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Our law school’s innovative Summer Fellowship Program for first-year (1L) students helps jumpstart your legal career. Summer Fellows work for eight to ten weeks at law firms and legal organizations all over the country and world, gaining practical skills, real-world experience, professional connections, and a $3,500 stipend.

Summer Fellowship Program for law students

Regina Varilla ’20 at her Summer Fellowship with intellectual property law firm Sunstein Kann Murphy & Timbers LLP

Where You'll Work

With our Summer Fellowship Program, students can work anywhere in the world in positions that fit their goals, strengths, and passions.

Past participants have worked in the attorney general and public defender offices in Massachusetts, Maryland, Missouri, New York, Rhode Island, and Washington State. Others have held national and international positions with private law firms, NGOs, and corporations from Texas to Portugal.

What You'll Do

Fellowship responsibilities vary but may include things like drafting legal documents, managing case files, conducting research, and attending client meetings and court proceedings. Placements also include one or two performance reviews from a supervisor, which provide invaluable opportunities for professional growth.

Students usually start working by mid-May. Stipends are then paid in two or three installments throughout the summer, depending on when the fellowship begins. The law school will provide funding for what would otherwise be unpaid law internships.

You can get a sense of what our Summer Fellowships are like with these real-world student stories.

Phaleya Burnside '18

I saw how an attorney counsels and represents athletes—and I got to contribute my ideas. It opened my eyes to abilities I didn’t know I had.” —Phaleya Burnside ’18, Fellowship in Sports and Entertainment Law

Finding a Fellowship Position

Students work with one of our three academic centers or the Career Services Office to find their fellowship placement. Many students also arrange their own positions to fit their unique legal interests or to explore a practice in another state or country.

Program Eligibility

Students find and apply for 1L summer internships or other positions that interest them. Full-time students who have finished their first (1L) year and part-time students who have finished their first or second year are eligible for the Summer Fellowship Program. The Career Services Office also ensures positions meet all program requirements. Part-time fellowships may be approved on a case-by-case basis.

Pay it Forward

After their summer internship ends, law students can look forward to sharing their experience with the next class of students by “paying it forward.”

During the academic year, returning Summer Fellows spend at least three hours on one or several law-school-based activities that both help them grow and enrich the New England Law community. This might include mentoring incoming first-year students, participating in local bar association events, or volunteering to assist with pro bono legal projects led by faculty members.

To get more information about the Summer Fellowship Program, contact the New England Law admissions office or register for a campus visit or information session.