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The New England Law | Boston Summer Fellowship Program

Instructions for Students Seeking Fellowships

The New England Law | Boston Summer Fellowship Program aids New England Law students to gain valuable practice experience during the summer after their first year of law school and, for students in the part-time program, their first or second year. APPLICATION DEADLINE: June 16, 2017

To assist these students:

  • the three New England Law centers and the Career Services Office 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; and,
  • New England Law provides each fellow with a $3,500 stipend to assist with summer living expenses.

Summer Fellowship Program Positions

Overview of Process and Post-summer Commitment

How to Apply

Approval Process for Independently Secured Placements

Practice Professionalism Throughout the Process!

Summer Fellowship Program Positions

Participating students work with practicing attorneys or sitting judges in full-time legal positions through the summer. 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.

Students may seek Summer Fellowship positions from three sources:

(1) Students may search the list of Summer Fellowship positions that are pre-approved on the Career Services Office Symplicity website.  These positions are identified with the job title "New England Law Summer Fellowship." Only the positions that are identified in this manner are pre-approved.

(2) Students may also search the Career Services Office Symplicity website for unpaid positions that are not pre-approved. These positions are not identified with the job title "New England Law Summer Fellowship," but may be approved for inclusion in the Summer Fellowship Program on a case-by-case basis, as described below.

(3) Students may secure positions through the student's independent search efforts. These positions, like the positions in category (2) above, must be approved for inclusion in the Summer Fellowship Program on a case-by-case basis, as described below.

Positions eligible for the Summer Fellowship Program:

  • must be unpaid;
  • must offer ten consecutive weeks of legal or law-related work under the supervision of a practicing attorney or judge with a minimum of thirty-five hours per week;
  • must not constitute partisan political work; and
  • must end before the start of the upper-division fall semester.

Part-time fellowships may be approved by the Associate Dean on a case-by-case basis. There are no geographical restrictions on the fellowship placements. We have approved fellowship positions all across the country and abroad. All fellowship placements, however, must be either pre-approved, as described above, or approved by the law school on a case-by-case basis, as detailed below. [Back to Top.]

Overview of Process and Post-summer Commitment

Eligible students may apply for pre-approved positions identified on the Career Services Office’s Symplicity website with the job title "New England Law Summer Fellowship," starting on February 1, 2017. Every position has its own application deadline, which will be clearly indicated in the position listing. In addition to seeking pre-approved positions through the "New England Law Summer Fellowship" Symplicity postings, students are strongly encouraged to seek positions through use of the Career Services Office Symplicity listings even if the position's job title is not "New England Law Summer Fellowship." We also encourage students to make their own independent efforts to secure positions that meet the program criteria. Nearly half of all past placements in past summers were not listed as pre-approved positions on our Symplicity website. Such positions must be approved on a case-by-case basis, as detailed below -- many students receive approval every year.

During the summer, all fellows must submit weekly email reports logging their hours. The law school issues stipend payments to fellows whose hour logs are up to date in three installments (roughly mid-June, mid-July, and shortly after Labor Day) of approximately $750, $1,250, and $1,500 respectively. Fellows who neglect to submit weekly hours-report emails do not receive stipend checks unless and until they bring their hours-report records up to date.

As upper-class students, returning Summer Fellows are expected to share their newfound leadership and professional skills with the rest of the law school by actively participating in and enhancing the life of the law school.  A variety of law school activities can satisfy this element of the program, which returning Summer Fellows will find rewarding and engaging.  More information will be made available during the Spring 2017 semester about the various opportunities for engagement we’re expecting during the 2017-18 academic year. Fellows are required to return to New England Law | Boston for the full academic year following their summer fellowships so as to fulfill the requirement to give back to the law school. All Summer Fellows sign a contract confirming their understanding of 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 resumes and cover letters reviewed by the Career Services Office.

To apply through Simplicity for a pre-approved summer fellowship, 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 left side navigation menu.
  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 pre-approved New England Law Summer Fellowship job postings will appear.
  4. Click on each job posting separately to review a description of the supervisor, information about the position, and details on how to apply directly to the employer.
  5. Follow the instructions within the job posting to submit an application to the employer. Students may apply for as many opportunities as they would like.
  6. Supervisors 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.]

Remember: You are also free to find your own summer fellowship placement as long as it meets the criteria set forth above and receives approval as discussed further below.

Step 2 – Accepting an Offer 
If a student is offered a position that is identified as a "New England Law Summer Fellowship" in the job title line on the Career Services Office website, and the students 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 email 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 acceptance email, the student will receive a Summer Fellowship contract to complete, sign, and return to the Faculty Services Office.
  4. When the student receives an email 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 attending the mandatory Summer Fellowship Orientation Program, held shortly after the last first-year final exam in May.  This year's orientation date has yet to be finalized, but will likely be on the afternoon of May 5, 2017.

If a student secures an unpaid internship for the summer that is not listed on the Career Services Office website as a New England Law Summer Fellowship position -- that is, either a position listed on the Career Services Office website that does not have the job title "New England Law Summer Fellowship" or a position the student finds on his or her own that is not listed on the Career Services Office website -- the student must have that position approved for inclusion in the Summer Fellowship Program prior to accepting it as part of the Summer Fellowship Program. Upon receiving an offer for any position that is not listed on the Career Services Office website as "New England Law Summer Fellowship," the student must submit a completed Summer Fellowship Placement Approval Form via email to the appropriate Center faculty member, seeking approval for inclusion in the Summer Fellowship Program, as detailed below. If the position is approved for inclusion in the program, the faculty member will notify both the student and the Career Services Office, and the student should complete steps 1-5 above. [Back to Top.]

Approval Process for Independently Secured Placement

Many students will seek to have a placement that they secure independently approved for this program -- including positions that students find through the Career Services Office website that do not have the job title "New England Law Summer Fellowship" and positions the students find that are not listed on the Career Services Office website.  Such students must complete the Summer Fellowship Placement Approval Request Form (below) and send the completed Form to the appropriate faculty member via email, seeking approval for the placement's inclusion in the Summer Fellowship Program.  As stated on the Form, students should contact Professor Karol for a private sector position, Professor Siegel for a public sector, government, or non-profit position, or Professor Laplante for an international position. In the subject line of the email, students must include “Summer Fellowship Placement Approval Request.”  The faculty member should respond within several days.

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 Adobe Acrobat installed you can get it from Adobe's website. Do not attempt to use a browser or mobile device that does not support Acrobat forms. Please fill out the form, altering any pre-selected choices that are not accurate, and remember to name it and save it on your computer so that you can attach it to an email and send it to the appropriate professor for approval.

Practice Professionalism Throughout the Process!

When reaching out to supervisors for a position listed on the Career Services Office website, students should follow the instructions prospective supervisors include in their job posting. In most cases, candidates are then selected, interviewed, and hired directly by the supervisor. If the job posting 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.]

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.

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