Acquire professional skills in a professional setting.
Because there are so many clinical offerings, we encourage you to learn as much as you can before applying. In addition to coming to our Open House, you should consult with the faculty and staff of the Office of Clinical & Experiential Programs as well as the Career Development Office for advice and guidance on which programs will fit with your educational and career goals. Recognizing that acquiring professional skills and values in a real-world context is an essential component of legal education, BU Law guarantees every interested student at least one clinical opportunity during his or her second or third year of law school. All clinics have a class component to accompany the fieldwork.
Civil Litigation and Justice Program
Individual Rights Litigation Clinic*—Full-Year Clinic
In the Individual Rights Litigation Clinic*, you represent tenants in eviction defenses in housing court, claimants in unemployment compensation appeals, parties in divorces in probate court, and claimants in Social Security disability hearings.
*Formerly known as the Housing, Employment, Family & Disability Clinic.
Access to Justice Clinic (*NEW* in Fall 2019)—Full-Year Clinic
In the Access to Justice Clinic, you represent poverty-law clients in civil litigation matters and develop proposed solutions to the systemic access-to-justice barriers faced by these clients, including those based on race, gender, class, and disability.
Employment Rights Clinic—One-Semester Clinic
In the Employment Rights Clinic, you represent clients in unemployment compensation cases. You may also handle wage and hour disputes, discrimination/sexual harassment cases, and Family Medical Leave Act cases.
Criminal Law Clinical Program
Two-semester Clinic (prosecutor and defender options both available)
In the Criminal Law Clinical Program, you will learn firsthand what it means to be a criminal law attorney. You conduct investigations to formulate trial strategy, file pre-trial motions, participate in plea bargaining, try cases, and make sentencing arguments. You’ll follow your cases from beginning to end. In recent years some clinic students have even taken their cases to the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court.
Entrepreneurship, Intellectual Property & Cyberlaw Program
Startup Law Clinic—Full-Year Clinic
In the Startup Law Clinic (formerly known as the Entrepreneurship & Intellectual Property Clinic), you will assist MIT and BU student entrepreneurs starting new or growing existing businesses focused on innovative technologies, products, or services.
Technology Law Clinic—Full-Year Clinic
In the Technology Law Clinic (formerly known as the Technology & Cyberlaw Clinic), you will advise MIT and BU students on laws and regulations that may affect their innovation-related academic and extracurricular activities in areas that may include cyber crime, privacy issues, data security, and intellectual property.
Immigrants’ Rights & Human Trafficking Program
The Immigrants’ Rights & Human Trafficking Program offers you the opportunity to represent a diverse array of noncitizen and survivor clients while developing important lawyering proficiencies. You may choose between three concentrations: (1)immigrants’ rights ; (2) human trafficking; and (3) both immigrants’ rights and human trafficking.
International Human Rights Clinic
In the International Human Rights Clinic, you learn to implement the international and regional human rights mechanisms to advance issues and policy on behalf of institutional clients representing refugees, forced migrants, immigrants, and stateless persons.
Legislative Policy and Drafting Clinic
In the Legislative Policy & Drafting Clinic, you learn about the law-making process through coursework and hands-on experience with a client seeking to advance a bill or project through the state legislature.
Wrongful Convictions Clinic
In the Wrongful Convictions Clinic, you will screen applications from prisoners claiming an unjust result after either trial or a guilty plea, and scrutinize transcripts, forensic evidence, motions and appeals.
Compassionate Release Practicum
In the Compassionate Release Practicum, you will represent terminally ill and permanently disabled inmates petitioning the Department of Corrections for early release as a matter of right. You will also participate in litigating these claims by administrative review in superior court and likely in lobbying at the statehouse.
Consumer Debt Practicum
In the Consumer Debt Practicum, you represent low income defendants in small claims court on credit card collection matters, developing the practical skills of client interviewing and counseling, negotiation, and oral advocacy.
Environmental Law Practicum
In the Environmental Law Practicum, you earn credit for completing a legal project for a law-related organization while collaborating with both a supervisor at the organization and a BU Law faculty member who is an expert in the field.
Sex Crimes Practicum
In the Sex Crimes Practicum, you will work on a project related to sex offenses and collateral consequences, such as involuntary civil commitment and sex offender registration. Projects can be litigation-oriented or research and policy-related.