Boston, MA (PRWEB) January 14, 2014
Building on the success of last year’s pilot program, New England Law | Boston will once again sponsor its Summer Fellowship Program in 2014, enabling students to earn money, gain valuable skills and contacts, and enhance their career prospects in a range of legal specialties and settings.
The program provides 10-week summer fellowship opportunities at law firms, businesses, government offices, and non-governmental organizations (NGOs). The program enables students to gain experience and professional connections while receiving $3,500 school-paid stipends that make the program accessible to many who would otherwise be unable to participate.
The opportunity will be available to first-year Day and Evening Division students and second-year Evening Division students. The fellowships are administered by the law school’s Center for Business Law (CBL) and the Center for Law and Social Responsibility (CLSR). New England Law alumni also provide assistance.
“Last year’s program was a great achievement and we are pleased to offer it again in 2014,” said Dean John F. O’Brien. “It is part of our continuing effort to help students become as prepared as possible for the practice of law. We are committed to programs like this that help our students gain meaningful experience that will assist them in today’s tight job market.”
The summer 2013 program received enthusiastic reviews from both students and their placement hosts. Many students were asked to continue their connections with their host organizations. Several of these are earning law school credit to complement their extracurricular experience. Summer fellowships and internships sometimes lead to a student receiving a post-graduation job offer, as was the case with the 2013 Summer Fellowship Program.
“This was a fantastic opportunity for me, and it was great to be at a big firm,” said Serge Subach ’14 about his fellowship at Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky P.C. He hopes eventually to find work in a large tech company either as an in-house attorney or as a member of a patent group.
“I learned more than I ever expected,” said Jayde Matchem ’15, who was placed with Associate Justice Robert Foster of the Massachusetts Land Court. “Judge Foster offered great advice on litigation, attorney conduct, property law, and legal writing, and at the same time I learned about areas of law such as zoning, takings, and mortgages in greater detail.”
CBL placements represented a wide range of legal fields, including real estate, intellectual property, health law, medical malpractice, insurance defense, and many other areas. CLSR placements offered law students the opportunity to work with practitioners with a public interest focus. Students also benefited from the advice and expertise of law school faculty and personnel.
“Most students summarized the program as exceeding their expectations and solidifying their confidence in choosing to enter the legal field,” said Professor David Siegel, CLSR co-director.
The majority of 2013 fellowships took place in New England. Baltimore, Chicago, New York City, Seattle, Washington, New Jersey, and Oregon were also represented, among other locations.
A partial listing of the 2013 placements follows.
- Federal and state courts, including U.S. District Attorney’s Office, District of Massachusetts, Criminal Division; Hon. Elizabeth Fahey, Massachusetts Superior Court; Hon. Stephen Limon, Juvenile Court Department Suffolk County Division, Boston; Massachusetts Land Court; Hon. Joseph Sise, Court of Claims, Montgomery County, NY; and the Superior Court of New Jersey;
- Attorney general and public defender offices, including U.S. District Attorney’s Office, District of Massachusetts, Criminal Division; Essex District Attorney’s Office, Salem, MA; Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office, Homicide Unit, Cambridge, MA; Public Defender’s Office, Monroe County, NY; Rhode Island Office of the Attorney General; and Yakima County Prosecuting Attorney, WA;
- Law firms and corporate legal departments, including John Hancock; Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky P.C.; and Pan Am Railways, among many others;
- Government agencies, including EPA Region 1, Boston; Federal Reserve Bank of New York; U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development; U.S. Army JAG Corps; U.S. Trade Representative Office, Washington; Massachusetts Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs; Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA); Massachusetts Securities Division; City of Melrose, MA; City of New York Parks and Recreation;
- Social service agencies, including Catholic Charities of Baltimore, MD; Irish International Immigrant Center, Boston; Harvard Legal Aid Bureau; Human Rights Watch, New York; and Planning Office for Urban Affairs, Archdiocese of Boston.