Because there are so many clinical offerings, you should consult with the faculty and staff of the Clinical & Advocacy Programs Office 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 can 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 can represent clients in unemployment compensation cases. You may also handle wage and hour disputes, discrimination/sexual harassment cases, and Family Medical Leave Act cases.
Criminal Law Clinical Program
Full-Year Clinics as Prosecutor or Defender
In the Criminal Law Clinical Program, you will learn firsthand what it means to be a criminal law attorney. You can 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 (Entrepreneurship & IP Clinic)
In the Entrepreneurship & IP 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 & Cyberlaw Clinic)
In 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.
Human Trafficking Clinic
One- or Two-Semester Program
The Human Trafficking Clinic offers a unique opportunity for students to work on legal cases of human trafficking, a widespread and serious human rights violation. Clinic students engage in a wide variety of legal activities, including direct representation of trafficking survivors, community education, and legal advocacy. Clinic students directly represent trafficking survivors in a variety of contexts including: applications for T-visas, and applications for victim compensation. Students also collaborate with a variety of stakeholders, including law enforcement, survivor-led organizations, government officials, and non-governmental organizations, to identify solutions to combat human trafficking.
Immigrants’ Rights Clinic
In the Immigrants’ Rights Clinic, you will likely represent a refugee fleeing human rights abuses in a full asylum trial before the Immigration Court. You will also represent a newly arrived unaccompanied child facing deportation in a juvenile-related hearing to find a stable and safe home in the United States.
International Human Rights Clinic
In the International Human Rights Clinic, you can 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.
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.