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: 
  • Institue for Justice announces their Annual Summer Law Student Conference. The conference is July 26-28, 2013 on the George Washington University Law School campus in downtown Washington, DC. It brings together 40 outstanding law students from all over the country who are interested in learning more about IJ, constitutional law, and public interest litigation tactics. Travel scholarships are available. Students can learn more about the conference and apply (before April 1!) on their website at
  • 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
  • Planning on taking the Massachusetts bar exam? The Board of Bar Examiners Information Session has been rescheduled to Wednesday, April 3 at noon in the Main Function Room. Marilyn Wellington, Executive Director of the Massachusetts Board of Bar Examiners will share information on the bar application process and character and fitness issues. For those who are unable to attend, the session will be recorded and made available through Campus Cruiser following the event.  If you have any questions, please contact the Dean of Students Office at
  • The Office of Financial Aid is pleased to be offering Get $mart! sessions providing helpful information concerning loan repayment. If you are graduating and have federal loan debt, you are strongly encouraged to attend. Sessions will be held on Thursday, April 4 from 12:00 to 1:30pm and from 2:30 to 4:00pm in room 295, as well as Wednesday, April 24 from 12:00 to 1:30pm in room 315 and from 4:30 to 6:00pm in room 295.  Light refreshments will be served. Please make your reservation to the Office of Financial Aid at 617-573-8147 or at Let them know which time you plan to attend.
  • 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.
  • 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.
Upcoming PCD Programs
  • Navigating On-Campus Interviews - Tuesday, March 26, 1:00pm, Main Function Room and Tuesday, April 2, 5:00pm, room 385.  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  
  • Multi-Service JAG Panel - Wednesday, March 27, 5:00 to 6:00pm, room 235. Suffolk Law Armed Services Association, PCD, and the Rappaport Center are sponsoring a multi-branch panel of JAG officers to come and speak about their experiences practicing law around the world in the Armed Services. This is a unique opportunity to gain some candid insight into the distinctions among the JAG Corps of the different military branches, as well as to hear from some accomplished lawyers who are well-versed in the areas of national security law and international law. For questions about this event, please contact Samantha Caplan at 
  • 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.  Program flyer
  • Alternative Career Fair - Thursday, April 11, 5:00 to 6:30pm, Main Function Room. Many law school graduates find challenge and happiness in what are often referred to as alternative uses of one's law degree. If you are interested in finding out how some locally trained attorneys are using their law degrees in some interesting and novel ways, then plan on attending the Alternative Law Careers Fair. The program, sponsored by local area law schools in the Massachusetts Law School Consortium, will be held at Suffolk Law School from 5:00 to 6:30pm.  Attend this informal and interactive event and interact with JD-trained graduates pursuing rewarding professional positions.  Come with your ideas, questions and an open mind! RSVP on Symplicity. 
  • View the PCD Calendar of Events for other upcoming programs/deadlines.
Rappaport Center Programs and Announcements
  • Joint Hearing of the Boston and Cambridge City Councils on Talent Retention, March 28 - Boston City Councillor Tito Jackson invites Suffolk Law students to a historic joint hearing of the Boston and Cambridge City Councils to discuss the opportunities and challenges for job growth and keeping talented students in the Great Boston area after graduation.  Michael Lake, Executive Director of the World Class Cities Partnership, will present a new report on best practices of government and private entities to retain talent in cities.  The hearing will provide a forum for conversation about Boston's and Cambridge's future and how they can better engage young people both culturally and professionally, and an opportunity for stakeholders in business, industry groups, government and young Bostonians themselves to voice their opinions and work towards better public policy.  The hearing will be held at the Museum of Science on Thursday, March 28, from 5:00 to 8:00pm; free admission.
  • 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.
  • Trivia Night - Students v. Professors v. Alumni - RESCHEDULED, April 16 - SPILG/ILS/SBA Trivia Night has been rescheduled for Tuesday, April 16, at 6:00pm in the Faculty Dining Room.  This event is organized by the Suffolk Public Interest Law Group, the International Law Society, and the SBA Alumni Affairs Committee.  All proceeds go toward funding the SPILG International Fellowship.  Student teams, faculty teams, and alumni teams will compete against one another while enjoying food and drink.  Teams consist of 4-6 players.  Tickets for students and alumni will be sold at the door ($5 per student, $10 per alumni) and the minimum donation for faculty/administrator teams is $200.  All of the proceeds of this event will go toward funding students doing public service work abroad this summer through the SPILG International Fellowship.  Last year, our fellowship recipients worked the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia and the Irish Centre for International Human Rights. Please email if you are interested in forming a faculty team or have any questions.
Diversity Announcements    
  • 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   
  • TODAY! All students are invited to attend New England Law School Legal Networking Night hosted by the BBA on Tuesday, March 26 from 5:00 to 8:00pm at Rock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery, 115 Stuart Street, Boston. Join them for an evening of connecting with Massachusetts lawyers in various practice areas while sampling some delcious beers and enjoying some free food!  You must RSVP for the event.
  • 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.
  • Join the Student Animal Legal Defense Fund (SALDF) on Tuesday, April 2 at 6:00pm in the Faculty Dining Room for a film showing of The Cove. The Cove is a film showcasing the realities of dolphin hunting in Japan, and how it is detrimental to both the dolphins and humans. Complimentary food and beverages will be provided. Questions? Contact
  • 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 

  • Lambert Coffin - Portland, ME is seeking a Summer Associate. Interested students graduating in 2014 should submit a cover letter, resume, and writing sample through Symplicity by Friday, March 29.  See job posting #9964 for details.
  • 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: Margolis & Bloom - Boston, MA is hiring a summer law clerk for their full-service elder law firm which focuses its practice on estate and long-term care planning for seniors and for families with children with special needs.  See Symplicity job posting #9947 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 #23
March 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 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