ABOUT BC LEGAL SERVICE LAB
Consistent with Boston College Law School’s commitment to social justice and service to the community, in the late 1960s law students began providing free legal services to low-income clients living in communities around the law school. This legal “clinic” was the first of many clinical programs that are now part of the law school’s curriculum. These clinical programs each specialize in a particular area of law, but all of them are dedicated to teaching law students to provide high-quality legal services to clients in need of legal representation.
In 2014, several of the law school’s clinical programs including the Civil Litigation Clinic, the Community Enterprise Clinic, the Immigration Clinic, the Juvenile Rights Advocacy Program and the Ninth Circuit Appellate Project came together to form a law firm called Boston College Legal Services LAB (BCLS LAB). The Entrepreneurship & Innovation Clinic launched in 2016 and joined BCLS LAB.
At BCLS LAB, law students provide free legal services to low-income individuals and families under the supervision of law faculty who are licensed attorneys. The firm’s staff includes 8 supervising attorneys, a full-time staff social worker, an Administrative Assistant, an Intake Coordinator, 50-60 law students, and graduate level social work students who work as part of the legal team.