Our goal is to develop public service leaders. The LEAPS program integrates the academic, career and experiential opportunities that touch public service at BC, providing opportunities for students to discover and develop their talents for advancing the public good through their chosen legal path.
Each year, our LEAPS Public Service Scholars become a core part of the entering 1L class, but the LEAPS experience extends across the entire student body beginning with our leadership read early in the fall semester. It continues at our Public Interest Law Retreat where students get to know each other, explore various public interest career paths, and meet alumni, faculty, and student organization leaders. We offer LEAPS-related academic and experiential course offerings, faculty mentoring, career-related programs, pro bono opportunities and immersion trips, and many events with student organizations.
LEAPS is led by the Faculty Director and Director of Public Interest and Pro Bono Programs Michelle Grossfield. The program is closely aligned with our Rappaport Center for Law & Public Policy, whose focus is on promoting leadership and public policy initiatives in local and state government. A number of events and programs on campus are co-sponsored by LEAPS and Rappaport as well as with other centers including the Center for Experiential Learning, Clough Center for Constitutional Democracy and the Center for Human Rights and International Justice.