2014 Rappaport Fellows group photo

The Rappaport Fellows Program in Law and Public Policy brings together gifted students from each of the six Boston-area law schools (Boston College Law School, Boston University School of Law, Harvard Law School, New England Law|Boston, Northeastern University School of Law, and Suffolk University Law School) to work with top public policymakers in a ten-week paid summer internship on issues that affect residents of Greater Boston and Massachusetts.

This one-of-a-kind program exposes outstanding law students to the challenging complexities and powerful societal rewards of creating successful public policy. At the heart of the program is the desire to attract, train, inspire, and connect emerging civic leaders and policy shapers who will guide public institutions for generations to come.

A Unique Intersection

It begins with a special placement, giving Rappaport Fellows a unique opportunity to learn while they work on policy issues side-by-side with some of the most effective public servants in New England.

As they conduct their research, collect their data, and interview appropriate constituencies, the Rappaport Fellows move far beyond the confines of the law library and into the lives of concerned residents, advocacy groups, labor unions, media sources, and business owners. In short, it is an intense, up-close, first-hand look at the life of the public policy lawyer and the influence these legal professionals have on the quality of life in our community, state, and region.