Office of Professional and Career Development

Suffolk University Law School

Spotlight

Weekly PCD Student Newsletter

Announcements 
 
 
  • 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.
  • Program audio for How to Have a Successful Summer has been posted on the PCD website under the 'SULS Community' link.  (Contact PCD if you need the password to access the page.) Find out how to put your best foot forward with your summer legal employer and how you can make a positive contribution.
  • 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: 
  • TheMassachusetts Bar Association and theBoston Bar Association welcome law student members! Start getting involved in the legal community and networking now.
  • Interested in Judicial Clerkships? Contact Margaret Talmers, Associate Director for Judicial Clerkships and Internships in the PCD Office - mtalmers@suffolk.edu.  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
  • 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 especially 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.
  • 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 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 lawfaid@suffolk.edu. Let them know which time you plan to attend.
  • If you have not done so already, please complete the At-Graduation Employment Questionnaire.  It is important that each graduate complete the survey so we can comply with our reporting requirements.
  • Disability Rights Legal Center's Kirkland & Ellis Justice Fellowship is awarded every two years to a law school graduate (May 2012 - May 2013) to pursue public interest work for two years as a staff attorney with DRLC in Los Angeles. The Fellow is selected on the basis of personal integrity and the potential to make a positive contribution towards enhancing the civil rights of people with disabilities. All applications must be received by 5:00pm (PST) on Friday, May 31.
  • 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
  • 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.  Program flyer 
  • View the PCD Calendar of Events for other upcoming programs/deadlines.
Rappaport Center Programs and Announcements
  • 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 spilgpresident@gmail.com if you are interested in forming a faculty team or have any questions.
  • Home-Buying after Fannie and Freddie: The Future of the Secondary Market and the Impact on Lenders, Buyers, and Neighbors, April 24 - With proposals under consideration to merge, shrink, or wind down Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, what will the housing market look like?  What is the future of the 30-year fixed-rate mortgage and the dream of home ownership for Americans with low to moderate incomes?  The Massachusetts Community & Banking Council hosts a conversation on these important topics, moderated by Kathleen Engel, Associate Dean for Intellectual Life and Professor of Law at Suffolk University; with David Abromowitz, Center for American Progress; Jon Skarin, Massachusetts Bankers Association; and David Wluka, Massachusetts Association of Realtors, on Wednesday, April 24, 1:00pm reception, 1:30 to 3:30pm program. Admission is free; however, seating is limited. Register online.
  • Medical Marijuana: Navigating the Law and the Science, April 26 - Massachusetts is now the 18th medical marijuana state.  What can Massachusetts citizens, patients, doctors, lawyers, and public officials expect?  What are the potential risks and benefits?  This program, to be held on Friday, April 26, from 9:00am to 4:00pm, provides a comprehensive guide to how the new law will function in the Commonwealth within the broader context of regional and national developments.  You will hear from a variety of medical and legal experts and gain a full understanding of the issues from the perspectives of different stakeholders, including doctors, law enforcement officials, municipal administrators, and legislators.  Co-sponsored by Suffolk University Law School's Center for Advanced Legal Studies, the Macaronis Institute for Trial and Appellate Advocacy, the Health and Biomedical Law Concentration, the Moakley Archives and Institute, the Flaschner Judicial Institute, the City Solicitors and Town Counsel Association, and the Rappaport Center.  For more information and to register please click here or call 617.573.8627.
Diversity Announcements    
  • The Boston Lawyers Group invites you to participate in its Legal Writing and Research Workshop and Networking Reception for Law Students of Color on Wednesday, April 10 from 5:00 to 7:30pm at Mintz Levin, One Financial Center, Boston.  Instructors will review the basic techniques of legal research, analysis and writing. Prior to the workshop, Mintz Levin will host a reception where you will have a great networking opportunity to meet with their Hiring Partner, entry level associates, recruiting coordinators and members of the Hiring and Diversity Committee. Visit www.thebostonlawyersgroup.com to register (click on the events tab).
  • The Massachusetts Defense Lawyers Association is presenting Increasing Diversity in Our Practice on Thursday, April 11 from 4:00 to 6:00pm at the John Joseph Moakley U.S. Courthouse, One Courthouse Way, Suite 1-420, Boston. The program will focus on diversity hiring challenges, strategies that have been employed to overcome these challenges, the results of those strategies, tips for best hiring practices going forward, as well as the results of programs that have been instituted to increase the potential for success of minority hires. Program speakers and registration information is available online.
  • Vault.com and the Minority Corporate Counsel Association are pleased to announce that they will be hosting the 2013 Vault/MCCA Legal Diversity Career Fair on Friday, August 2 in Washington, DC. Minority, female, LGBTQ, and students with disabilities will have the opportunity to meet and network with recruiters from law firms and government agencies who are firmly committed to increasing diversity in the legal profession.  Register at www.vault.com/legaldiversity.
  • The Indianapolis Bar Association announces their 6th Annual Diversity Job Fair to be held August 7-8, 2013 at the Hilton Indianapolis. They seek candidates who represent all aspects of diversity, who are looking for a one-of-a-kind legal community in a Midwestern city that has both cosmopolitan style and small-town livability. Students graduating in 2015 or 2016 are invited to attend. Students must register by July 7.  See their website for details.
  • The Boston Lawyers Group (BLG) has opened student registration for the annual BLG Boston Job Fair for Law Students of Color to be held Thursday, August 8 at the Boston Sheraton Hotel. Visit their website at www.thebostonlawyersgroup.com for important job fair information. The deadline to register and upload your resume and transcript is midnight, July 12, 2013.
Other Programs   
  • 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 www.eop.com/expo.

  • 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.

  • The Massachusetts Bar Association will be holding their Third Annual Sole Practitioner & Small-Firm Symposium on Wednesday, April 24 from 12:00 to 5:00pm at Lombardo's in Randolph. Program topics include marketing your value, setting up your office, managing your client and professional relations, dealing with and separating from difficult clients, and balancing work and personal life. Students may attend at a discounted rate of $75. Register at www.massbar.org/cle or 617-338-0530.

  • Students interested in learning more about the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys, and its Massachusetts chapter in particular, are invited to attend their upcoming dinner meeting on Tuesday, April 30 at the Newton Marriott Hotel. They gather for networking at 5:30pm and the dinner begins at 6:00pm. Speakers will be discussing "Attorneys as Fiduciaries."  Students should RSVP to Jane Sullivan, 508-679-0535 and may attend at the reduced student-member rate of $40.

Recruitment Programscareer fairs 

  • Vault.com and the Minority Corporate Counsel Association are pleased to announce that they will be hosting the 2013 Vault/MCCA Legal Diversity Career Fair on Friday, August 2 in Washington, DC. Minority, female, LGBTQ, and students with disabilities will have the opportunity to meet and network with recruiters from law firms and government agencies who are firmly committed to increasing diversity in the legal profession.  Register at www.vault.com/legaldiversity.
  • The Indianapolis Bar Association announces their 6th Annual Diversity Job Fair to be held August 7-8, 2013 at the Hilton Indianapolis. They seek candidates who represent all aspects of diversity, who are looking for a one-of-a-kind legal community in a Midwestern city that has both cosmopolitan style and small-town livability. Students graduating in 2015 or 2016 are invited to attend. Students must register by July 7.  See their website for details.
  • The Boston Lawyers Group (BLG) has opened student registration for the annual BLG Boston Job Fair for Law Students of Color to be held Thursday, August 8 at the Boston Sheraton Hotel. Visit their website at www.thebostonlawyersgroup.com for important job fair information. The deadline to register and upload your resume and transcript is midnight, July 12, 2013.
  • Registration is now open for the 9th Annual IMPACT Career Fair for Law Students and Attorneys with Disabilities to be held Friday, August 9 in Washington, DC. Interested students should register by the end of July 14.
  • 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 mdobbins@suffolk.edu for details.
  • Please notify Michelle Dobbins in the PCD (mdobbins@suffolk.edu) 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 #25
April 9, 2013

 

In This Issue
Announcements
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

Friday
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

 

Email: lawcdo@suffolk.edu

Phone:  617-573-8148

Fax:  617-573-8706