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?  Stop by the PCD table on the Fourth Floor 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.
  • Program audio has been posted for the PCD program How Do New Graduates Get Jobs?  You can listen to the audio on the PCD website under the 'SULS Community' link (contact PCD for the password).
  • The Judge John R. Brown Scholarship Foundation is accepting entries for the 2013 Brown Award.  Any law student currently enrolled in an accredited law school in the U.S. seeking a J.D. or LL.B. degree is eligible to receive the award. This year the stipend for the winner is $10,000.  Full details and application information are available on their website. Entries must be accompanied by a letter of recommendation from a law school faculty member or legal professional and must be postmarked no later than June 7, 2013.
  • 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
  • Emory University announces their Summer Intern Housing Program (SIHP) for 2013. This is a unique housing opportunity for students who will be working in the Atlanta area over the summer. Full information is available on their website.
  • 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
  • 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


  • Preparing Massachusetts for Climate Change, TODAY, 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, TODAY, 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
  • Marshall-Brennan Constitutional Literacy Project Applications due Friday, March 8 - Each year, students accepted into the year-long Marshall-Brennan Constitutional Literacy Project have the rare opportunity to study constitutional law and simultaneously teach it to high school students.  Marshall-Brennan Fellows enroll in a weekly seminar course, Constitutional Justice in School, taught next year by Professors Kim McLaurin and Bob Smith. The seminar course covers the intricacies of Constitutional Law as it applies to high school students. Topics include Free Speech for Students, Separation of Church and School, Search and Seizure in School, Equal Protection against Race Discrimination, and Due Process in School. Apply for acceptance into the Project by March 8.  Like the Marshall-Brennan Project on Facebook.
  • Fenton Award Application Deadline Extended to March 15 - Are you graduating in 2013 and considering a public service career?  If so, don't miss the chance to apply for the Fenton Awards!  Suffolk Law students who graduated in January 2013 or will graduate in May 2013 are eligible to apply.  Students are not required to have a position secured before applying for the award.  Awards will be contingent on the recipient passing the bar exam and obtaining employment with a qualifying public service employer within one year of graduation. The Fenton Awards are the highest paid public service awards given by Suffolk Law -$ 8,000. The deadline to apply has been extended to Friday, March 15, by 5:00pm. Students may drop off their applications in the Rappaport Center (Suite 110) or email their applications to Mia Friedman at  Contact the Rappaport Center for more information.   
Diversity Announcements    
  • ALPFA Boston, the largest Latino association for business professionals and students, invites students to attend the Inaugural ALPFA Law Summit on Disruptive Technologies: The Future of Innovation and Global Competitiveness. The program will be held Wednesday, March 6 from 5:00 to 9:00m at Deloitte, LLP, 200 Berkeley Street, Boston. Details and RSVP information are available on their website.
  • Edwards Wildman invites students to attend their Spring 2013 Distinguished Speaker Series and Reception for Diverse Law Students featuring the Honorable Fernande 'Nan' Duffly on Tuesday, March 26 from 5:30 to 7:30pm at the offices of Edwards Wildman Palmer, 111 Huntington Avenue, Boston. The evening will afford you an opportunity to meet and interact with many of their attorneys and some of the firm's leaders which include members of their hiring and diversity committees.  Students should RSVP by March 20 to Hannah Lejfer at
  • The Boston Lawyers Group invites you to the Mock Interview Program for Law Students of Color on March 27 from 5:30 to 7:30pm at Bingham McCtuchen LLP, One Federal Street, Boston. This program assists law students of color to prepare for the upcoming recruiting season. Volunteer attorneys and legal recruiters from BLG member organizations will share tips on how to market yourself to employers. They will highlight the key aspects of a legal interview, including what employers look for when they interview law students for summer associate and full-time positions. To register, visit, click on 'Events' for the link to the 'Mock Interview Program'. Please note that space is limited, so you are advised to register as soon as possible.
  • DRI announces its annual Law Student Diversity Scholarship Program open to full-time incoming second and third year African American, Hispanic, Asian and Native American students. The goal of these scholarships is to provide financial assistance to two worthy law students from ABA accredited law schools in order to promote, in a tangible way, the DRI Diversity Statement of Principle. Incoming second and third year female law students are also eligible, regardless of race or ethnicity. Two scholarships in the amount of $10,000 each will be awarded to applicants who best meet their criteria. Full details and an application are available online. The application deadline is April 19, 2013.
Other Programs   
  • TODAY! SULS Women of Color Law Student Association is holding a Panel today, March 5 from 4:30 to 6:00pm in room 385. Dean Nelson and Professors McLaurin, Trujillo, and Landers will share their experiences as law students, attorneys, and working in academia. Refreshments will be provided.
  • The Masterman Institute on the First Amendment and the Fourth Estate will present Justice Alito's First Amendment on Wednesday, March 6 from 4:00 to 6:00pm at Suffolk. Speaker and registration information is available on the ALS website.
  • 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.
  • Attention May 2013 gradautes who plan to take the Massachusetts bar exam! Representatives from the Board of Bar Examiners will be at Suffolk on Tuesday, March 19 to share information on the bar application process and character and fitness issues. The session will take place in the Large Moot Courtroom on the Fourth Floor at 5:00pm. This session will be recorded for those unable to attend in person. If you have any questions, please contact the Dean of Students Office at
  • Students graduating in 2013 - MCLE is again offering Pathways to Practice: Practical career  guidance for transitioning from law school to law practice.  The program will be held on Friday, April 12 from 2:00 to 5:00pm at the MCLE Conference Center, 10 Winter Place, Boston.  You can also watch a live webcast.  Designed expecially for third year law students and recent graduates, the program will outline the opportunities that will help you get your legal career started in the face of tough economic times and limited employment prospects. The program is free but you must register.  Full program details and registration information are available on the MCLE website.

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 - new employers have been added!  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. 
  • Information about participating employers for the second date of the Rhode Island Job Fair on April 5, 2013 is now available. Participating employers will be conducting interviews in their offices April 5.  Application materials must be submitted through Symplicity by 10:00am on Wednesday, March 20 (Session - RI JOB FAIR 2 - 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.
  • 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.
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 #21
March 5, 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 Location:  4th Floor Lobby(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





Spotlight will not be published next week.  The next issue will be available on March 19, 2013.


Enjoy your spring break week!