Third-year law student Sammy Nabulsi is pushing the American Bar Association to change its rules to allow law students who receive class credit for internships also to be paid.

Currently, the ABA prohibits interns from being paid if they are also receiving class credit.

Nabulsi, who is president of Suffolk’s student bar association, filed a letter with the ABA on behalf of the Suffolk Law student body in support of the proposed rule change. An ABA committee recommended that the national ABA change the policy.

“Legal research takes a lot of time and it’s a lot of work. And this is also an opportunity to make a little money to pay for gas, to pay for food, to pay for rent,” Nabulsi told the Boston Business Journal.

The next step is for the section of the ABA that deals with legal education to approve the decision.

Read more about the proposed rule change in the Boston Business Journal.