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About the Center

It starts in the classroom. New England Law professors teach more than seventy courses on public interest-oriented topics such as American Indian Law, Sexual Orientation and the Law, Global Warming Law and Policy, and Mental Health Issues in the Criminal Process. In tandem with the academic curriculum, the CLSR has five or six faculty members at any given time who engage students in actual public service legal work. This enables students to participate in real-world projects as a part of their coursework, thus bridging the gap between what is discussed in the classroom and how the law works in the real world.

This linking of theory and practice means that the study and work of CLSR students and faculty can have far-reaching effects. The descriptions of current projects below give a sense of the CLSR’s impact.

Criminal Justice Project

Education Law Project

Environmental Advocacy Project

Immigration Law Project

Public Service Project

Women’s and Children’s Advocacy Project

CLSR Fellows Program

Public Service Transcript Notation Program

Students may earn formal recognition on their official law school transcript of the public service and pro bono work they perform while in law school.

Attorney-in-Residence Program

The CLSR hosts visiting public interest activists who teach classes, lead student and faculty discussions, and join CLSR projects during their stay at the law school.

LawMatters Discussion Series

Throughout the academic year, the CLSR hosts numerous panel discussions, guest speakers, and faculty-led talks where students, faculty, and members of the legal community debate current legal issues.  Topics emanate from all CLSR projects, and have included issues as diverse as same-sex marriage, environmental disaster response, legal representation for the indigent, and joint custody legislation.