Academic Programs

About American Legislative Practice

American Legislative Practice is our most comprehensive program for learning about the law-making process. Students who have participated in this program have gone on to work at prestigious government agencies after graduation. Other students use their new-found knowledge of the law-making process as a valuable tool in any career path.

This one-semester program is offered to both 2Ls and 3Ls, with priority going to 3Ls. The clinic option is offered in the fall and spring. The internship is offered in the spring only. The program is taught by Professor Sean Kealy.

Creem Counsel Clinic

Seminar (3 credits)

The American Legislative Practice seminar covers subjects that affect the legislative process including: constitutional interpretation by legislatures, theories of representation, legislative organization and rules, lobbying, legislative oversight powers, and legislature-executive agency relationships. As part of the seminar, the class tours the Massachusetts State House and hears from guest speakers practicing law within and related to the legislative system.

Above: Senator Cynthia Stone Creem, Professor Sean Kealy, and Legislative Practice students.

Fieldwork (3-5 credits)

This program has two fieldwork sections-an in-house clinic (3 credits) and an internship option (3-5 credits) - that provide an insider's perspective on the legislative system. The two sections offer different experiences- read the information in these pages to choose which works best with your schedule and interests.

For more course information, please click here.


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.

Contact Info
Phone: 617.353.8373