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:   
  • 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  
  • View the listing of upcoming PCD Programs on the Symplicity News Feed for additional programs.  A list of programs for the Spring 2014 semester will be added soon.

Rappaport Center Programs and Announcements
  • Memo to the Mayor Competition, Deadline is January 31 - Martin Walsh took office on January 6, 2014, as the first new mayor of the City of Boston in two decades. The Rappaport Center 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 howthe 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 5:00pm on January 31, 2014. See competition rules at 
  • Apply Now for Spring Pro Bono Opportunities and Summer Internships!  Now is a great time to be thinking about a Spring Semester pro bono internship. A diverse array of government and non-profit agencies are currently looking for law-related volunteer assistance. To find out more, log in to Symplicity and view the job postings under the filter "Pro Bono Program Eligible."  In addition, many public service law offices are looking for summer interns.  The Rappaport Center, together with the Office of Professional and Career Development (PCD), has arranged to collect applications and resumes for a number of these employers.  The next application deadline is January 29, 2014.  Visit PCD's website and click the links under Summer Internship Program - Public Service for the list of participating employers and instructions on how to apply.
Diversity Announcements    


  • Robins Kaplan Miller & Ciresi invites students to join them for a reception to learn about their 1L Diversity Internship Program on Thursday, January 23 from 6:00 to 8:00pm at the firm on 800 Boylston Street, 25th Floor, Boston.  Students should RSVP as soon as possible to Sheryl Reilly at or 612-267-2300.
  • The Boston Lawyers Group invites you to its annual Charting Your Legal Future Event: A Career Conference for Law School Students of Color on Wednesday, January 29 from 5:00 to 8:00pm at Fish & Richardson, One Marina Park Drive, Boston. Law students will have the rare opportunity to meet and network with practicing lawyers and professional development staff from BLG member organizations. There will be panels on relevant topics developed to further students' career development. RSVP by Friday, Januiary 24 under the events tab on the BLG website
  • Holland & Knight invites students to attend Demystifying the Large Firm Practice: A Seminar for First-Year Law Students from Diverse Backgrounds on Thursday, February 27 from 5:30 to 7:30pm at the firm at 10 St. James Avenue, 11th Floor, Boston. A panel of Holland & Knight associates and partners will provide insight into what qualifites firms are looking for in prospective summer associates, what you can do to strengthen your candidacy, and what differentiates one law firm from another. For more information or to RSVP, please contact
  • Goodwin Procter Public Interest Fellowships for Law Students of Color - For the past eight years, Goodwin has invested in a diverse legal community by offering fellowships to high-achieving law students of color.  This year, they will again offer awards of $7,500 to students of color who work in public interest positions the summer after their first year of law school. Visit their website for additional information.  The application deadline is March 14, 2014.
Other Programs   
  • Attend the ABA Business Business Law Section Law Student Program in Boston for a presentation and Q&A from a panel of business lawyers.  Insider Insights: So You Want to be a Business Lawyer  will be held on Thursday, January 23 from 5:00 to 7:00pm at Goodwin Procter. Listen as the panel shares their insights into the field and discusses how their careers have evolved.  RSVP as soon as possible to  Details are available on the ABA website.

  • NALP and Equal Justice Works are offering two public interest summer job search webinars to provide law students and CSO professionals with insight on the key elements of the summer public interest job application process.  Attorneys with years of application review experience will highlight wht you should and shouldn't do, explain how and why public interest application materials may substantively differ from law firm materials, and explore the dynamics of personal interactions in interviews and networking situations. Part 1, Best Practices in Drafting Cover Letters and Resumes will take place Thursday, January 23 at 2:00pm and Part 2, Best Practices in Interviewing and In-Person Networking will take place on Friday, January 24 at 2:00pm.

  • Join the MBA as they advocate for increased funding for civil legal services throughout the commonwealth at the 15th Annual Walk to the Hill for Civil Legal Aid on Thursday, January 30 from 11:00am to 1:00pm in the Great Hall of the State House.  Details are available online.

  • Are you interested in exploring employment in a new industry of law-related tech jobs?  Suffolk Law School has purchased a booth at the Legal Tech Show in New York between February 4 and 6, where thousands of people who provide tech-related services to lawyers and law firms come together to network and discuss their innovative work.  If you would like Suffolk's representatives to bring your resume to the event or, if you can afford and are able to travel to New York, and would like to attend the Legal Tech Show, please contact Dean Slater at

  • The Boston Bar Association's Tax Exempt Organizations Section is hosting a Career Panel Event in Non-Profit Law on Thursday, February 6 at 3:00pm at the BBA.  There will be nine speakers discussing their diverse career paths in the world of non-profit law, with a Q&A session and then a networking wine and cheese reception to follow. The panel is aimed at law students interested in a career in non-profit law and at attorneys interested in potentially changing career paths or developing their network. Details and registration information are available on the BBA website.

  • Sterling Education Services is offering five law students free scholarship-passes to Hiring and Firing: The Ins and Outs of Employment Law on Wednesday, Februray 12 in Westborough, MA. Students will get a day-long overview of this particular aspect of the law, a seminar manual, and an opportunity to network with practicing attorneys. Register by calling 715-855-0495 or online through

Recruitment Programscareer fairs  

  • Public Service Summer 2014 Opportunities - We are excited to announce the expansion of our summer internship programs to include new opportunities in public service for current first, second and third year evening students. There are a number of public service employers that are seeking applications for next summer. There will be two more application deadlines for these employers - Wednesday, January 29 and Wednesday, March 12. Lists of employers seeking 1LD/2LE applicants and 2LD/3LE applicants are available on the PCD website. NEW EMPLOYERS HAVE BEEN ADDED!  All students should apply through the 'FYSIP Public Service - Collection 2 or 3' session on Suffolk's Symplicity site. Please contact a PCD or Rappaport Center counselor if you have any questions and be sure to apply to as many employers as possible based on your interests to ensure your chance to gain marketable legal experience next summer!

  • In an effort to identify additional paid summer job opportunities for 2LD/3LE students, PCD is pleased to announce the newly-launched 2014 Summer Law Clerk Program. We have attracted a number of small- and medium-sized law firms and in-house legal departments intersted in considering you for opportunities to gain interesting and challenging legal work experience.  A list of employers accepting applications from 2LD/3LE students in the first collection, due by 10:00am on Wednesday, January 29, is available on the PCD website. Additional employers will be posted later in the semester for the second and third collection groups. 

  • 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.
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 #15
January 21, 2014


In This Issue
PCD On Demand
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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