Externships and Semester-in-Practice
Nothing prepares your for the real world like the real world. Classes and seminars are an essential part of law school. But a richer, deeper understanding of the law requires experience. Fortunately, at BU Law, you don't have to wait until graduation to gain that experience. We offer a number of for-credit, hands-on programs in settings that include the state and federal judiciary as well as a wide variety of practice areas.
Through an externship, you will work 15-20 hours per week at a local placement and attend a weekly seminar to supplement your experience.
- Affordable Housing: Intern at a state, local or nonprofit community development organization.
- Community Courts: Work with a judge in a community-based state court.
- Government Lawyering Externship Program: Work at a state or federal government placement, including the US Attorney’s Office or the Massachusetts Attorney General’s Office.
- Health Law Externship Program: Work at a health care institution, biotech firm, or health advocacy nonprofit.
- Judicial Externship Program: Work at a trial or appellate court in the Massachusetts or federal court system.
- Legal Externship Program: Work at a nonprofit, government, law firm (pro bono work), or in-house counsel placement.
- Independent Proposal Option: Work in a non-profit, government, or in-house counsel setting under a supervising attorney and complete a related independent study project under a faculty mentor.
Semester in Practice Program
The Semester-in-Practice program allows you to work full time for credit practically anywhere in the US or abroad, gaining intensive experience and growing a professional network in another location. Choose one of our exisiting placements, or create your own opportunity to pursue your specific academic and professional goals. Your options include:
- Human Rights Externship in Geneva, Switzerland
- Government Lawyering in Washington, DC
- Independent Proposal Externship