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Summer Fellows Program

The New England Law | Boston Summer Fellows Program supports and encourages first year law students to gain legal experience during the summer after their first year of study.

Overview of the Summer Fellows Program

Selected students work with practicing attorneys and organizations in full-time summer fellowships, with remuneration provided through a New England Law summer stipend. (Full-time work is defined as 10 weeks at a minimum of 35 hours per week.) Part-time stipends may also be available. In addition to the fellowship, the program includes orientation sessions conducted by CLSR and CBL faculty, students, and alumni.


The Summer Fellows Program begins during the spring semester of a fellow's first year of law school and extends through the fall semester of the fellow's second year. After completing their summer placement work, summer fellows are expected to mentor students in the new first year class who are interested in center-related activities and the Summer Fellows Program.

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.

How to Apply

With the application form, applicants should submit a one- to two-page cover letter explaining their interest and background in public interest work and identifying areas of law and specific types of placements for which they are particularly suited. Applicants should also submit a law school transcript, current resume, and reference list identifying at least two references and the references’ contact information.

To apply, a student should use the application form here. Any questions regarding the application form should be directed to the Career Services Office.

Securing Placements

Faculty overseeing the Summer Fellows Program have contacted a number of outside partners and will encourage positive matches between students and practitioners. The ultimate decision on whether to take on a student, however, resides with the potential supervisor. Students are encouraged to identify and pursue their own placements, with the caveat that all placements must be approved by the faculty overseers (Professors Karol, Manus, and Siegel) before they are included in the Summer Fellows Program.

Application Submission

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. Applications must be submitted in electronic form through the JobNet on the law school's Symplicity site. Selected students will be contacted for interviews.