Office of Professional and Career Development

Suffolk University Law School


Weekly PCD Student Newsletter

  • Welcome to Spotlight, the weekly PCD student newsletter.  Spotlight will be emailed to all students on Tuesday afternoons and will also be archived on the PCD 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.
  • 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: 
  • Did you miss the Maximizing Your Summer - Finding a Job or Internship program? The program audio and powerpoint slides are now available on the PCD website under the 'SULS Community' link (contact PCD for the password).
  • The Massachusetts Bar Foundation is pleased to announce availability of applications for its 2013 Legal Intern Fellowship Program. Law students selected to be Legal Intern Fellows will receive a stipend of $6,000 to volunteer for ten weeks during the summer months at a nonprofit organization that provides civil legal services to low-income clients in Massachusetts. Applications are due at the MBF's offices by 5:00pm on March 15, 2013. Detailed information about the program, including application forms, is available online at
  • The Center for Tax Law and Employee Benefits at the John Marshall Law School in Chicago announces the 2013 Paul Faherty Tax Law Writing Competition. Awards include one grand prize of $3,000 and two honorable mentions, each $1,000. Any student currently enrolled in an ABA-accredited law school in the U.S. may enter. Topics may include any aspect of tax law. View their website for details.  Papers must be submitted by 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 PCD Office. David was a prior JAG in the Navy serving both on active duty and reserve service.
  • Interested in Judicial Clerkships? Contact Margaret Talmers, Associate Director for Judicial Clerkships and Internships in the PCD Office -  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 PCD Programs
  • Career Search for 3Ls: How Do New Graduates Get Jobs? - Thursday, February 7, 2:00 to 3:30pm, room 295. Learn about job search strategies and how to successfully use all available methods to find full-time employment. A panel of recent graduates will discuss successful strategies they found outside of the on-campus interview. Find out not only how to obtain a job, but how to get a new perspective in enhancing your employability going into your last semester and during the summer.  Topics to be discussed include pursuing opportunities in pro bono, bar associations, part-time employment, and skills enhancement.  RSVP on Symplicity.
  • Transactional Round Robin - Thursday, February 14, 4:00 to 6:00pm, Main Function Room. This is an excellent opportunity to meet in a small group setting with transactional law attorneys from a wide variety of practice areas and learn more about their work. The program will use a "speed-mentoring" format. Attorneys will join a group of approximately seven students for about ten minutes to provide information about their work and answer questions from the group. After ten minutes, the attorneys will move to the next table to start the process again with a new group. Students will remain at their assigned tables throughout the program. The round robin will end at approximately 5:00pm. A networking reception for attorneys and students will immediately follow. Light hors d'oeuvres and refreshments will be served.  RSVP on Symplicity is required. Space is limited for this program. Register early! If all spots have filled, you may sign onto the waitlist.  We expect additional spots to open closer to the program date and will notify you once space becomes available. Program flyer   
  • View the PCD Calendar of Events for other upcoming programs/deadlines.
Rappaport Center Programs and Announcements


  • Students interested in doing public service internships this summer should consider applying for one of the several paid public service fellowships available through the Rappaport Center.  Below is a list of the fellowship names and application deadlines. Click on the links for more information:
  • Marshall-Brennan Constitutional Literacy Project Info Session, February 7 - Interested in constitutional law, free speech, equal protection, due process, search and seizure? Want to infect youth with this same passion by teaching in high schools of Boston and Cambridge? This program will be held on  Thursday, February 7, 2-3pm in Room 265.  RSVP to Come learn the basics about the Marshall Brennan Constitutional Literacy Project - an innovative, national program combining classroom learning with teaching. Make a difference in the lives of urban high school students. Help prepare these students for national moot court competitions. Earn 6 course credits and pro bono program credit and recognition. Hear from current Marshall-Brennan Fellows about their experiences. 
  • Q&A on International Human Rights, February 13 - The Rappaport Center and The National Lawyers Guild - Suffolk Chapter and the Human Rights Law Society presents a panel with Lexis Nexis rep Melissa Joyce. This program will be held on Wednesday, February 13, from 3-4:30pm in Room 255.  Prior to joining Lexis Nexis, Ms. Joyce worked for the UN International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda, the UN High Commissioner for Refugees, REDRESS, and Kaplan, Friedman & Associates, an immigration firm. Students interested in human rights advocacy who would like to start getting involved should come with questions Ms. Joyce will share her personal experiences in the field and also have some pointers for internships etc. For more information check out the NLG's Facebook page
  • Unemployment Training, February 14 - Great Pro Bono Opportunity!  On February 14 from 2:00 to 3:00 in room 375, Volunteer Lawyers Project staff attorney Hsindy Chen will be conducting a training for students interested in participating in VLP's Unemployment Project. Participating in the Project involves the representation of individuals appealing their unemployment insurance benefits decisions before the Division of Unemployment Assistance. Students will meet with clients, prepare for hearings, and conduct hearings (under the supervision of an attorney). All work completed for this Project, including the training, is eligible for Pro Bono Program credit. This is a terrific opportunity for students to get hands-on experience with client interaction and trial skills.  RSVP to
  • Boston Bar Association Summer Judicial Internship Information Session, February 14 - On February 14 from 3:00 to 4:00pm in Room 265, come learn about how you can apply to the BBA Summer Judicial Internship program and spend your summer interning for a judge in the Boston Municipal Courts, the state district courts, or the Probate and Family Court. Several judges who participate in the program will be in attendance to explain what a terrific opportunity this is for 1Ls and 2Ls. This unpaid, non-credit internship provides students the opportunity to work directly with a judge, observe courtroom proceedings, and enhance legal research and writing skills. The BBA Diversity & Inclusion Section's Pipeline and Recruitment Committee is helping to connect the judges with potential interns. Students who have completed their first year of law school and are able to work at least 15 hours per week will be considered. Diverse students are strongly encouraged to apply. A flexible schedule is available to accommodate other commitments. This deadline to apply is March 1 and applications will be considered on a rolling basis so students should apply early. Download the application and don't forget to RSVP to
  • Transportation Security Administration (TSA) Summer Internship -

    The TSA is seeking unpaid interns to work in several divisions of the Office of Chief Counsel (OCC) during the summer of 2013.  The practice areas within the OCC include litigation, legislation, procurement, regulations, labor and employment, ethics, information law, and criminal and civil enforcement. The program offers weekly educational and career development seminars, one to one mentor matching, and the opportunity to network with senior members of the OCC. Interns should fulfill an eight week commitment. The deadline to submit your resume for collection is 10:00am this Thursday, February 7.  To apply for this position log on to Symplicity and navigate to the 'OCI' tab and select the session 'COLLECTION - Spring 2013' and find TSA. 

Diversity Announcements    
  • Applications for the Boston Lawyers Group 1L Diversity Clerkship Program are due this Friday, February 8!  The BLG 1L Diversity Clerkship offers a unique opportunity for 1L clerks to spend five weeks of a ten-week clerkship working in one of the BLG's participating Boston-area law firms or corporations and a second five weeks within a government legal office. Download the application today.

Other Programs   
  • Students are invited to attend Organizing for Humans: Leadership Insights in Organization Design on Wednesday, February 6 from 5:30 to 7:30pm in the Main Function Room at Suffolk Law. The speaker will be Ben Waber, co-founder, President and CEO of SocioMetric Solutions, a management consulting firm that uses social-sensing technology to understand and improve organizations. RSVP to
  • Prepare for a professional position! Starting in February, LexisNexis will offer Think Like A Lawyer 2013, a program that will prepare you to: research cost-effectively for any employer and their clients, and become Professional Research Certified to prove that you're ready on day one. Earn rewards too: up to 2,300 LexisNexis Rewards points and entry for a $250 J. Crew Gift Card. Check in mid-February for more information.
  • The Massachusetts Younger Lawyers Division of the Federal Bar Association is holding a Membership Drive/Networking Event on Thursday, February 21 from 5:30 to 7:30pm at The Bell in Hand Tavern, 45 Union Street, Boston.  Join them for cocktails, hors d'oeuvres, and networking.  For any questions about the event, please contact Christina Ricotta at
  • The 19th Annual Rebellious Lawyering Conference will be held Friday, February 22, 2013 to Saturday, February 23, 2013 at Yale Law School.  This is a student-run conference that brings together practitioners, law students, and community advocates from around the country to discuss innovative, progressive approaches to law and social change.  Registration information is available online.

Recruitment Programscareer fairs 

  • We have received initial information on employers who will be interviewing at Suffolk and/or collecting resumes from student during the spring semester.  A complete list of employers is available on the PCD website.
    • Fletcher Tilton will be interviewing 2LD/3LE students at Suffolk on March 6 for summer associate positions. Bidding is due on Symplicity by 10:00am on Wednesday, February 13.  (Session:  OCI2 - Spring 2013)
    • Nelson Mullins is collecting applications from 1LD/2LE students for summer associate positions.  Bidding is due on Symplicity by 10:00am on Thursday, February 7.  (Session:  COLLECTION - Spring 2013)
    • The TSA is collection applications from 1LD/2LE and 2LD/3LE students for unpaid summer intern positions. Bidding is due on Symplicity by 10:00am on Thursday, February 7. (Session:  COLLECTION - Spring 2013)
  • Registration is now open for the Lavender Law Conference & Career Fair!  The Career Fair, sponsored by the National LGBT Bar Association, will be held on Thursday, August 22, 2013 in San Francisco, CA.  Registration information is available on their website.  We have one registration available for an interested student! Contact for details.
  • Want to work or study in Europe?  Looking for a full-time job, internship or a study program?  Resumes are still being accepted for the 17th European Career Fair to be held at MIT on February 23-25, 2013. Visit for details.
  • Please notify Michelle Dobbins in the PCD ( if you receive a call back interview or offer. This feedback is appreciated.
Job Postings
Job postings received by PCD are listed on Symplicity. View a listing of all student opportunities that were posted within the last week.
Featured:  (1) Samek & Kennedy - Boston, MA seek a part-time law clerk.  See Symplicity job posting #9733.  (2) The Mass. Dept. of Transportation, Office of Administrative Law Judges - Boston, MA seeks a part-time law clerk. See job posting #9503.
Several government programs have deadlines coming up in the next few weeks. You can view a list of these programs on the 'Announcements' section of your Symplicity home page. Details of these programs are provided in the Government Honors & Internship Handbook 2012-2013 (contact PCD 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 #17
February 5, 2013


In This Issue
Upcoming PCD Programs
Rappaport Center Programs and Announcements
Diversity Announcements
Other Programs
Recruitment Programs
Job Postings
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Suffolk University Law School

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