J.D. Program

Clinics, Externships & Semester-in-Practice

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Gain RESUME-BUILDING LEGAL EXPERIENCE in BU Law’s numerous clinics, externships and semester-in-practice placements. Acquire practice-ready skills by working in courtrooms, government agencies, companies, and nonprofit organizations in BOSTON, WASHINGTON, DC AND CITIES ACROSS THE NATION. Under the close supervision of an experienced clinical faculty member, REPRESENT REAL CLIENTS IN REAL CASES.

Check out all the opportunities that you will have to acquire lawyering skills in professional legal settings in our clinics, externships and semester-in-practice placements:


CIVIL LITIGATION CLINICS
Represent clients in civil matters in the local, state and federal courts

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Employment Rights Clinic
Represent clients in unemployment compensation cases, wage and hour disputes, discrimination/sexual harassment cases, and Family Medical Leave Act cases

Housing, Employment, Family & Disability Clinic
Represent tenants in eviction defenses, claimants in unemployment compensation appeals, parties in divorces, and claimants in Social Security disability hearings

Immigrants’ Rights Clinic
Represent asylum seekers before the U.S. Departments of Homeland Security and Justice, handle Violence Against Women Act cases, and other immigration and humanitarian case

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CRIMINAL LAW CLINICS
Prosecute or defend individuals charged with crimes in Boston or Quincy, MA

20yearsProsecutor Program
Prosecute criminal cases in Quincy District Court and draft appellate briefs

Public Defender Program (Adult)
Represent criminal defendants and negotiate plea agreements in Boston Municipal Court

Public Defender Program (Juvenile)
Represent juvenile defendants charged with offenses in Boston Juvenile Court and help young clients understand the consequences of their behavior

 

EXTERNSHIPS
Gain indepth legal experience in courts, government, nonprofits and companies

housingAffordable Housing Externship at a state, local or nonprofit community development organization

Community Courts Externship with a judge in a community-based state court

Government Lawyering Externship at a state or federal government placement

Health Law Externship at a health care institution, biotech firm, or health advocacy nonprofit

Independent Proposal Externship in conjunction with an independent study project at a non-profit, government or in-house counsel placement

Judicial Externship at a trial or appellate court in the Massachusetts or federal court system

Legal Externship at a nonprofit, government, law firm (pro bono work), or in-house counsel office

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HUMAN RIGHTS CLINICS
Defend the human rights of individuals both internationally and domestically

traffickingHuman Trafficking Clinic
Work on cases of human trafficking, including representation of non-citizens trafficked into the U.S., advocacy for trafficking survivors, and community education and training

International Human Rights Clinic
File briefs on international human rights law issues, participate in universal jurisdiction claims, handle appeals in refugee and international human rights cases, and collaborate with non-governmental organizations (NGOs) on international human rights issues

Wrongful Convictions Clinic
Screen applications to the New England Innocence Project from prisoners claiming innocence by scrutinizing transcripts, forensic evidence, motions and appeals in the case

 


LEGISLATIVE PROGRAMSstatehouse
Participate in the legislative process in the U.S. and overseas

Africa i-Parliaments Clinic
Assist African parliaments in drafting and enacting more effective legislation for their countries

American Legislative Practice Program
Help clients advance a bill or project through the Massachusetts state legislature

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SEMESTER-IN-PRACTICE
Spend a semester working full time for credit at a placement outside of Boston

Government Lawyering Externship (Washington, DC)
Gain experience on the staff of a Congressional committee or subcommittee, in the legal office of an administrative agency, or with a federal board/commission

Human Rights Externship (Geneva, Switzerland)
Protect human rights with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees

Death Penalty Externship (Atlanta, GA)
Work on death penalty cases at the Southern Center for Human Rights

Independent Proposal Externship
Develop your own proposal for a full-time externship

FAQ on SEMESTER-IN-PRACTICE

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