About the Fellowship

The Foley Hoag Centennial Summer Fellowship is open to all Suffolk Law students in good academic standing in the 2LD/3LE class. This fellowship award was established by SULS alumnus, Paul Lyons, on the occasion of the 100th anniversary of the founding of Suffolk University Law School. The fellowship is designed to help fund a position in public service that the student has secured or identified as a likely opportunity for his or her 2LD/3LE summer.

Eligibility

Applicants from the Class of 2015 will be selected based on the following criteria:

  • Distinguished academic achievement,
  • Demonstrated interest in public service, and
  • Application materials submitted (see details below).

Work in any legal non-profit organization or federal, state, or local government agency qualifies. While not required, consideration will be given to a student who secures a position in an organization or agency that handles legal issues that are in line with Foley Hoag’s pro bono program. These may vary year to year, but generally include domestic violence, fair housing, LGBTQ civil rights, political asylum, and race relations.

Funding

The fellowship award is approximately $2,500.

Application Process and Guidelines

Applications are reviewed and selection made by members of the SULS Foley Hoag Centennial Fellowship Committee.

Additional information and guidelines about the fellowship follow:

  • The fellowship provides funding for students working in otherwise unpaid summer internships with non-profit and government organizations.
  • While it is not necessary to secure an internship prior to applying for the fellowship, any fellowship offer is contingent upon the recipient securing an eligible internship placement.
  • Fellows may secure placements independently or with the assistance of the Rappaport Center and the Office of Professional and Career Development. It is recommended that students intending to submit an application meet with someone in the Rappaport Center or the PCD as soon as possible.
  • The Fellowship recipient must advise the Rappaport Center and the PCD of her/his placement as soon as possible and not later than May 1. If an approved summer placement is not secured by that date, the Fellowship Committee will award the funding to another eligible student.
  • Should the fellowship recipients wish to combine the fellowship award with an additional source of funding, the Committee will consider the request on a case-by-case basis.

Application Materials Required

  • Resume
  • Law School transcript (unofficial)
  • Application form (download the form from the Document Library under the Resources tab on Symplicity)
  • Brief personal statement describing the applicant’s interest and commitment to public service. Include any past or current public service and/or volunteer experience in line with Foley Hoag’s pro bono program priorities, or in other areas. As noted above, if you have not secured a position, indicate the anticipated employer and the status of the job search (e.g. application(s) submitted, interview(s) secured, and/or offer(s) pending.) The personal statement should be no more than one page in length.

For more information, and to apply, log on to Symplicity (click on the OCI tab and choose the “FH Fellowship” session).  The deadline to apply for the Summer 2014 fellowship is Friday, March 7.