The Attorney General's Fellowship Program

Find all the information you need to apply to the Attorney General's fellowship program.

The Attorney General’s Office is seeking entry-level attorneys for its 2019 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 2019. All individuals invited to participate must commit to a two-year term and must take the bar exam in Massachusetts no later than July 2019. 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 2019; and
  • Current full-time judicial law clerks who received their J.D. prior to 2019 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 and a connection to the people and communities we serve.

Application Process

Applications will be accepted between Monday August 13, 2018 and Tuesday September 18, 2018.  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.

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 2018. Offers will be extended in December 2018.

More Information

For more information on the Fellowship Program, download and view our brochure.

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

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