The for-credit Civil and Judicial Internship Program is Suffolk Law's largest intern program, enrolling about 130 students a year.

Day students are eligible beginning in the summer after First Year. Evening students are eligible after three semesters.

Students must take the two-credit Legal Process and Practice course concurrent with the internship or, in some cases, be supervised individually by a full-time faculty member. All legal work is performed under the supervision of a lawyer. Students find and apply independently for a one-semester internship.

Opportunities exist in courts, government agencies, non-profit organizations, and private law firms or corporations.

Application

Interested students should arrange a meeting with Clinical Professor Bernadette Feeley. A print guide and application are available in the Internship Office, Room 165.

  • One semester (available beginning summer after first year for day students, after three semesters for evening students)
  • 2-5 credits (depending on total hours worked)

Search Placements

Field Supervisor Evaluation

Formal Registration

1. Nature of work
Student performs legal work under the supervision of a lawyer in an approved field placement.

2. Faculty supervision
A Faculty Supervisor oversees the field work and serves as a professional guide.

3. Journal and final paper requirement
The student submits biweekly narrative journals and biweekly time logs reviewed and signed by the supervisor. The journals include student observations concerning the role of the lawyer, the dynamics of the legal system, and his or her own experience.

4. Field Placement
Students may earn from 2-5 credits per semester for their field placement work. One credit is earned for each 45 hours of legal work in the field. Credit for the field placement work is received on a pass/fail basis. Students may distribute the hours to be worked as they choose during the semester with the approval of the Field Supervisor. Professor Feeley must approve the number of credits appropriate for the student and the given placement in order to guarantee that the program's educational objectives are met.

5. Classroom Component

Legal Process and Practice
2 credits day; 2 credits evening
Fall 2013 (Professor Feeley)

This course is required for all students registered for a legal internship placement for the Fall 2013 semester. The two credits granted for this course are in addition to and independent of any credits awarded for that field placement experience. This classroom component will cover topics including ethical issues relating to internships; economic, social and moral issues in the legal profession; workplace skills; and discussion of field experiences. For their internship placement, students are required to keep regular journals which also will be discussed in this class. Readings and class participation are essential components of the course. An in-class oral presentation on a topic related to the student's fieldwork experience is required. An extended journal on an ethical issue is required. The paper will not satisfy the writing requirement. Student work is graded on a H/P/LP/F basis. This course does not fulfill the academic requirement for internships through Suffolk University Law School and the Center for International Legal Studies. As an alternative to the Legal Process and Practice course, students can be supervised individually by a full-time faculty member only if the student has taken, or is in the process of taking, a substantive course elective with that faculty member and that course relates to the field placement experience. Decisions about what courses and which placements qualify will be made by the Clinical Professor for Internships in consultation with the Director of Clinical Programs. The faculty member must agree to supervise the student under the guidelines of the Internship Program.

6. Eligibility
Any day student who fails to achieve a GPA of 2.67 after his or her first year is barred from enrolling in the Legal Internship Program for one year/two semesters. Any evening student who fails to achieve a GPA of 2.67 after his or her third semester is barred from enrolling in the Legal Internship Program for one year/two semesters. Thereafter, the student may enroll in the Legal Internship Program but the student’s participation is limited to 3 placement credits during his or her law school career.

7. Contact Professor Feeley
Students interested in an internship for the Summer 2013 semester should contact Professor Feeley no later than April 1, 2013. Students interested in an internship for the Fall 2013 semester should contact Professor Feeley no later than May 15, 2013. Students interested in an internship for the Spring 2014 semester should contact Professor Feeley no later than November 15, 2013.

Student Guide
For a complete list of program requirements, see the Student Guide, available in Room 165.

Classroom Offerings

Fall 2013
Internship Course
Legal Process and Practice
Day:
Tuesday
Time:
TBA
Instructor:
Prof. Feeley
RM.:
TBA

 

Legal Process and Practice (Fall 2013)

(Professor Feeley) 2 credits day; 2 credits evening

This course is required for all students enrolled in the Civil and Judicial Internship Program for the Fall 2013 semester. The two credits granted for this course are in addition to and independent of any credits awarded for that field placement experience. This classroom component will cover topics including ethical issues relating to internships; economic, social and moral issues in the legal profession; workplace skills; and discussion of field experiences. For their internship placement, students are required to keep regular journals which also will be discussed in this class. Readings and class participation are essential components of the course. An in-class oral presentation on a topic related to the student's fieldwork experience is required. An extended journal on an ethical issue is required. This paper will not satisfy the writing requirement. Student work is graded on a H/P/LP/F basis. This course does not fulfill the academic requirement for internships through Suffolk University Law School and the Center for International Legal Studies.

As an alternative to the Legal Process and Practice course, students can be supervised individually by a full-time faculty member only if the student has taken, or is in the process of taking, a substantive course elective with that faculty member and that course relates to the field placement experience. Decisions about what courses and which placements qualify will be made by the Clinical Professor for Internships in consultation with the Director of Clinical Programs. The faculty member must agree to supervise the student under the guidelines of the Internship Program.

Registration After Placement

CIVIL AND JUDICIAL INTERNSHIP REGISTRATIONS--AFTER THE FIELD PLACEMENT IS SECURED

 For questions regarding the registration process, please contact Wanda Rodriguez in the Internship Office, Room 165, or call 617-573-8049 or e-mail her at wrodriguez@suffolk.edu.

IN ORDER TO REGISTER FOR ACADEMIC CREDIT FOR FIELD PLACEMENT EXPERIENCE, STUDENTS MUST SUBMIT A COMPLETED "PLACEMENT APPROVAL AND COURSE ASSIGNMENT" FORM, A CONFLICTS FORM, AND A SIGNED SUPERVISOR LETTER. These forms will be given in turn to the Registrar. Students are advised to sign up for an "extra class" during the pre-registration process. Once the Internship Placement process is complete, students can register for the Internship and drop this extra class.

FAQS

Q. Can I receive academic credit and receive monetary compensation from the field supervisor at the same time?
A. No. The American Bar Association prohibits the award of academic credit for hours worked for pay. While some legal educators around the country have challenged this restriction, it remains in effect and we enforce it.

Q. How many internship credits can I earn while I am in law school?
A. You may earn up to 12 credits in internship and clinical programs.

Q. How does an internship differ from a clinical program?
A. The world of legal education is changing so these definitions are in flux. However, originally, clinics were law offices where law school faculty members directly supervised legal work done by law students for live clients. In contrast, internships were situations in which non-faculty lawyers supervised law students in settings outside of the law school, and the work was overseen by faculty members who gave additional guidance and encouraged ethical, professional, and other reflections upon the experience. In reality now, some of our legal internships are in private practice with lawyers who are also adjunct professors at the law school in substantive areas. And, in some of our clinics, supervision is done by lawyers who work outside of the law school context and our inside faculty oversee the field supervisors and give additional guidance and encourage reflectionIn general, clinics at our law school involve supervision of indigents in pro bono litigation. In our internship program, many of the same opportunities are available for a single semester (prosecutors, defenders, legal services), so if you get closed out of a clinic or want to do one for a single semester, you may want to consider an internship option.

Q. Will the internship lead to a full-time job upon graduation?
A. Internships often lead to many things but students should focus on the present and on getting the most out of their field placement experience. Some field supervisors do not hire students upon graduation from law school but require lawyers with experience (e.g. U.S. Attorney's Office). Some field supervisors hire students for paid part-time jobs after they become acquainted with the student and his or her work. Others have hired students for full-time associate jobs upon graduation, but we have never kept tallies.Students usually receive: great experience; new knowledge and skills; a mentor in the field supervisor; opportunities to meet other lawyers in the same field; and great source of future information concerning professional opportunities.

Q. How do I decide how many credits to earn for my placement?
A. Many factors influence this decision: 1) student's academic load; 2) student's extracurricular and other activities; 3) whether the field supervisor has been previously affiliated with the Internship Program and 4) field supervisor needs. Many students' schedules (especially night students) do not permit them to take more than 2-3 credits of internship. However, most students enjoy their placements more if they have more time in the placement. We aspire for the student to be immersed in the legal environment and immersion requires time. Some placements have minimum hours requirements.