Boston University School of Law

May 2013

class of 2012

Class of 2012 Graduates Secure Full-Time Employment in Diverse Legal Fields Across the Globe

Nearly a year since last year's Commencement exercises, the Class of 2012 has proven that—even in a difficult economic climate—BU Law's solid educational foundation and scope of practical skill-building opportunities open the doors for students seeking employment in myriad areas of legal practice across the globe. The employment statistics of this most recent class demonstrate the versatility of their education: From public interest to private sector, San Francisco to Japan, 2012 graduates have joined BU Law's global network and are making an impact on the legal landscape in every regard.

We recently caught up with a number of these young alumni to learn how the skills they developed in law school—as well as the School's evolving support in response to a changing legal marketplace—have facilitated their new careers as real-life practitioners.

large firms

Our alumni continue to establish successful careers at big firms, as we saw a 37% jump in such hires from last year. In fact, The National Law Journal ranks BU Law #22 among all law schools for the percentage of 2012 graduates hired by large practices employing 250 or more attorneys. The firm employing the most 2012 BU Law graduates as first-year associates was Goodwin Procter with seven.

bu law grads at goodwin procter


Every year a number of successful BU Law graduates enter into local, state and federal clerkships, gaining exposure to a variety of legal issues; working closely with judges and other court personnel; and obtaining the training necessary for practicing law regardless of specialty. From the Class of 2012, 20 graduates have added this prestigious credential to their résumés, including 13 who are clerking at the federal level around the country.

bu law clerkships


semester in practice

In 2009, BU Law introduced the Semester-in-Practice program, in which students earn academic credit while working full time for a semester under the supervision of on-site mentors and BU Law faculty in government agencies, companies, nonprofits, and other legal settings across the U.S. and overseas. Participants refine their lawyering skills while building a professional network in either an established program—such as the Human Rights SIP at the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees in Geneva, Switzerland—or an independent placement, such as the Federal Trade Commission in Seattle.


michael semester in practice


public interest fellowships

The School awarded 11 members of the Class of 2012 with 10-month Public Interest Fellowships, enabling them to provide legal assistance in underfunded nonprofit organizations and government agencies nationally and abroad. In addition to helping graduates serve communities throughout the world, these fellowships are actively helping them launch careers in public service. Of the fellows from the Class of 2010 (when the program began) and 2011, all are now employed as attorneys, and half of the 2011 fellows are now working for the organizations where they completed their fellowships. The Class of 2012 seems to be following suit, serving communities from St. Louis to Ecuador.

gabriela ventura Gonzales

geoffrey derrick

in house counsel fellowships

Our newly established In-House Counsel Fellowship Program has already begun attracting corporations and nonprofit organizations that hire recent graduates to work for a year in their legal departments.



clinical programs

BU Law's broad range of clinical programs continue to prepare students for real-world practice, allowing them to pursue their personal interests in the law while learning practical lawyering skills in actual legal settings. In fact, The National Law Journal ranked our broad array of civil, criminal law and legislative clinics second in the nation for 2013.


nick levenhagen


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