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. 
  • Participate in the Mentoring Program!  The Office of Alumni Relations, in partnership with the Suffolk Law Alumni Association Board of Directors and the OPCD, is announcing the Mentoring Program to students to enhance the learning experience and provide students guidance as they plan their career paths. A mentoring relationship has many benefits and can help you in the short- and long-term as you plan and develop your legal career.  Visit to sign up. This program is open to all students graduating in 2013 and 2014. Please contact Mary Karen Rogers in the OPCD or Annamaria Mueller in the Office of Alumni Relations with any questions.
  • Program Audio for Beyond OCI for 2Ls: Strategies for Retooling Your Summer Job Search has been posted on the OPCD website.  Listen to the program on the password protected section of the site, 'SULS Community' (contact the OPCD if you need the password). The PowerPoint slides from the presentation are also available.
  • As a reminder, students can access the NALP Directory of Legal Employers online at  Students who wish to use the mail merge feature should email their name and year of graduation to Thre is also a new Comparison Reports feature to the Directory which provides the ability to compare multiple employers on a number of criteria, including demographics, diversity, hiring statistics, billable hours, salaries and much more.To generate a report, run a search and from the list of search results you will be able to select multiple employers.  Click on the "Compare" button to see a list of available comparison reports.
  • 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, OPCD Library.  Interested in a post-graduate judicial clerkship? Find out about application requirements, deadlines and more. RSVP on Symplicity. Program flyer
  • Hearing Her Story - Reflections of Women Judges - Thursday, October 11th, 6:00 to 7:30pm, Corcoran Room.  The panel will disucss their careers, what it was like for women entering the legal profession when they did, the various routes taken by each, trends observed during their careers, and advice they have for law students.  RSVP to Sarah May, or Dyana Boxley, Program flyer
  • 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
  • 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    
  • Each year, McAndrews Held & Malloy offers a $5,000 Diversity Fellowship and a paid summer clerkship to a qualified first-year law student at an ABA-accredited law school who has a diverse background, possesses a degree in science or engineering, and is committed to pursuing a career in patent law in Chicago. Applications for the 2013 fellowship will be accepted from December 1, 2012 through January 15, 2013. As a summer associate, the Diversity Fellow will gain experience in a wide range of intellectual property law and will be eligible to receive an offer to return for a second summer.  Details are available at
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 Lawyer as Counselor: Should the principle of primum non nocere apply? will be held this Thursday, October 11th from 2:00 to 4:00pm in the Large Moot Courtroom at Suffolk.  The medical profession is charged with observing the principle of "first, do no harm." At least in the context of government lawyers who provide legal advice, application of an analogous principle seems particularly appropriate. Join a discussion of three controversial circumstances: the killing of Osama bin Laden, drone missle strikes, and enhanced interrogation. The speaker will be Richard Shiffrin, Pentagon's Deputy Counsel for Intelligence during the post-9/11 Bush Administration. 
  • MCLE invites students to a reception celebrating the release of Breaking Barriers: The Unfinished Story of Women Lawyers and Judges in Massachusetts on Monday, October 29th from 5:30 to 7:00pm at the MCLE Conference Center, Ten Winter Place, Boston.  RSVP by October 19th to Donald Ferland at 617-896-1314 or
  • On October 26-28, the Northeastern University Law Journal, in partnership with the Alliance for Experiential Learning in Law, will host the Experience the Future Symposium.  The symposium will bring together the academy, practitioners, and students to discuss the importance of experiential education to prepare law students for practice.  Registration is now open at  For more information, visit

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.   
  • Upcoming bidding deadlines:
    • 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.

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 #6
October 9, 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

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Boston, MA  02108-4977



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