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 SymplicityProgram flyer  
  • 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 3:00pm, Faculty Dining Room.   Learn about different tools and resources for your summer job search so you can get started right away.  Earn 400 Lexis Rewards points and a chance to win a $10 gift card.  Refreshments will be served.  RSVP on Symplicity.   Program flyer 
  • View the PCD Calendar of Events for other upcoming programs/deadlines.
Rappaport Center Programs and Announcements
  • 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 - Wednesday, 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  
  • Post-Graduate Fellowships Information Session - Thursday, September 26, 3:00 to 4:00pm, 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, now Suffolk Law Professions, 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. RSVP on SymplicityProgram flyer 
  • Training for Administrative Law Judges - Suffolk Law students are invited to attend a training for state administrative law judges given by the Division of Administrative Law Appeals on Thursday, September 26 from 2:00 to 4:00pm in Room 315. Topics for this training include writing administrative decisions in plain English and what to do when a witness invokes the Fifth Amendment privilege against self-incrimination in an administrative hearing. Seating is limited, so RSVP to the Rappaport Center if you would like to attend.
  • 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.
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   
  • 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. 
  • Sterling Education Services is offering five free scholarship passes to their upcoming seminar Fundamentals of Landlord-Tenant Law on Tuesday, October 22 in Springfield, MA. Students get a day-long overview of this aspect of the law, a seminar manual, and an opportunity to network with practicing attorneys. Register through their website or by calling 715-855-0495.
  • MCLE is offering a program on Trying Divorce Cases which may be of interest to third-year law students wanting to pursue a career in family law.  The program will be held on Tuesday, October 22 in Plymouth and again on Friday, November 1 in Boston.  Details and registration information are available on their website

Recruitment Programscareer fairs  

  • We continue to receive additions and changes to the summer/fall recruiting employers lists that were emailed to all returning students over the summer.  This week, employers were added to the APPLY DIRECT Session as well as the new COLLECTION GOV/PI Session.  A complete list of changes and additions is available on the PCD website.

  • Upcoming bidding deadlines:

    • Collection Gov/PI Session - Monday, September 30

    • OCI6 Session - Wednesday, October 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 closes at noon on Wednesday, September 18 (MA Consortium Symplicity site).  NOTE: A new interviewing employer has been added - NH Public Defender.

  • 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 #3
September 17, 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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