Openings for Summer Law Fellows for Summer 2019


The Disability Law Center (DLC) is a Massachusetts nonprofit public interest law organization. We are seeking 2L or 3L law students to work as a Summer Law Fellows in our Boston office on Beacon Hill during the summer of 2019.

We seek candidates with strong skills in research, legal writing, legal analysis, fact gathering and oral advocacy and with a clear and demonstrated commitment to disability rights and/or civil rights issues. We would consider either rising 2L or rising 3L applicants.

Operating under federal law, our office is the Protection and Advocacy system (“P&A”) for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. We conduct investigations of abuse and neglect, engage in monitoring, and handle individual cases and systemic advocacy related to: employment discrimination; housing discrimination; ADA access; voting rights; Olmstead/community integration cases; special education; health and benefits work; and matters on behalf of people in facilities (state psychiatric hospitals, prisons, nursing homes etc.).

Our advocacy includes legal advice, individual representation; systemic advocacy including class actions; legislative and administrative advocacy, abuse and neglect investigations and monitoring and community trainings.

Responsibilities for the Fellows is determined based on the experience of the candidate, but might include: legal research and writing, participation in administrative and/or legislative advocacy, assistance with other systemic advocacy or litigation, individual cases work, fact investigation, client counseling, etc.

Fellows will have the opportunity to work with clients and advocacy groups in a wide cross section of disability law, including working with people with physical disabilities, psychiatric disabilities, intellectual disabilities and traumatic brain injury.

Our office is committed to providing Fellows with supervision, training and support to promote professional development. It is a dynamic, supportive and challenging work environment with a deeply committed and experienced staff. We welcome the opportunity to work with and mentor a law student who shares our mission.   DLC is particularly interested in working with law students with disabilities and/or those with experience in working with people with disabilities.

These positions are full-time over 10-11 weeks. Most of our Summer Law Fellows come to us with scholarship or summer public interest funding from their respective law schools. We regret that we do not have funds to pay stipends or salaries.

To apply, please upload a cover letter outlining your interest, along with a resume and writing sample in MS Word format on the form below.

Rick Glassman

Director of Advocacy

Disability Law Center

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