Academic Programs

Legislative Programs

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 at StatehouseStudents 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.

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.

“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).