Diversity & Inclusion Summer Fellowship Program

Program Overview

In 2019, the BBA launched the Diversity & Inclusion Summer Fellowship Program to provide law students with paid summer internship opportunities in the public interest. The program accepts applications from students at ABA-accredited Massachusetts law schools who have demonstrated a commitment to advancing diversity and inclusion in the legal profession, and who will have completed their 1L or 2L year by the summer in which they will participate in the program. Fellowships offer an opportunity for substantive work in a public interest law office, including supervision, skills development, and building one’s professional network. In addition to gaining work experience, Fellows attend professional development programming at the BBA and receive a mentor through the BBA’s Diversity & Inclusion Section. Each Fellow receives a stipend for the summer. The program aims to ensure that law students from all backgrounds are able to gain meaningful experience in public interest law.

In Summer 2020, three Fellowship positions will be available, including positions at the Office of the Massachusetts Attorney General, the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the District of Massachusetts, and the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination.

Summer 2020 Fellowship
U.S. Bankruptcy Court, District of Massachusetts

Through this program, this Fellow will intern in Judge Frank J. Bailey’s chambers within the U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Boston and will be provided with the opportunity to work directly with Judge Bailey, observe courtroom proceedings, become familiar with bankruptcy law, and enhance their legal research and writing skills. Additionally, the Fellow will attend professional development programs at the BBA throughout the summer. The Fellow will also be matched with a mentor from the Diversity & Inclusion Section who will provide ongoing professional development guidance. Finally, the Fellow will write a reflection piece at the end of the summer that will be published on the BBA’s Beyond the Billable blog. The intern may be invited to speak about the program at a BBA or BBF event during or after the internship period.
 
The intern will receive a $5,000 stipend for the summer through the Diversity & Inclusion Summer Fellowship Program. This program is organized by the Boston Bar Association and funding is made possible by the Charles P. Normandin Fund of the Boston Bar Foundation.

How to apply:

Click here to download the application. Applications are due no later than 12:00 PM on Thursday, January 30, 2020 to Doug Newton – dnewton@bostonbar.org.

Summer 2020 Fellowship
Massachusetts Attorney General’s Office

Through this program, the selected law student will participate in the Massachusetts AGO’s Summer Legal Internship Program. As part of this unique opportunity, the selected law student will receive substantive work; supervision and skills development, particularly in legal research and writing; and invaluable mentorship and networking in an office committed to serving the needs of the Commonwealth. The intern will be paired with attorney mentors both at the Attorney General’s Office and through the BBA’s Diversity & Inclusion Section. In addition, the intern will attend professional development events held at the BBA, such as lunchtime Summer Career Series events where students are able to explore various practice areas within the legal field. Finally, the intern will write a reflection piece at the end of the summer that will be published on the BBA’s Beyond the Billable blog. The intern may be invited to speak about the program at a BBA or BBF event during or after the internship period. 

The AGO’s Summer Legal Internship Program is a 10-week full-time program for students completing their 1L or 2L years of law school. The Summer Legal Internship Program is a structured program of trainings, events, and activities and will run from Tuesday, May 26, 2020, through Friday, July 31, 2020. Taking into account students’ areas of interest, interns are assigned to a particular division within the office. 

The intern will receive a $5,000 stipend for the summer through the Diversity & Inclusion Summer Fellowship Program. This program is organized by the Boston Bar Association and funding is made possible by the Boston Bar Foundation.   

For more information about the work of the Attorney General’s Office, please visit www.mass.gov/ago

How to apply:

Click here to download the application. Applications are due no later than 12:00 PM on Thursday, January 16, 2020 to Doug Newton – dnewton@bostonbar.org.

Summer 2020 Fellowship
Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination

Through this program, the Fellow will intern at the MCAD in the General Counsel’s Office and will have the opportunity to assist with evaluating legal strategy, prepare discovery requests and responses, interview witnesses, conduct legal research, and draft legal documents. Additionally, the Fellow will attend professional development programs at the BBA throughout the summer and will be matched with a mentor from the Diversity & Inclusion Section who will provide ongoing professional development guidance. The Fellow will also participate in networking events and mentorship opportunities at the law firm Pierce Atwood. Finally, the Fellow will write a reflection piece at the end of the summer that will be published on the BBA’s Beyond the Billable blog. The intern may be invited to speak about the program at a BBA or BBF event during or after the internship period. 

The MCAD internship program gives students firsthand experience working at the state agency charged with protecting the people of Massachusetts from discriminatory treatment through the investigation and adjudication of discrimination complaints as well as discrimination prevention education, outreach, and training. 

The intern will receive a $5,000 stipend for the summer through the Diversity & Inclusion Summer Fellowship Program. This program is organized by the Boston Bar Association and funding is made possible by the Boston Bar Foundation. The Summer 2020 Fellowship position at the MCAD is sponsored by Pierce Atwood.

For more information about the work of MCAD, please visit https://www.mass.gov/orgs/massachusetts-commission-against-discrimination

How to apply:

Click here to download the application. Applications are due no later than 12:00 PM on Thursday, January 16, 2020 to Doug Newton – dnewton@bostonbar.org.


In its pilot year, Fellowship positions were offered at the Office of the Massachusetts Attorney General and the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the District of Massachusetts; you can read reflections from the 2019 Fellows here.