Office of Professional and Career Development

Suffolk University Law School


Weekly OPCD Student Newsletter

  • Welcome to Spotlight, the weekly OPCD student newsletter.  Spotlight will be emailed to all students on Tuesday afternoons and will also be archived on the OPCD website.  Most items will not be repeated in future issues of the newsletter, so be sure to read Spotlight every week to keep updated on all career-related news and information. 
  • You are most likely using LinkedIn to manage your contacts and make connections, but did you know that you can also use LinkedIn to find job postings?  You can search company/firm profiles for postings, as well as join numerous groups.  Here is a sampling of groups on LinkedIn with legal positions:
  • Interested in JAG? Accepted or applying to a JAG program?  Students interested in or who have applied to a Judge Advocate General program who would like to learn about the day to day responsibilities and duties of a military attorney are welcome to speak to David Merson, Associate Director, in the OPCD. David was a prior JAG in the Navy serving both on active duty and reserve service.
  • Interested in Judicial Clerkships? Contact Margaret Talmers, Judicial Clerkship Advisor in the OPCD -  Check out the Judicial Clerkship and Internship Resource Center on Symplicity (Announcements section) for resources, cover letter, and resume samples, announcements and more.
  • Interested in careers in government and public service? The Rappaport Center for Law and Public Service can provide additional assistance. Sign up to receive their Rappaport Center Weekly Public Service Email, which includes information on programs, pro bono opportunities, and public service employment internship postings.
Upcoming OPCD Programs
  • Judicial Clerkship Information Session for 2LD/3LE Students - Thursday, October 11th, 4:30 to 5:30pm, room tba.  Interested in a post-graduate judicial clerkship? Find out about application requirements, deadlines and more. RSVP on Symplicity.
  • Expand Career Success with Mediation Skills - Wednesday, October 17th, 4:00 to 6:00pm, 4th floor lobby.  Suffolk, together with the ABA's Section on Dispute Resolution, as part of the 4th Annual ABA Mediation Week celebrations being held throughout law schools and other venues across the United States, will host a gathering at which students will hear about the opportunities which are presented for those who develop mediation skills.  Skilled mediators will discuss the many places where mediation is used, such as Fortune 500 companies, the worlds of sports, entertainment, the Federal Government, private practice, and much more. Don't limit yourself to learning the skills of an advocate - expand your horizons and expand your career opportunities!
Rappaport Center Programs and Announcements
  • TOMORROW!  Drinan and McLaughlin Fellowships, Apply by October 3 - 2LD/3LE students are eligible to apply for the Drinan and McLaughlin Fellowships, both of which award $7,000 to a 2LD/3LE student working for the summer in the criminal justice system. Past Fellows have worked in the offices of the U.S. Attorney, the Massachusetts Attorney General, the Committee for Public Counsel Services, the Federal Public Defender, or within another government office of the criminal justice system. Students must submit the following materials on Symplicity by October 3rd at noon (DRINAN/McLAUGHLIN Session): letter of intent/personal statement indicating your demonstrated interest in and commitment to working in the criminal justice system, resume, transcript, and list of three references. Note:  if you are applying for both the Drinan and McLaughlin Fellowships, you must submit a separate set of materials for each.
  • Get Ahead for your Government/Public Interest Interview at BC - Are you heading to BC Law on October 15-16 for an interview with one or more government or public interest employers? Congratulations! Start preparing now by reviewing information about Interviewing with Public Service Employers and scheduling a mock interview in the Rappaport Center. Good luck!
  • October is Pro Bono Month!  Noting that countless Americans cannot afford the legal representation that they need to protect their lives, properties, and national liberties, Governor Patrick has proclaimed October to be Pro Bono Month in Massachusetts. Additionally, the American Bar Association's Standing Committee on Pro Bono and Public Service has announced that they will hold the third annual National Pro Bono Celebration throughout the last week of October. In support of Governor Patrick's Proclamation and the ABA's National Celebration, the Rappaport Center is holding several events this year to recognize and urge support of pro bono work.  Contact the Rappaport Center for more information on the following events:
    • Pro Bono Fair for Attorneys and Law Students, October 22, 5:00 to 7:00pm, Main Function Room
    • Take the Pro Bono Challenge and help your section will a pizza party during December exams, October 23
    • Out of State Criminal Record Information Project, October 24, 5:00 to 6:00pm, Corcoran Room
    • Asian American Poll Monitoring Project, October 26
  • ABA Paid Fellowship with Attorney General Offices - The Janet D. Steiger Fellowship Project provides law students the extraordinary opportunity to work in the consumer protection and antitrust departments of state and territorial Offices of Attorneys General throughout the U.S.  For the first time, the Massachusetts Attorney General's Office is a participating employer.  Many other state AG Offices are also participating. Applications are due on October 19th.
Diversity Announcements    
  • Constangy Brooks & Smith initiated its Diversity Scholars Awards Program to recognize the achievements of law students who have demonstrated academic achievement, a commitment to diversity in their community, school or work environment, and personal achievements in overcoming challenges to reach goals. One student selected from each region will receive a $3,000 scholarship.  Second year students are invited to apply.  More information is available at Applications must be received on or before Wednesday, November 28, 2012.
  • Banner & Witcoff, Ltd. is pleased to offer the Donald W. Banner Diversity Scholarship for law students. This scholarship is part of Banner & Witcoff's continuing commitment to fostering the development of intellectual property lawyers from diverse backgrounds.  The Scholarship is open to all students currently enrolled in an ABA accredited law school and pursuing a career in intellectual property law. The applicant must be a member of a historically under represented group (including race, sex, ethnicity, sexual orientation, and disability) and must have exemplary writing and oral communication skills.  Visit for more information.  Applications will be accepted through January 7, 2012.
Other Programs   
  • Advanced Legal Studies (ALS) runs programs frequently on different areas of the law.  These programs are attended by numerous attorneys who practice in the area of the specific presentations.  The programs are practical and give law students insight into the real world practice, as well as nuts and bolts of interesting and emerging areas of law.  These programs are free or at a minimal cost for students. These are great networking opportunities and wonderful ways to help you decide which area of the law most interests you.  Students are asked to register for programs in advance.  Some of the upcoming programs include:
  • The Emory Public Interest Committee (EPIC, Emory Law School's public interest student group) announces their conference entitlted "And Justice for All? Criminal Justice in the South."  The conference will be held on Saturday, October 13, 2012 at Emory University School of Law, and it will broadly track the core stages a crminal defendant goes through as s/he moves throughout the justice system: pre-trial, and post-conviction. The conference seeks to engage participants in a meaningful and balanced dialogue concerning the flaws within the Southern justice system, as well as possibilities for alternatives and reform. Information is available at, and registration is now open.
  • Students are invited to attend the ABA's Forum on the Construction Industry's fall meeting in Boston on October 18-19, 2012, "Construction Counseling, Pulling Together For a Winning Strategy." This is one of three national programs put on by the Forum per year and will attract 300 to 400 construction attorneys from around the country. It is a great opportunity to learn, network and enjoy an informative program. The program brochure with full details on the program and registration information can be found at
  • The Appalachian Public Interest Environmental Law Conference will be held October 26-28, 2012 at the University of Tennessee College of Law. The conference brings together activists, public interest attorneys, scientists, law students, graduate students, funders and media from across the Appalachian region and surrounding states for a dynamic weekend of networking, strategizing, information exchange, skill sharing, and social events.  Visit for details.

Recruitment Programscareer fairs 

  • We continue to receive additions and changes to the fall recruiting lists that were emailed to returning students over the summer.  A complete list of changes and additions is available on the OPCD website. 
  • New This Week:
    • CT Division of Criminal Justice, 2LD/3LE, 3LD/4LE (Session: COLLECTION5)
    • DC Attorney General, 2LD/3LE, 3LD/4LE (Session: COLLECTION5)
    • Greater Boston Legal Services, 2LD/3LE (Session: COLLECTION5)
    • Lawyers' Cmt for Civil Rights Under Law - DC, 2LD/3LE  (Session: COLLECTION5)
    • Nassau County DA, 3LD/4LE  (Session:  COLLECTION5)
    • Several Apply Direct employers have also been added this week   
  • Upcoming bidding deadlines:
    • Wednesday, October 3rd at 10:00am - OCI6 Session on the Suffolk Symplicity site
    • Wednesday, October 3rd at 10:00am - DRINAN/McLAUGHLIN Session on the Suffolk Symplicity site
    • Monday, October 15th at 10:00am - COLLECTION5 Session on the Suffolk Symplicity site
  • Please notify Michelle Dobbins in the OPCD ( if you receive a call back interview or offer. This feedback is appreciated.
Job Postings
Job postings received by the OPCD are listed on Symplicity. View a listing of all student opportunities that were posted within the last week.

Featured posting - South Shore Solo Practitioner seeking a part-time Law Clerk. Practice areas include real estate, estate planning, probate, children & family law, and litigation.  See job posting #9075 for details.

Several government programs have deadlines coming up in the next few weeks. You can view a list of these programs on the 'Annoucements' section of your Symplicity home page. Details of these programs are proviced in the Government Honors & Inernship Handbook 2012-2013 (contact the OPCD for login information).  Many federal and state programs will be filled as soon as the ideal candidates are identified.  Get your applications in early for these employers!
Issue #5
October 2, 2012


In This Issue
Upcoming OPCD Programs
Rappaport Center Programs and Announcements
Diversity Announcements
Other Programs
Recruitment Programs
Job Postings
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Office of Professional and Career Development

Suffolk University Law School

120 Tremont Street, Suite 120

Boston, MA  02108-4977



Phone:  617-573-8148

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