Each summer, more than 100 first-year Suffolk Law students work alongside judges in courthouses all over New England through Suffolk Law's First-Year Summer Internship Program (FYSIP).

Applications for first-year day and second-year evening students are available in January; the application deadline is in late January. Students can look for details on Symplicity or contact Margaret Talmers, associate director for judicial clerkships and internships.

One of the driving forces behind the success of the program is the eagerness of area judges to be involved. It helps that Suffolk Law has so many graduates who are active judges—140 in Massachusetts and more than 220 total across the country, as of 2013.

An Alumni perspective

Suffolk Law graduate Sarah Fischer JD '13 interned for Magistrate Judge Marianne Bowler JD '76 in U.S. District Court.

“This is something everyone should do their first year,” Fischer says. “You see law, and lawyers, in practice." She spent time both in the courtroom and conducting research. "The research and writing experience was invaluable," explains Fischer. (Read more about Suffolk Law students’ experiences as judicial interns.)

Fischer says Judge Bowler was actively involved with mentoring Suffolk interns, taking time to teach and explain things, and really getting to know the interns in her court.

“I heard Judge Bowler address a group of students once, and she told us how Suffolk supported her throughout her career, and that it would support us as well," Fischer remembers.