Suffolk Law's Impact

Suffolk Law students and graduates have a remarkable impact on the region and the country. While there are many examples of this success, here's an overview of the indelible mark on the legal landscape left by Suffolk Law alumni.

Suffolk Law Alumni in the Judiciary

  • Three justices on the 7-member Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court
  • Two justices on the Rhode Island Supreme Court
  • Chief Justices of Rhode Island and Vermont
  • One in four state judges in Massachusetts
  • Forty percent of the judges in Rhode Island
  • President of the Conference of Chief Justices

Government and Public Service Leaders

  • Chief Public Defender of Massachusetts
  • Four of the 11 district attorneys in Massachusetts
  • Speaker of the House in Rhode Island; House Majority Leader in Massachusetts
  • Senate Majority Leader in Rhode Island
  • Current student (2021) serving as state senator; 2021 graduate is a state representative 

In-House: From the Red Sox to Google

Suffolk Law has more than 1,000 alumni serving as in-house counsel at a wide range of companies, such as Biogen, Bose, the Boston Red Sox, Brookstone, Fidelity, Google, Gillette, Harvard, Hasbro, Iron Mountain, Panera, Reebok, State Street, Suffolk Construction, and Vertex.

Most Patent Law Partners

Thirty percent of the top IP firm patent partners in Greater Boston are Suffolk Law graduates--more than the next three competing law schools combined.

“Most Innovative” Shortlist

Suffolk was ranked among the Top 20 Most Innovative Law Schools in PreLaw Magazine and ABA Law Practice Today, and was ranked the #1 "Technology Leader" in the nation by PreLaw magazine.

  • The Institute on Legal Innovation and Technology (LIT) provides students with cutting-edge skills that prepare them to deliver legal services using 21st century approaches—from mobile apps to design thinking.

  • LIT Lab students create machine learning tools that enable courts, government agencies and other non-profits, and law firms, to do their work better, faster, and cheaper. The LIT Lab's work has been featured on NBC-Boston, and in The Boston Globe and New York Times.  

  • The LIT Certificate Program is helping to retrain the legal industry.

Access to Justice

Each year, Suffolk Law students spend tens of thousands of hours on pro bono service, from eviction defense to representing small businesses and inventors in intellectual property matters. The Housing Discrimination Testing Program, which uncovers systemic discrimination, regularly makes national headlines for its important work. Our Accelerator to Practice Program won the ABA’s top award for innovations that improve access to legal services for moderate-income people.