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.

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 2018!

Arrowood LLP
Beck Reed Riden LLP
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts
Boston Planning & Development Agency
Burns & Levinson
Casner & Edwards
Choate
Committee for Public Counsel Services
Conn Kavanaugh
Dain Torpy
Davis, Malm & D'Agostine, P.C.
Dentons
Fisher Phillips
Fitch Law Partners LLP
Gesmer Updegrove LLP
Hogan Lovells
Jones Day
Krokidas & Bluestein
Laredo & Smith, LLP
Locke Lord LLP
Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection
McLane Middleton, Professional Association
Mintz Levin
Nutter
Office of the Corporation Counsel of the City of Boston
Office of the Massachusetts Attorney General
Peabody & Arnold
Ropes & Gray
Schmidt & Federico, P.C.
Sherin and Lodgen
State Street Corporation
Suffolk University Law School
Sugarman, Rogers, Barshak & Cohen, P.C.
Sullivan & Worcester
WilmerHale

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 Cassandra Shavney, Public Service Programs Coordinator, at cshavney@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.