Academic Programs

Legal Externship Program

The Legal Externship Program (LEP) is a one semester program where students work for credit at a legal organization in Boston. Students work in areas related to children's law, civil rights and human rights, education law, IP law, environmental law, and finance, to name a few.

Students may work at a public interest, nonprofit, or government organization. Students may also work in the legal department of a corporate placement. A student may do an internship at a law firm, but only if the student works solely on pro bono projects.

In addition to the fieldwork, students receive three graded credits for a seminar in legal ethics.

Field Placement

Upon acceptance to the LEP, the program directors work with students to identify suitable field placements depending on each student's individual interests and career goals. Once possible placement organizations are identified, students are responsible for applying to those organizations.

Although there are no formal prerequisites for the LEP, some classes are highly recommended. For any litigation-based placement, you should have taken Evidence. Additionally, you should take any other substantive law class that will help you understand the law related to your placement. For example, if you want to work at an environmental placement, you should take an environmental law class.


An integral part of the externship is a two hour, 3 credit, weekly seminar examining legal practice and the ethics of lawyering. The seminar requires students to write a paper and make a class presentation. In addition, each student keeps a weekly journal chronicling their educational experience and reactions to the practice of law observed at the field placements. The seminar is taught by Mr. Jeffrey Woolf.

The seminar satisfies the Law School’s professional responsibility requirement.

For specific course information: fieldwork; seminar.