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 TODAY. 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.
  • Student Business Cards!  Students are able to purchase business cards with the new Suffolk logo.  Prices range from $15.40 for 50 cards to $33.00 for 250 cards.  Interested students should complete a Student Business Card Order Form (available in the OPCD) and return it to Andrew T. Johnson Company, 15 Tremont Place, Boston (behind 73 Tremont Street). 
  • The GRAMMY Foundation announces their 15th Annual Entertainment Law Initiative Writing Competition and Scholarship Program.  For a complete list of workshop dates, competition rules, and deadlines, visit the Entertainment Law Initiative Facebook page.  Papers must be submitted by January 3, 2013.  
  • 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
  • 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!  Program flyer
  • Survive and Thrive as a Law Firm Associate - Wednesday, October 24th, 5:30 to 7:300pm, Faculty Dining Room.  Hear from a panel of partners, and then separately from a panel of experienced associates, about the keys to surviving and thriving as an associate in a law firm. The program will provide valuable information and insights for associates in their first few years of practice or law students condidering careers in law firms.  RSVP on Symplicity.  Program flyer
Rappaport Center Programs and Announcements
  • The Rappaport Center is Celebrating Pro Bono All Next Week!  Next week is the American Bar Association's National Pro Bono Celebration and, as always, the Rappaport Center is running several events to recognize and urge support of pro bono work.  Get involved in one or more of these terrific 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 25, 4:30pm, room 275
  • Election 2012: Is the Right to Vote Under Attack? - Wednesday, October 17th, 12:00 to 1:30pm, Main Function Room.  As the November elections approach, the Rappaport Center and the Anit-Defamation League invite you to a jointly sponsored panel of lawyers, academics, and experts to discuss whether America's polling places provide equal access to all voters, how widespread is voting fraud, and what is the balance between voting access and voting security. The program will be moderated by Deborah Becker, New Anchor, WBUR, Boston and will include panelists: Rachael Cobb, Chair, Department of Government, Suffolk University; Lisa J. Danetz, Senior Counsel, DEMOS; Olivier Kozolowski, Chairman, Mansfield, MA, Board of Selectment.  A complimentary lunch will be provided.  The event is free and open to the public, but seating is limited.  RSVP today to reserve your seat.
  • Federal Jobs and Internships, October Deadlines - A number of federal job and spring and summer internship opportunities have October deadlines. Here are just two examples: the deadline to apply for the Summer Honors Law Program at the Securities & Exchange Commission is October 20, and applications for the Summer Honors Law Program at the Election Assistance Commission are due October 25. See the Government Honors & Internship Handbook 2012-2013 for these and other opportunities (contact the OPCD or Rappaport Center for the login information).  Note that programs with "rolling deadlines" fill positions on an ongoing basis, so apply early for these programs. In addition, check out the 2012-13 NALP/PSJD Federal Legal Employment Opportunities Guide, which offers a broad-based review of different career opportunities and paths to employment for law students and graduates who are interested in federal legal careers.
Diversity Announcements    
  • All Boston Law School LALSAs and Student Affinity Groups are invited to attend the 6th Annual ALPFA Student Summit on Saturday, November 3rd at Brandeis University, 415 South Street, Waltham, MA. Full details and registration information are available at Participation in the law panel is limited to the first 40 students.  Register early!
  • 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   
  • TODAY!! LGBTQ Issues and the 2012 Election - Tuesday, October 16th, 5:30 to 7:00pm, Faculty Dining Room.  Join the American Constitution Society and the Queer Law Alliance for a panel discussion on the various ways that issues surrounding the LGBTQ community have influenced the 2012 election! Panelists include Lee Swislow, Executive Director of the Gay and Lesbian Advocates and Defenders; Wes Ritchie, Organizing Director of MassEquality; Kevin Franck, Communications Director of the Massachusetts Democratic Party; and Adam J. MacLeod, Visiting Fellow and Assocaite Professor at Faulkner University, Jones School of Law. The panel will be moderated by Election Law professor Timothy Wilkerson. Refreshments will be served. If you have questions, pleae email or
  • 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:
  • Interested in learning about the field of animal law and/or animal advocacy?  Join the Student Animal Legal Defense Fund as a panel of attorneys discuss these exciting fields and available opportunities, including scholarships and internships. The program will be held on Monday, October 22nd at 6:00pm in the Corcoran Room (room 715). Free food and refreshments will be served.  Email with questions.
  • 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
  • Spend Your Summer Abroad!  There will be an information session for the International Internship Program and the Lund, Sweden Summer Program on Thursday, November 1st from 4:00 to 5:30 in room 275. Please contact Mary Sawicki at with questions.

Recruitment Programscareer fairs 

  • We continue to receive additions and changes to the fall recruiting lists that were emailed to returning students over the summer.  Check the complete list of changes and additions on the OPCD website for recent apply direct additions.
  • Upcoming bidding deadlines:
    • Wednesday, October 24th at 10:00am - Partridge Snow & Hahn, job posting #9155
  • 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 provided 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 #7
October 16, 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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