Internships and Summer Programs of Interest

For further information about any opportunities, please speak with Pre-Law Advisor Nancy Gibson. To schedule an appointment with her, please call 207-786-6232.  For recent job and internship postings, jump to the end of this page. See a complete list by logging on to JobCat.

The Sidley Prelaw Scholars Initiative offers free test prep, help with law school applications and fees as well as an additional $2500 scholarship to students from diverse backgrounds who intend to start law school in Fall 2016. To be eligible you must be a high performing second semester junior by January 2015, or senior graduating in 2016 or very recent graduate; native-born or naturalized U.S. citizen; and demonstrate financial need.  Details and application form are available at www.sidleyscholars.com MUST INTEND TO BEGIN LAW SCHOOL IN FALL 2016. Please contact Prelaw advisor Nancy Gibson if you would like to discuss the program or the application. Deadline is January 9, 2015.

The U.S. State Department offers the Rangel Summer Enrichment Program for undergraduates interested in foreign affairs, a fully-funded summer academic and experiential program in Washington, D.C. The application deadline is February 4, 2015. Visit www.rangelprogram.org for information. Must be a sophomore or junior with a minimum 3.2 GPA and be a U.S. citizen. If interested, please contact Nancy Gibson at BCDC for more information. All costs, including travel, are covered and a $3200 stipend is provided. Program dates are June 22 – August 2,2015.

The Boston Lawyers Group offers a Sumer Internship Program which introduces talented college students from diverse backgrounds to career opportunities within the legal profession. Interns work in law firms, government agencies or corporate legal departments from June – August. They also participate in fun and interactive professional development workshops and tour Boston area law schools and observe a live court trial, among other things. Visit www.thebostonlawerysgroup.com for deadlines. The application is usually available in December and is due in early February 2015. Applicants must be sophomores or juniors.

THE AMERICAN BAR FOUNDATION in Chicago, IL offers the Montgomery Summer Research Diversity Fellowship program to American citizens and lawful permanent residents including, but not limited to, persons who are African American, Hispanic/Latino, Asian, Native American, or Puerto Rican, as well as other individuals who will add diversity to the field of law and social science, such as persons with disabilities and LGBTQ persons.  The summer program is designed to introduce students to the rewards and demands of a research-oriented career in the field of law and social science. Current sophomores and juniors are eligible. Applicants must have a GPA of at least 3.0 major in the social sciences or humanities. The deadline is February 15. Please contact Nancy Gibson at ngibson@bates.edu if interested.

SUMMER PRELAW PROGRAMS ARE typically offered to students from diverse backgrounds underrepresented in the legal profession and first generation college students. Some programs offer LSAT preparation, overview of first year of law school, field trips,and  tips on preparing to be a competitive applicant. All of these programs are available at no cost to the students, most provide room and board and some provide a stipend and travel assistance. Summer 2015 programs will be posted here as they are announced. Information will be available beginning in January 2015.

DLA Piper runs a summer internship to give undergraduate students a chance to experience working within a global business law firm. It is open to students from underrepresented backgrounds, who are doing well in school and have demonstrated an interest in a career in the law. This is a 6-week paid internship. More information can be found here . Deadline is March 9, 2015.

Snell & Wilmer offers two FAR (Fellowship for Advancement and Resources) Fellowships which cover test prep course tuition, assistance with law school application fees, mentoring and advising through the application and admission process and assistance with the cost of law school books. Applications are usually due by July 1 of the year BEFORE the student intends to apply to law school (so, this July 1 if you will apply in Fall 2015 to start law school in Fall 2015). Contact Ms. Kara Blakey at  kblakey@swlaw.com for information.

Cornell University is hosting a Prelaw Program in New York City, June 1 – July 10, 2015. They offer a four-credit course, taught using the Socratic method, a selective internship. For more information go so sce.cornell.edu/prelaw . Cost is $5790 plus housing which students are responsible for finding on their own.