Students are expected to complete 250 hours of work at their placement to receive the full semester stipend (up to $5,000), or 350 hours to earn the full summer stipend (up to $7,000). The hours for a semester stipend need not be fully completed during the semester; they can be partly earned by continuing in the placement. If a student is not able to complete the full hours ordinarily expected to earn the stipend, the award will be prorated to reflect the extent of the student’s participation. The stipend will be released to the student in two installments—the first installment when the student submits documentation to the Fellowship Selection Committee demonstrating that he or she has completed 50% of the work expected for the stipend, and the second installment when the student submits documentation to the Fellowship Selection Committee demonstrating that he or she has completed the internship.
All Suffolk Law students in good academic standing are eligible to apply.
Considerations which will influence selection of Consumer Law Fellows include the following:
- Interest in and commitment to working in the field of consumer rights and protection;
- Commitment to public service as shown by past paid and volunteer work experiences and extracurricular activities; and
- Academic achievement.
Positions at government and nonprofit organizations engaged in the practice of consumer rights and protection are eligible for the fellowships. Examples of eligible placements include, but are not limited, to:
- Boston Community Capital Foreclosure Relief Fund;
- Greater Boston Legal Services, Consumer Rights Unit;
- Massachusetts Office of Consumer Affairs and Business Regulation;
- National Consumer Law Center;
- Rhode Island Attorney General's Office, Consumer Protection Unit;
- U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development; and
- U.S. Securities & Exchange Commission.
The above list is not exhaustive and students may design their own fellowship at a qualifying organization. Job responsibilities should involve substantive legal work commensurate with the student’s skill level. Work of a primarily clerical nature does not qualify. The student must also have an attorney as a direct supervisor.
The following is the schedule for application submissions for the coming year:
- Application Opens: Thursday, July 6, 2017
- Deadline: Friday, August 4, 2017
- Application Opens: Wednesday, November 1, 2017
- Deadline: Friday, December 1, 2017
- Application Opens: Wednesday, February 7, 2018
- Deadline: Friday, March 23, 2018 (extended)
- Law school transcript (unofficial copy is acceptable);
- Personal statement describing your interest in and commitment to the area of consumer law. While it is not necessary to secure an internship prior to applying for a fellowship, applicants should include information pertaining to their internship prospects. The statement should be no longer than 2 double-spaced pages; and
- Two references.
Awards ordinarily will be announced within three weeks of the application deadline. Fellows will be required to submit weekly time sheets to a member of the Fellowship Selection Committee.
Please contact Quaime V. Lee in the Office of Professional and Career Development if you have any questions.