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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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Rodline Louijeune Class of 2017
Louijeune ’17 Writes Firsthand Account of Humanitarian Crisis in Haiti

A BC Law student is covering a developing human rights crisis in Haiti as part of her summer fellowship, and what she witnessed on a recent trip is sobering.

Baltimore State's Attorney Marilyn Mosby '05
Baltimore State’s Attorney Mosby ’05 Announces Criminal Charges in Gray Death

Baltimore State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby has announced probable cause for criminal charges to be filed in the death of Freddie Gray.

Third-year student Gallo
Third-Year Laura Gallo Wins Law Student Ethics Award

Third-year student Laura Gallo has won the Northeast Chapter of the Association of Corporate Counsel’s (NEACC) Law Student Ethics Award.

Jeremy Sanders and Kelly Schwartz photo
Ninth Circuit Appellate Clinic Students Make Their Arguments in Court

Third-year students Kelly Schwartz and Jeremy Sanders just stood before the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals in California and made their arguments to the judges on behalf of their client–an opportunity that many seasoned lawyers don’t get during their entire careers.

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.