Government & Public Interest

NEW: Spring 2021 COVID Relief Housing Clinic – Indicate Interest by 1/15

Join BC Law’s new clinic and help combat the eviction crisis low-income residents in MA are currently facing.

If interested, please email Professor Ana Rivera with your resume by Friday, January 15th, or as soon as possible thereafter. This is a great opportunity to gain experience and build critical skills while earning hours towards the mandatory NY Pro Bono Requirement and BC Law’s voluntary Pro Bono Pledge and Public Interest Designation Program.

In the Covid-Relief Housing Clinic, students will provide limited representation to low-income tenants facing Covid-impacted evictions, to help them preserve their housing and avoid homelessness. In so doing, students will learn and practice a variety of lawyering skills that may include interviewing and counseling, legal research and the preparation of pleadings and motions, and oral advocacy, including negotiation.  The representation may include virtual court appearances in court-led mediation sessions and hearings before housing court judges, and may be initiated by direct referrals from WATCH CDC, a Waltham-based housing advocacy organization, or participation in Lawyer for the Day programs.  Resources permitting, students will also work in partnership with WATCH CDC on any legal and policy-based housing advocacy projects supporting the organization’s community outreach, educational, and social justice missions.  The Covid-Relief Housing Clinic is a graded, 4-credit clinic, with an expected time commitment averaging 12-16 hours/week, including a weekly seminar. Students will also be required to hold regularly scheduled virtual office hours, arranged based on the students’ schedules.   

Credit Hours:  4
Prerequisites:  Evidence or Trial Practice (may be taken concurrently)
Location: Stuart House
Day/Time: TBD