About the Program

Every spring, lawyers from all over the city visit classes across the Boston Public School system as part of Law Day, teaching over 1,500 students about the American legal system and giving them an inside look at the profession. Law Day in the Schools is one of our most popular volunteer opportunities and a great way for BBA members to engage directly with Boston Public School students and share their passion for the law.

Students that participate in the Program range from kindergarteners to high school seniors. The schools are located within the 21 different neighborhoods of Boston and draw a student population composed of diverse backgrounds. The BBA supplies all necessary materials and lesson plans appropriate for each grade level, and hosts a training where volunteers can get tips from the teachers.

The total time commitment, including training, classroom preparation, and classroom time, averages 3-5 hours.

See the photos from the 2019 Law Day in the Schools

Adopting-a-Classroom

BBA sponsor firms and organizations are invited to take part in an exclusive opportunity to Adopt-a-Classroom. Participating organizations have early access to volunteer registration and are recognized on all marketing materials. Special thanks to those who adopted classrooms in 2019!

Arrowood LLP
Barclay Damon LLP
Beck Reed Riden LLP
Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Massachusetts, Inc.
Boston Planning & Development Agency (BPDA)
Boston University School of Law
Burns & Levinson LLP
Casner & Edwards LLP
Committee for Public Counsel Services
Conn Kavanaugh Rosenthal Peisch & Ford LLP
Dain, Torpy, Le Ray, Wiest & Garner, P.C.
Fitch Law Partners LLP
Gesmer Updegrove LLP
Goodwin Procter LLP
Greater Boston Legal Services
Jones Day
Krokidas & Bluestein LLP
Laredo & Smith LLP
Locke Lord LLP
Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection
McLane Middleton, Professional Association
Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky and Popeo, P.C.
Morgan Lewis
Murphy & King
Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP
Nutter McClennen & Fish LLP
Office of the Corporation Counsel of the City of Boston
Office of the Massachusetts Attorney General
Peabody & Arnold LLP
Prince Lobel Tye LLP
Rackemann, Sawyer & Brewster
Ropes & Gray LLP
Schmidt & Federico, P.C.
Sherin and Lodgen LLP
Sullivan & Worcester LLP

In The News:

In 2016, the BBA was proud to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the Law Day in the Schools program. The year’s topic of Miranda rights, selected by the American Bar Association, seemed especially to resonate with students during a year marked by discussion of the balance of power between law enforcement and citizens. See the news features below for highlights of the program.

Contact

For more information on the Law Day in the Schools Program and how to get involved, please contact Hannah Poor, Public Service and Grants Manager, at hpoor@bostonbar.org.

Boston Bar Foundation

This program is supported in part by the Boston Bar Foundation’s Francis Moran Fund. Learn more or make a donation to help support Law Day in the Schools.