Clinical Law Programs
New England Law's clinical programs help you find your passion.
“If you know exactly what area of law you want to work in, get into clinics early in your academic career and start building your expertise. If you change your mind, you will still have time to explore other areas. And if you have no idea what you want to do, get into a clinic and try something out. No one has ever been sorry for starting early. The only regret I have ever heard was, ‘I wish I’d taken my first clinic sooner.’”
Professor Russell Engler, Director, Clinical Programs
Hit the ground running
The clinical program at New England Law | Boston is a leading model in the integration of legal study and clinical experience. It often serves as a guide to other law schools trying to build clinical legal education programs that combine theory and practice in a substantive package.
Every law school clinic has a required classroom component and most require a course in a related subject area as a prerequisite or corequisite. This ensures that students are well prepared to make the most of their opportunities in the field. It also allows students to discuss their work with peers and faculty mentors and to reflect on legal theory and the legal system to better handle the challenges of their clinical training.
Law students can choose from more than a dozen clinics each semester in a wide range of areas. Students have the opportunity to propose placements with organizations of special interest to them. Sixty percent of New England Law students take at least one clinic before they graduate.
Students are able to take clinics in the first semester of their second year. Those who take one early in their law school career find that the experience enriches their understanding of upper-level study. Law school clinical programs encourage rigorous legal and factual analysis and expose students to issues of policy and ethics with a sense of urgency that is difficult to simulate in the classroom. Clinical work also enhances readiness for the bar exam, elevates a resume, promotes networking, and provides excellent opportunities to perform public service and public interest legal work.