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Fall 2020 Clinic

Education Law Clinic: Externships

Enrollment in this clinic will fulfill the HLS JD pro bono requirement.

Required Class Component: Education Advocacy and Systemic Change (2 fall classroom credits). This clinic and course are bundled; your enrollment in this clinic will automatically enroll you in the required course.
Additional Co-/Pre-Requisites: None.
By Permission: No.
Add/Drop Deadline: August 3, 2020.
LLM Students: International students on F-1 student visas are required to have Curricular Practical Training (CPT) authorization; LL.M. students are not eligible for CPT.
Placement Site: Various externship placements.

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, those who have been traumatized by exposure to adverse experiences, have disabilities, have been or are homeless, or have experienced other barriers to success at school, such as bullying (including cyberbullying), 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, EdLaw Project) or a government agency (such as the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education or the General Counsel Cambridge Public Schools).

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. The concurrent course will provide time to reflect upon each students clinical experience and place the work they and their organization are doing to engage in the process of system change.

This is an externship clinic. Clinical hours should be worked in blocks of at least 5 hours. Most placement organizations are open Monday-Friday from 9am-5pm.