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:   
  • Summer Employment Information - Returning students should enter information about their summer employment in Symplicity.  Click on the 'Profile' tab, then 'switch to tab view.'  To enter your 2014 summer employer, click on 'Placements' and then '+Add New.'
  • Student Business Cards - As a reminder, students are able to order business cards with the Suffolk Law logo from Andrew T. Johnson Company.  Order Forms are available in the PCD office.
  • Summer 2014: All-Access to Lexis Advance - Returning students may continue to use their current Lexis Advance ID for any purpose this summer - including work you perform at a law firm, corporation or government agency. Graduating students can register for a Graduate Program ID that will extend your access beyond graduation through December 2014.
  • d'Oliveira & Associates, P.C. is offering a $1,000 Scholarship (per year) for students pursuing careers in law related fields.  Details and application information are available on their website.  Candidates must submit essays and requested application materials by July 15.
  • 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.


You're at your laptop and think "My resume could really use some work," or "I have an interview tomorrow, what questions are they going to ask?!" but it's 1am....

Upcoming PCD Programs  
  • On-Campus Interviews (OCI) will begin on Tuesday, August 12. Be ready!  A preliminary Summer/Fall 2014 Recruitment Calendar is available on the PCD website.
  • View the listing of upcoming PCD Programs on the Symplicity News Feed for additional programs. 
Rappaport Center Programs and Announcements
  • Pro Bono Program Hours Due, April 30 - The Pro Bono Program reminds all students that Pro Bono Work Logs are due to the Rappaport Center by Wednesday, April 30 (the last day of classes).  If you plan to accrue hours after April 30 or need an extension of time for another reason, please contact Mia Friedman.
  • Help Identify Discrimination with GLAD, Trainings Start May 13 - Gay & Lesbian Advocates and Defenders (GLAD) seeks volunteers to participate in GLAD's public information service, GLAD Answers. Students who volunteer will get extensive training in legal interviewing and will learn about LGBT anti-discrimination law, HIV/AIDS legal issues, family law and marriage, youth and student issues, transgender issues, hate crimes, domestic violence, and more. The trainings will be held on May 13 and 15 from 5:00 to 9:30pm and on May 17 from 9:00am to 4:00pm (volunteers must attend all trainings). Volunteers must commit to working one afternoon per week for six months. Contact Bruce Bell at or online for more information.
Diversity Announcements    


  • Baker Donelson Diversity Scholarship Application Now Available! Baker Donelson will again award three scholarships to diverse law students who will complete their first year of law school by June 2014. Recipients will be awarded a six-week, salaried 2L Summer Associate position for the summer of 2015 in one of their offices. Additionally, each recipient will be awarded $10,000 which will be paid prior to the student's third year of law school to help defray the cost of law school tuition and related expenses. Complete eligibility criteria, instructions and application information are available on their website.  The application deadline is June 10, 2014.
  • The ABA Office of Diversity & Inclusion is hosting a Legal Career Development Expo on May 14 at the ABA Washington Headquarters. The program is designed for law students, recent graduates, young lawyers, and seasoned practiced lawyers who are seeking to advance or accelerate their career, expand their network, or learn to manage finances. Details and registration information are available online.
  • Many diversity job fairs will be held over the summer and have fast approaching deadlines.  View the preliminary Summer/Fall 2014 Recruitment Calendar for a list of specialty job fairs.
Other Programs   
  • Students are invited to attend IPLSA's Networking Forum on Wednesday, April 30 from 7:00 to 9:00pm in the Main Function Room. This is a chance to meet with IP employers in the Boston area.  Bring your resumes and business cards, and dress to impress.  This is a great opportunity to meet IP practitioners and learn about IP firms careers in IP law.  It includes both soft IP and Patent practice.

  • The Africa-America Institute is holding their AAI Annual Talen Summit on Saturday May 3 at Baruch College in New York City.  This is a unique event that connects outstanding individuals interested in working in Africa or in an Africa-focused environment in the U.S. with employers from the corporate, government, and nonprofit sectors.  Details and registration information are available online.

Recruitment Programscareer fairs  

  • The National Black Prosecutors Association (NBPA) Annual Job Fair will be held Tuesday, Jully 22 in Scottsdale, AZ. Interested students must register online (click on "Annual Conference" link) by June 16 to take advantage of the early registration fee; the final registration deadline is July 7.
  • The San Francisco Intellectual Property Law Association will hold their SFIPLA Bay Area Job Fair on Sunday, July 27, 2014 at UC Hastings in San Francisco for students graduating in 2015 and 2016. To participate you must first be a student member of SFIPLA.  Job Fair registration opens April 28 and closes May 19.  Details are available on their website.
  • The 10th Annual Heartland Diversity Legal Job Fair (HDLJF) will be held August 1-2, 2014 in Kansas City, Missouri. Students who will be returning to school this fall and those graduating in May are eligible to attend the job fair, as employers will be interviewing for both summer and post-graduate positions. Register online as soon as possible. Students who register before May 16 will be entered into a drawing for exciting prizes. The final deadline for registering is June 14, 2014.
  • The Indianapolis Bar Association announces their 7th Annual Indianapolis Bar Association Diversity Job Fair to be held August 21 and 22 at the Hilton Indianapolis in Indianapolis, Indiana. Students graduating in 2016 or 2017 are invited to participate. Interested students must register online by July 19, 2014.
  • This year's Lavender Law Conference, Career Fair & LGBT Legal Expo will be held at the Sharaton Times Square in New York City on August 21-23, 2014.  Registration information is available on their website.  The PCD Office will reimburse registration fees for students attending the conference and career fair.  Contact for more information.
  • Please notify Michelle Dobbins in the PCD ( if you receive a callback 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 - First American Title Insurance Company (Boston, MA) has an opening for a summer intern. See Symplicity job posting #11891 and apply online by Friday, May 2 at noon.
Featured Posting - The National Conference of Bankruptcy Judges (Boston, MA) is seeking a legal intern for a project.  See Symplicity job posting #11896 and apply online by Monday, May 5 at 10:00am.
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 #28
April 29, 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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Contact Us

Office of Professional and Career Development

Suffolk University Law School

120 Tremont Street, Suite 120

Boston, MA  02108-4977



Phone:  617-573-8148

Fax:  617-573-8706






This will be the last issue of

Spotlight for this academic year.


Good luck with exams!!