Small & Mid-size Firm Apprenticeship Program

Big Talent for Small Firms

Many BU Law students want to practice in small and mid-size firms, and these firms want to attract high-caliber talent but recruit talent outside the traditional law firm recruiting model. SMAP was created to place recent BU Law graduates with small to mid-size law firms for a one year apprenticeship, giving graduates an opportunity to add value to the firm, and utilize the skills developed at BU Law, to meet the firm’s immediate needs, in the context of a defined commitment on both sides. BU prepares students for small and mid-size practice through a practical skills-focused curriculum, including the Transactional Law Program, advanced writing courses, clinics and externships, and numerous extracurricular skills development opportunities such as journals and moot courts.

Here’s How It Works

  • The Career Development & Public Service Office will identify highly qualified candidates for your consideration.
  • You select the candidate best suited to your needs and practice.
  • The firms and apprentice agree to a 12-month position at a cost-effective, reasonable salary, plus benefits.
  • Apprentices meet regularly with members of BU Law’s SMAP Advisory Board for mentoring and professional development.

Ready to Learn More?

To explore SMAP, please contact the Director for Private Sector Careers Jessica Leveroni at or 617-358-4181. We look forward to speaking with you.