Public Service

Public service is a way of life at Suffolk, in and out of the classroom. Why? Because we realize that the world is bigger than ourselves. We realize that the best thing we can do with our knowledge and experience is to use it to make the world a better place. Whether you want to serve across town or around the world, Suffolk gives you the opportunity to go out and make a real difference.   

Be a change agent

Center for Community Engagement

The Center for Community Engagement organizes long- and short-term service opportunities with local partners to engage students, faculty, staff, and alumni in strengthening communities and improving the quality of life for individuals. 

Suffolk University Law School Clinical Programs

Learn about the real practice of law while providing essential services to a population that is largely underserved by the legal profession. Program areas range from intellectual property and investor advocacy to juvenile justice and landlord-tenant issues. 

Institute for Public Service and MPA Program

The Institute for Public Service supports the public service mission of the Sawyer Business School through academic offerings such as the master of public administration and undergraduate minor in public service, as well as various non-degree options. 

Alternative Breaks

Our Alternative Break Programs offer students the opportunity to engage in meaningful service during winter and spring break. Upcoming Alternative Spring Break destinations range from Meridian, Mississippi, to Passadumkeag, Maine. Want to go even farther? The Center for Community Engagement and the Moakley Center have cosponsored an annual Alternative Winter Break trip to El Salvador since 2007. 

Moakley Center for Public Management

The Moakley Center for Public Management at Sawyer Business School has been working with local and regional public agencies and nonprofit organizations for more than 35 years, providing education, training, and research opportunities for public servants and community leaders. 

J.D. Area of Focus: Law and Public Service

Coursework in the law and public service area of focus, one of several at Suffolk University Law School, may include public health law, immigration law, labor law, and family law.