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The Rappaport Center for Law and Public Service at Suffolk University Law School prepares lawyers for leadership in public service and provides a regional forum for innovative thinking about law and public policy.
We define public service broadly – to include government service, legal assistance to disadvantaged individuals and communities, and research and advocacy to improve public policy.
Experience • Innovate • Celebrate • Public Service
The Rappaport Center supports the Law School’s Strategic Plan strategic action #1, “to prepare and sustain students and alumni to provide access to justice and leadership in public service,” by:
- Creating opportunities for law students and alumni to gain experience in public service through fellowships, pro bono work, and employment.
- Fostering innovative thinking among scholars, lawyers, students, and policymakers about law and public policy and the role lawyers play in advancing the public interest.
- Celebrating the accomplishments of students, alumni, and community leaders in public service.
At the heart of the Center is the thriving Rappaport Fellows Program in Law and Public Policy. The Rappaport Fellowship, a highly competitive program dating back to 2000, engages and supports twelve law students from Boston-area law schools in policy work at state and local government agencies each summer.