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. 
  • The Massachusetts Trial Court is pleased to announce that is has now partnered with LinkedIn.  The Trial Court has recently created a company/organizational profile page on LinkedIn, where it will provide regular updates on employment activities and job opportunities in the court system.  Follow the Massachusetts Trial Court on Linkedin!
  • Suffolk Law Students can now receive Boston Bar Association Membership for a discounted rate of $20! Visit and use campaign code 72 to receive this discounted rate.  Offer is valic October 31 through November 15, 2012.  For questions regarding membership, please contact or 617-778-2040 ext. 3.
  • Submissions are now being accepted for the Hogan/Smoger Access to Justice Essay Contest (formerly the Roscoe Hogan Environmental Law Essay Contest). The 2013 topic is: Is Democracy for Sale? and the author of the winning essay will receive a cash award of $5,000.  Details are available at The Intent-to-Enter submission deadline is January 31, 2013; the essay submission deadline is March 31, 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
  • Mandatory 1L PCD/Rappaort Orientation Sessions - Monday, November 5, 2:00 to 3:00pm (Sections A&B); Wednesday, November 7, 3:00 to 4:00pm (Sections C&D); Wednesday, November 7, 5:00 to 5:45pm (Evening Division).  All sessions will be held in the Main Function Room.  All first year students are required to attend one of the above sessions to learn about the services of the OPCD and Rappaport Centers and how to prepare for your professional career. 
  • How to Make the Most of the Alumni Career Forum - Tuesday, November 13, 2:00 to 3:00pm, room 295.  Learn the best strategies for making valuable contacts at the Alumni Career Forum and other networking events. Know who to talk to, what to say, how to present yourself, and more. RSVP on Symplicity. Program flyer
  • Annual Fall Career Forum - Wednesday, November 14, 4:00 to 6:00pm, Main Function Room.  This networking event brings together alumni from a variety of career paths to share information about their areas of law with current students. The format will consist of table-talk discussions.  This is a time for you to explore many different practice areas.  RSVP on Symplicity. Program flyer 
  • First Year Summer Internship Program and Judicial Clerkship Panel - Monday, November 19, 4:30 to 5:30pm, room 335.
Rappaport Center Programs and Announcements
  • Rappaport Fellowship in Law and Public Policy Information Session, November 8 - Join the Rappaport Center on Thursday, November 8 from 2:30 to 3:30pm in room 265 to learn more about the prestigious Rappaport Fellowship in Law and Public Policy. The Fellowship is open to all students who are not in their final year of law school. The ten week program has three major components: working in paid summer legal internships with state or local government offices emphasizing work in public policy and issues relevant to the Greater Boston region; engaging in a weekly seminar series and other activities designed to immerse the Fellows in issues of law, public policy, and public service relevant to Greater Boston; and participating in an individual matched mentoring program with a seasoned lawyer, govenment officeial, and/or civic leader. RSVP to
  • Tax Exemption for Nonprofits - Boston's PILOT Program and How it Works, November 13 - The Rappaport Center invites students to a aroundtable discussion about the tax exemption for nonprofits and how the City of Boston's PILOT (Payment in Lieu of Taxes) Program addresses the issue. Charitable nonprofits help cities by providing employment opportunities to residents, as well as attracting visitors and providing important services. In all fifty states, however, these institutions are exempt from paying property taxes, which can create a heavy burden on taxpayers to make up the difference. Do the services that these organizations provide outweigh the tax burden, or are residents saddled with compensating for the lost revenue?  A complimentary lunch will be provided. Seating is limited; an RSVP is required to reserve your place.
  • Career Opportunities and Diversity at the Middlesex District Attorney's Office, November 15 - District Attorney Gerry Leone (SULS 1985), along with his staff and other Suffolk Law alums from the Middlesex D.A.'s Office, will be holding a panel and information session on Thursday, November 15 from 2:00 to 3:00pm in room 365. Topics will include career opportunities and internships available, what it is like to be a prosecutor and how rewarding a career in public service can be, followed by a question and answer session. Refreshments will be served. Please RSVP to
  • 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    
  • The American Bar Association's Section of Litigation announces their Summer 2013 Judicial Intern Opportunity Program.  The program is a summer internship program open to all first or second year diverse law students. Selected students are given an opportunity to intern for six weeks or more during the summer with a participating state or federal judge.  The program offers a $1,500 award to each selected student.  The program application and full information are available on the program website.  The deadline for applying is January 4, 2013.
  • Harter Secrest & Emery, LLP will award one 1L law student with (1) a $7,500 scholarship to be applied to the student's second year tuition and (2) a paid 10-week summer associate position between the student's first and second year of law school.  First year students who are members of populations historically underrepresented in the legal profession are encouraged to apply.  Details and application information for the HSE Diversity Scholarship are available at Applications are due no later than 5:00pm on Friday, January 18, 2013. 
  • The Asian American Bar Association (AABA) Law Foundation awards scholarships to law students who have demonstrated a commitment to serving the needs of the Asian Pacific American community, and who will continue to serve the needs of the Asian Pacific American community through pro bono, public interest, and/or public service legal work. A connection to the Chicago area is preferred. This year, the AABA Law Founcation intends to award one scholarship of $5,000 and one scholarship of $2,500 to law students who have exemplified that commitment.  Application instructions are available online.  Applications and supporting materials must be submitted by March 1, 2013.
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:
  • Students are invited to attend Strategic Litigation: Maximizing the Impact on Social Change on Thursday, November 8th from 2:30 to 5:00pm in the Corcoran Room.  J.J. Rosenbaum, a lawyer with the New Orleans Workers' Center for Racial Justice and the National Guestworker Alliance, will be visiting the law school to give a talk and meet with students (one-on-one and during a reception).  Ms. Rosenbaum will be speaking about the strategic litigation program at her organization. Her work focuses on the intersection of workers' rights, civil rights, immigration, and constitutional law. Through this work she has worked with grassroots labor and community leaders to expose rampant labor trafficking and involuntary servitude within the guestworker program, to defend against retaliation, criminalization, and immigration enforcement actions on day labor corners, and to stand against corruption and discriminatory policies that block access to housing, fairness and sfety in evacuations, and the right to return.  Please RSVP to Betsy Roberti at   
  • The New England IP Colloquium Speaker Series welcomes copyright scholar, Professor Peter Decherney from University of Pennsylvania, to Suffolk on Friday, November 9 at 10:30am in room 205.  He will speak about his new book Hollywood's Copyright Warks: from Edison to the Internet. All are welcome, but please RSVP to Besty Roberti at
  • The National Association of Women Judges and the Women's Bar Association present Branching Out 2012: Opportunities to Make a Difference in the Three Branches of Government on Thursday, November 15 from 4:30 to 6:00pm at the John Adams Courthouse, One Pemberton Square, Boston. Keynote speeches will be followed by panel discussions with successful women working in the legislative, executive and judicial branches. Panelists will include state senators, state representatives, trial and appellate judges, and cabinet members.  Panelists will be available for questions during the networking reception to follow the discussion.  There is no entrance fee, but preregistration is required.  Register at

Recruitment Programscareer fairs 

  • 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 #10
November 6, 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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