Suffolk Prosecutors Program
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. It’s also supplied the Suffolk County District Attorney’s office with nearly half of its 55 current district and Boston Municipal Court assistant district attorneys.
“We’ve got nothing but good things to say about the program’s contribution to our work,” says Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley, JD ’83. “From my perspective, there’s no better training ground for a young lawyer than the fast pace of a district or municipal court, and there’s no greater opportunity to serve the interests of justice than as a prosecutor.”
Suffolk Defenders Program
Student attorneys in the Suffolk Defenders Program represent clients charged with misdemeanors and felonies in the Boston Municipal Court. Defenders provide their clients representation in all phases of the court process.
Students in Suffolk Law’s Immigration Clinic represent low income non-citizens facing deportation from the United States, with a primary focus on individuals detained by Immigration Customs and Enforcement (“ICE”). Student-attorneys appear before the Immigration Court in Boston to argue for bond, exam witnesses, challenge removability, and litigate applications for relief.
Juvenile Defenders Clinic
In the Juvenile Defenders Clinic, a Suffolk Law student’s defense can help determine whether a 13-year-old gets locked up or returns to school. Students study and use the rules of procedure and discovery; master the details of evidence, the criminal code, and Constitutional law; and investigate their cases in depth.
Indigenous Peoples Rights Clinic
Students in Suffolk Law’s Indigenous Peoples Rights Clinic serve Native American tribal governments and indigenous organizations, supporting their nation-building activities and advocacy efforts. Clinic students may work with a division or branch of a tribal government and help with a variety of legal projects. [Office1]
Center for Restorative Justice
Restorative justice is a growing social movement advocating peaceful approaches to harm, problem-solving, and violations of legal and human rights. The Center for Restorative Justice (CRJ) at Suffolk sponsors events designed to foster constructive, creative dialogue about current and potential applications of restorative justice. The CRJ’s Institute for Restorative Schools, meanwhile, offers programming in restorative practices for all members of the school community.
The Jericho Circle Project
In 2002, longtime Suffolk sociology professor Steve Spitzer founded the Jericho Circle Project, a nonprofit organization that seeks to break emotional barriers through men’s support groups in correctional facilities. The program’s volunteers run men’s circles in prisons to support personal change and the discovery of deeper truth.
Housing Discrimination Testing Program
Housing discrimination is a persistent problem all across the country. That’s why Suffolk Law's Housing Discrimination Testing Program (HDTP) has trained more than 200 testers, most of them students, to perform real-world tests that expose and gather evidence of housing discrimination in the Boston area. The HDTP, which has attracted over $2 million in grants from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, also educated potential home buyers and has assisted the City of Boston with policy work.