The practice of Bankruptcy law focuses the rights and obligations of debtor/creditor and related parties under the Bankruptcy Code. The bankruptcy lawyer must use both transactional and litigation skills in practice. Bankruptcy is a dispute resolution process, governed by the federal bankruptcy code, by which a debtor reorganizes or dissolves debts according to priority established by law. A bankruptcy lawyer represents the debtor or creditors in the process.
Reorganized or dissolved debts implicate many types of financial instruments, contracts, employment relations, property and family law. Practice in this area is circumscribed by the federal procedural rules and also by many focused Bankruptcy rules, both local and nationwide. Within a single bankruptcy, there may be many disputes that require independent resolution through litigation or settlement. Bankruptcy lawyers can work for large or small firms, in-house or state and federal government and public interest organizations.
Clinics, Internships, and Externships
Housing Clinic: Student attorneys will primarily represent clients in housing cases, but the clinic offers an opportunity to develop consumer protection matters related to housing as well. Students will have significant live client contact, and will interview and counsel clients, prepare pleadings, discovery, and memoranda, prepare and argue motions, and conduct negotiations, administrative hearings and trials. Students may also have the opportunity to participate in giving presentations regarding tenants' rights to local community groups, and to work on behalf of tenants in foreclosed properties.
Competition Teams: There are several competitions at the school which allow students to hone their lawyering skills. The Honor Moot Court Board hosts interscholastic Moot Court competitions. Other opportunities for students include the Negotiation Team, National Trial Team, and National Moot Court Team.
Suffolk Business Law Association: A student organization for students interested in practicing business law in a variety of contexts.