Happy Black History Month!  MBLA has missed seeing you and being able to network and fellowship in person.  We have a Virtual Town Hall in the works for Wednesday, February 24th at 7pm, where we hope to be able to gather virtually as a community to share news, opportunities and experiences.  In the meanwhile, we wanted to pass on some opportunities as several have impending deadlines.  These are organizations that have either directly partnered with MBLA or have reached out to encourage students in our network to apply.  Please feel free to reach out to us with any questions.   We look forward to seeing you soon!

1) Mini-Grants

In partnership with the Leadership Brainery we are funding 45 $100.00 mini grants to help relieve some of the financial strain of our black law students.  Funds can be used for anything from books, to groceries, rent, or transportation.  Law students applying for aid must: (1) Be enrolled in a Massachusetts based law school ; (2) Be a member of their school’s Black Law Students Association; and (3) Be experiencing financial hardship.
Please visit https://www.theleadershipbrainery.org/srf for application.  

2) Summer Internships:

Paid: 
Burns & Levinson is seeking current second-year law students for three 2021 Summer Associate positions, one for each of the following practice groups in our Boston Office:
–          Business Law
–          Divorce & Family Law/Fiduciary Litigation
–          Trusts & Estates

Below are links to the positions:

2021 Summer Associate – Business Law Group

2021 Summer Associate – Divorce & Family/Fiduciary Litigation Groups

2021 Summer Associate – Trusts & Estates Group

On our Firm’s website, the positions are listed under “Available Positions” under the LEGAL side of the Careers Page (not the PROFESSIONAL side): https://www.burnslev.com/careers/

 Students who are interested in applying to one of these positions should submit their (1) resume; (2) transcript; and (3) cover letter addressed to Elizabeth Brady Murillo, our Director of Professional Development & Inclusion, by 5pm on Friday, February 19th via our Firm’s online portal, linked above.

Sullivan & Worcester 1L Diversity Transactional Summer Program   (Due 2/15/21)

Health Law Advocates Summer Law Clerk Internship.    (Rolling Deadline)

Fidelity Legal Department https://wd1.myworkdaysite.com/recruiting/fmr/targeted/job/Boston-MA/Legal-Internship_2015587

Ropes & Gray’s 1L Diversity Fellowship – https://www.ropesgray.com/1l-diversity-program

The Sarita and Claire Wright Lucas Foundation supports young women of color who are committed to diversity in the law and serving the public by pursuing careers in justice as Prosecutors.  We are thrilled to announce our new initiative: the Sarita and Claire Fellowship Program. Launching this summer, the fellowship program is aimed at African American female law students who have completed their 2L year. We have partnered with the Suffolk and Middlesex District Attorney’s Offices and we are proud to announce that these fellowships will be paid positions. The deadline for the fellowship application is March 15th, 2021.

BBA 2021 Diversity, Equity & Inclusion (DEI) Summer Fellowship Program This program will provide three outstanding law students with critical work experience through paid summer internships in the public interest. We are seeking applicants who have demonstrated their commitment to advancing diversity, equity & inclusion within the legal profession. The BBA will partner with the Office of the Massachusetts Attorney General, the U.S. Bankruptcy Court, District of Massachusetts, and the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination (MCAD) to provide these opportunities for law students to gain practical experience, develop legal research and writing skills, expand their professional networks, and access tailored programming at the BBA.

Each Fellow will receive a $5,000 stipend for the summer. Funding for the position with the Office of the Massachusetts Attorney General has been provided by the Boston Bar Foundation (BBF) Beacon Fund. Funding for the position with the U.S. Bankruptcy Court, District of Massachusetts has been provided by the Charles P. Normandin Fund of the BBF, and the position with the MCAD has been sponsored by the law firm Pierce Atwood LLP.
For information about the program and to download the applications, please click here.

Unpaid:

CPCS (due 3/31/21)- https://careers-publiccounsel.icims.com/jobs/1965/internship—2021-summer-training-department-racial-justice-intern-program/job

CPCS (rolling) – https://careers-publiccounsel.icims.com/jobs/1965/internship—2021-summer-training-department-racial-justice-intern-program/job

  1. Scholarships:

MBLA Student Scholarships:
The Honorable Chief Justice Roderick L. Ireland Leadership and Juvenile Advocacy Award was established to support the development of students who, like Chief Justice Ireland, have exhibited a commitment to outstanding leadership and a passion for juvenile advocacy.

The Honorable Reginald Lindsay Public Service Award seeks to support the development of students who, like Judge Lindsay, have overcome adversity to use their outstanding academic ability and skills in public service.

The Fletcher “Flash” Wiley MBLA Legacy Scholarship Award seeks to support the development of students who, like Past MBLA President Fletcher “Flash” Wiley, display academic and professional excellence, exhibit a commitment to diversity and inclusion through leadership and volunteerism, and demonstrate a conviction to “lift as they climb.”

 Law Student Members may apply for each of the three MBLA scholarships offered: The Honorable Justice Roderick L. Ireland Leadership and Juvenile Advocacy Award ($1,500), The Honorable Reginald Lindsay Public Service Award ($1,000), and the Fletcher “Flash” Wiley MBLA Legacy Award (2 Students up to $5,000 each). Although students may apply for more than one scholarship, no student will be awarded more than one scholarship in any given year.  https://mablacklawyers.org/massachusetts-black-lawyers-association-law-student-scholarships2/

Margolis & Bloom Estate Planning Scholarship – Margolis & Bloom, LLP, an estate and elder law planning firm with a principal office in Wellesley, is offering two $1,000 scholarships a year through the Massachusetts Black Lawyers Association to Massachusetts law students interested in the field of estate planning.

The Sarita and Claire Wright Lucas Foundation awards $5,000 scholarships to African-American female law students for bar application and preparation. The Scholarship program also offers a $5,000 incentive for scholarship recipients who secure employment as prosecutors. We have awarded 11 scholarships since our inception in 2015.  The deadline for the Scholarship Program is March 8th, 2021.