Clinical Fellow, Housing Discrimination Testing Program

Suffolk University is a private, urban university located in the heart of downtown Boston. Our college green is the Boston Common and we are steps from dozens of historic sites including the Old State House, Faneuil Hall, City Hall and the Massachusetts State House. We have no real boundaries to our campus—Boston and Suffolk blend together.

Suffolk has been committed to creating an exceptional learning experience since 1906. Our vision is to be recognized as a dynamic institution that fosters engaged learning, rigorous scholarship, innovative thinking, and community collaboration across disciplines. We will ensure that Suffolk graduates are versatile and prepared for modern society and the new world market. We will provide rich curricula, experiential learning opportunities and professional mentoring through increased collaboration with alumni and community partners. We will recruit, mentor, and support a diverse faculty of teacher-scholars who are passionately committed to preparing our students to be leaders in the global community. We will inspire investment in a Suffolk community that is built on ethical, forward-thinking leadership, teamwork, and cooperation.

We compete for the best talent. We are an equal opportunity employer committed to a diverse community. We are actively seeking applicants from groups that might be under-represented because of race/color, gender, religion, real or perceived disability, national origin or LGBTQ status. As part of our commitment we encourage you to complete the demographic portion of the application in addition to submitting your cover letter and resume/CV as it will assist us in targeting our recruitment efforts.

Please note that Suffolk University conducts background checks as a condition of employment.

We are also committed to the well-being of our employees. Our terrific benefits package for benefits-eligible positions include, but are not limited to:
  • Generous paid time-off programs and commitment to work-life balance
  • Tuition free course benefits in the College of Arts and Sciences and in the Sawyer Business School for employees with additional tuition benefits for spouses, domestic partners, and children
  • Top-notch well-being care available through Harvard Pilgrim Medical/Delta Dental and a Flexible Spending Account
  • Pre-tax commuter benefit
  • Employee Assistance Program that provides employees and their family members with initial assessment, referrals and short-term counseling for personal and work challenges
  • Discounted home and auto insurance

  • Description

    The Suffolk University Law School Housing Discrimination Testing Program is seeking excellent attorney candidates for a full-time fellowship position to advance our mission, in particular, to design and coordinate housing discrimination tests. This is a grant funded position for one year, but may continue beyond that depending on the availability of funding. Experience in fair housing or civil rights law is a plus, but is not required. Knowledge of the neighborhoods and City of Boston and the Boston rental real estate market is preferred, but is not required.


    • Design, implement and coordinate fair housing tests and investigations
    • Analyze testing results
    • Prepare detailed, accurate written reports of testing projects
    • Assist with recruiting, training, and maintaining a diverse pool of fair housing testers
    • Develop and present fair housing educational trainings to diverse audiences
    • Engage in strategic decision making regarding fair housing investigations
    • Participate with other team members in setting the vision for the program


    • J. D. Required
    • Strong analytical skills
    • Experience working directly with racially, ethnically, and socioeconomically diverse backgrounds
    • Highly organized and able to manage multiple investigations, with varying deadlines
    • Ability to supervise fair housing testers
    • Comfortable speaking in public
    • Excellent written and verbal communication skills, and ability to present to diverse audiences, specifically racially, ethnically, and socioeconomically diverse communities
    • Ability to meet project deadlines
    • Detail oriented and able to maintain accurate records
    • Ability to work collaboratively with other staff and community partners
    • Self-motivated and able to work without constant supervision

    Reporting: The Fellow’s work will be supervised by HDTP’s Assistant Director, Jamie Langowski. The Fellow will report directly to Sarah Boonin, Director of Clinical Programs. The Fellow will also work with the Director of the HDTP, Professor William Berman and the HDTP’s Director of Investigations & Outreach.

    Hours and Compensation: This position is a full-time, 12-month contract. The position will begin as soon as possible. Continuation of the position will be contingent on future funding, program needs, financial considerations, and the Fellow’s performance in carrying out the position’s responsibilities, as well as adherence to the relevant terms of employment of the University and Law School.

    Applicants should submit a curriculum vitae, list of references, and cover letter addressed to Professor Sarah Boonin, Co-Chair of Clinical Committee. All materials must be uploaded to Suffolk’s job posting website.

    Equal Opportunity:

    Suffolk University does not discriminate against any person on the basis of race, color, national origin, ancestry, religious creed, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, age, genetic information, or status as a veteran in admission to, access to, treatment in, or employment in its programs, activities, or employment.

    Suffolk University is an affirmative action, equal opportunity employer. The University is dedicated to the goal of building a diverse and inclusive faculty and staff who contribute to the robust exchange of ideas on campus, and who are committed to teaching and working in a diverse environment. We strongly encourage applications from groups historically marginalized or underrepresented because of race/color, gender, religious creed, disability, national origin, veteran status or LGBTQ status. The search committee is especially interested in candidates who, through their research, teaching, service and/or experience, will contribute to the diversity and excellence of the academic community.

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