Legal issues ranging from foreclosure prevention to immigrant detention are on the spring break schedule of 65 BU Law students participating in the School's spring break pro bono trips to nine cities across the U.S.
Administered through the Office of Career Development and Public Service, spring break service trips place groups of students with nonprofit legal organizations in cities across the country.
"Our goal is to show students how lawyers can get involved and what poverty and legal need look like in different geographic and topical areas," says Maura Kelly, assistant dean for career development and public service. "We picked areas where there was a great need for attorneys to address the legal issues of the local population. We try to cover a wide variety of legal issues that disproportionately impact individuals with limited financial means.”
Each group is comprised of two to sixteen students and supervised by a BU Law professor, staff member or alumnus. The law school covers the cost of students' travel and accommodations.
Students can choose from a wide variety of pro bono legal work. "So if you want to be a transactional attorney, there are many ways for you to contribute that knowledge. Some students are immersed in studying mortgage documents and others are helping to write wills.” says Kelly. "If you want to be a litigator, you can use those skills to help in a trial court or administrative proceedings.”
The reach of BU Law's service trips continues to expand as the need for legal assistance increases, and our students consistently rise to meet these new challenges.
Stay tuned for slideshows and Q&A's with this year's spring break service trip participants after they return. They'll be featured here on the BU Law Web site.
- Public Interest/Government at BU Law
- Volunteer Lawyers Project article, "What We Did With Our Spring Break," highlighting the work of BU Law students Kristen Dooley, Joanne Oleksyk and Kelly Soltis
- Aid for asylum seekers: Elizabeth Verney ('12) donates pro bono legal services for TX spring break
- Revisiting New Orleans: Adrienne Bossi ('10) provides legal assistance to Katrina victims
- Combating Human Trafficking: A Pro Bono Trip to Cambodia
- Haiti Sings: Using the law to empower musicians
- A Lack of Law and Order: BU Law students provide relief services in Haiti
- Working from the ground up: Adam Peltz ('11) helps build community radio station