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 Doug Newton, Community Programs Assistant, dnewton@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.