J.D. Program

Public Interest/Government at BU Law

BU Law is home to a wide range of educational, clinical and pro bono activities which help you use your legal skills in the public interest. Besides being outstanding scholars and teachers, many of our faculty serve on boards of public interest organizations, testify before Congress on issues of national interest and lend their legal expertise to cases with far-reaching legal and social impact.

The Career Development & Public Service Office (CDO) is committed to working with students interested in pursuing public service careers through individual career counseling, national and regional public interest job fairs, conferences and on-campus recruiting. BU Law students and graduates work with employers across the United States and abroad (take a look at past BU Law internship placements), and our Public Interest Scholars and Loan Repayment Assistance programs provide financial support to students and alumni pursuing public interest careers.

Your Opportunities

  • Civil Litigation Program
  • Criminal Clinical Program
  • Legal Externship Program
  • Legislative Programs
  • In taking the "pro bono pledge," you'll commit to using your developing legal skills (a minimum of 35 hours) to address unmet legal needs around the world. Your transcript will note that you have completed the Pro Bono Program.
  • The New England Innocence Project: co-founded by Professor Stanley Fisher, investigates and exonerates wrongfully convicted individuals using DNA evidence
  • The Public Interest Project
  • Shelter Legal Services increases access to quality, pro bono legal services for the poor.
  • The Public Interest Law Journal
  • Community Service Day and Public Interest Orientation in September
  • Spring Break Service Trips in New Orleans, South Texas, Michigan, Cambodia,
    Boston and throughout New England, with new locations every year
  • Public interest events focusing on timely issues
  • Network with BU Law alumni who are experts in the field
  • BU Law's 17 foreign study opportunities offer access to international public interest organizations
  • The School's extensive curriculum of elective classes helps prepare you for public interest work
  • BU Law annually awards public interest fellowships, which fund up to a year of full-time employment for recent graduates at a range of public service organizations throughout the U.S. and abroad.

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