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: 
  • 3L Group Job Search Drop-in Hour!  Are you graduating and still seeking a post-graduate position?  Drop into PCD on Tuesdays from 2:00 to 3:00pm during February 26 through April 30 to talk about your job search strategies.  Talk with PCD staff and other 3Ls about what you can do now to make yourself more marketable.
  • Summer International Internships - Scholarship Money Available! It is not too late to apply for an international internship this summer. In addition, Santander Bank is offering scholarship money (up to $3,500) to Suffolk Law students who participate in international internships this summer. Please check the International Internship web page for scholarship program details and requirements. The deadline for scholarship applications is March 18 at 2:00pm. Any questions, contact Mary Sawicki of the Internship Office at
  • 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
  • Interested in a Fall 2013 Clinical Program? Apply by 5:00pm on March 7!
  • Interning in New York City this summer?  Seeking summer housing?  Contact Educational Housing Services. EHS provides safe and convenient housing to students and interns in NYC.
  • 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
  • Nuts and Bolts of Judicial Clerkships - Tuesday, February 26, 4:30 to 5:30pm, PCD Library.  Considering a clerkship after graduation? Interested in lining up a second clerkship? Learn about deadlines, the application process and more!  RSVP on Symplicity.  Program flyer 
  • Judge Advocate General's Corps (JAG) Panel Presentation - Thursday, March 7, 1:00 to 2:00pm, Barristers Hall, Boston University School of Law, 765 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston.  Join JAG representatives from each branch of the military: The U.S. Air Force, U.S. Army, U.S. Coast Guard, U.S. Marines, and U.S. Navy, for an informative panel presentation. You will have the opportunity to hear about each representative's day-to-day responsibilities and also about the cultural diferences between the military branches. Lieutentant Colonel Gary Johnson, Chief of Recruiting for the U.S. Army JAG Corps will moderate. Don't miss this unique opportunity to hear from all five branches at one time in one place!
  • View the PCD Calendar of Events for other upcoming programs/deadlines.
Rappaport Center Programs and Announcements


  • Women of Color Law Student Association Employment Series, Thursday, February 28 - Series I features Rachael Rollins (MBTA), Rosa Previdi (Legal Advocacy & Resource Center Inc.), and Sherely Cruz (Greater Boston Legal Services). Join the WCLSA, Thursday, February 28 from 4:30 to 6:00pm in Room 365 for a candid discussion as we hear these successful women's stories and challenges through the progression of their respective professional careers. Refreshments will be served. This event is co-sponsored by the Rappaport Center.  Questions, contact
  • Preparing Massachusetts for Climate Change, March 5 - What role does the state and local government have in climate change and what are they doing? On Tuesday, March 5, 6:00 to 8:00pm in the First Floor Function Room, join in a discussion with leaders and experts in government, public policy, and environmental science about how climate change is expected to affect Massachusetts. What are the Commonwealth and the City of Boston doing to prepare and what are some public policy changes that need to be made to optimize the response? RSVP  Panelists will include Hon. Will Brownsberger, MA State Senator, 2nd Suffolk and Middlesex District; Philip Griffiths, MA Undersecretary for Environment; Kathleen Baskin, MA Director of Water Policy and Planning; Brian Swett, City of Boston Chief of Environment and Energy; Paul Kirshen, Institute for the Study of Earth, Oceans, and Space, University of New Hampshire; Sue Reid, VP and Director, MA Conservation Law Foundation; and moderator David Barron, Honorable S. William Green Professor of Public Law, Harvard Law School.
  • Stop and Search Street Law Clinic Training, March 5 - The National Lawyers Guide at Suffolk asks do you know your rights? The Fourth Amendment of the United States Constitution prohibits "unreasonable" searches and seizures and requires police to have "probable cause" to search someone. What does this mean in the real world? This workshop gives participants a better understanding of their consitutional rights when they have been stopped by the police. Participants discuss how they can respond to police searches and what they can do when their rights have been violated. On Tuesday, March 5 from 5:00 to 7:00pm in room 615, an NLG lawyer will be on hand to train any student interested. Have you signed your pro bono pledge? If not, head down to the Rappaport Center and do it now! This training and any subsequent "street law" clinic work you do counts as pro bono work! RSVP to
Diversity Announcements    
  • Join Holland & Knight  for Demystifying the Large Firm Practice: A Seminar for First-Year Law Students from Diverse Backgrounds on Thursday, February 28 from 5:30 to 7:30pm at the offices of Holland & Knight, 10 St. James Avenue, 11th Floor, Boston.  What qualities are firms looking for in prospective summer associates? What can I do to strengthen my candidacy in this tough economic climate? What differentiates one law firm from another? A panel of Holland & Knight associates and partners will provide insight into these questions and more. Following the discussion, students are invited to join the panelists, as well as other Holland & Knight attorneys, for a cocktail reception. For more information or to RSVP, please contact
  • The National LGBT Bar Association is pleased to partner with Prudential Financial, Inc. to offer the Naitonal LGBT Bar Association Prudential Fellowship Program, a meaningful summer internship opportunity to a highly-motivated first-year law student. Through this partnership, the National LGBT Bar Association will select a student to join the 2013 summer law intern class at Prudential for a twn-week internship at Prudential's offices, for a stipend of approximately $10,000. Internship positions will be located in the New Jersey tri-state area. A position may also be available in Dallas, TX. More information and application instructions are available online.
Other Programs   
  • How will you repay your student loans after graduation? Know the difference between a deferment and a forbearance? Did you know that there are several repayment plan options? Need more Information? The Office of Financial Aid is offering Get $mart! sessions designed to provide timely, helpful and practical information concerning student loan repayment. Students who are graduating soon and have federal loan debt are strongly encouraged to attend one of the two sessions: Wednesday, February 27 from 12:00 to 1:30pm in room 315 and from 4:30 to 6:00pm in room 375. Light refreshments will be served! RSVP to with the time of the session you plan to attend.
  • There will be a European Conference entitled Europe 2.0 - Taking the Next Step at Harvard on March 2 and 3.  Full details and registration information are available at
  • Join Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly for their largest networking event, Leaders in the Law, on Thursday, March 7 from 5:30 to 8:00pm at the Boston Park Plaza Hotel. Students may purchase tickets at a discounted rate: one or two tickes at $150 each and three or more tickets at $125 each. For tickets and more information, please contact Kelsey Karimi at 617-218-8134 or or visit the event site.
  • Interested in animal law and/or learning more about factory farming? Join Suffolk Law's Student Animal Legal Defense Fund (SALDF) chapter for a speaker panel event on factory farming on Thursday, March 7 from 6:00 to 8:00pm in room 295.. Featuring Josh Balk, Director of Corporate Policy, Humane Society of the United States; and Alexis Fox, Massachusetts State Director, Humane Society of the United States. Complimentary food and beverages will be provided. Contact with questions.

Recruitment Programscareer fairs 

  • Resume Collection: McDermott Quilty & Miller - Boston, MA has an opening for a summer law clerk. Interested students graduating in 2015, should submit a cover letter, resume and transcript on Symplicity by 10:00am next Wednesday, March 6. DO NOT CONTACT THE FIRM DIRECTLY.  See Symplicity job posting #9836 for more information.
  • The Office of Professional and Career Development (PCD) and the Massachusetts LGBTQ Bar Association invite you to the 2nd Annual New England Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer Career Fair at Suffolk Law on Thursday, April 4, 2013.  The purpose of the Career Fair is to assist legal employers in their efforts to recruit LGBTQ candidates. The list of interviewing and participating employers is available on the PCD website.  You must upload your application materials and bid for employers by 10:00am on Wednesday, March 13 (Session:  LGBTQ FAIR - Spring 2013).  In addition to interview opportunities, the Career Fair will feature a reception from 5:30 - 7:30pm in the Main Function Room at Suffolk University Law School.  This is a great opportunity to meet and network with LGBTQ and LGBTQ-friendly lawyers from across the region.  Students must RSVP to attend the reception. 
  • Registration is now open for the 2013 Patent Law Interview Program to be held on Thursday, August 1 and Friday, August 2 in Chicago, IL> This is a nationwide interveiw program that targets patent law employers, rising 2L and 3L students, and students in Intellectual Property LL.M. programs. Students with undergraduate or graduate degrees in engineering or a technical science should consider registering for the program. For more information on the program, please refer to the Loyola Patent Program website. Student registration will close on Monday, March 4.
  • 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.
  • 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 Job Posting: The U.S. Department of Labor, Office of Administrative Law Judges seeks a legal intern for the fall semester. See Symplicity job posting #9825 for details.
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 #20
February 26, 2013


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

Monday through Thursday
8:45am to 6:00pm

8:45am to 4:45pm

Walk-in Hours

For resume review and quick questions during the academic year only.

Monday - 5:00 to 6:00pm
Wednesday - 2:00 to 4:00pm
Thursday - 5:00 to 6:00pm
3L Group Job Search Drop-In Hour: Tuesday - 2:00 to 3:00pm (February 26 through April 30)


Contact Us

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