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.
  • Students must enter summer employment information in Symplicity.  Once you know where you will be working, please enter the information in Symplicity under the 'Profile' tab.  Click on 'Employment' (or 'Placements') and '+Add New.'  It is very important that you complete this as soon as possible.
  • 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: 
  • The deadline for the Summer 2013 Legal Studies Institute in Washington, DC has been extended until April 3. All Suffolk students are guaranteed a scholarship of at least $1,500! The program provides a guaranteed legal internship placement, a constitutional law course, guest speakers and briefings, professional development activities, and housing in downtown DC. Visit to learn more and to begin an online application. Contact Jennifer Fantin at or 202.986.0384 with any questions.

  • The National Law Review is hosting its April 2013 Law Student Writing Contest with the winner's article to be published on the National Law Review website, the National Law Forum blog, and included in their October newsletter. The suggested topic is Tax Law.  View their website for complete submission guidelines and details.  The submission deadline is April 8, 2013.
  • 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.
Students Graduating in 2013
  • 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.
  • 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.
Upcoming PCD Programs
  • Navigating On-Campus Interviews - Tuesday, March 26, 1:00pm, Main Function Room.  (The session which was to be held on March 19 will be rescheduled.  Information will be emailed to all 1LD/2LE students.)  This program is mandatory for all 1LD/2LE students who are interested in participating in large firm, on-campus interviewing and all other recruitment programs this summer and fall. The information session will include: an introduction to the large firm, on-campus interviewing process and other recruitment programs; an on-campus interview-specific Symplicity tutorial; and information on and timelines for applying to firms directly. RSVP on Symplicity.  Program flyer  
  • Motion Session with the Hon. William G. Young - Thursday, March 21, 2:00pm, McLaughlin Moot Courtroom.  Sit in on a live federal district court motion session! Judge Young will preside in our moot courtroom and hear cases on his regularly scheduled docket. Observe local attorneys arguing actual cases. See civil procedure in action! Program flyer 
  • How to Have a Successful Summer - Thursday, March 28, 2:00pm, Faculty Dining Room.  Attorneys from a variety of legal practice areas will speak with students about how to ensure they get the most out of their summer jobs. The panelists will talk about professionalism, how to learn as much as possible from your internship, and how to use your internship to network and assist your future career planning. RSVP on Symplicity.
  • View the PCD Calendar of Events for other upcoming programs/deadlines.
Rappaport Center Programs and Announcements
  • State House Day, Thursday, March 21 - Students interested in working in the Massachusetts legislature, or interested in public policy in general, should mark their calendars for State House Day.  This event, co-sponsored by the Student Bar Association and the Rappaport Center, provides an opportunity for students to meet our state legislators and learn more about the legislature, the legislative process, and internship opportunities with state Senators, Representatives, and Committees.  It is also an opportunity to celebrate the many Suffolk alumni engaged in public service.  Join us for State House Day on Thursday, March 21, from 4:30-6:30pm, in the Members' Lounge, State House, Third Floor.  Refreshments provided. RSVP to Emily Fortin at
  • Rappaport Roundtable/Book Launch: The Federalist Society by Michael Avery and Danielle McLaughlin, April 3 - Over the last thirty years, the Federalist Society for Law and Public Policy Studies has grown into an organization with extraordinary influence over American law and politics. Although the organization is unknown to the average citizen, this group of intellectuals has managed to monopolize the selection of federal judges, take over the Department of Justice, and control legal policy in the White House.  Join the Rappaport Center, Wellesley College Political Science Professor Nancy Scherer, and Michael Avery and Danielle McLaughlin, authors of the new book The Federal Society: How Conservatives Took the Law Back from Liberals, for an in-depth look at this prominent group.  This event will be held on Wednesday, April 3, from 12:00 to 1:30pm at Suffolk University Law School, 120 Tremont Street, Faculty Meeting Room (Fourth Floor).  This event is free and open to the public but seating is limited.  RSVP today to reserve your seat. Lunch will be served. Made possible with financial support from Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts.
Diversity Announcements    
  • 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.
  • Bingham is pleased to announce the Thurgood Marshall Fellowship. They expect to award two fellowships to the class of 2015, one in Bingham's DC office and the other in one of their Southern California offices. Recipients will receive a paid summer associate position and a $25,000 fellowship to be distribtuted as follows: $15,000 applied to third-year law school tuition after successful completion of their summer program, and $10,000 upon commencement of full-time employment at the firm. For information on their Selection Criteria, Application Process and Contact Information, visit
Other Programs   
  • Current students are invited to attend Law Teaching: Paths to Becoming a Law Professpr on Wednesday, March 20 from 12:00 to 1:00pm at Boston College Law School, East Wing 115A. Prof. Renee Landers and Prof. Stephanie Roberts Hartung will be speaking on the panel.

  • The Women of Color Law Student Association would like to invite students to the event, Visibility Invisibility: Women of Color in Law Firms on Wednesday, March 20, from 3:00 to 4:30pm in Room 375. We are honored to have Paulette Brown speak to us about women of color in law firms. She was in-house counsel to several top 500 companies, and focused 20 years of work on labor and employment issues. She was the co-founder of the ABA study, Visibility Invisibility: Women of Color in Law Firms.  Refreshments will be served.

  • Are you concentrating? Should you be? Learn about the Six Academic Concentrations before registration for the Fall 2013 semester: Business Law and Financial Services, Health and Biomedical Law, Intellectual Property and Patent Law, International Law, Labor and Employment Law, and Trial and Appellate Advocacy. An information session will be held on Wednesday, March 20 from 5:00 to 6:00pm in room 295. Refreshments will be served.

  • Students are invited to attend the 2013 Harvard Law School Sports Law Symposium on Thursday, March 28 from 11:45am to 6:00pm at Harvard Law. Details and registration information are available online.

  • CAREERS & the disABLED Magazine is sponsoring a Career Expo for People with Disabilities on Friday, April 12 from 10:00am to 3:00pm at the Boston Sheraton Hotel, 39 Dalton Street, Boston. Meet with Fortune 500 companeis and government agencies looking to recruit new talent. You must pre-register 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 

  • 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 bidding deadline has passed for the interview portion of the program, but students are still encouraged to attend the employer information tables (3:00 to 4:30pm), panel discussion (4:45 to 5:30pm) and reception (5:30 to 7:30pm). 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 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: Citizens Disability, LLC - Waltham, MA is offering several paid summer internships to 1LD/2LE an 2LD/3LE students. See Symplicity job posting #9929 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 #22
March 19, 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)


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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