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The process of evaluating placement options, applying for a Chayes Fellowship, and finalizing summer plans begins in November and continues into the spring.


  • November 2019

    A list of pre-approved placement organizations (regularly updated) will be made available. Students may begin to make contact with these and other potential placement organizations in order to explore whether there is a fit between the student’s interests and skills and the organization’s needs.

  • November 2019 – January 2020

    International Legal Studies staff are available for advising meetings.

  • December 1, 2019

    First-year students may begin to apply for jobs with placement organizations. ILS staff and OPIA student advisors will be available for consultations.

  • January 2020

    Students planning to apply for a Chayes Fellowship should begin the process of applying for Summer Public Interest Funding (which is a prerequisite to participation in the Chayes Fellowship program). See Summer Public Interest Funding on the Student Financial Services website for information on this multi-step process.

  • January 31, 2020

    Applications for the Chayes Fellowship are due.

    Applicants must also contact International Legal Studies on January 31 at (617) 384-5284 or to schedule an interview with the Chayes Fellowship program. Please indicate your availability for a half-hour interview during business hours on February 4, 5, or 6.

  • February 4, 5, and 6, 2020

    The Chayes Fellowship program will conduct interviews with applicants.

  • March 2, 2020

    Notification of Fellowship selections will be sent to applicants. Final award of the Fellowship will be contingent upon the student securing an offer from an approved placement organization, and – in some cases – providing the Chayes Program with additional details about the work they will be undertaking.

  • March - April, 2020

    Individual advising meetings with ILS staff for all accepted Chayes Fellows. These meetings will provide an opportunity to discuss specifics of placements and summer preparation.

  • April 15, 2020

    Deadline for accepted Chayes Fellows to secure an approved placement and make a firm commitment to the program.

  • April – May 2020

    Final arrangements are made regarding stipends. During this period, students will arrange their own travel and housing for the summer, and mandatory briefing and training sessions will take place.