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 Symplicity (in the News Feed).  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:   
  • Internships still available for pring semester 2014 for the Juvenile Internship Program!  Child welfare focused internships for academic credit are available for spring semester 2014 in District Attorneys Offices, Committee for Public Counsel Services CAFL, Department of Children and Families, child welfare agencies and with Juvenile Court Judges through the Juvenile Internship Program. Rule 3:03 and non-Rule 3:03 placements still available. Applications are available in the Internship Office, Suite 165. Any questions, please contact Mary Sawicki, Practitioner in Residence, Juvenile Internship Program, Suite 165, PH: 617-305-3080,    

  • Suffolk is launching a new fellowship program in International and Comparative Law and Legal Practice (ICLLP), which provides second-year JD students with an academically rigorous as well as pratice-oriented training prior to engaging in international work over the summer.  More information is available on the website.  The fellowship application deadline is November 15, 2013.
  • The National Law Review is hosting its December 2013 NLR Law Student Writing Contest with the suggested topic of Health Care Law.  See complete submittsion guidelines on their website.  The submission deadline is December 9, 2013.
  • 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.

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Upcoming PCD Programs  
  • Child and Family Law Student Association Networking Event - Thursday, November 14, 7:00 to 9:00pm, Main Function Room.  Interested in the areas of child welfare, family law, and juvenile law?  Meet Suffolk alumni practicing in these areas.  Sponsored by the Suffolk Child and Family Law Student Association and Professional & Career Development.  RSVP on Symplicity under the 'Events' tab. 
  • First Year Summer Internship Program (FYSIP) and Judicial Clerkship Panel (1LD/2LE Students) - Wednesday, November 20, 4:30 to 5:30pm, Room 295. Over 100 1Ls work alongside judges in courthouses all over New England through FYSIP. Attend this information session to find out how to apply.  RSVP on Symplicity under the 'Events' tab.
  • View the listing of upcoming PCD Programs on the Symplicity News Feed for additional programs.

Rappaport Center Programs and Announcements
  • First Amendment Advocate Mary Beth Tinker Comes to Suffolk Law on the Tinker Tour! - Friday, November 15, 4:00 to 6:00pm, Main Function Room.  Mary Beth Tinker was an ordinary girl who wanted to make a difference.  At 13 years old, she had no idea that the simple act of wearing a black armband to school in protest of the Vietnam War would spark a national debate about students' rights.  But it did, and the Supreme Court defended those rights with its landmark ruling that neither teachers nor students "shed their Constitutional the schoolhouse gate" (Tinker v. Des Moines, 1969).  Since then, her story has been shared in history books and over 6,000 court cases involving students' rights to free expression in public schools. Now, Mary Beth is touring the country to share her story, along with the powerful voices of youth everywhere!  This event is sponsored by Suffolk University Law School's Marshall-Brennan Constitutional Literacy Project.  The vision of the Marshall-Brennan Project is to empower high school students to be responsible citizens and lifelong participants in the democratic process.  Please join us for a fascinating discussion with Mary Beth Tinker about her story, free speech, and the positive impact youth can make when they make their voices heard.  RSVP by visiting
  • How to Become an Assistant District Attorney - Thursday, November 21, 1:30 to 2:30pm, room tba. Representatives from the Essex, Middlesex, Suffolk, and Worcester County District Attorney's offices will be on-campus for a panel discussion, moderated by Professor Diane Juliar, on how students can best prepare to become assistant district attorneys. Topics will include courses and activities that district attorney's offices look for in a resume, what options exist for law students to work with a district attorney's office during the summer and/or school year, the application process and timeline for someone seeking a job as an assistant district attorney, and "helpful hints" for surviving and excellent in interviews. RSVP on Symplicity.
  • Rappaport Center Writing Competition! In January 2014, the City of Boston will inaugurate a new mayor.  The Rappaport Center for Law and Public service invites law students in Massachusetts to write a five-page memorandum on this topic: Identify an innovation that would improve the quality of life in the City of Boston.  Explain how the law could be applied or amended to implement that innovation.  The winning entry will receive a $3,000 prize.  Two runners-up will receive prizes of $1,000 each.  Entries must be received by 5pm on January 31, 2014.  See competition rules at
1L Announcements    
  • Sign-up for 30-minute 1L Resume Review counseling appointments on Symplicity from October 21 through November 22, 2013.
  • First Year Summer Internship Program (FYSIP) and Judicial Clerkship Panel (1LD/2LE Students) - Wednesday, November 20, 4:30 to 5:30pm, Room 295. Over 100 1Ls work alongside judges in courthouses all over New England through FYSIP. Attend this information session to find out how to apply.  RSVP on Symplicity under the 'Events' tab.
Diversity Announcements    
  • Nutter McClennen & Fish is reaching out to student leaders of affinity groups at all area law schools and soliciting proposals for their Nutter Speaker Series for Diversity & Inclusinon. They are seeking student-organized events relating to diversity and inclusion topics that interest you and may have broad appeal throughout the local legal and business communities. Nutter will select up to three separate events to sponsor as part of this series. Details and an application form are available on their website.  Proposals must be submitted by December 6, 2013.
Other Programs   
  • The Peggy Browning Fund and the Harvard Law School Labor and Employment Action Project are sponsoring a panel for law students intereted in Careers Supporting Workers' Rights on Wednesday, November 20 from 4:00 to 5:30pm at Harvard Law School's Wasserstein Hall. Speakers will talk about what it is like working at a union legal department, a union/plaintiff law firm, or a workers' rights center. Students will also learn about the Peggy Browning Funds' summer fellowship program. Refreshments will be provided and all law students are welcome.
  • The Ivy Sports Symposium will be held at Harvard Law School on Friday, November 22. The Symposium is an annual student-run conference that attracts over 700 students and professionals from around the world.  It is a great opportunity to learn and network.  Tickets are now available and can be purchased online.

Recruitment Programscareer fairs  

  • Bidding is now open for the Massachusetts Law School Consortium Government & Public Interest Program to be held at Suffolk in January.  A list of participating employers is available on the PCD website.  You should upload your materials and apply on Symplicity (the MLSC Symplicity site for the interviewing employers and the Suffolk Symplicity site for the collection only employers) by noon on Thursday, December 5.  Please contact PCD if you need your login information for either Symplicity site. 
  • 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:  Applications are being accepted for the Red Sox Summer Internship Program, which gives interns an opportunity to gain valuable experience with a major league baseball team and gain exposure to multiple aspects of the Red Sox Front Office.  See Symplicity job posting #11053.
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 #11
November 12, 2013


In This Issue
PCD On Demand
Upcoming PCD Programs
Rappaport Center Programs and Announcements
1L 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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