Monthly Archives: June 2014

Straight from the Students Part 1: Why Do You Want to Participate in the BBA Summer Jobs Program?

 

The students who participate in the BBA Summer Jobs Program are looking for opportunities to learn about the legal field, gain work experience, and earn a pay check.

The students who participate in the BBA Summer Jobs Program are looking for opportunities to learn about the legal field, gain work experience, and earn a pay check.

As all of our Beyond the Billable readers know by now, the BBA Summer Jobs Program places Boston public high school students at law firms and offices throughout the city. With over 100 qualified applicants vying for 64 positions, the application process is a competitive one. Each student must submit an application, resume, recommendations, and a written an essay detailing why they want to participate in the BBA’s program. We’ve received some very impressive responses, and are delighted to share what some of our accepted students had to say in their essays about spending their summer interning at law firms and legal offices.

Here’s a look at what the students had to say:

“I wish to participate in the Boston Bar Association’s program because I want to gain experience working in a law firm. In addition, this program offers the opportunity to attend law-related seminars, which I would love to experience… I know that this opportunity will help me sharpen my reasoning, analytical and critical thinking skills and help me become the passionate and dedicated lawyer I know I can be.”– Joyce Huang, rising senior, Fenway High School

“I would love to participate in the summer jobs program because it will give me great insight into a day in the life of a legal professional. The amount of experience that the program will provide me with is priceless. I will be very grateful to be gaining such plentiful experience in high school so that I can have a head start on my law career.”– Fatima Doumbia, rising junior, Boston Community Leadership Academy

“I would like to specialize in cases such as divorce, child or elder abuse, domestic violence, and confidentiality. I believe that paying attention to these problems will reduce the amount of the times it happens…This internship will be helpful because it would not only begin preparing me for the career, but it will also be preparing me for college and life.”– Janelys Pimentel, rising senior, West Roxbury Academy

Impressed? So were we. But that’s not all – we got so many great responses that we had to break this post into two parts. Stay tuned next week for part 2 and throughout the summer to hear more about the students’ once they begin work on June 30th.

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A Snapshot of Our Summer Jobs Students

The BBA Summer Jobs Program places students from various Boston neighborhoods and schools at internships at law firms and legal departments throughout the city.

The BBA Summer Jobs Program places students from various Boston neighborhoods and schools at internships at law firms and legal departments throughout the city.

As the start of the BBA Summer Jobs Program approaches (Kickoff is scheduled for June 30th), we are hard at work finalizing job placements for the 64 Boston public high school students who will be interning at various law firms and offices throughout the city. One thing that stuck out to us was the incredible diversity of this year’s students. Check this out — this year’s students hail from

  • 12 of Boston’s neighborhoods,
  • 19 different Boston Public Schools,
  • and perhaps most incredibly, speak 15 different languages.

We broke down the amazing variety of schools, languages and neighborhoods for our readers below. Take a look:

Languages
Amharic
Arabic
Bengali
Cantonese
Cape Verdean Creole
English
French
Haitian Creole
Hindi
Mandarin
Portuguese
Russian
Spanish
Vietnamese
Yoruba

Schools
Another Course to College
Boston Community Leadership Academy
Boston International High School
Boston Latin Academy
Charlestown High School
Codman Academy
Community Academy of Science and Health
Cristo Rey High school
East Boston High School
Edward M. Kennedy Academy for Health Careers
English High School
Excel High School
Fenway High School
Jeremiah E. Burke High School
John D. O’Bryant High School of Math & Science
Josiah Quincy Upper School
New Mission High School
TechBoston Academy
West Roxbury Academy

Neighborhoods
Allston
Brighton
Charlestown
Dorchester
East Boston
Hyde Park
Mattapan
Roslindale
Roxbury
South Boston
South End
West Roxbury

Stay tuned for more the students, we’ll be regularly updating our readers on the students’ progress this summer as they head off to work at the end of the month.