Each summer, more than 100 first-year Suffolk Law students work alongside judges in courthouses all over New England through Suffolk Law's First Year Summer Internship Program (FYSIP). No other law school offers so many judicial internships for first-year law students.
Sarah Fischer JD '13 interned for Magistrate Judge Marianne Bowler, JD '76, in the United States District Court. “This is something everyone should do their first year,” Fischer says. “You see law, and lawyers, in practice." She spent time both in the courtroom and conducting research. "The research and writing experience was invaluable," explains Fischer.
One of the driving forces behind the success of the program is the eagerness of area judges to be involved. It helps that Suffolk Law has so many graduates who are active judges--more than 220 across the country, as of 2013.
Fischer says Judge Bowler was actively involved with mentoring Suffolk interns, taking time to teach and explain things, and really getting to know the interns in her court. “I heard Judge Bowler address a group of students once, and she told us how Suffolk supported her throughout her career, and that it would support us as well," Fischer remembers.
Applications for first year day and second year evening students are available in January; the application deadline is in late January. Students can look for details on Symplicity.