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The New England Law | Boston Summer Fellowship Program 2017-2018

Overview

New England Law’s innovative Summer Fellowship Program helps jumpstart your legal career. Summer fellows gain hands-on work experience and develop valuable connections with practicing attorneys while receiving a $3,500 school-paid stipend for 10 weeks of work at a law firm or legal organization.[1]

Who is eligible?

Full-time students who have finished their first year and part-time students who have finished their first or second year are eligible to apply for the New England Law Summer Fellowship Program.

How do I apply?

Students can find summer fellowships through the Career Services Office Symplicity website by searching for unpaid internships or law clerk positions. Students should apply directly for the positions that are of interest to them. Potential supervisors will conduct interviews at their convenience.

Students may also secure a summer fellowship through their own networking, independent research, or other job search resources.

In either case, once a student is selected by a supervisor, the student may seek a summer fellowship stipend by submitting the Fellowship Approval Request Form.

For a position to be approved for inclusion in the Summer Fellowship Program, it must:

  • be unpaid;
  • offer 10 consecutive weeks of legal or law-related work under the supervision of a practicing attorney or judge with a minimum of 35 hours per week[2];
  • not constitute partisan political work; and
  • end before the start of classes for the fall semester of 2018.

Part-time fellowships (less than 35 hours per week) may be approved by the Associate Dean on a case-by-case basis.

All positions must be approved by June 29, 2018 to be included in the 2018 New England Law Summer Fellowship Program. Once a position is approved for inclusion in the Summer Fellowship Program, a student will receive a stipend agreement for the summer.

What happens during the summer?

Students should start working by mid-to-late May 2018. At the end of each work week, students are responsible for submitting their time in order to receive the summer stipend checks; weekly time-sheets must be submitted by 9:00 a.m. every Monday for the duration of the fellowship. Students will not be paid for commuting, vacation, or sick time. Any student who is unable to meet their work hour obligation should contact the Career Services Office at cso@nesl.edu.

During the fellowship students should also seek both a mid-summer and end-of-summer performance review from their supervisor. The purpose of the review is to help students gauge if their work is meeting the supervisor’s expectations and help the student determine what skills they should focus on developing. Reminders will be sent during the summer to both students and supervisors encouraging them to have review meetings.

Any student who has questions or concerns during their summer fellowship should contact the New England Law Career Services Office at cso@nesl.edu.

When are the stipends disbursed?

The law school issues stipend payments to students whose weekly time-sheets are up to date. The stipend will be paid in two or three installments depending on when the student’s fellowship begins. A fellowship that begins before mid-May will receive three installments (mid-June, mid-July, and shortly after Labor Day) of approximately $750, $1,250, and $1,500, respectively. A fellowship that begins after mid-May will receive two installments (mid-July and shortly after Labor Day) of approximately $2,000 and $1,500 respectively. Fellows who neglect to submit weekly time-sheets and/or have not performed the expected work will not receive timely stipend checks.

Pay it Forward

After the Summer Fellowship Program ends, students can look forward to sharing their fellowship experience with the next class of students and enriching the New England Law community by “paying it forward.” During the academic year after the fellowship, returning fellows must spend at least 10 hours on one or a combination of law-school-based activities and report their Pay it Forward activities through the Summer Fellowship TWEN site to fulfill this requirement. Review the “Pay it Forward” guidelines for more details.

 

[1] To receive the full $3,500 stipend students must complete at least 350 hours of work over a 10-week period.

[2] Students who expect to work less than an average of 35 hours per week over a 10-week period are eligible for a prorated stipend.