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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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Marilyn Mosby '05
How BC Law Inspired Marilyn Mosby’s Career

On Thursday, October 1, 2015, Baltimore States’ Attorney Marilyn Mosby ’05 returned to BC Law to speak to students in the School’s Criminal Justice Defense and Prosecution Clinic about the role of the prosecutor in criminal cases.

Gender Injustice graphic of girls
Gender Injustice Revealed in Groundbreaking New Report

According to BC Law clinical professor Francine Sherman ’80, author of a shocking new report, Gender Injustice, girls are now making up a larger share of the juvenile justice population at every stage of the process.

Professor Charlotte Whitmore
Expanded Innocence Program Helps Teach Investigative Skills

Over 80 students and attorneys gathered at BC Law on September 21, 2015 for a training workshop on how to investigate post-conviction innocence cases. 

Professor Lynnise Pantin
Pantin Joins BC Law Clinical Faculty; Zilberman '12 Returns as Immigration Fellow

The Boston College Law School Center for Experiential Learning (CEL) is pleased to announce the addition of two new members to the CEL team.

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.