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
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • The American Bar Association is offering all Suffolk University Law School graduating students free membership! Join now at www.ambar.org/ABAgrads and discover the benefits of ABA membership: access free resources from the ABA Career Center; search for legal positions on their online job board featuring positions from across the country; enjoy complimentary membership in your choice of 21 specialty groups; save money on a vareity of products and services from HP, Lenovo, Spring and more; keep up with the latest legal news through the ABA Journal and eJournal; and connect with lawyers through the ABA's searchable online member directory.
Upcoming PCD Programs
Rappaport Center Programs and Announcements
  • Pro Bono Program Reminder, Hours Due May 1 - The Pro Bono Program reminds all students that Pro Bono Work Logs are due to the Rappaport Center by May 1. If you plan to accrue hours after May 1, or need an extension of time for another reason, please contact Mia Friedman.
  • Using Technology to Improve Transportation: All-Electronic Tolling and Beyond, May 7 - While the legislature debates transportation funding, fiscal pressues continue to limit available resources, yet transportation managers are asked to improve service. On Tuesday, May 7 at Suffolk from 8:00 to 11:30am, experts from across the United States will explore the potential of new technologies to make transportation work more efficiently, faster, and safer. For more information, contact Polly O'Brien at the Rappaport Institute.
  • Rappaport Center Poster Contest: Last Chance to Weigh In! Last month, Suffolk University students competed in a contest to design posters to illustrate the Rappaport Center's mission: experience, innovate, and celebrate public service. Vote for your favorite submission!
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   
  • 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 

  • BE READY FOR 2013 ON-CAMPUS INTERVIEWS! - UPDATE YOUR SUMMER EMAIL ADDRESS IN SYMPLICITY!  Information about summer/fall on-campus interviews and recruitment, PCD programs/workshops, judicial clerkships, fellowships/internships, and federal government honor programs will be emailed to all returning students during the last week of June.  Make sure that your email address is updated in your Symplicity profile so you don't miss this important information!  If you don't receive the email by June 28th, please contact us.  On-campus interviews will begin BEFORE classes start in the fall. The first interview day is August 14th; the first resume bidding (or application) deadline will be July 24th.  Make sure your resume has been reviewed by a career counselor and is ready for uploading to Symplicity by this date.  PCD will be open all summer; make an appointment to see a career counselor well before classes begin.  View the Preliminary Summer/Fall 2013 Recruitment Calendar to see a list of all program dates and deadlines. A list of employers participating in each program will be forwarded in the PCD email in June. 

  • The San Francisco Intellectual Property Law Association Job Fair will be held on Sunday, July 28 at UC Hastings in San Francisco, CA. Details are availble on their job fair website. Students must register and complete employer selection by June 17.
  • 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:  Dynamic Downtown Boston law firm seeks second year Law Clerk for general legal research and writing projects. See Symplicity job posting #9945 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 #28
April 30, 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

 

 

 

 


This is the last issue of Spotlight for the academic year. 

 

Enjoy your summer and we'll see all returning students in September!