learn about the judicial process directly from judges in local courts.
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Student winner in Jessup Moot Court

Build the persuasive legal skills needed in the boardroom and the courtroom.
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Professor Alan Minuskin

Legal Services LAB is a core part of our Center for Experiential Learning.
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The World Trade Center

The GPP provides a platform for students to learn how to engage in a globalizing legal environment.
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Professor Joe Liu in class

Skills-based courses engage students in the kind of learning that normally takes place outside of the classroom.
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Professor Francine Sherman

BC Law faculty are experienced teachers and scholars at the top of their fields.
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District Attorney Greg Oakes

BC Law encourages all students to consider making public service a part of their legal career.
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The Law School campus

A collaboration between the law school and the BC Graduate School of Social Work.
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lawyers for affordable justice

A new residency program for recent law school graduates.

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Alex Andalis '09 describes his experience in the Criminal Justice Clinic.

Alex Andalis '09 describes his experience in the Criminal Defenders Clinic.