The New England Law | Boston Summer Fellowship Program
New England Law’s innovative Summer Fellowship Program helps jumpstart your legal career. Summer fellows gain hands-on 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 or legal organization. Upon completing the work experience, summer fellows must return to New England Law and participate in the Pay-It-Forward program to share their experiences and help strengthen the law school community.
Who is eligible?
Full-time students who have finished their first year and part-time students who have finished their first or second year are eligible to apply for the New England Law Summer Fellowship Program.
How do I apply?
Students can find summer fellowships through the Career Services Office Symplicity website 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;
- not constitute partisan political work; and
- end before the start of classes for the fall semester of 2018.
Part-time fellowships (less than 35 hours per week) may be approved by the Associate Dean on a case-by-case basis.
All positions must be approved by June 29, 2018, to be included in the 2018 New England Law Summer Fellowship Program. Once a position is approved for inclusion in the Summer Fellowship Program, a student will receive a stipend agreement for the summer.
What happens during the summer?
Students should start working by mid-to-late May 2018. At the end of each work week, students are responsible for submitting their time in order to receive the summer stipend checks; weekly time-sheets must be submitted by 9:00 a.m. every Monday for the duration of the fellowship. Students will not be paid for commuting, vacation, or sick time. Any student who is unable to meet their work hour obligation should contact the Career Services Office at firstname.lastname@example.org.
During the fellowship students should also seek both a mid-summer and end-of-summer performance review from their supervisor. The purpose of the review is to help students gauge if their work is meeting the supervisor’s expectations and help the student determine what skills they should focus on developing. Reminders will be sent during the summer to both students and supervisors encouraging them to have review meetings.
Any student who has questions or concerns during their summer fellowship should contact the New England Law Career Services Office at email@example.com.
When are the stipends disbursed?
The law school issues stipend payments to students whose weekly time-sheets are up to date. The stipend will be paid in two or three installments depending on when the student’s fellowship begins. A fellowship that begins before 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 fellowship that begins after mid-May will receive two installments (mid-July and shortly after Labor Day) of approximately $2,000 and $1,500 respectively. Fellows who neglect to submit weekly time-sheets and/or have not performed the expected work will not receive timely stipend checks.
Pay it Forward
The Pay-It-Forward program is an integral part of the Summer Fellowship Program. Summer fellows commit to returning to New England Law as upperclass students to "pay forward" their experiences as fellows by serving as informal mentors to the next class of students and enriching the community generally through participation in cocurricular 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. Participation in the Pay-It-Forward program is a required part of the Summer Fellowship. For further information, please see the Pay it Forward guidelines.