Program Overview

In 2019, the BBA launched the Diversity, Equity & Inclusion (DEI) 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 DEI 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 created by the BBA and receive a mentor through the BBA’s DEI Section. 

Each Fellow receives a $5,000 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. You can read reflections from the 2020 Fellows here
 
In Summer 2021, the BBA is supporting four Fellowship positions, 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, and the Office of the Inspector General. The application details including dates and deadlines are below.

Summer 2021 Fellowship
Massachusetts Office of the Inspector General

Through this program, the selected law student will participate in the OIG’s Summer Legal Internship Program. The Legal Intern works under the direction of the Office's Legal Division. Legal Interns will have the opportunity to draft legal research memoranda in various areas of law related to fraud, waste and abuse in the expenditure of public funds and the administration of the Office. Legal Interns may also have the opportunity to work with the Office's Policy and Government Division, including analyzing legislative matters and attending hearings at the State House. Legal Interns may also have the opportunity to draft document requests and participate in the Office’s investigations into fraud, waste and abuse of public funds. Legal Interns should be familiar with online legal research databases and have an interest in public service.

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 OIG and through the BBA’s DEI Section. In addition, the Fellow will attend professional development events held by the BBA, such as lunchtime Summer Career Series events where students are able to explore various practice areas within the legal field. 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 Fellow 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, Equity & Inclusion Summer Fellowship Program. This program is organized by the Boston Bar Association and funding is made possible by the Foley Hoag Foundation.

The final deadline for this application is Friday, March 5th, 2021. Candidates should submit applications to Chane Vanes at cvanes@bostonbar.org.

Click here to download the application.

Summer 2021 Fellowship
Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office

Through this program, the selected law student will participate in the SCDAO'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 people of Suffolk County and to making the criminal legal system more equitable, transparent, and responsive. The intern will be paired with attorney mentors both at the SCDAO and through the BBA’s DEI Section. In addition, the Fellow will attend professional development events held by the BBA, such as lunchtime Summer Career Series events where students are able to explore various practice areas within the legal field. 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 Fellow 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, Equity & Inclusion Summer Fellowship Program.  This program is organized by the Boston Bar Association and funding is made possible by the Boston Bar Foundation.

The final deadline for this application is Monday, March 15th, 2021. Candidates should submit applications to Chane Vanes at cvanes@bostonbar.org.

Click here to download the application.

Summer 2021 Fellowship
U.S. Bankruptcy Court, District of Massachusetts

Funding for this position is made possible by the Charles P. Normandin Fund of the Boston Bar Foundation

The application period for this position has closed. Please check back in December 2021 for opportunities for the summer of 2022.

 

Summer 2021 Fellowship 
Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination

Funding for this position at the MCAD is made possible by Pierce Atwood.

The application period for this position has closed. Please check back in December 2021 for opportunities for the summer of 2022.

Summer 2021 Fellowship
Massachusetts Attorney General’s Office

Funding for this position is made possible by the Boston Bar Foundation Beacon Fund for Diversity & Inclusion.

The application period for this position has closed. Please check back in December 2021 for opportunities for the summer of 2022.

Summer 2021 Fellowship
Committee for Public Counsel Services (CPCS)

Funding for this position is made possible by the law firm Nutter

The application period for this position has closed. Please check back in December 2021 for opportunities for the summer of 2022.

 

The BBA thanks the following firms for the generous support of the 2021 Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Summer Fellowship Program.

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If you are interested in supporting this project, please contact Erica Southerland for more information.