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BC Law Summer Work-Study & Summer Stipend Programs

Boston College Law School offers a variety of funding programs intended to promote and provide the funding for working for government agencies and public interest and non-profit organizations, including:

Summer Federal Work-Study Program

Amount of Award: $10.00 per hour, maximum award $4,000 for summer. Award period: May 19-August 24.
Eligibility: 1L or 2L student. Based on financial need.
Application Procedure: Submit the BC Law Financial Aid Application and the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) by the deadline.
Obligations of Award: Work for an eligible non-profit agency. Agency must contract with Boston College and agree to pay 25% of the wages earned and FICA (a total of 32.65%).
Administered by: Financial Aid Office

The Work-Study Program is available to fund summer positions working for government agencies, public interest organizations and nonprofit 501(c)(3) organizations. Other employers, including some public interest firms, may also be eligible. There are also many work-study opportunities at the Law School, including Research Assistants for professors, and internships at the BC Law Legal Assistance Bureau. A list of agencies that have contracted with Boston College in the past is available in the Financial Aid Office. Other qualified agencies may also participate in this program by completing a contract agreement with the Financial Aid Office.

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Public Interest Law Foundation Summer Stipend Program

Eligibility: 1L or 2L students who have applied for a summer work-study grant to work for government, public interest or nonprofit organizations.
Application Procedure: determined annually by the Public Interest Law Foundation.
Obligations of Award: Fill out an evaluation form at the end of the summer.
Administered by: Public Interest Law Foundation

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Owen M. Kupferschmid Holocaust/Human Rights Summer Funding Project

Amount of Award: Varies. Intended to cover out-of-pocket travel and living expenses.
Eligibility: 1L and 2L students. Preference for internship focusing on international human rights issues. Must have received an offer from employer.
Application Procedure: Determined annually by H/HRP.
Obligations of Award: Work a minimum of 10 weeks. Notify the school of your arrival and progress in summer placement. Submit a written report during the Fall, speak at a student panel regarding your summer experience. Collect information about your organization and other local groups to share with the law school.
Administered by: Holocaust Human Rights Project (H/HRP)

The Owen M. Kupferschmid Holocaust/Human Rights Summer Funding Project was established to fund students in internships that focus on international and human rights issues. Preference is given to internships in foreign countries. H/HRP is particularly interested in the development of law creating legal accountability for individuals responsible for state-sponsored or state-supported crimes or abuses, including mass murder and persecution, and human rights violations which states are unwilling or unable to prevent. However, anyone with an offer of a position in the human rights/international public interest field is encouraged to apply. The Project will fund first- or second-year students for a minimum of ten weeks. The funding amount will vary according to the needs of the students, but is intended to cover the out-of-pocket travel and living expenses. It may be combined with work study or PILF funding, and applicants are required to seek that additional funding. Students are encouraged to contact international organizations in January and to consult with the coordinator of the H/HRP Summer Funding Program for a list of possible sponsoring organizations.

The Holocaust/Human Rights Interns will be required to submit an evaluation and reflection of their summer placements to be used by future intern applicants. They will also be asked to speak on at least one panel or other forum about their experiences.