Externships combine legal placements with a classroom component to help students get the most from their experience.
Our Externship programs help students develop those qualities and skills they will need to become successful practitioners by combining theory and practice, while also providing opportunities to reflect upon and instill the moral and ethical values that underlie a rational and just application of law.
Our flagship Semester-in-Practice Programs (SIP) give our students the chance to work 4-5 days per week working in the field, while retaining the crucial seminar component for reflection on their experiences and for faculty guidance. Work locally or around the world in diverse settings and practice areas and learn on the job from experienced lawyers--many of them BC Law alumni--who are committed to helping our students succeed.
For those who want to enroll in law school courses and extern in the same semester, we offer many part-time externships with companies, courts, law firms, government agencies and nonprofit organizations. We also offer Tethered Externships that pair a traditional podium course with an experiential seminar and part-time placement, all taught and guided by full-time faculty members. We are one of the only schools in the country with this model.
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Our Semester in Practice (SIP) Program, unique in the breadth and flexibility of its offerings, places students in immersive externships with firms, judges, nonprofits, government agencies, and businesses in Boston, across the US, and around the world.
Students work 4-5 days per week and attend a weekly seminar, examining their experiences through readings, discussion, and presentations. The program director monitors every placement to ensure supervising attorneys provide a significant educational experience.
In addition to the existing SIP diverse placement opportunities, there are focused SIP offerings with SIP: Dublin/International and SIP: BC in DC. Students can also customize their experience and design their own SIP, subject to approval.
Access to Justice Commission/Mintz Levin
Boston Red Sox
Dunkin' Brands Inc
First Circuit Court of Appeals
US Securities & Exchange Commission
US Department of Justice
The administrative center of the program, which celebrated its 30th year in 2019, is based at the Boston College satellite campus in Ireland. The program has served hundreds of students working in private businesses, law firms, and public organizations. It is an immersive experience which offers students a comparative law opportunity to work and collaborate with international attorneys.
Students spend 35-40 hours per week at their externship placement and maintain journals relating to their research, writing and observations. These are discussed at weekly seminars led by a member of the BC Law faculty. For externship placements throughout Europe, students use videoconferencing to participate in the seminar.
This full-time, immersive externship in the nation’s capitol places students in labor, civil rights, environmental, and business law opportunities, among others. Students work in diverse settings, including government agencies, law firms, public interest groups, in-house corporate counsel, and judicial clerkships.
Weekly seminars focus on attorneys’ roles in DC, and site visits and guest speakers help students gain practical skills, develop professional relationships, and learn about career opportunities.
Our Semester in Practice Program offers students an immersive, full-time work experience. But sometimes students looking for practice skills need more flexible options. Our part-time externship programs provide students with the opportunity to gain professional experience over the course of an entire semester at a state or local government agency or a court.
Unlike many other law schools, our externships provide strong on-site support through an attorney employed at the placement, or through an adjunct faculty member who has a close relationship with the placement. Students take an accompanying course that is taught by the placement attorney or adjunct professor, which allows a more holistic approach to learning on the job.
Beth Israel Lahey Health
Federal & MA Appeals and Trial Courts
Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights
Massachusetts Attorney General
Massachusetts District, Juvenile, Land, and Housing Courts
Victims Rights Law Center
Federal, state, and local government placements.
Students practice for a full year at the Massachusetts Attorney General’s Office, working on civil litigation, drafting legal documents, and researching and writing trial and appellate briefs. Students argue matters in superior court on behalf of state agencies.
Students placed at the Massachusetts Department of Revenue work directly with Legal Division attorneys handling cases involving state taxation of individuals, corporations, and other entities.
Students work with corporate in-house counsel on a variety of matters, such as contracts, mergers and acquisitions, employment law, IP, and privacy.
Students work with judges in the First Circuit Court of Appeals, the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court and the Massachusetts Appeals Court, assisting in drafting judicial decisions and observing oral arguments.
Students are placed with justices of the U.S. District Court, Massachusetts Superior Court, Boston Municipal Court, Juvenile Court, and Land Court in civil and criminal proceedings.
Students work with a variety of organizations providing direct service and/or on important policy issues, such at the ACLU, Earthjustice, Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights, and Victims' Rights Law Center, among many others.
BC Law's unique Tethered Externship programs encourage the integration of the theory and practice of law. Students take a doctrinal course, extern at a subject related placement, and are enrolled in a reflective seminar taught by the doctrinal faculty. We are one of the only law schools in the nation that pairs doctrinal courses and faculty with externship placements and reflective seminars. By bridging the doctrinal course and the externship with the reflective seminar, students and faculty have the opportunity to more deeply explore the intersection of theory and practice.
Our tethered externship offerings vary year-to-year. Some examples of tethered externships that have been offered in past years include sports law, health care, in-house counsel, and domestic violence legal services.