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.
  • 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: 
  • Visit the Judicial Clerkship and Internship Resource Center on Symplicity for information on judicial internships and post-graduate clerkships. Scroll down the News Feed and click on the link!
  • 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  
  • 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 (Room 265) and information tables from 4:30 to 6:00pm (Main Function Room).  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
  • 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.
  • Committee for Public Counsel Services Information Session - Thursday, September 19, 2:30 to 3:30pm, Room 275.  Get a glimpse into a day in the life of a CPCS Staff Attorney. Topics to be covered include: overview of the divisions within the Agency (Public Defenders, Youth Advocacy Division, Children and Family Law, and more; application process; and how to make yourself state out.  This is your chance to speak with current CPCS attorneys.  RSVP on Symplicity.   Program flyer   
  • Paid Summer Fellowships in Criminal Law: Drinan and McLaughlin Fellowships Information Session - Wedesday, September 25, 3:00 to 4:00pm, Room 205. 2LD/3LE students are eligible to apply for the Drinan and McLaughlin Fellowships which provide a $7,000 summer position in the criminal justice system. Fellows work in the offices of the United States Attorney, the Massachusetts Attorney General, the Committee for Public Counsel Services, the Federal Public Defender, or within another government office of the criminal justice system. Learn more about these impressive Fellowships and hear from former Fellows! RSVP on Symplicity.  Program flyer  
  • Get Legal Experience Through a Pro Bono Internship - Participating in the Suffolk Law Pro Bono Program allows you to do good in the community and gain practical legal experience that will benefit your career. Students who complete at least 50 hours of pro bono service also receive recognition at graduation.  Now is a particularly good time to join the Pro Bono Program (if you haven't already) and consider doing a Fall semester pro bono internship. Dozens of employers are currently looking for Fall semester interns to volunteer their time in a variety of different subject areas and settings. Whether you want to gain experience counseling clients, working in the courts, performing legal research and writing, or advocating for policy change, the Pro Bono Program has an internship that will fit your interests.  Opportunities are available for students to work in immigration, housing, family law, employment law, criminal defense, and many other areas. To search for pro bono opportunities, log on to Symplicity, click on 'Job Postings' and select 'Pro Bono Program Eligible' as the Position Type. Contact Mia Friedman, Director of Public Interest and Pro Bono Programs at or 617-305-6241 with any questions about joining the Program or finding an appropriate pro bono placement.
  • MA Attorney Genera's Office Fellowship Program -
  • The deadline to apply for the Massachusetts Attorney General's Office's September 2014 post-gradaute fellowship program is this week.  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 this Friday, September 13.  Details are available on their website.
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 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.

  • 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.
  • The New Lawyers Committee of the Women's Bar Association presents "Stand Up: Advocating for Yourself and Your Client" on Thursday, September 19 at 6:00pm at Edwards Wildman Palmer LLP, 111 Huntington Avenue, 20th Floor, Boston.  See their website for details and registration information.
  • The Emory Public Interest Committee (EPIC) invites students to attend its tenth annual conference, "Neighbors for Sale: Modern Slavery in Atlanta," on Saturday, September 21, 2013. Led by keynote speaker Georgia Attorney General Sam Olens, a host of state and local government and non-government organization leaders will assemble to discuss the realities of modern slavery in Atlanta, to share their own stories of modern abolition, and to share how attendees can become involved in the fight against slavery.  You must register by September 17. 

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:

    • OCI6 Session - Wednesday, Oct. 2

    • Drinan/McLaughlin Session - Friday, October 4 

  • 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.  A list of interviewing employers is available on the PCD website.  Bidding for this program will open tomorrow and close at noon on Wednesday, September 18 (MA Consortium Symplicity site). 

  • 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:  K&L Gates seeks 2LD/3LE students with electrical engineering, physics or computer science degrees for a summer associate position.  Apply only through Symplicity by 10:00am on September 24 (do not contact the firm directly). See Symplicity job posting #10739 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 #2
September 10, 2013


In This Issue
Upcoming PCD Programs
Rappaport Center Programs and Announcements
Diversity Announcements
Other Programs
Recruitment Programs
Job Postings
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Suffolk University Law School

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Boston, MA  02108-4977



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