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.
What Happens During the Summer
Students find and apply for 1L summer internships or other positions that fit their goals, strengths, and passions. 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 late 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.
With our Summer Fellowship Program, students can work anywhere in the world. 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.