Applications are being accepted for the BBA’s
Diversity & Inclusion Section’s Internship Program. More than 130 law
students have participated in the BBA’s Diversity & Inclusion Section’s
Internship Program since it began in 2010. The BBA is invested in creating
opportunities for lawyers and law students of all backgrounds to grow in
understanding of one another and to ask deeper questions about what they can
expect as they move forward in the profession.
The BBA’s Diversity &
Inclusion Section’s Internship is a chance for law students to work directly
with a judge and court personnel, observe courtroom proceedings and enhance
their legal research and writing skills. The summer work experiences are paired
with a series of career exploration programs, opportunities to connect with
leaders in the BBA community and our affinity bar partners.
is an initiative of the Boston Bar Association’s Diversity & Inclusion
Section and is provided with the cooperation of the Boston Municipal Court,
Probate and Family Court Department, Land Court Department, the Massachusetts
District Court & Superior Courts, United States Bankruptcy Court, District
of Massachusetts, and the Bankruptcy Appellate Panel for the First
There are specific application requirements for each placement.
Students are encouraged to carefully read the application and specifications for
each position sought before submitting your application. The Application for
these internships is available on our program
website or you may download
Below please find some answers to Frequently Asked
I’m just a 1L, can I still apply?
program is open to students who have completed their first or second year of law
school (or the evening equivalent).
Is this a paid
No, this is an unpaid, non-credit internship. Students
are welcome to apply for funding via public interest or other summer employment
programs. Likewise, many schools will offer experiential learning credit for
internships such as this. If you have questions about your school’s process,
please speak with your Dean of Students / Academic Affairs
What is the experience like?
is a chance for law students to work directly with a judge and court personnel,
observe courtroom proceedings and enhance their legal research and writing
skills. In addition, interns partake in professional development seminars and
meetings held at the BBA throughout the summer.
Is this a full-time internship? How many hours must I
We welcome applications from students who are able to work at
least 15-20 hours per week, and can commit to working at least 8 weeks of the
summer. Some judges request specific schedules or prefer full-time interns; so
if you are able to work full time, or have a specific schedule in mind, please
indicate as such in this application.
Interns are also invited to
attend BBA enrichment programs during the course of their internship. These
programs are held at lunch or after business hours. A full calendar will be
available at the outset of the summer to enable students to plan their work and
other commitments around these programs.
I have a part-time job
to help make ends meet, could I still participate in the internship
Interns must comply with the Massachusetts State Courts’
confidentiality and ethical guidelines, which, among other things, preclude any
outside legal work, whether paid or unpaid, while participating in the
internship program. If applicable, interns must also comply with the
Massachusetts State Courts’ guidelines for avoiding potential conflicts,
including those that may arise while the intern is looking for future legal
employment. Generally, as long as your part-time job is not legal work and your
employer is not a law firm or law office, and does not present a conflict, there
should not be a problem. We invite you to provide information about any
concurrent employment in the internship application so it can be reviewed by the
court to which you are applying.
I am not sure which Court I
would like to apply for; may I apply to more than one?
The application is designed so you may apply to more than one court for
consideration. We strongly encourage separate, specialized cover letters
for each court to which you wish to apply.
When can I expect to
hear about a placement?
Applications will be collected and
placements will be made on a rolling basis with a deadline of Monday, February
27, 2017. Students are encouraged to apply early! We expect to make placements
in early March 2017.
Law students may contact our program administrator,
Cassandra Shavney (firstname.lastname@example.org) with questions