The Donoghue Barrett & Singal, P.C. Health Law Fellowship supports the summer employment of a Suffolk University Law School student engaged in public interest health law.  This fellowship is the result of a generous gift from Donoghue Barrett & Singal, P.C. and reflects the law firm’s commitment to pro bono work in the Boston community.  Each year the fellowship will be awarded to a Suffolk University Law School student who demonstrates an interest in and commitment to substantive areas of health care law or health law policy.  The individual chosen will be paid a $7,000 stipend for a ten week full-time summer position in a Massachusetts government office or nonprofit agency engaged in health law related work.  While it is not necessary to secure an internship prior to applying for the fellowship, the award will be contingent upon placement with an eligible employer.  The Health Law Fellow may secure placements independently or with the assistance of the Rappaport Center.

Applicant Eligibility

All Suffolk Law students in good academic standing who are not in their final semester are eligible to apply.

Selection Criteria

Considerations that will influence selection of the Donoghue Barrett & Singal, P.C. Health Law Fellow include the following:

  1. Demonstrated interest in and commitment to working in the field of public interest health law; 
  2. Demonstrated commitment to public service as shown by past paid and volunteer work experiences and extracurricular activities; and
  3. Academic achievement. 

Eligible Summer Jobs       

Positions at government and nonprofit organizations in Massachusetts engaged in the practice of health law or health policy are eligible for the fellowship.  Examples of eligible placements include, but are not limited, to:

  • Boston Public Health Commission;       
  • Community Health Centers;
  • Health Care for All;
  • Health Law Advocates;
  • MA Attorney General’s Office (Health Law Unit or Medicaid Fraud Control Unit);
  • MA Department of Public Health;
  • MA Division of Health Care Finance and Policy; and
  • MA Executive Office of Health and Human Services.

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 #11136 by March 3, 2014:

  1. Law school transcript (unofficial copy is acceptable).
  2. Resume.
  3. Personal statement describing your interest in and commitment to public interest health care 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.
  4. A list of two professional/academic references with title and contact information.

Finalists will be selected and interviewed by a selection committee in late March and the Health Law Fellow will be selected soon thereafter.     

Application Deadline

March 3, 2014.