Choose from 20+ experiential learning opportunities.
Choose from more than 20 different clinics, externships, and practicums—one of the widest selections of any Top 50 law school. Student/faculty ratios in clinics are kept strictly between 5:1 and 8:1 to ensure close, personal contact between professors and students.
Recognizing that acquiring professional skills and values in a real world context is an essential component of legal education, BU Law guarantees every interested student at least one clinical opportunity during his or her second or third year of law school. Settings include courtrooms, government agencies, companies, and non-profit organizations in Boston, Washington DC, and other cities around the world.
Since BU Law began offering clinical education in 1965, many of our students have won awards in recognition of their outstanding work in clinical placements.
Represent real clients. Gain real-world experience.
In the Civil Litigation Program, you can represent clients in civil matters in the local, state, and federal courts, while the Criminal Litigation Program provides you with opportunities to prosecute or defend individuals charged with crimes in Boston or Quincy, Massachusetts.
In the Entrepreneurship, Intellectual Property & Cyberlaw Program, you can help MIT and BU students interested in entrepreneurship and innovation navigate legal issues facing their start-up ventures and technology projects.
The Legislative Practice Program provides you with opportunities to participate in the legislative process in the US and overseas.
Externships are a great way to gain legal experience in fields ranging from health law to government lawyering and to work in settings as diverse as courtrooms, companies, and nonprofits. You may also opt to spend a semester working full-time for credit in Washington, DC, Geneva, Switzerland, or almost anywhere in the world in our Semester-in-Practice program.
And a practicum provides you with a unique opportunity to focus on a particular area of law, such as environmental justice, while gaining real-world experience.