Public Service

The Boston Bar Foundation generously supports a number of public service initiatives and programs that help expand opportunities for Boston youth, increase access to justice for those in need, and connect members of the public with legal assistance. Looking to get involved? Please contact Hannah Poor, Public Service & Grants Manager, at to discuss which of our opportunities will best suit your interests and background.

Public Interest Leadership Program

The Public Interest Leadership Program promotes civic engagement and public service within the legal community. Each year the program engages a group of highly talented lawyers who have been in practice for 10 years or less in building leadership skills, learning about key issues affecting the public interest, and undertaking a project to serve the Boston community.

Service Innovation Project on Dismantling the School-to-Prison Pipeline

The Boston Bar Service Innovation Project is a new model that engages lawyers in service with a goal of advancing innovative solutions to address systemic injustices in our community. The inaugural project focuses on dismantling the school-to-prison pipeline and working towards greater justice and equity our state’s education system.

Diversity & Inclusion Summer Fellowship Program

The Boston Bar Association’s Diversity & Inclusion Summer Fellowship Program offers paid summer internship positions in public interest law offices to outstanding Massachusetts law students who have demonstrated a commitment to advancing diversity and inclusion in the legal profession.

Bar Exam Coaching

The Boston Bar Association offers free bar exam coaching to help applicants navigate the process, the anxiety, and the expectations around taking the bar exam, especially for those who are re-taking the exam. Attorney coaches are trained by experienced bar prep staff to guide applicants through the non-substantive elements of preparing for the exam.

Summer Jobs Program

For more than a decade, law firms, government agencies, nonprofits, and in-house legal departments have provided thousands of Boston-area teens with opportunities to gain valuable working experience in the legal community.

Law Day in the Schools Program

Since 1986, lawyers and judges have visited public school classrooms throughout Boston to expose young people to the legal field.

Financial Literacy Program

Since 2005, the Financial Literacy Program has provided high school students with the tools and information to make wise financial decisions.

Lawyer for the Day in the Boston Housing Court

Over the past decade, volunteer lawyers and law students have passed through the Boston Housing Court, offering their assistance to unrepresented tenants and landlords on Eviction Day.

Reentry Education Program

The BBA Reentry Education Program provides information to federal probationers on key civil-legal issues that they will face when re-entering society. The initiative originally emerged as a project of the BBA’s Public Interest Leadership Program in collaboration with U.S. District Judge Leo T. Sorokin and U.S. District Judge Timothy Hillman.

Veterans Initiative

The Boston Bar Association has developed several unique programs to support the men, women, and families who have served our country.

BBA Lawyer Referral Service

The Boston Bar Association’s Lawyer Referral Service has been helping people find the right lawyer for over 50 years. The LRS Program connects callers in need of legal assistance with qualified help from private attorneys, legal services agencies, government offices, and community programs.

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