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Prestigious public policy fellowships awarded to Mass. law students


April 29, 2021 – For the fifth time in the past six years, students from New England Law | Boston have been selected for prestigious Rappaport Fellowships. Rising 3Ls Briana Broberg and Jacqueline Dagle are two of twelve Massachusetts law students in the 2021 cohort.

The Rappaport Fellowship is awarded to students interested in pursuing opportunities in public policy by the Rappaport Center for Law and Public Policy at Boston College Law School. This program provides exceptional students from law schools in Massachusetts with opportunities to work in a state or local government office for 10 weeks in addition to mentorship and experiential learning sessions. 

The Center’s Executive Director Lissy Medvedow said, "This year’s 12 Fellows were selected from among 100 applicants for their commitment to public service, their enthusiasm to learn about the intersection of law and public policy, as well as their grades and recommendations. This cohort continues the legacy of the Rappaport Fellowship with a strong and passionate group of future lawyers."

Briana Broberg ‘22 will be interning at the Boston Mayor's Office of Immigrant Advancement (MOIA). A graduate of The City College of New York and the University of Texas at Austin, she came to law school to study immigration law with an interest in immigrant- and immigration-related public policy issues. Broberg is President of New England Law’s Immigration Law Association and co-chair of the Student Bar Association Diversity & Inclusion committee. She hopes to work at an immigration non-profit or advocacy organization after graduation.

Jacqueline Dagle ‘22 will be interning at the Massachusetts Attorney General's Office in the Civil Rights Division within the Public Protection & Advocacy Bureau. Her interest in disability law and advocacy drove her to attend law school after graduating from the University of Rhode Island. At New England Law, Dagle is a member of the school’s mock trial team, the Judicial Language Project, and the Mental Health & Wellness Committee where she teaches weekly yoga classes for students. Dagle’s professional goal is to uplift her community through advocacy aimed at improving communal accessibility.

“We are incredibly proud of Briana and Jacqueline not only for their accomplishments, but also for their passion and commitment to public service in their unique areas of interest,” said Scott Brown, President and Dean of New England Law. “Our school has an impressive track record for competitive placements such as this, and we’ve seen how these opportunities can be major stepping stones for students launching their legal careers.”

Students from New England Law have been awarded this fellowship nearly every year since its inception in 2001. Most recently, Caitlin Whitman ‘22 spent last summer as a 2020 Rappaport Fellow interning in the General Counsel’s office at the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination. Graduates have gone on to start fulfilling careers in government agencies, public policy advocacy, and at esteemed law firms across the country.

In addition to New England Law | Boston, the 2021 Rappaport Fellows represent students from Boston College Law School, Boston University School of Law, Harvard Law School, Northeastern University School of Law, Suffolk University Law School, and University of Massachusetts School of Law.