Accepting Applications Now for the Diversity & Inclusion Section's Judicial Internships

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.

The program 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 Circuit.
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 it here.

Below please find some answers to Frequently Asked Questions:

I’m just a 1L, can I still apply?
YES! The program is open to students who have completed their first or second year of law school (or the evening equivalent).

Is this a paid internship?
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 office.

What is the experience like?
The 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. 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 work?
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 program?
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?
YES!  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 (cshavney@bostonbar.org) with questions or concerns.