GRADUATE JOB SEARCH GUIDE
All graduates seeking employment should review and follow the steps set forth in PCD's Graduate Job Search Guide found in Symplicity's Document Library under the 'graduate job search' tag. This gives you step-by-step instruction on preparing your marketing tools, commanding job search resources, networking and gaining experience through part-time and pro bono opportunities.
We post new job opportunities on a regular basis. Check regularly for job postings for recent graduates. Contact PCD at (617) 573-8148 or firstname.lastname@example.org if you need login information or assistance. Graduates also have access to CareerShift to mine the web for additional job opportunities and should check these career related links.
Temporary employment can often be an excellent opportunity to gain experience in different areas of law and industries on a short-term basis. Read more about temporary legal work and get contacts in our Temporary Legal Employment handout found in Symplicity's Document Library under the 'graduate job search' tag.
PRO BONO OPPORTUNITIES FOR EXPERIENCE
Volunteer opportunities are a great way to increase your experience and marketability. Visit the MassProBono website and contact our office for more information. You should also check the Volunteer Lawyers Project website.
Graduates seeking employment should schedule an individual counseling session with a PCD advisor to create your strategic professional development plan. To schedule an in-person or phone appointment, logon to Symplicity and click on the "Request An Appointment" link in the shortcuts menu.
Practice Launch Pad Series: 10-Week Boot Camp - The Massachusetts Bar Association, in conjunction with the Massachusetts Law Office Management Assistance Program, is pleased to offer the Practice Launch Pad Series. Join them for an accelerated 10-week boot camp for recent graduates and bar exam takers who are either searching for a job, thinking about starting their own firm or planning to start their own law firm after admission to the bar. Practice Launch Pad sessions will run once a week for 1-2 hours and feature both in-person and prerecorded video presentations. The multi-part series will start after the bar exam is taken and conclude before the results are out.
Week 7: Marketing II: Internet Marketing (Oct. 19)
Week 8: Community Involvement (Oct. 26)
Week 9: Growing Your Expertise (Nov. 2)
Week 10: Wrap-up and Launch (Nov. 9)
Meet with a Staffing Agency about Temporary Employment II - Monday, October 23, 12:00 to 4:00pm, room 120A. A representative from Special Counsel, a staffing agency with offices in 23 cities, will be here at Suffolk on Monday, October 23 for initial screening interviews with graduates seeking temporary legal and law-related employment. Interviews will take place just outside the PCD Suite, Room 120A, Sargent Hall. Sign up on Symplicity for a 20-minute meeting under the 'Events' tab and e-mail your resume to Quaime Lee (email@example.com) by Thursday, October 19th, 10:00 a.m. If you have questions, please contact Quaime Lee.
Research Blitz: Pizza and Pro Bono - Wednesday, November 1, 5:00 to 7:00pm, Main Function Room. Join LPS for a pro bono pizza party while you work with volunteer attorneys from Mass Legal Answers Online (MLAO), the Volunteer Lawyers Project, and Suffolk Law Alumni to answer legal questions for low income Massachusetts residents through Mass Legal Answers Online. You can make an immediate difference to someone struggling to resolve their legal problem. Both law students and Suffolk Alumni are invited to participate. RSVP
WBF Training for the Family Law Project - Wednesday, November 8, 9:00am to 5:00pm, WilmerHale, 60 State Street, Boston. The FLP conducts in-depth trainings for pro bono attorneys interested in assisting a low-income survivor of domestic violence with her family law case. No prior family law or litigation experience is required. Every volunteer who accepts a case is assigned a mentor, an experienced family law practitioner who provides an additional level of service and support. Volunteers also receive a comprehensive training manual and have access to the legal resources at the WBF. Register
Join local bar associations to gain access to their professional development resources and excellent networking opportunities.
- Boston Bar Association - Special offer for recent graduates!
- Federal Bar Association
- Massachusetts Association of Hispanic Attorneys
- Massachusetts Association of Women Lawyers
- Massachusetts Bar Association
- Massachusetts Black Lawyers Association
- Massachusetts Black Women Attorneys
- Massachusetts LGBTQ Bar Association
- New Hampshire Bar Association
- Rhode Island Bar Association
- Womens Bar Association
Alumni can use Westlaw up to 60 hours per month during this period, and there’s no limit on what they use it for, including paid work. They can access everything they could as students plus some new resources that were added as part of the new contract. Some of these new resources could be especially useful to attorneys who are working alone or in small firms, like Practical Law Connect, Doc & Form Builder, Drafting Assistant, and West LegalEdcenter.
Visit the Financial Literacy page for questions related to loan repayment and consolidation (including public interest loan forgiveness for federal loans), and other financial aid information.