Fellowship Program

The Rappaport Fellows Program in Law and Public Policy provides gifted students committed to public policy careers with opportunities to experience the complexities and rewards of public policy and public service within the highest levels of state and municipal governments.

Each year, the Center selects 12 Fellows through a competitive application and interview process. The program includes a $7,000 stipend and coveted summer internships, during which students work with top policy makers and are mentored by members of the Rappaport Center Advisory Board, prior Rappaport Fellows, and respected attorneys in the field, focusing on issues of particular importance to Greater Boston and Massachusetts residents. These mentoring relationships are in addition to the designated supervisor in each summer placement

The Fellows participate in weekly experiential learning opportunities to explore the intersection of law and public policy. 

The Rappaport Fellowships offer an intense, up-close, first-hand look at the life of public policy lawyers and the influence these legal professionals have on the quality of life in our community, state, and region. The Fellows also contribute important intellectual capital to state and local government.

The Rappaport Fellows Program aims to shape future civic leaders and policy makers to make a real difference in society.

The Fellowships are available to law students from eight Massachusetts law schools:


Fellows Reunion

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Reunion guests comment on what the Rappaport Center means to them.

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Meeting with Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey  Link to article
By Ian Ramsey-North A Rappaport Fellow asked Attorney General Healey if there was a moment when she realized her vocation was public service. She paused for a moment and then ...
June 08, 2021
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Steve Kadish Provided Insights into the Massachusetts Contact Tracing System  Link to article
By Rachael Wyant This year’s Summer Speaker Series for Rappaport Center and Institute Fellows concluded with a compelling discussion with Steve Kadish, Chair of the Governor’s...
August 11, 2020
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The late Chief Justice Ralph Gants discussed justice and racial equity in the time of coronavirus  Link to article
By Cate McAnulty The courts have slowly started to reopen, but work is far from business as usual for the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court’s Chief Justice Ralph Gant...
July 23, 2020
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