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.
  • Notice to the Class of 2014 about applying for Federal Clerkships:  The OSCAR Working Group judges decided to advance the first date when applications may be received from third-year applicants from August 19, 2013 to June 28, 2013 and revert to a single date to receive applications, schedule and conduct interviews, and make clerkship offers. The OSCAR system will release all online third-year law school student applications on June 28, 2013 at 12:00 pm Noon (EDT).  If grades are not final by June 28, OSCAR Version 7 will allow applicants to update their grade information even after they have finalized their online applications. Change in spreadsheet deadline:  Students applying for clerkships must submit the list of their judges to their recommenders well in advance of the application deadline. As a result of the new release date, the deadline for federal spreadsheets has been moved up to Wednesday, May 22.  The deadline for state court spreadsheets will still be June 24, 2013.  Questions? Contact Margaret Talmers at mtalmers@suffolk.edu.
  • Planning to be in Washington, DC this summer? SAVE THE DATE!  The Washington DC Alumni Association Career Panel will be held Wednesday, June 26, 2013 from 6:00 to 8:00pm at the Stinson Morrison law firm.  The panel will be entitled "Thinking Outside the Box: Practical Advice for Career Advancement and Networking."  Washington, DC, is a great place to practice law and to use your legal education in interesting and unconventional ways. Attend the career panel to learn more about some of the SULS alumni working in the DC area then intermingle in small groups, take tips from one another and get some practical advice on career advancement and networking while enjoying the company of fellow alumni and current students.  Additional details to follow soon!
  • 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 Massachusetts Bar Association and the Boston 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
  • 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
Rappaport Center Programs and Announcements
  • 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    
  • 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   
  • The BBA is hosting Speed Dating with Real Estate Attorneys on Monday, April 22 from 5:30 to 7:30pm at the BBA, 16 Beacon Street, Boston. The first portion of the event will include remarks from Jim Tierney, a real estate attorney who currently serves as Chief of Staff at the Boston Redevelopment Authority. Then, students will be split into six tables where you will speak with successful practitioners in the areas of affordable housing, land use/development, leasing, finance, public policy, and title/conveyance. RSVP to mdobbins@suffolk.edu by April 18 if you would like to attend; only ten spots are available for Suffolk students. Event details are available online.
  • Leading the Business of Healthcare: Accountability for All will be held Tuesday, April 23 from 11:45am to 2:00pm in the Main Function Room of the law school. Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs) are a promising healthcare delivery model which requires collaboration throughout the continuum of care, supported by engaged consumers, clinicians, employers and health plans. Get a better understanding of  ACOs, and what each stakeholder needs to do to make ACOs successful in containing costs while preserving quality. The panel will be moderated by Michael Caljouw (SULS /91), Vice President, Government & Regulatory Attairs, Blue Cross Blue Shield MA. Register online.
  • 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.
  
Featured posting:  Turk & Quijano, LLP (Braintree, MA) seeks a law clerk for their busy litigation department. Full-time hours for the summer and flexible, part-time during the academic year.  See Symplicity job posting #10013 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 #26
April 16, 2013

 

In This Issue
Announcements
Students Graduating in 2013
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