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New England Law | Boston’s Innovative Summer Fellowship Program

The Center for Business Law (CBL) is pleased to introduce the 2014 CBL Summer Fellowship Program. This program supports and encourages our law students who are interested in a career in business law or many other related fields.

Overview of the CBL Summer Fellowship Program

Selected students will work with practicing attorneys in full-time summer fellowships, with stipends of $3,500 provided through New England Law. (Full-time work is defined as 10 weeks at a minimum of 35 hours per week.) Part-time fellowships may also be available. Placements will include private firms, corporate legal offices, and government agencies. The placements will represent the full range of legal work, including real estate, intellectual property, health law, medical malpractice, insurance defense, and many other fields.

Commitment

The CBL Summer Fellowship Program will run for ten weeks, starting in mid-May or early June. This program is intended to provide an opportunity for New England Law students to become better lawyers. In addition, after completing their fellowships, summer fellows will be expected to mentor future students in this program in the following academic year.

Who May Apply

Day students who are in the process of completing their 1L year and evening students who are in the process of completing their 1L or 2L year are eligible for the program.

How to Apply

To apply, a student should use the application form (click this link).  With the application form, applicants should submit a one- to two-page cover letter explaining their interest in a particular area of law and any specific placements for which they are particularly suited. Along with the application form and cover letter, applicants should also submit a law school transcript, current resume, and names of two references with contact information.
 
Applications must be submitted in electronic form through the JobNet on the law school's Symplicity site. Selected students for institutional placements will be contacted for interviews. If you have any problems with the Symplicity site, please contact the Career Services Office.

Securing Placements – First Round

Placements are competitive. The CBL faculty has a limited number of institutional placements and students are welcome to apply for these slots. The CBL will work to encourage positive matches between students and the practitioners offering these placements. The ultimate decision on whether to take on a student, however, resides with the potential supervisor. There are approximately 15 institutional placements. There is no deadline for applications, but the first matches will be made the week of February 3, 2014.
 
Students are also encouraged to identify and pursue their own placements, with the caveat that all placements must be approved by the CBL Summer Fellowship Program chair, Professor Mark Bobrowski, before they are included in the program. Students who seek to arrange their own placements should have the potential supervisor fill out and return the 2014 Placement Confirmation Form. There is no deadline, but the first self-arranged placements will be evaluated and selected on February 3, 2014. Acceptance will be rolling after that. It is expected that as many as 20 self-placements may be available.

Application Submission after February 3, 2014

After February 3, 2014, applications will be evaluated on a rolling basis as positions become available and are filled. Students are encouraged to submit applications as early as possible. Again, applications must be submitted in electronic form through the JobNet on the law school's Symplicity site. Selected students for institutional placements will be contacted for interviews. If you have any problems with the Symplicity site, please contact the Career Services Office.
 
For more information about the program, please contact either Professor Mark Bobrowski at mbobrowski@nesl.edu (617) 422-7258 or Professor Peter Karol at pkarol@nesl.edu (617) 422-7327.