Boston University School of Law offers three programs that examine the intriguing world of the legislative process.
- American Legislative Practice focuses on teaching students how to apply legal theory to help clients advance a bill or project.
- The Africa i-Parliaments Clinic gives students the opportunity to draft bill language and produce research reports in support of the African Parliamentary Knowledge Network (APKN).
- Semester-in-Practice, Government Lawyering Program (Washington, D.C.)– Students spend a semester working at a government office in Washington. Examples include opportunities with the staff of a Congressional committee or subcommittee, in the legal office of an administrative agency, or with a federal board/commission.
Students interested in the legislative process will have a tremendous learning experience in any of the programs. The projects in the programs encompass a wide range of substantive issues and we recommend the clinics for any student with a specific subject area interest, whether it be Intellectual Property, Health Law, Environmental Law, Civil Rights or countless other areas.
Statutes and regulations have become central to lawyers’ work in the private sector as well as the public. Private lawyers not only advise clients on existing law but also draft and comment on changes in the law during the legislative process. Alumni of the Legislative Clinics now work in every practice setting, including large and small law firms and corporate law departments. Many report that their experience in the Legislative Clinics was the chief topic of their interviews for private sector positions.
The information contained in this site will give you an idea of the range of possibilities offered by the legislation clinics. We are confident that you will find the projects to be exciting. If, after exploring this site, you still have questions about the legislation clinics, please feel free to Professor Sean Kealy.
Sean J. Kealy
Clinical Associate Professor of Law
A.B., Hamilton College
M.G.A., University of Pennsylvania, Fels Institute of Government
J.D., cum laude, Temple University School of Law
Professor Kealy joined BUSL's clinical faculty in 2007. He runs the Legislative Counsel Clinic and the Legislative Internship Program. Prior to joining the faculty, Professor Kealy worked as legal advisor to State Senator Cynthia Stone Creem (D-Newton) and counsel to the General Court’s Joint Committee on Criminal Justice and the Joint Committee on Revenue. He has also worked as assistant attorney general for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.
“Katie Hluchyj (’08) helped to make history while she was still a BU Law student. In the Legislative Counsel Clinic, she worked on breastfeeding legislation for Senator Susan Fargo (D–Lincoln). This year, MA Governor Deval Patrick signed the bill into law, expanding women’s rights in the state … Katie said the Legislative Counsel Clinic was one of her favorite experiences at BU Law. ‘Professor Kealy found great projects for us to work on, like this one, and really helped us make the most of our experience at the State House,’ she said.” (BU Law News).