Office of Professional and Career Development

Suffolk University Law School


Weekly PCD Student Newsletter

  • Welcome to the first issue of Spotlight, the weekly PCD student newsletter, for the 2013-2014 academic year.  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.
  • Be sure to check the Document Library on Symplicity for updated handouts and guides.  There are new resume writing and cover letter guides (with samples) as well as a guide on thank you notes.  Click on the 'Resources' tab and then 'Document Library.'
  • Advanced Legal Studies (ALS) runs programs frequently on different areas of the law.  These programs are attended by attorneys who practice in the areas 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: 
  • 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.
Upcoming PCD Programs
  • Presidential Management Fellows (PMF) Program - Thursday, September 12, 2:00 to 3:30pm, room 265.  Suffolk Law students have successfully competed in the prestigious PMF program for management positions in the federal govenment. Former PMF Adam Sulewski (SULS '09) will be visiting from Washington, DC to discuss the program and give you tips for applying. RSVP on Symplicity.
  • Patent Law Forum - Wednesday, September 25, 3:30 to 6:00pm, Main Function Room.  Have a hard science background? Planning to sit for the patent bar while a law student? Come meet and mingle with area firms looking to meet you. The program will consist of a panel discussion from 3:45 to 4:30pm and information tables from 4:30 to 6:00pm.  RSVP on Symplicity.
  • Public Interest & Government Diversity Fair - Wednesday, September 25, 5:30 to 7:00pm, Fish & Richardson, One Marina Park Drive, Boston.  Come network with public interest and government attorneys in the Boston-area and beyond.  Learn about internship and volunteer opportunities. This is a great way to meet employers before the MLSC Government & Public Interest recruitment events. Sponsored by The Boston Lawyers Group and the Massachusetts Law School Consortium.  You must RSVP on Symplicity by Friday, September 20.  Program flyer
  • Find Your 2L Summer Job - Thursday, September 26, 2:00 to 3:30pm, Faculty Dining Room.   Learn about different tools and resources for your summer job search so you can get started right away.  LEXIS points may be earned.  Refreshments will be served.  RSVP on Symplicity.
  • View the PCD Calendar of Events for other upcoming programs/deadlines.
Rappaport Center Programs and Announcements
  • Committee for Public Counsel Services Info Session - Thursday, September 19, 2:30 to 3:30pm in Room 265. Join us and hear several attorneys from the Committee for Public Counsel Services (CPCS) speak about their experiences representing indigent criminal defendants and youth, and about how you can apply to work at CPCS for an internship or post-graduate job.  Get a glimpse into a day in the life of a CPCS staff attorney and much more! 
  • Post-Graduate Fellowships Info Session - Thursday, September 26, 3:00 to 4:00pm in Room 265. Post-graduate public interest fellowships offer a unique and valuable entry into public interest law.  It is never too early to start preparing!  Former Skadden Fellowship recipients and faculty members Sarah Boonin and Sharmila Murthy will provide insight into how to create a successful fellowship application.  This program is particularly valuable to 2Ls, who should start thinking about post-graduate fellowships now.
  • MA Attorney Genera's Office Fellowship Program:  The Massachusetts Attorney General's Office is now accepting applications for its September 2014 post-graduate fellowship program.  The Fellowship Program is an initiative of the Office's Diversity and Inclusion committee and represents efforts to expand opportunities to hire and retain staff from diverse backgrounds, experiences, and law schools.  Selected Fellows will receive training and supervision during the two-year fellowship period to enhance proficiency and develop legal skills.  Applications are due September 13.  Details are available on their website.

  • Apply for a Prestigious $7,000 Summer Fellowship in Criminal Justice:   The Drinan and McLaughlin Fellowships each give one 2LD/3LE student the opportunity to complete a paid summer internship in the offices of the United States Attorney, the Massachusetts Attorney General, the Committee for Public Counsel Services, or the Federal Public Defender, or within another government office of the criminal justice system.  Apply on Symplicity (Session: Drinan/McLauglin) by October 4 at 10:00am.

  • Apply for a PAID Consumer Law Public Service Fellowship:  The Consumer Law Public Service Fellowships support current students at Suffolk University Law School working in unpaid public service internships in the field of consumer law.  Fellowship applications are now being accepted on a rolling basis for Fall 2013 and Spring 2014 internships.  While it is not necessary to secure an internship prior to applying for a fellowship, the award is contingent on obtaining a placement with an eligible employer.   Former and present Fellows have found placements at agencies such as the the Boston Fair Housing Commission, Greater Boston Legal Services' Consumer Rights Unit, and the Massachusetts Office of Consumer Affairs and Business Regulation.  You must apply separately for these internships, and students are encouraged to contact the Rappaport Center for assistance in finding a placement.
Diversity Announcements    
  • Latham & Watkins is once again pleased to announce the Latham Diversity Scholars Program, which will award a $10,000 non-renewable scholarship to each of six second-year law students. Interested students should submit an application form, personal statement, resume and transcript by September 27, 2013.  Recipients will be announced in early 2014.  Details and an application are available on their website.
Other Programs   
  • LiveChat with Army JAG Officers on Thursday, September 5, from 3:00 to 3:45pm (for 2L summer internships) and on Thursday, September 12, from 3:00 to 3:45pm (for active duty and reserve careers) to learn about unique internships and job opportunities to serve your country and become a lawyer, officer, and leader in the Army.  See for more information.

  • Sterling Education Services is holding a Landlord-Tenant Law Seminar in Worcester on Thursday, September 12 and would like to offer five law students free scholarship passes.  Students get a day-long overview of this particular aspect of the law, a seminar manual, and an opportunity to network with practicing attorneys. You can register through or by calling 715-855-0495.

  • The Women's Bar Association is co-sponsoring the Legal Trends Conference on Monday, September 16 frm 7:30 to 11:30am at the Omni Parker House, 60 School Street, Boston.  The conference will cover the efficient running of an office, as well as the tools needed for individual attorneys to be successful. You will learn how to maximize your time and resources so you can get more work done and better serve your clients. Details and registration information is available on their website.

Recruitment Programscareer fairs  

  • We continue to receive additions and changes to the summer/fall recruiting employers listes that were emailed to all returning students over the summer.  A complete list of changes and additions is available on the PCD website.

  • Upcoming bidding deadlines:

    • OCI4 Session - Wednesday, Sept. 4

    • NRP4 Session (MLSC Symplicity site) - Thursday, Sept. 5 

  • Government & Public Interest Recruitment Program:  Each year public interest and government employers come to Boston in the Fall to interview students from all of the Boston area law schools for summer and post-graduate positions. This year the MLSC Government & Public Interest Interview Program will be held on Monday, October 21 and Tuesday, October 22 at Boston College Law School.  The application (bidding) period for this program will run from September 11 through September 18 and will be done through the MA Consortium Symplicity site.  More information about participating employers will be posted soon.

  • The Equal Justice Works Conference and Career Fair, held this year in Washington, DC on October 25-26, is the largest national public interest career fair in the country.  More than 1,200 students from 165 law schools attend for two days of interviews, workshops, networking and other career opportunities.  Dozens of public interest employers conduct interviews for internship and full-time positions and meet with students in informal "table talk" settings to discuss public interest legal opportunities.  The Conference and Career Fair also features workshops on various public interest careers and job search advice, resume and cover letter review, mock interviews, and more.  Students who plan to apply for interviews at the Career Fair must register and apply between August 13 and September 12.  Students who plan to attend but not to apply for interviews must register between September 13 and October 11. 

  • 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 posting:  Mootus is an early stage startup that helps law students and lawyers build reputation, sills and knowledge through open, online legal argument. They are currently seeking a Legal Knowledge Engineering Intern, an unpaid, part-time opportunity with a term of 12 weeks.  See Symplicity job posting #10659 for details. 
Several government programs have deadlines coming up in the next few weeks. You can view a list of these programs on the news feed section of your Symplicity home page. Details of these programs are provided in the Government Honors & Internship Handbook 2013-2014 (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 #1
September 3, 2013


In This Issue
Upcoming PCD Programs
Rappaport Center Programs and Announcements
Diversity Announcements
Other Programs
Recruitment Programs
Job Postings
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Office of Professional and Career Development

Suffolk University Law School

120 Tremont Street, Suite 120

Boston, MA  02108-4977



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