The Thomas J. Drinan Memorial Fellowship is awarded annually to fund the summer employment of a designated Suffolk University Law School student in the criminal justice field. In honor of its namesake, the Fellowship is awarded to a Suffolk Law student who demonstrates a commitment to the highest standards of integrity and advocacy within the criminal justice system, and the character and skills necessary to achieve these standards. The individual chosen will be placed and funded for a ten week summer position in a public office in Massachusetts engaged in the prosecution or defense of criminal cases. Such employment shall be available in offices such as those of the United States Attorney, the Massachusetts Attorney General, a District Attorney's Office, Committee for Public Counsel Services, and the Federal Public Defender. This Fellowship is available to second year day division and third year evening division students.

Selection Criteria

Considerations which will influence selection of the Drinan Fellow include the following:

  1. Demonstrated interest in and commitment to working in the criminal justice system;
  2. Excellent legal skills; and
  3. Personal integrity and character.

Application Process

To apply, please submit the following materials via Symplicity (OCI Session: Drinan/McLaughlin) by 10am on September 26, 2018:

  1. Law school transcript (unofficial copy is acceptable);
  2. Resume;
  3. Letter of intent/personal statement, indicating your demonstrated interest in and commitment to working in the criminal justice system; and 
  4. A list of three references (one should be a faculty member) with title and contact information.

Note: If you are applying for both the Drinan and McLaughlin fellowships, you must submit a separate set of materials for each.

Application Deadline

September 26, 2018 by 10am through Symplicity (OCI Session: Drinan/McLaughlin).