Acquire professional skills in a professional setting.
Because there are so many clinical offerings, you should consult with the faculty and staff of the Office of Clinical & Experiential Programs as well as the Career Development & Public Service Office for advice and guidance on which programs will fit with your educational and career goals. Recognizing that acquiring professional skills and values in a real-world context is an essential component of legal education, BU Law guarantees every interested student at least one clinical opportunity during his or her second or third year of law school. All clinics have a class component to accompany the fieldwork.
Civil Litigation Program (Housing, Employment, Family & Disability Clinic)
In the Housing, Employment, Family & Disability Clinic, you may represent tenants in eviction defenses in housing court, claimants in unemployment compensation appeals, parties in divorces in probate court, and claimants in Social Security disability hearings.
Civil Litigation Program (Employment Rights Clinic)
In the Employment Rights Clinic, you represent clients in unemployment compensation cases. You may also handle wage and hour disputes, discrimination/sexual harassment cases, and Family Medical Leave Act cases.
Compassionate Release Practicum
In the one semester Compassionate Release Practicum, you will represent terminally ill and permanently disabled inmates petitioning the Department of Corrections for early release as a matter of right. You will also participate in litigating these claims by administrative review in superior court and likely in lobbying at the statehouse.
Consumer Debt Practicum
In the Consumer Debt Practicum, you represent low income defendants in small claims court on credit card collection matters, developing the practical skills of client interviewing and counseling, negotiation, and oral advocacy.
Criminal Law Clinical Program
Two-semester Clinic (prosecutor and defender options both available)
In the Criminal Law Clinical Program, you will learn firsthand what it means to be a criminal law attorney. You conduct investigations to formulate trial strategy, file pre-trial motions, participate in plea bargaining, try cases, and make sentencing arguments. Students follow their cases from beginning to end; in recent years some clinic students have even taken their cases to the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court.
Entrepreneurship, Intellectual Property & Cyberlaw Program (Startup Law Clinic)
In the Startup Law Clinic (formerly known as the Entrepreneurship & Intellectual Property Clinic), you will assist MIT and BU student entrepreneurs starting new or growing existing businesses focused on innovative technologies, products, or services.
Entrepreneurship, Intellectual Property & Cyberlaw Program (Technology Law Clinic)
In the Technology Law Clinic (formerly known as the Technology & Cyberlaw Clinic), you will advise MIT and BU students on laws and regulations that may affect their innovation-related academic and extracurricular activities in areas that may include cyber crime, privacy issues, data security, and intellectual property.
Environmental Law Practicum
In the Environmental Law Practicum, you earn credit for completing a legal project for a law-related organization while collaborating with both a supervisor at the organization and a BU Law faculty member who is an expert in the field.
Immigrants’ Rights & Human Trafficking Program
The Immigrants’ Rights and Human Trafficking Program (IRHT Program) offers law students the opportunity to represent a diverse array of noncitizen and survivor clients while developing important lawyering proficiencies. The IHRT Program offers students the chance to choose between three concentrations: (1)immigrants’ rights ; (2) human trafficking; and (3) both immigrants’ rights and human trafficking.
International Human Rights Clinic
In the International Human Rights Clinic, you work on human rights projects, file briefs and amicus briefs on international human rights law issues in US domestic courts, and participate in universal jurisdiction claims in the US and other courts.
Legislative Policy and Drafting Clinic
In the Legislative Policy & Drafting Clinic, you learn about the law-making process through coursework and hands-on experience with a client seeking to advance a bill or project through the state legislature.
Sex Crimes Practicum
In the Sex Crimes Practicum, you will work on a project related to sex offenses and collateral consequences, such as involuntary civil commitment and sex offender registration. Projects can be litigation-oriented or research and policy-related.
Wrongful Convictions Clinic
In the Wrongful Convictions Clinic, you will screen applications from prisoners claiming innocence: scrutinize transcripts, forensic evidence, motions and appeals, and report to the New England Innocence Project.