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The Attorney General's Fellowship Program

Applications will be accepted starting August 17, 2020

The Attorney General’s Office is seeking entry-level attorneys for its 2021 Fellowship Program in the Boston office.  The Program offers entry-level attorneys the unique opportunity to engage in the practice of law and policy in the largest public sector legal office in the Commonwealth. 

Fellows receive training and guidance from experienced attorneys to enhance proficiency and develop skills. Through the Fellowship Program, new attorneys will launch their legal careers by enriching their legal experience, broadening their exposure to the public sector, and assuming substantial individual responsibility for their work. Selected fellows will explore and gain experience in a variety of practice areas over the course of the two-year fellowship.  Fellows generally complete three rotations through different areas of the office.

The Fellowship Program begins in September 2021.  All individuals invited to participate must commit to a two-year term and must take the bar exam in Massachusetts no later than July 2021.  The salary will be $60,000 per year. 

Eligible Candidates and Criteria

The Attorney General’s Office seeks applications for its Fellowship Program from:

  • Third-year day or fourth-year evening law students scheduled to graduate in 2021; and
  • Current full-time judicial law clerks who received their J.D. prior to 2021 and were either:
    1. Accepted into their clerkship(s) straight from law school; or
    2. Accepted and deferred for up to one year and did not practice as an attorney before beginning their clerkship(s). 

Fellowship Program candidates will be selected on the basis of several factors, including:

  • Academic and intellectual ability;
  • Knowledge, experience, and ability in a number of legal skills areas such as research, writing, advocacy, trial preparation, discovery, investigation, negotiation, etc.; 
  • Legal, professional, or personal experience related to the mission of the Attorney General’s Office;
  • Demonstrated engagement and leadership in school and/or community activities;
  • Law journal participation or other experience in writing/editing;
  • Flexibility and interest in a variety of legal subject areas.

The successful candidate will be able to demonstrate a commitment to public interest law, a connection to the people and communities we serve, and an interest in supporting a respectful and inclusive work environment.

Application Process

Applications will be accepted between Monday, August 17, 2020 and Monday, September 21, 2020.  Applicants must apply electronically via the Attorney General’s Office Employment and Recruitment Portal.  In addition to a completed application, applicants must submit the following:

  1. Resume;
  2. Cover letter;
  3. Law school transcript;
  4. A one page personal statement. Your resume will reflect your legal and professional experience. The personal statement should explain the reason(s) for your commitment to public interest law and your interest in the work of the Attorney General’s Office, including any personal experiences related to the mission of our office.

Applicants will be asked to upload these documents as part of the application process.

Application materials may be addressed to the Fellowship Selection Committee.

We will gladly assist applicants who are unable to complete an application on-line or who are in need of an accommodation during the application process.

Writing sample and OFFICIAL law school transcript to be provided at time of interview. 

Selected candidates will be invited for interviews in October/November 2020.  Offers will be extended in December 2020.

For More Information

For more information on the prior year's Fellowship Program, download and view our brochure

For questions or assistance, please contact us at (617) 963-2041 or AGOFellowship@mass.gov

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