“…lawyers, law students, legal workers and jailhouse lawyers…in the service of the people, to the end that human rights shall be regarded as more sacred than property interests.”

The National Lawyers Guild is dedicated to the need for basic change in the structure of our political and economic system. Our aim is to bring together all those who recognize the importance of safeguarding and extending the rights of workers, women, LGBTQ people, farmers, people with disabilities and people of color, upon whom the welfare of the entire nation depends; who seek actively to eliminate racism; who work to maintain and protect our civil rights and liberties in the face of persistent attacks upon them; and who look upon the law as an instrument for the protection of the people, rather than for their repression.

The Boston University Chapter of the National Lawyers Guild is a student association dedicated to the support and defense of economic and social justice and to progressive change rather than the acceptance of the status quo. We seek to educate ourselves and our community about issues affecting economic and social justice and to provide BU law students with pro bono opportunities in support of these goals.


  • Every year the NLG publishes a “Disorientation Handbook” for law students who aren’t satisfied with a traditional legal education. In the words of Arthur Kinoy, famed Guild lawyer and author of the handbook’s introduction, the purpose of the booklet “is to provoke you to challenge traditional notions of how one must practice law and to suggest ways to make your three years of study more enriching and challenging.”
  • Learn more about what the Massachusetts Chapter is up to, and get involved: become a member, read the latest issue of Mass Dissent, or join a committee!