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An Introduction to the Profession

For their second enrichment seminar, our Summer Jobs Students met with five individuals working in different legal settings. This seminar is designed to acquaint them with the wide array of jobs attorneys can do and practice settings they can work in.

Genevieve Aguilar (Choate Hall & Stewart) explained what working for a large, corporate law firm is like, noting the fast-paced environment and rewarding pro bono opportunities that come her way. Some students noted that her job was the most like a “traditional lawyer” as they had envisioned the job prior to listening to all the seminar’s speakers.

Boston Latin School graduate Ying Wang (State Street) spoke about how working in-house varies from firm work in that you have one “client.” Many of the students currently attend Boston Latin School (BLS) and were curious about how her experiences at BLS prepared her for her legal career.  She noted that the rigor of BLS classes readied her for the focus and diligence she needed in law school. Wang is also a Judge Advocate General (JAG) in the U.S. Army Reserves, and she spoke about her experience offering legal assistance to soldiers in the region. She discussed the military as an option to fund a college education, though she did not personally pursue that route.

Janette Ekanem (Greater Boston Legal Services) highlighted the rewarding nature of legal services work and the complex, life-altering challenges her clients face. The students were interested in the difference she found when she switched from practicing real estate law in a firm to a legal services organization that helps the underserved.

Mark Zglobicki (Massachusetts Office of the Inspector General) discussed how important making and keeping professional connections can be for one’s career and that the students should start by staying in touch with those they’re working with this summer. Many students asked about the everyday work of the Inspector General’s Office, as it was an agency they had never heard of prior to speaking with Mark.

Finally, Solana Goss (Boston Bar Association) shared how her work with the BBA’s Lawyer Referral Service engages her in a legal career without having obtained a J.D. She fielded many questions about preparing for life in college and later in the professional world and spoke about what she learns from interacting with attorneys and clients on a regular basis.

Summer Jobs students hear from Ying Wang (State Street Corporation) during an Enrichment Seminar on Exploring Legal Careers

High School Interns Meet Financial Aid Expert

The Summer Jobs interns met with Daniel Forster, the VP of Enrollment Management at Westfield State University earlier in the month. Forster is a member of the National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators, and he described the types of financial aid available, guided the interns through determining the actual cost of attending different universities, and provided important tips for completing the FAFSA.

With approximately half of the interns headed to college this fall and the other half considering their options as they apply in the next few months, the presentation was peppered with questions. From scholarships for left-handed people or those with the last name Zolp to corporate grants and federal and private loan options, there are many ways for students to obtain funds for tuition. Forster reminded the interns that all of these sources have different applications and terms & conditions. It’s important to apply to as many scholarships as possible and to seek out scholarship and grant sources before turning to loans.

At the start of the seminar, Forster described the various higher ed institutions he’s worked for over the past 28 years, including Simmons College and Wheelock College. After hearing about the many components of financial aid and the steps students can take to ensure they’re covered for college, one intern asked Forster what he felt was the biggest takeaway from his presentation. “Do not borrow more than you need,” he responded. Forster explained that many fall into the trap of borrowing more from a private loan institution than they really need to while attending college. Instead, he recommended searching and applying to scholarship programs and saving as much as possible from summer employment. Any amount paid up front is going to be better than paying that amount back later, with interest.

Law 101: A Crash Course on the Legal Field for High School Interns

For their first enrichment seminar of the year, the Summer Jobs student interns participated in Law 101. The morning is partly a crash course on being a lawyer and partly a Q & A session with the attorneys who present the topics. The grand finale is a “Jeopardy!”-style game where the students test the knowledge they just picked up. Attorneys Michael Licker (Foley Hoag) and Kimberly Parr (Office of the Massachusetts Attorney General) led the discussion and activity.

While many high school students may have learned about the legal system in social studies or civics classes, it’s rare that they have the opportunity to speak directly with attorneys about these topics. During Law 101, they receive a broad overview of the paths to law school and the many different areas of law in which attorneys practice. They also learn about the difference between criminal and civil cases and the structure of the court system on the state and federal levels.

Some students had questions about the path from high school to law school, and how their academic performance and choice of undergraduate university could influence their future options. Other students wondered about being a law student, whether courses they take are difficult and how a law school can keep the curriculum up-to-date when laws are changing in real time. Speaker Kim Parr highlighted her own transition from a large law firm to a government agency and the differences between various types of legal offices and environments.

After a high-energy round of “Jeopardy!”, it was time for the students to return to their offices for the rest of their work day. In the coming weeks, we will be covering their experiences learning about municipal government, touring courthouse buildings, and more.

To see photos from the summer, view our online album here.

Student interns deliberate over the correct answer

Summer Jobs Kickoff 2018: Welcome, Students!

Adriana Jean-Louis (former intern at WilmerHale, current UMass Dartmouth student) speaks at the Summer Jobs Kickoff. For more photos of the event, please click here.

For the 25th year, the Boston Bar Association welcomed students this week for the Kickoff of our Summer Jobs Program, which gives Boston Public Schools students the opportunity to work at a law firm, legal services organization or government office for the summer. Over the course of 25 years, the Boston Bar has connected more than 1,000 students with a meaningful seven-week internship. This year’s group of 36 students will work at 31 offices all over the city.

At the Kickoff event, student interns sat with their supervisors and learned about the importance of making connections with others and how to cultivate impactful relationships.

Adriana Jean-Louis, a summer jobs alumnus who is now a senior at UMass Dartmouth, spoke about her experience interning at WilmerHale, a firm that has been hiring youth interns for over two decades. In the days leading up to her summer job, she was nervous and intimidated, unsure of what to wear or what her responsibilities at work would be. By the time the internship ended, she had developed a rapport with her supervisor and the attorneys in her office. Today, as a successful student and representative in the student government at UMass Dartmouth, Jean-Louis says the program helped her understand the “power and importance of relationships.” She also learned to present herself with confidence and embrace taking positive risks necessary to achieve her goals.

“My advice would just be to work toward being the best you can,” she said.

Lily Kelly, a recent graduate of Boston Latin School headed to Boston University in the Fall, will participate in her second internship through the Summer Jobs Program with Holland & Knight this summer. She also spoke at the Kickoff, emphasizing the importance of good communication as a stepping stone to creating meaningful connections with colleagues and building trust.

“To get the most out of your job, you have to make an effort to put yourself out there and build relationships, and in order to do that, you have to learn to communicate well,” she said.

As her team began to see her abilities and put faith in her work product, Kelly began to receive engaging research projects from the attorneys she worked with at Holland & Knight. She is looking forward to returning to the office and working with her supervisor, Sparkle Calhoun and mentor, Meredeth Beers.

Anne Bowie, WilmerHale’s Public Service Manager, reminded students that they are all capable of success, and that everyone – no matter their age or experience level – relies on others for help. When she asked everyone in the room, including lawyers and law firm professionals, to raise their hand if they had achieved professional success without any assistance, there were no hands in the air.

With that, Bowie introduced Daniel Horgan from MENTOR: The National Mentoring Partnership. Horgan led the students and supervisors through a series of hands-on activities. Each one zeroed in on a specific component of meeting and getting to know another person. Horgan frequently turned back to the metaphor of people as “icebergs.” Limited information is available at face value, but the real heart of a person lies in the experiences that are under the surface.

Some students acknowledged the awkwardness of sharing personal information with new acquaintances, and many of Horgan’s practical tips focused on the best ways to naturally draw people out over the course of a conversation.

“You’ll notice the questions you feel comfortable asking, and the information you’re sharing, get progressively deeper. You get more comfortable opening up with practice and opportunities,” he said.

Horgan intended the exercises to demonstrate to the student interns that their existing drive and passion will be amplified if they reach out to their colleagues and use them for support. Likewise, the students’ supervisors for the summer will grow as mentors and will provide the best support through compassion and listening. Horgan stressed that everyone has their own talents and strengths that are best utilized in conjunction with others’ differing strengths. The employee-supervisor relationship is constantly evolving and Horgan’s training left the crowd more aware of how deeply impactful their interactions over the next seven weeks can be and the knowledge that they each have something unique they bring to their relationships.

The Boston Bar would like to thank WilmerHale for their sponsorship of the Kickoff and all of the wonderful speakers for their time. We look forward to another enriching year for our students.

Stay updated throughout the summer by visiting us here at Beyond the Billable and reading about the students’ weekly enrichment seminars and what they’ve been up to at work.

If you’re interested in learning more about the Summer Jobs Program or the work of MENTOR and their local affiliate, Mass Mentoring Partnership, please email Cassandra Shavney at [email protected].

Eight Offices Selected to Host BBF Funded Summer Jobs Students

Each year, thanks to generous donations to the Boston Bar Foundation’s M. Ellen Carpenter Fund, a handful of high school students are provided the opportunity to work at legal services organizations, courts, and government offices through the BBA’s Summer Jobs Program. This summer, eight Boston Public School students will have the opportunity to earn a paycheck through the BBA while developing critical professional skills and providing support to a legal office in the city. The following organizations have been selected as 2018 host sites for the BBF-sponsored interns:

  • Massachusetts Executive Office of Health and Human Services
  • Massachusetts Law Reform Institute (MLRI)
  • Massachusetts Legal Assistance Corporation (MLAC)
  • Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office
  • U.S. Bankruptcy Court, District of Massachusetts, Clerk’s Office
  • U.S. District Court, District of Massachusetts, Clerk’s Office
  • U.S. District Court, District of Massachusetts, Ward Fellowship
  • Volunteer Lawyers Project

We’re also grateful to the 24 law firms and government agencies that are directly hiring students this summer.

The Summer Jobs Program will kick-off its 25th year on July 9th – stay tuned for updates on the students throughout the summer!

 

23 Offices Sign on to Provide Summer Employment for Boston High School Students

Summer is right around the corner and over 30 students will have the opportunity to learn more about the legal profession and gain critical office experience at legal offices around the city. The 23 below organizations have pledged to hire at least one student in 2018 and will provide teens a stepping stone for a future career.Boston Planning & Development Agency
Brown Rudnick
Burns & Levinson
Chu, Ring & Hazel
Conn Kavanaugh
DLA Piper
Foley Hoag
Hogan Lovells
Holland & Knight
Jackson Lewis
Locke Lord
LPL Financial
Massachusetts Attorney General’s Office
Mintz Levin
Nelson Mullins
Nixon Peabody
Nutter McClennen & Fish
Proskauer Rose
Ropes & Gray
Sugarman, Rogers, Barshak & Cohen
Sunstein Kann Murphy & Timbers
Verrill Dana
WilmerHale

We encourage you to contact us to find out how hiring a student can make a difference, for them and for your office! For more information on the program, please click here. If your office is interested in hiring a student over the summer, please contact Cassandra Shavney at [email protected] for additional information.

Sign-Up to Provide a Boston Teen with Summer Employment

There’s still time for your organization to sign-up for the BBA’s Summer Jobs Program and provide a Boston Public School student the chance to gain professional experience and support your office’s needs. The 17 below organizations have pledged to hire at least one student in 2018 and will provide teens a stepping stone for a future career.

Brown Rudnick
DLA Piper
Chu, Ring & Hazel
Conn Kavanaugh
Foley Hoag
Hogan Lovells
Holland & Knight
Jackson Lewis
LPL Financial
Massachusetts Attorney General’s Office
Mintz Levin
Nelson Mullins
Nixon Peabody
Nutter
Proskauer
Sugarman Rogers
Verrill Dana
WilmerHale

We encourage you to contact us to find out how hiring a student can make a difference, for them and for your office! For more information on the program, please click here. If your office is interested in hiring a student this summer, please contact Cassandra Shavney at [email protected] for additional information.

The Latest Organizations Providing Summer Employment for Teens

As we’ve been outlining the benefits of hiring a Boston public high school student to work in your legal office this summer, 16 organizations have signed up so far to hire students this year through the BBA’s Summer Jobs Program. We’re thankful for the below offices that will be providing employment to 18 teens.

Brown Rudnick
Chu, Ring & Hazel
Conn Kavanaugh
Foley Hoag
Hogan Lovells
Holland & Knight
LPL Financial
Massachusetts Attorney General’s Office
Mintz Levin
Nelson Mullins
Nixon Peabody
Nutter
Proskauer
Sugarman Rogers
Verrill Dana
WilmerHale

We encourage you to contact us to find out how hiring a student can make a difference, for them and for your office! For more information on the program, please click here. If your office is interested in providing a Boston public high school student with a meaningful professional experience in 2018, please contact Cassandra Shavney at [email protected] for additional information.

Tyeray Williams from English High School (middle) stands with his supervisors from Sugarman Rogers on his first day of work last summer.

Summer Jobs Recruitment Underway

The Boston Bar Association’s Summer Jobs Program has been providing teens with valuable summer internships for 25 years. In that time, over 960 Boston Public School students have participated in the program, gaining important professional experience and insight into the legal profession. As we posted earlier in the month, summer employment for teens is more important now than ever, as work experience is critical for long-term gainful employment and teen employment rates have declined over the past ten years. By partnering with the BBA to hire a high school summer intern, your office can help fill this great need and provide a unique experience for a BPS student curious about the legal field.

Our Summer Jobs students have had a successful record helping with many tasks in a busy professional environment, including data-entry, filing, research, receptionist duties, and more. We encourage you to contact us to find out how hiring a student can make a difference, for them and for your office! For more information on the program, please click here. If your office is interested in providing a Boston public high school student with a meaningful professional experience in 2018, please contact Cassandra Shavney at [email protected] for additional information.

We’re thankful for the below organizations that have already committed to hiring a student in 2018!

Brown Rudnick LLP
Chu, Ring & Hazel LLP
Conn Kavanaugh Rosenthal Peisch & Ford, LLP
Foley Hoag LLP
LPL Financial
Massachusetts Attorney General’s Office
Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky and Popeo P.C.
Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP
Nixon Peabody LLP
Nutter, McClennen & Fish LLP
Proskauer Rose LLP
Verrill Dana LLP

Students at the 2017 Summer Jobs Celebration with Attorney Tony Froio (Robins Kaplan, Boston Bar Foundation Board of Trustees President) and Wousthanya Dumornay (Locke Lord LLP), a Summer Jobs participant in 2011.

Provide a Valuable Internship Opportunity for a BPS Student

While it may still be snowing outside, the BBA is gearing up for next summer and our much loved Summer Jobs Program. The program is an integral part of Mayor Walsh’s Summer Jobs Initiative to hire over 10,000 Boston teens each summer. With the help of over 40 law offices to secure jobs for nearly 55 teens last summer, our program is one of the top six largest private sector employers in the city. The program is a long-time partnership between the BBA, the City of Boston, Boston Public Schools, and the Boston Private Industry Council (PIC), and provides students who attend public high schools in the city of Boston the chance to gain professional experience and earn a paycheck.

Earlier this month, Ozy highlighted that summer jobs for teens are more important now than ever. They cited a Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce report that notes the skyrocketing demand for prospective employees to have a postsecondary degree, 65% of jobs in 2025 versus 28% in the 1970s. By obtaining a professional skill-building internship in high school, students are better prepared for the job market they face after graduation. However, while summer jobs can be key to future success, there are fewer open positions than only a few years ago.

Last year, The Boston Globe reported that a study completed by the UMass Donahue Institute for the Boston PIC found that while the unemployment rate in Massachusetts is at a 15-year low, these numbers do not reflect the unemployment levels of the Commonwealth’s youth.  Compared to 2008 when over 50% of 16-24 year olds were employed, just over 46% of the same population was employed in 2015. The Mayor’s Summer Jobs Initiative is working to raise youth employment rates in Boston and recognizes the importance of gaining work experience early in life in order to maintain gainful employment in adulthood. The Boston Bar Association is proud to support these efforts and thanks all of our employer partners that have hired a student in the past.

Our Summer Jobs students have had a successful record helping with many tasks in a busy professional environment, including data-entry, filing, research, receptionist duties, and more. We encourage you to contact us to find out how hiring a student can make a difference, for them and for your office! For more information on the program, please click here. If your office is interested in providing a Boston public high school student with a meaningful professional experience in 2018, please contact Cassandra Shavney at [email protected] for additional information.

We’re thankful for the below organizations that have already committed to hiring a student in 2018!

Chu, Ring & Hazel LLP
Foley Hoag LLP
Massachusetts Attorney General’s Office
Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky and Popeo P.C.
Nixon Peabody LLP
Nutter McClennen & Fish LLP
Proskauer Rose LLP
Verrill Dana LLP