Civil rights and the pursuit of justice form the bedrock of public service. Whether we’re defending minors in court, prosecuting defendants charged with crimes, representing immigrants facing deportation, or helping incarcerated men find peace, you’ll find Suffolk University’s faculty, students, and alumni protecting, advocating, and fighting for people's rights.
Since 1975, the Suffolk Prosecutors Program—a hybrid clinic/externship that puts students to work for a full year in a Massachusetts district attorney’s office—has provided hundreds of Suffolk Law students with real-world courtroom experience.
Major in Sociology: Sociologists are driven by the need to improve the lives of others. As a sociology major, you’ll study how humans relate to one another and why they thrive—and flounder—in different societies. Sociology majors can choose from a number of specialized concentrations, such as General Sociology, Crime & Justice, Youth & Community, and Health & Society.
Suffolk sociology professors Maureen Norton-Hawk, co-director of the Center for Crime and Justice Policy Research, and Susan Starr Sered, senior researcher at the Center for Women's Health and Human Rights, have collaborated on several research papers and projects studying the needs and lives of incarcerated women.
Suffolk Law student Cherina Clark, JD 17, was recently honored as a “Law Student of the Year” by National Jurist magazine.
Jessica Drew, JD 16, has been fighting the good fight since she was 12 years old. “My mom used to call me her jailhouse lawyer,” she says. “I was always getting people out of trouble, always arguing some cause.”