The Rappaport Center for Law and Public Service was established in 2006 through a $5 million gift from the Phyllis and Jerome Lyle Rappaport Foundation. The Center builds on Suffolk Law’s mission of preparing and sustaining student and alumni to provide access to justice and leadership in public service.

The Center leverages Suffolk Law School’s tradition of public service and exceptional downtown location, just steps away from the Massachusetts State House, Boston City Hall, and countless other government and nonprofit offices. 

Our Mission

To prepare lawyers for leadership in public service and to provide 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.

Engage · Innovate · Celebrate

The Rappaport Center for Law and Public Service:

  • Creates opportunities for law students and alumni to engage in public service through fellowships, pro bono work, and employment.
  • Fosters innovative thinking among scholars, lawyers, students, and policymakers about law and public policy and the role lawyers play in advancing the public interest.
  • Celebrates the accomplishments of students, alumni, and community leaders in public service.

Public Service Leadership Program

Starting in the 2014-2015 academic year, the Public Service Leadership program will create a community and provide a network of support for exceptional and dedicated law students who wish to pursue public service throughout law school and in their future careers. The program will give students interested in using their legal education to serve the public and create positive social change the tools they will need to practice law in a public service setting. Program components include academic and hands-on experience, individualized mentoring, and a student-organized discussion series.