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Summer Fellowship Program

The New England Law | Boston Summer Fellowship Program aids New England Law students in their efforts to gain valuable practice experience during the summer after their first year of law school and, for students in the part-time program, their second year.

To assist these students:

  • the three New England Law centers work with faculty, alumni, and other friends of the law school to identify a range of practicing attorneys eager to serve as summer fellow supervisors;
  • the Career Services Office guides student participants through the application process and helps potential supervisors and student applicants to connect with one another;
  • the New England Law Board of Trustees has pledged that each fellow will receive a stipend of $3,500 to assist with summer living expenses.

Summer Fellowship Program Positions

Participating students work with practicing attorneys and organizations in full-time summer legal positions. Eligibility is limited to New England Law day division students completing their first year of law school and part-time students completing their first or second year of law school.

Fellowship positions may be those listed through the Career Services Office or secured by students independently.

Positions eligible for fellowships must:

  • be unpaid by the attorneys or organizations where the student works;
  • involve ten consecutive weeks of legal or law-related work under the supervision of a practicing attorney at a minimum of thirty-five hours per week;
  • not be for partisan political work; and

  • end before the start of the upper-division fall semester.

Part-time fellowships may be available upon request, or as indicated in an employer’s posting, and there are no geographical restrictions on the fellowship placements. All fellowship placements, however, must be approved by the law school. [Back to Top.]

Overview of Program and Post-summer Commitment

Eligible students may apply for positions listed on the Career Services Office’s Symplicity website starting February 1, 2016. Every position has its own application deadline, which will be clearly indicated in the position listing. In addition to seeking a position through these postings, students are strongly encouraged to exercise independent efforts to secure positions that meet the program criteria. Nearly half of all past placements were attained by students themselves.

During the summer, fellows submit time sheets logging their hours. The law school issues stipend payments to fellows in three installments (roughly mid-June, mid-July, and shortly after the start of the fall semester) of approximately $750, $1250, and $1500 respectively.

As upper-class students, returning summer fellows must be available to mentor students in the new first year class who are interested in center-related activities and the Summer Fellowship Program. This aspect of the program requires all fellows to return to New England Law | Boston for the full academic year following their summer fellowship experience. All summer fellows sign a contact confirming these commitments. [Back to Top.]

How to Apply

Eligible students should apply as early as possible. Before applying, students are strongly encouraged to have their resume and cover letter reviewed by the Career Services Office. To apply for the Summer Fellowship Program, log on to the Career Services Office’s Symplicity website, starting on February 1, and follow the steps below:

Log on to Symplicity (https://law-une-csm.symplicity.com/students) with your “User Name” (student ID #) and “Password.” Contact the Career Services Office at cso@nesl.edu or 617-422-7229 for password information.

Step 1 – View & Apply for the New England Law Summer Fellowship Opportunities

  1. Click on the “Job Postings” tab on the top navigation bar.
  2. View job postings by selecting “CSO JobNet” from the “Job Postings” dropdown menu.
  3. Narrow the search by typing “New England Law Summer Fellowship” in the search box. Press enter. A list of New England Law Summer Fellowship postings will appear.
  4. Click on each posting separately to review a description of the employer, information about the position, and details on how to apply directly to the employer.
  5. Follow the instructions within the posting to submit an application to the employer. Students may apply for as many opportunities as they would like.
  6. Employers will contact students directly, if they are selected for an interview.

Students should contact the Career Services Office at cso@nesl.edu or 617-422-7229 with questions about the application process. [Back to Top.]

Step 2 – Accepting an Offer
If a student receives an offer through the New England Law Summer Fellowship postings and decides to accept that offer, the student should:

  1. Accept the offer in the manner the supervisor has indicated (i.e. in writing/email or verbally).
  2. Send an e-mail to the Career Services Office at cso@nesl.edu informing the office that the student has accepted the position.
  3. Once the Career Services Office verifies receipt of the e-mail, the student will receive a Summer Fellowship contract to complete, sign, and return to the Faculty Services Office.
  4. When the student receives an e-mail stating that the contract has been received and the student is accepted into the Summer Fellowship Program, the student must withdraw his or her application from all other supervisors with whom the student has had contact, thanking these supervisors for considering the student and explaining that the student has accepted a position.
  5. The student should look forward to the Summer Fellowship Orientation Program.

If a student secures an unpaid internship for the summer through the student's independent efforts that the student would like to have included in the Summer Fellowship Program, the student should submit an e-mail to the appropriate faculty member as detailed below. If the position is approved for inclusion in the program, the professor will notify both the student and the Career Services Office, and the student should complete steps 1-5 above.

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Identifying and Securing Summer Fellowship Placements

We have secured a number of potential positions for students, all of which may be found by navigating through the Career Services Office Symplicity website. Students may apply for more than one position, but must immediately remove themselves from contention once they have secured a placement.

Students wishing to have a placement that they secure independently approved for this program should complete the Summer Fellowship Placement Approval Request form and send the completed form to the appropriate faculty member via e-mail – Professor Karol for a private sector position, Professor Siegel for a public sector or non-profit position, and Professor Laplante for an international position – seeking such approval. In the subject line of this e-mail, students should include “Summer Fellowship Placement Approval Request.”

Summer Fellowship Placement Approval Request form PDF

To fill out the form, right-click on the link above and select "Save Link As..." or "Save Target As..." and save the file to your desktop. Then open the file with Adobe Acrobat. If you do not have Acrobat installed you can get it from Adobe's website. Do not attempt to use the form in Firefox or Chrome browsers or on mobile devices because they do not support Acrobat forms.

If you are using Safari, just click on the provided link (of the Form).  Safari will open that .PDF Form in a new Tab, just fill it out and “Save As” (File ►Save As) after completed.

Contacting Prospective Supervisors

Students should follow the instructions prospective supervisors include in their online listings. In most cases, candidates are then selected, interviewed, and hired directly by the supervisor him or herself. If the listing instructs students to contact a particular New England Law professor before submitting an application, students should do so. Students are encouraged to consult with the Career Services Office and appropriate professors throughout the process. [Back to Top.]

Success!

When a student receives an offer from a potential Summer Fellowship Program supervisor, the student should proceed expeditiously. If the student has multiple outstanding prospects, the student should promptly communicate this situation to the offering supervisor and set a date by which the student must accept or reject the outstanding offer. If the student decides to decline an offer, the student must communicate this graciously and as soon as possible. The conduct of each New England Law student in the Summer Fellowship Program reflects on all other New England Law students in the program and on post-graduate employment prospects.

If a student receives an offer through the Summer Fellowship Program listings and decides to accept that offer, the student should:

  1. Accept the offer in whatever manner the supervisor has indicated.
  2. Send an e-mail to the Career Services Office informing that office that the student has accepted the position.
  3. Once the Career Services Office verifies that it has received such an e-mail, the student will be e-mailed a Summer Fellowship contract to complete, sign, and return to the Faculty Services Office.
  4. When the student receives an e-mail stating that the contract has been received and the student is in the Summer Fellowship Program, the student must withdraw his or her application from all other supervisors with whom the student has had contact, thanking these supervisors for considering the student and explaining that the student has accepted a position.
  5. The student should look forward to the Summer Fellowship Orientation Program.

If a student secures an unpaid internship for the summer through the student's independent efforts that the student would like to have included in the Summer Fellowship Program, the student should submit an e-mail to the appropriate faculty member as detailed above. If the position is approved for inclusion in the program, the professor will notify both the student and the Career Services Office, and the student should complete steps 2-5 above. [Back to Top.]