Boston Public High School Students Have Skills for Firms of Any Size

Stephan Pierre, a senior at Brighton High School, worked on an assignment at Hinckley, Allen & Snyder LLP last summer.

Stephan Pierre, a senior at Brighton High School, worked on an assignment at Hinckley, Allen & Snyder LLP last summer.

We’ve already heard from 31 law firms and offices who have committed to hiring 45 Boston public high school students. We know every firm in Greater Boston wants to show their commitment to Boston youth by offering them a paid internship, but some of our midsize and smaller firms aren’t sure if they have enough work for the students to fill an eight week internship. Our Summer Jobs students are of the highest quality, selected from a competitive application and interview process by our friends at the Private Industry Council. We’ve compiled a few ways students can make an impact around the office:

  1. Standard office work: this includes all of those projects you’ve been putting off for months, such as data entry, filing, mailings and scanning. For example, students have helped transition law firms to paperless offices.
  2. Legal assistance: students have typed memos, summarized depositions, prepared documents, created client files, and conducted internet research.  One of our former students decided to draft a closing statement for a case he observed and the prosecutor ended up using a portion of it in her own closing statement. Another student researched law journal articles on cybercrime and wrote summaries for her employers.
  3. Anything IT or computer-related: from helping to answer simple help desk inquiries to creating well-designed powerpoints, the students often possess strong tech skills.
  4. Human resource assistance: Students can help sort and file I-9 forms, format job descriptions, compile lists of recruiting agencies, create welcome letters for new employees, and make interview and new employee packets.
  5. Receptionist duties: the students are excited to work in professional environments and gain experience. In the past, students have enjoyed greeting everyone coming into the office and answering phones in reception, which in turn frees up your front desk staff to tackle other projects.
  6. Language skills: In addition to English, many students speak Spanish, French, Haitian-Creole, Chinese, or one of the 77 languages spoken by Boston public school students. They have been known to help with interpretation and translation in some instances.
David Lozano, a senior at Boston Latin Academy, interned at Nixon Peabody last summer.

David Lozano, a senior at Boston Latin Academy, interned at Nixon Peabody last summer.

Regardless of the task—however big or small—you are affording the students an opportunity to work in a professional environment and exposing them to the legal field. We are here to help you brainstorm potential projects for the summer.

With 45 position secured, the Summer Jobs Committee continues to work hard to secure additional summer positions for Boston public high school students. The BBA would like to thank the 31 firms and organizations that have already committed to the Summer Jobs Program and its mission to enrich the lives of Boston’s youth:

Anderson & Kreiger LLP 
Boston Bar Association *
Boston Bar Foundation *
Burns & Levinson LLP*
Choate Hall & Stewart 
City of Boston, Office of the Corporation Counsel *
DLA Piper
Edwards Wildman Palmer LLP *
Ferriter Scobbo & Rodophele 
Fish & Richardson P.C. 
Foley Hoag 
Fragomen, Del Rey, Bernsen and Loewy, LLP 
Hemenway & Barnes LLP **
Hinckley, Allen & Snyder LLP 
Holland & Knight LLP 
LPL Financial 
Margolis & Bloom LLP 
Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky and Popeo P.C. 
Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP 
Nixon Peabody LLP 
Nutter McClennen & Fish LLP 
Pierce Atwood 
Prince Lobel Tye LLP 
Ropes & Gray LLP *
Rosenfeld Rafik & Sullivan, P.C. 
Shaevel & Krems 
Shilepsky Hartley Robb Casey Michon LLP 
Sugarman, Rogers, Barshak & Cohen, P.C. 
Sunstein Kann Murphy & Timbers LLP 
Todd & Weld LLP 
Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr LLP 

*Firm has committed to taking more than one student
**Firm has funded position for government or nonprofit legal office

If you are interested in hiring a student, please contact Katie D’Angelo, Public Service Programs Coordinator, at

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