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. 
  • 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). 
  • 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.


ADR Program photo


A big thanks to all involved in the ADR/Mediation Program held last Wednesday evening.  If you are interested in learning more, contact Professor Golann at

Upcoming OPCD Programs
  • TOMORROW!  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
  • Intellectual Property Law Career Panel - Tuesday, October 30th, 4:30 to 6:00pm, Faculty Dining Room. The Intellectual Property Law Student Association (IPLSA) and the OPCD are hosting an IP career panel, featuring a variety of Intellectual Property law professionals. The panelists are a mix of professionals in computer law, trademark law, IP law, and patent law. They will be discussing their backgrounds and career paths that led them to their current positions. Refreshments and light snacks will be served. RSVP on Symplicity.
Rappaport Center Programs and Announcements
  • Celebrate Pro Bono Week is Here!  Do not miss this week's four great events:
    • TODAY!  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
  • Prescribing Medication to End Life - MA Ballot Question 2: Death with Dignity, or Dangerous and Discriminatory?, November 1 - On November 6, Massachusetts voters will decide whether Massachusetts becomes the third state, following Oregon and Washington, to permit physician-assisted dying for terminally ill individuals. Does Question 2 provide a humane way to voluntarily end life? Or does it discriminate against elders and people with disabilities? Does the proposed law include appropriate safeguards to prevent abuse by financially interested heirs and insurance companies? Or does it enable suicide as a substitute for quality health care? On Thursday, November 1 from 12 to 1:30pm in the Faculty Meeting Room, the Rappaport Cneter invites you to attend a roundtable discussion, moderated by Law School Dean Camille Nelson, to discuss the pros and cons of Ballot Questions 2 with prominent and distinguished advocates on both sides of the issue.  Seating is limited.  RSVP required to reserve your place.
  • Presidential Management Fellows Applications, November 5-19 - The Presidential Management Fellows (PMF) program application period will open on Monday, Movember 5 and close on Monday, November 19. The entire application process, including sumission of all necessary documents, must be completed during this time period. Applicants will have two ways to find the application. At USAJOBS, simply search "Presidential  Management Fellows," or go to the PMF website and select the link found under Application Process/How to Apply.  The PMF program encourages interested students to join the PMF Listserv for important updates regarding PMF.  You can also visit Become a PMF regularly for the most up-to-date information. Hear a recording of the Rappaport Center's September 17 PMF information session, and view the PowerPoint here. Also, check out a great new PMF interactive resource.
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   
  • Interested students are invited to attend a Washington, DC Internship Program Information Session this Wednesday, October 24th from 2:30 to 3:30 in room 305.
  • The Boston Bar Association and LOMAP announce their Foundations for a New Practice Series: Accelerate, Develop & Launch a Solo or Small Firm Practice! All the major components for starting a new practice (marketing, technology, finance, business management, business planning) will be covered across five sessions.  In this series of workshops, you will learn alongside fellow peers, so your attendance will not only serve to build your practice, but also your professional network. The program will culminate with participants drafting a business plan to be reviewed and critiqued by select faculty.  The first program will be held on Wednesday, October 24th.  A complete schedule and registration information are available at
  • Are you in the sandwich generation, supporting older loved ones and children alike? Are you juggling your parents' care long distance? Are you wondering what resources are available to you or your clients to help elders and their families? Attend Aging Parents: Navigating the Journey this Thursday, October 25th at 5:30pm at Baystate Financial Services, 200 Calrendon, 19th Floor, Boston. Panel detials and registration information are available at
  • 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:
  • 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.
  • Students are invited to attend Strategic Litigation: Maximizing the Impact on Social Change on Thursday, November 8th betweem 2:30 and 5:00pm in the Corcoran Room.  The program will include a talk and reception, as well as time for individual meetings with the speaker J.J. Rosenbaum, a lawyer with the New Orleans Workers' Center for Racial Justice and the National Guestworker Alliance.  If you would like to arrange an individual meeting, please contact Betsy Roberti at  

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 #8
October 23, 2012


In This Issue
Upcoming OPCD Programs
Rappaport Center Programs and Announcements
Diversity Announcements
Other Programs
Recruitment Programs
Job Postings
Office Hours

Monday through Thursday
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8:45am to 4:45pm

Walk-in Hours

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Wednesday - 2:00 to 4:00pm
Thursday - 5:00 to 6:00pm


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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

Fax:  617-573-8706