J.D. Program

Litigation and Dispute Resolution


At BU Law, you will gain litigation experience that clarifies and enhances the legal theory and "black-letter law" that you will learn in the classroom. In our clinics and externships, you will represent real clients in real cases or work in field placements with local lawyers and judges. You will also have the opportunity to explore the field of alternative dispute resolution, which focuses on arbitration, negotiation, and mediation as options to resolve conflicts. In addition to the Litigation and Dispute Resolution concentration, aspiring litigators are also encouraged to participate in skill-building opportunities that include: the Trial Advocacy Program, the Negotiation and Client Counseling Competitions, and the numerous Moot Court Competitions.


The Litigation and Dispute Resolution Concentration brings together the areas of civil litigation, criminal litigation and alternative dispute resolution, and allows students to learn about them in the classroom and in clinical and externship settings. This concentration requires you to complete the course requirements, fulfill the clinic/externship requirements, and complete a substantial written work on litigation or dispute resolution.

Litigation, Dispute Resolution, and Appellate Practice courses:

Administrative Law Federal Habeas Corpus
Administrative Law Research Homicide Investigations and Trials
Advanced Alternative Dispute Resolution International Business Arbitration
Advanced Legal Research Judging in the American Legal System
Advanced Legal Writing & Editing Workshop Judicial Writing
Advanced Trial Practice Legal Writing Fellows
Alternative Dispute Resolution Legal Writing for Civil Litigation
Anatomy of a Mass Tort Mediation: Theory and Practice
Attorney-Client Privilege Negotiation
Civil Rights Litigation Patent Prosecution
Community Courts Persuasive Writing
Criminal Procedure Professional Responsibility
Discovery: Theory and Practice Restitution and Unjust Enrichment
E-discovery Law & Practice Trial Advocacy
Effective & Ethical Depositions Trial Advocacy: Advanced
Evidence White Collar Crime
Federal Civil Practice Wrongful Convictions


Clinics & Externships:

Clinical Programs:
All Clinical Programs are closely supervised by BU Law faculty members.

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

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

  • Criminal Law Clinical Program: Prosecution and Defense
    Represent the Commonwealth of Massachusetts in the prosecution of criminal cases in Norfolk County in the Quincy, MA District Court or represent adult and juvenile defendants in the City of Boston

  • Human Trafficking Clinic
    Provide individual representation to victims of human trafficking and work on issues related to advocacy and law reform

  • Wrongful Convictions Clinic
    Screen applications from prisoners claiming innocence who have requested help from the New England Innocence Project

  • Immigrants’ Rights' Clinic

    Represent newly arrived unaccompanied children facing deportation, refugees fleeing human rights abuses, and other vulnerable immigrants in court and administrative proceedings.

Externships and Semester-in-Practice:
We offer a range of opportunities to leave the law school, work with a supervising attorney and gain practical legal experience in litigation and dispute resolution.



Susan Akram

Susan Akram immigration law; refugee law; domestic and international refugee advocacy

David Rossman

David Rossman
criminal procedure; law and social science; criminal trial practice and professional responsibility


Laila Hlass
immigration law; civil litigation; child migration and refugee advocacy



Robert Burdick
civil law; negotiation;
ethical decision making

Mary Connaughton

Mary Connaughton
civil litigation

Judith Diamond

Judith Diamond
civil litigation; trial advocacy; family law


Naomi Mann
civil litigation; employment rights

Wendy Kaplan

Wendy Kaplan criminal law; juvenile justice

Constance Browne

Constance Browne
civil litigation; trial advocacy; legal writing

Karen Pita Loor

Karen Pita Loor criminal law, immigration law, trial advocacy


A Small Sample of Alumni Working as Litigators

  • Senior Attorney at U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, Division of Enforcement: Robin Andrew (’05)
  • Litigation Associate at Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP: Crystal Axelrod (’11)
  • Attorney at the Michigan State Court of Appeals: Benjamin Briggs (’11)
  • Attorney & Mediator at Mediators360: Lisbeth Bulmash (’89)
  • Attorney General of Massachusetts: Martha Coakley ('79)
  • Assistant Attorney General at Office of the Attorney General for the District of Columbia: Juliane DeMarco (’99)
  • Assistant Attorney General at Office of the Attorney General of Massachusetts: Michael Franck (’06)
  • Senior Litigation Counsel at Ekker, Kuster, McCall & Epstein, LLP: Sarah Kellogg (’97)
  • Staff Attorney at Public Defender Division at Committee for Public Counsel Services: Anuj Kheratpal (’10)
  • Criminal Defense Attorney at Legal Aid Society of New York: Michelle McGrath (’13)
  • Assistant District Attorney at Suffolk County District Attorney's Office: Dana Pierce (’05)
  • Assistant Attorney General at Alaska Dept. of Law: Jacqueline Schafer (’08)
  • Litigation Associate at Phillips Nizer LLP: Matthew Sinkman (’07)
    Securities Litigation Attorney at Ulmer & Berne LLP: Adam Tullier (’08)
    Criminal Defense Attorney: Michael Vitali (’98)