The Consumer Law Public Service Fellowships support current students at Suffolk University Law School working in unpaid public service internships in the field of consumer rights and protection.  Fellowship applications are accepted on a rolling basis throughout the year and are available both for summer internships and part-time internships during the fall and spring semesters.  The rate of pay is $20 per hour with a maximum award of $7,000 per student.  Fellows may start their internship at any time and may work until they have reached the $7,000 maximum.  While it is not necessary to secure an internship prior to applying for a fellowship, the award is contingent on obtaining a placement with an eligible employer.  Consumer Law Fellows may secure placements independently or with the assistance of the Rappaport Center.  Students may not receive academic credit for their internships and may not receive the Fellowship more than once.

Applicant Eligibility

All Suffolk Law students in good academic standing are eligible to apply.

Selection Criteria

Considerations which will influence selection of Consumer Law Fellows include the following:

  1. Interest in and commitment to working in the field of consumer rights and protection;
  2. Commitment to public service as shown by past paid and volunteer work experiences and extracurricular activities; and
  3. Academic achievement.

Eligible Internships

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;
  • MA Attorney General’s Office, Public Protection and Advocacy Bureau;
  • MA Executive Office of Elder Affairs;
  • MA Office of Consumer Affairs and Business Regulation;
  • MassPIRG; and
  • National Consumer Law Center.

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.

Application Process

To apply, please submit the following materials via Symplicity job posting #11135:

  1. Law school transcript (unofficial copy is acceptable);
  2. Resume;
  3. 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
  4. A list of two references.

While applications will be considered on a rolling basis, it is recommended that students submit their applications approximately 3 months prior to the time that they wish to start an internship.  Students intending to use the fellowship for a full-time summer internship should submit their fellowship application no later than March 3, 2014.  It is also recommended that students intending to submit an application meet with someone in the Rappaport Center to discuss possible placement options.

Applications are now being accepted for Summer 2014 fellowships.  Applications for summer fellowships are due March 3, 2014