The Education Law Clinic: Externships focuses on the educational rights of students with an emphasis on the educational success of at-risk, low income students, particularly those who have been traumatized by exposure to adverse experiences, have disabilities, have been or are homeless, or have experienced other barriers to success such as the achievement gap, bullying, truancy, suspensions and expulsions. Many are caught in the school to jail pipeline. Law students will intern with organizations that are addressing these issues. Each student will be placed in either a non-profit organization (such as Massachusetts Advocates for Children, Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law) or a government agency (such as the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, the Legislature, the Bureau of Special Education Appeals).
Placements: Students who enroll in this clinic will be contacted by Liz Solar in the Office of Clinical and Pro Bono Programs to begin the placement process of matching students with externship organizations. Some of the placement organizations ask for a minimum of 15 hours of work. Students will have occasional check-ins with the clinic supervisor throughout the semester. The clinic participants will also come together four times over the course of the semester for 1-hour lunch discussions (lunch provided) on themes relevant to the landscape of Massachusetts education law from the perspective of advocates and the government as well the Trauma and Learning Policy Initiative’s Massachusetts agenda to create safe and supportive schools. Students doing externship opportunities through the Graduate School of Education may join in these interdisciplinary discussions and supervisors will be invited. The dates of the lunch time meetings are: September 22, October 20, November 10, and December 1.
How to Register
The Education Law Clinic: Externships is offered in the Fall semester. You can learn about the required clinical course component, additional requirements, and the clinical registration process, by reading the course catalog description and exploring the links in this section.