Law School Ranked among Best for Public Interest Law

11/21/2008

The National Jurist has ranked Suffolk University Law School among the country’s best law schools for public interest law.

In a cover story for its international edition, The National Jurist placed the Law School among 60 singled out for opportunities offered to students who want to “Change the World.”

“Suffolk Law School challenges students to make the most of their talent and offers opportunities to see how satisfying it is to serve others through the law,” said Law School Dean Alfred Aman. “We find that our graduates go on to have an impact on their communities and in the world.”

The listing was based on points assigned for student involvement, which included both student and post-graduate activities; curriculum; and financial factors.

“The rankings are based on the 2006 Equal Justice Works e-guide questionnaire, and we have put even more emphasis on our public interest advising, programming and offerings since then,” said Law School Professor Ilene Seidman, who works with clinical programs.

The Law School offers a variety of public service opportunities through its outstanding clinical law programs, which are nationally ranked. Students learn about the real practice of law while providing essential services to underserved populations through the clinical programs. The law school also has implemented an innovative Pro Bono Program

Its Rappaport Center for Law and Public Service optimizes and augments the Law School's government, public policy, and public interest resources and initiatives, such as the Summer Public Service Fellowship Program, the Loan Repayment Assistance Program, a variety of public service fellowships and scholarships, and programs providing placement and career advice for students interested in pro bono and public interest work. Through the Center’s pro bono program, it challenges all incoming law students to complete at least 50 hours of law-related volunteer work before they graduate

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