Diversity & Inclusion Summer 2019 Fellowship: U.S. Bankruptcy Court, District of Massachusetts

About the Program:

The Boston Bar Association is now accepting applications for its Diversity & Inclusion Summer Fellowship Program for a summer 2019 position with the U.S. Bankruptcy Court, District of Massachusetts. The Boston Bar Association, its Diversity & Inclusion Section, Bankruptcy Law Section, and the U.S. Bankruptcy Court aim to support and foster diversity within the bankruptcy bar and invite law student candidates demonstrating a commitment to advancing diversity & inclusion within the legal profession to apply for this Fellowship.

Through this program, the Fellow will intern in Judge Melvin S. Hoffman’s chambers within the U.S. Bankruptcy court in Boston and will be provided with the opportunity to work directly with Judge Hoffman, observe courtroom proceedings, become familiar with bankruptcy law, and enhance their legal research and writing skills. Additionally, the Fellow will attend educational programs at the Boston Bar Association throughout the summer. The Fellow will also be matched with a mentor from the Diversity & Inclusion Section who will provide ongoing professional development guidance. Finally, the Fellow will write a reflection piece at the end of the summer that will be published on the BBA’s Beyond the Billable blog.

This is a paid opportunity and the Fellow will receive a $5,000 stipend provided by the Boston Bar Association. This program is run by the Boston Bar Association and funding is made possible by the Charles P. Normandin Fund of the Boston Bar Foundation.

How to apply:

Click here to download the application. Applications are due no later than 12:00 PM on Friday, March 1, 2019 to Ashrita Rau – arau@bostonbar.org


Diversity & Inclusion Summer 2019 Internship Program: Massachusetts Attorney General’s Office

About the Program:

The Boston Bar Association is now accepting applications for its Diversity & Inclusion Summer Internship Program for a summer 2019 paid position with the Massachusetts Attorney General’s Office (AGO). The Boston Bar Association and its Diversity & Inclusion Section, in partnership with the Attorney General’s Office, aim to support and foster diversity within the bar and invite law student candidates demonstrating a commitment to advancing diversity & inclusion within the legal profession to apply for this internship.

Through this program, the selected law student will participate in the AGO’s Summer Legal Internship Program. As part of this unique opportunity, the selected law student will receive substantive work; supervision and skills development, particularly in legal research and writing; and invaluable mentorship and networking in an office committed to serving the needs of the Commonwealth. The intern will be paired with attorney mentors both at the Attorney General’s Office and through the BBA’s Diversity & Inclusion Section. In addition, the intern will attend professional development events held at the BBA, such as lunchtime Summer Career Series events where students are able to explore various practice areas within the legal field. Finally, the intern will write a reflection piece at the end of the summer that will be published on the BBA’s Beyond the Billable blog.

The AGO’s Summer Legal Intern Program is a 10-week full-time program for students completing their 1L or 2L years of law school. The Summer Legal Intern Program is a structured program of trainings, events, and activities and will run from Tuesday, May 28, 2019 through Friday, August 2, 2019. Taking into account students’ areas of interest, interns are assigned to a particular division within the office.

This is a paid opportunity and the intern will receive a $5,000 stipend. This program is run by the Boston Bar Association and funding is made possible by the Boston Bar Foundation.

For more information about the work of the Attorney General’s Office, please visit www.mass.gov/ago.

How to apply:

Click here to download the application. Applications are due no later than 12:00 PM on Monday, February 11, 2019 to Ashrita Rau – arau@bostonbar.org.


Judicial Internship Program

About the Program:

In an effort to retain a diverse and inclusive population of young lawyers here in Boston, the BBA's Diversity & Inclusion Section launched the Judicial Internship Program in 2010, to provide law students with the valuable mentoring and professional experience needed to succeed after graduation.

For eight years, the BBA has facilitated this unique opportunity for Boston area law students to gain access to internships in various courts across the region.

The BBA’s Diversity & Inclusion Section’s Internship Program is an unpaid, non-credit* internship in which students work directly with a judge or legal team, observe courtroom proceedings and enhance their legal research and writing skills. In addition, interns are invited to engage in professional development seminars and meetings held at the BBA.  

* Students may be able to obtain credit from their law school for participation in the program. Please contact your school’s applicable division or department to inquire about academic credit.

How to apply:

The application period for 2018 has ended. Please contact Cassandra Shavney at cshavney@bostonbar.org with any questions.  

Get Involved:

If you are a government or legal services attorney and wish to learn more about accepting a placement through this program, please contact Cassandra Shavney, Public Service Programs Coordinator, at cshavney@bostonbar.org or 617-778-1918.