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The New England Law | Boston Summer Fellowship Program

Overview

New England Law’s innovative Summer Fellowship Program helps jumpstart your legal career. Summer fellows gain hands-on legal work experience and develop valuable connections with practicing attorneys while receiving a $3,500 school-paid stipend for 10 weeks of work at a law firm, court, government agency office, or legal organization. Upon completing the work experience, summer fellows must return to New England Law as upper-class students and participate in the Pay-it-Forward program to share their experiences and help strengthen the law school community.[1]

Who is eligible?

Full-time students who are completing their first year of law school and part-time students who are completing their first or second year of law school and have not previously participated in the program are eligible to apply to participate in the New England Law Summer Fellowship Program.

How do I apply?

Students can find summer fellowships through the Career Services Office's Career Advising Network (CAN) site (powered by 12Twenty) by searching for unpaid internships or law clerk positions. Students should apply directly for the positions that are of interest to them. Potential supervisors will conduct interviews at their convenience.

Students may also secure a summer fellowship through their own networking, independent research, or other job search resources.

In either case, once a student is selected by a supervisor, the student may seek a summer fellowship stipend by submitting the Fellowship Approval Request Form.

For a position to be approved for inclusion in the Summer Fellowship Program, it must:

  • be unpaid;
  • offer 10 consecutive weeks of legal or law-related work under the supervision of a practicing attorney or judge with a minimum of 35 hours per week[2];
  • not constitute partisan political work; and
  • end before the start of classes for the fall 2018 semester.

Part-time fellowships (fewer than 10 weeks and/or fewer than 35 hours per week) may be approved by the Associate Dean on a case-by-case basis. Students seeking part-time fellowships should indicate this on the Fellowship Approval Request Form.

Once a position is approved for inclusion in the Summer Fellowship Program, a student will receive a stipend agreement. Students must sign and return the agreement within two weeks of receiving it. Any student who submits a request for approval and does not hear back from a program organizer within ten days should contact Director of Faculty Services Patricia Gresham (pgresham@nesl.edu) and inquire.

All positions must be approved by May 31, 2018, to be included in the 2018 New England Law Summer Fellowship Program. Students still seeking fellowships after May 31 should contact Associate Dean Judith Greenberg (jgreenberg@nesl.edu) to see if it is still possible to obtain one.

What happens during the summer, and how do I log my hours?

Students should arrange to start working by mid-to-late May 2018. At the end of each work week, students must submit their time in order to receive the summer stipend checks. Students can access the time submission portal by clicking on the “Log SFP Hours” button below and should submit their hours every Saturday, any time between 5:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m., during their fellowship period. The given week’s portal closes at 5:00 p.m. on Saturday. Students should log in to the portal using their law school email address and their password.

Students who arrange with their supervisors to spend a week or more away from their fellowship during the fellowship period—whether for vacation, study abroad, or some other reason—must record “0” hours on the Saturday of such weeks. Any student having trouble submitting hours should contact the Career Services Office at cso@nesl.edu. Students should not record commuting hours, vacation hours, or sick time as fellowship hours. Students should record regular lunch breaks or similar breaks during the work day and time spent traveling from one work location to another during the work day as fellowship hours.

Students with questions about whether to count certain hours or activities as fellowship hours should contact Professor Peter Manus, faculty co-coordinator of the program, at pmanus@nesl.edu. Any student who is unable to meet the student’s hours obligation should contact the Career Services Office at cso@nesl.edu.

During the fellowship, each fellow should seek both a mid-summer and end-of-summer performance review from his or her supervisor. The purpose of the review is to help the student gauge if his or her work is meeting the supervisor’s expectations and, if necessary, to help the student identify skills to focus on developing. Reminders will be sent during the summer to both students and supervisors encouraging them to have these review meetings.

Any student who has questions or concerns during their summer fellowship should contact the New England Law Career Services Office at cso@nesl.edu.

When are the stipends disbursed?

The law school issues stipend payments to students whose weekly time submissions are up to date. The stipend will be paid in two or three installments depending on when the student’s fellowship begins. A fellow who begins in mid-May will receive three installments (mid-June, mid-July, and shortly after Labor Day) of approximately $750, $1,250, and $1,500, respectively. A fellow who begins after mid-May will receive two installments (mid-July and shortly after Labor Day) of approximately $1,250 and $2,250, respectively. Fellows who neglect to stay current with their weekly time submissions will not receive timely stipend checks. Students who do not perform the expected hours may receive prorated stipends.

Pay-it-Forward

The Pay-it-Forward program is an integral and required part of the Summer Fellowship Program. Summer fellows commit to returning to New England Law as upper-class students to "pay forward" their fellowship experiences by serving as informal mentors to the next class of students and enriching the community generally through participation in co-curricular activities.

During the academic year after the fellowship, returning fellows must spend at least six hours on one or a combination of law school—sponsored non-credit-bearing activities. Students must log their Pay-it-Forward hours by clicking on the button below, which takes students to the Pay-It-Forward portal.

For further information, please see the Pay-it-Forward Guidelines.

 


[1] To receive the full $3,500 stipend students must complete at least 350 hours of work over a 10-week period.

[2] Students who expect to work less than an average of 35 hours per week over a 10-week period are eligible for a prorated stipend.