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Friday, December 14, 2012

5 Things to Do Over Winter Break

Whether you are seeking your first legal job for the summer or looking for post-graduate employment, the winter break is a good time to organize your job search campaign.

1. Reconnect with old contacts and establish new ones. Send a holiday card to former employers and colleagues updating them on your academic and career progress. Use the networking section of the Symplicity site to contact alumni in the area and ask if they are available to meet after the New Year.  Check the LinkedIn Alumni feature to identify and establish connections with fellow graduates from your undergraduate school who are practicing law.  

2.  Let everyone know that you are looking for a job. Use holiday parties to update old friends, relatives, and neighbors with your interests and where you would like to practice. You never know who has valuable contacts that could lead to opportunities. Listen to a free podcast by the ABA for more tips on holiday networking.

3. Update your resume. Be sure to add any clinics you are taking during the spring semester.  Re-read previous blog posts on resume writing for frequently asked questions and resume suggestions.  The Career Services Office will be available to review resumes and cover letters the first week of January.

4. Apply to jobs and research potential employers to contact directly. Search job postings on the JobNet and other websites listed on our “Job Search Resources” handout available on Symplicity site. Utilize our handout “Targeting Small to Medium-Sized Law Firms Using Martindale-Hubbell” to do a targeted search for firms and organizations in your geographic area and field of interest. 

5. Relax. Focus on a little rest and relaxation so that you will feel rejuvenated upon your return next semester: sleep in, catch up on your favorite TV shows, do some non-law school related reading, and spend quality time with your family and friends.

Best of luck with your exams and have a happy and productive winter break, from your friends in the Career Services Office! 

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

What I Did This Summer: Stephanie Rogers ’13, Fellow, Rappaport Fellows Program in Law and Public Policy

Each year, the Rappaport Fellows Program in Law and Public Policy hires law students from Boston area law schools for summer internships in state or local government offices with an emphasis on public policy and issues relevant to the Greater Boston region. The 10-week program includes a generous stipend as well as a mentoring program and weekly seminar series. Stephanie Rogers, a third-year day student, was the 2012 Rappaport Fellow from New England Law | Boston. As part of our blog series highlighting student work Stephanie writes about her experience working as a Fellow at the Massachusetts Office of Consumer Affairs and Business Regulation.

Once I confirmed my placement at the Massachusetts Office of Consumer Affairs and Business Regulation (OCA), I knew I would enjoy the work, but I had no idea how diverse my experience would be, or just how much I would learn over the summer. During just my first week, I was exposed to veterans’ issues, insurance topics, antitrust law, conflicts in the Department of Professional Licensure (DPL), problems with for-profit schools, and the general inner workings of the OCA office. As a Fellow, I not only sat in on regular staff meetings and meetings with OCA’s under-agencies, but also a hearing at city hall about for-profit schools, a pitch from a private company OCA sought to hire to update its website, an OCA press conference to release results of a major survey, and a day-long conference about consumer credit issues.

One of the pieces of advice about how to get the most out of your Rappaport experience was to attend as many meetings as possible. I began doing this right away by attending five meetings and a hearing during my first week in the office. At one of those first meetings, I discovered that the DPL would be assuming oversight of occupational schools beginning August 1st, per a recently passed statute with the backing of Governor Patrick.  I had several projects on my plate already, but I requested and was granted permission to work with the DPL on this transition.  I had no idea I would be able to contribute to an initiative I found so important, and it remains my favorite part of my Fellowship experience.

I got more out of the Rappaport Fellowship than I ever thought possible.  Not only did I gain legal knowledge, but I also learned how to interact in a government office, both a small one with a tight-knit staff when at the Office of Consumer Affairs and Business Regulation, and a large one with several smaller departments interacting when at the Department of Professional Licensure. I also had a glimpse into the life of a government lawyer at several angles, from chief counsel to hearing officer. I am very thankful to all responsible for my acceptance into the program and for giving me this opportunity.  Government works, and I am anxious to begin my career within it.

- Stephanie Rogers, Class of 2013

Want to learn more about the Rappaport Fellows Program? Stephanie Rogers and Gregory I. Massing, Esq., Executive Director of the Rappaport Center for Law and Public Service, will speak more about the program and the application process on Thursday, November, 15th , 4:30pm – 5:30pm in Room 505. To RSVP, please email

Thursday, November 8, 2012

What I Did This Summer: Christina S. Bailey ’14, Legal Intern, Secretary for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, Securities Division

Christina Bailey is a second-year day student at New England Law | Boston. This past summer she worked as a legal intern for the Massachusetts Securities Division. As part of our new blog series highlighting student work Christina writes about her summer experience and explains how she found her internship.

Throughout high school and undergrad I was opposed to the idea of networking to find a job. I wanted to know that I got the job entirely based on my own efforts and merits. But with the legal job market the way it is, I realized that I should welcome help, not reject it. In the end, having a connection is how I found my summer job.

In March 2012, my mom ran into one of her friends who is an Assistant Secretary for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and mentioned to him that I was in law school. He told her that the Secretary’s Office hires legal interns and that if I was interested, to e-mail him my resume. I had just begun thinking about jobs for the summer and so decided to take him up on the offer. Aside from several quick back and forth e-mails, I didn’t hear back for about a month. I wanted to have as many options as I could so I also applied to several small firms in Boston using the JobNet on the CSO’s Simplicity site. On the last day of classes, I received a phone call from the Secretary’s Office offering me a position with the Securities Division. I know that I was extremely lucky to get this job because I was hired based off my resume alone without having an interview. 

I started the full-time position at the end of May. I was the only legal intern for the Registration, Inspection, Compliance, and Examination (RICE) section of the Division. As such, I was given a lot of responsibility. Throughout the summer, I constantly conducted researched and wrote memoranda. The skills that I learned in my Legal Research & Writing (LRW) course were extremely useful. I created detailed Excel files to help organize the production from several investigations and keep track of Investment Advisers who were in the processing of switching from the Securities and Exchange Commission to the Massachusetts registration. I also helped draft and proofread subpoenas, consent orders, and complaints; and I attended and took notes at several on the record depositions. In addition, I was entrusted with writing inquiry letters asking about certain disclosures made by broker-dealer agents attempting to register in Massachusetts.  

The hardest part of my job was learning how to prioritize and complete multiple projects efficiently while in a working environment. However, I’m very happy that I was exposed to that difficult experience because I know that it will help me be better prepared in the future. My favorite part of the internship was doing real-world legal work in a professional environment. It definitely confirmed the fact that I want to be a lawyer. 

I was extremely surprised by how much I liked working in securities. Before working for the Division, I hadn’t even considered securities as a field I might be interested in and honestly, didn’t expect to enjoy the work. I am so happy that I decided to take the job because I now want to pursue a career in securities and business law. This internship experience taught me to not be closed minded about working in different areas of law. As a law student, especially a 1L, there are so many fields of law that we don’t know about or aren’t exposed to. How are we to know we don’t like something before we try it?

Towards the end of the summer my supervising attorney asked if I wanted to continue working part-time during the school year. Currently, I work 20 hours per week while keeping a full class schedule. Fall semester has been busy, but working part-time has been worth it because working for the Securities Division has absolutely helped me with my future plans. Knowing I wanted to work at a large firm after graduation, I applied to 2013 summer associate programs this fall and received an offer for a summer associate position from a top firm with a large securities practice. I am certain that I would not be in the position I am in today had I not taken a chance by sending in my resume and accepting an internship with the Securities Division at the Secretary’s Office. 

- Christina S. Bailey, Class of 2014

Thursday, November 1, 2012

What I Did This Summer: Michael Card ’13, Legal Intern, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute

Michael Card is a third-year day student at New England Law | Boston. This past summer he worked as a legal intern for a New England Law alumnus at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. As part of our new blog series highlighting student work Michael writes about his summer experience and explains how he found his internship.

My summer internship came about as a last minute surprise from a friend’s connection. I slowly began looking for internships around Thanksgiving time of my second year. I had numerous promising leads that either eventually lost funding or required school credit which is not a possibility for internships not done through a school clinic. So, I was very disappointed and stressed as summer was quickly approaching. Right before the end of the second semester I had a number of job offers but none that I was really interested in. Then a friend called and told me a New England Law | Boston graduate was looking for help at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute.

Under the supervision of this alumnus and two other attorneys in the Office of Faculty Activities, I was responsible for reviewing consulting and confidentiality disclosure agreements for, and between, Dana-Farber, Harvard Medical School faculty and pharmaceutical companies. This position was contract and intellectual property-based so I had a great opportunity to apply what my first year contracts course taught me and gain a head start on what I would learn in my intellectual property class. I was also able to apply what I had learned in my negotiation course as I reviewed the agreements and negotiated their terms with the pharmaceutical companies in favor of Dana-Farber’s faculty, the Institute’s protection of intellectual property and against liability.

The hardest part of my internship was learning the current regulations as well as the future changes, that were scheduled to go into effect in August 2012.  In order to effectively negotiate agreements I had to learn the current rules and regulations. However, to make sure the faculty and institution would not be in violation come August, I also had to learn the new regulations. I definitely learned the most as I researched the current and future regulations as well as the applicable intellectual property laws.

My favorite part of my experience was being able attend the conflict of interest advisory board meetings in which the board members discussed the current and future problems/positions of the partnership between cancer research institutions and the private sector. This was a completely unexpected and amazing experience, and something I will always remember.

This summer internship truly opened my career interest spectrum in terms of seriously considering healthcare and similar areas of law. Upon entering law school I was sure I only wanted to practice regulatory or securities law but now may also pursue a post-graduation position in this area of law due to this summer experience. Finally, I found my internship in part because the hiring attorney likes looking out for New England Law | Boston students and graduates which makes me extremely proud to be part of the New England Law | Boston network.

-Michael Card ’13

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Celebrate Pro Bono Week

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Presented by the ABA’s Standing Committee on Pro Bono & Public Service and the Center for Pro Bono, the Celebration focuses on the nation’s increased need for pro bono services and equal access to justice. In addition to a number of local events scheduled this month featuring pro bono trainings and activities with area organizations, there are also upcoming student-sponsored programs highlighting pro bono and public service work. On Thursday, October 25th, 4:30pm - 6:00pm the Women's Law Caucus and the Career Services Office are co-sponsoring a speed networking night featuring work in domestic violence advocacy. The event will feature practitioners from domestic violence advocacy organizations as well as attorneys who have incorporated pro bono domestic violence work into their private practice. And on Monday, October 29th, 4:30pm - 6:30pm the Public Interest Law Association is presenting a panel on public interest sector careers featuring representatives from Greater Boston Legal Services, the Legal Advocacy and Resource Center, the National Consumer Law Center, and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

New England Law | Boston provides opportunities for students to participate in public service and pro bono activities throughout the school year. The Center for Law and Social Responsibility (CLSR) sponsors  pro bono and  public service activities through which faculty, students  and alumni support socially responsible goals. Center projects include work in criminal justice, immigration law, environmental advocacy, and women's and children's rights.  To stay up to date on the CLSR’s activities and other public interest programs, visit their homepage to view their calendar of upcoming events.

Students whose public service legal work is unpaid and without credit may be eligible to obtain transcript recognition  through the Public Service Transcript Notation Program, approved by the Public Service Project at the Center for Law and Social Responsibility. The approved work is legal work that meets the definition of MA Rule 6.1 (Voluntary Pro Bono Publico Service). Once students complete 25 hours of the approved work, they may submit a hard copy of the completed verification form to Professor Engler in the Clinic Office.

For more information on how to get involved, our Pro Bono Guide provides information on pro bono opportunities at New England Law | Boston as well as a list of public interest organizations in Massachusetts. Students are encouraged to pursue pro bono work as a way to obtain academic credit and gain real world experience while also making a positive contribution to the community at large. 

Thursday, October 18, 2012

What I Did This Summer: Michael J. Martucci ’14, Law Clerk, Law Office of Susan T. Aguiar

Michael Martucci is a second-year day student at New England Law | Boston. This past summer he worked as a law clerk at the Law Office of Susan, T. Aguiar, a busy solo practice in Boston, MA. As part of our new blog series highlighting student work Michael writes about his summer experience and explains how he found his internship.

My summer job search began around the middle of March. Having absolutely no legal connections in the area, the NEL|B CSO Symplicity site was my only resource for finding a summer internship—and it proved to be a valuable one. It was really important for me to be in Boston for the summer, so I dedicated about 8-10 hours each week looking through the site for new job postings and preparing cover letters. I kept a detailed record of dates and places that I applied, and made sure to follow up on every application and email. By the end of April the persistent effort paid off when I received an offer for a summer law clerk position at a busy solo practice. It was exactly what I was looking for: small firm atmosphere, located in the city, and to top it all off, it was a full-time, paid position.

I was very fortunate in that the attorney I worked for truly enjoyed teaching law students the practical “ins” and “outs” of the profession.  I expected to spend my summer filing papers and answering phones, so I was quite surprised on the first day when the attorney handed me a stack of files and asked me to begin research for a summary judgment motion. In fact, she allowed me to participate in almost every aspect of her personal injury law practice. My responsibilities included legal research, drafting memoranda and legal documents, filing documents at the courthouse, meeting with clients, and communicating with opposing counsel over the phone. It was a great hands-on experience of what it was like to work as an attorney.

My favorite part of the internship was gaining practical legal experience—it really helped to boost my confidence in school. I have no doubt that I am a better student this semester because of the work I did over the summer. The practical knowledge has helped me frame my classwork in a way that allows me to comprehend the material quicker and more thoroughly than before. This has been especially helpful given the heavy workload that accompanies the second-year of law school. The hardest part of the position was constantly juggling several different projects at the same time, especially since I had no prior legal experience. The biggest challenge was time management. However, successfully completing all the projects was by far the most rewarding part of my summer, and the constant juggling actually became enjoyable.

Throughout my whole experience, I found the skills I developed in my first-year Legal Research and Writing (LRW) course to be most useful as I spent the majority of my summer researching cases and drafting arguments. Not only did I get to bolster my research and writing skills, but I also drafted a wide array of court documents, which ended up being very helpful for my LRW class this fall.

Overall, the biggest take-away from my summer internship was the confirmation that I made the right choice to go to law school. I find the work challenging and engaging, and I can honestly say that I want to make a career out of it. Furthermore, it ended up being one of the best summers I can remember. For my next internship, I would like to challenge myself by working in a larger firm as the contrasting atmospheres would be helpful in pinpointing a direction for my future. However, regardless of what I do next, I know that the knowledge and experience I gained working this past summer will put me in a great position to succeed.

  - Michael J. Martucci, Class of 2014

Students have access to internship and postgraduate job postings and can participate in on- and off-campus recruitment programs through our Symplicity site. To access, you will need your Student ID# and a password (sent to you in November of your first year.) If you don't have a password, please email the Career Services Office (CSO) at  To identify your own career goals and create a personalized job search strategy, call the CSO at 617-422-7229 to schedule an appointment with a career counselor.

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

New Pro Bono Mandate for the New York Bar

A recent New York Law Journal article provided details on the new 50-hour pro bono requirement for applicants to the New York bar. Beginning January 1, 2015 every applicant to the New York state bar will be required to fulfill this mandate. If you are a current first- or second-year law student planning to take the New York bar upon graduation, you have up to 34 months to complete qualifying pro bono work. Current third-year students are exempt. 

What is qualifying pro bono work? Law-related work for persons of limited means, non-profit organizations, and public service in the judiciary and state and local government would meet the New York bar pro bono rule. The work must be supervised by an attorney in good standing, judge, or law school faculty member. Participation in a law school clinic or work performed for recognition in the school's Public Service Transcript Notation Program would also qualify. The work may be completed anywhere in the country or abroad.

Upon completion of the pro bono work, applicants will need to complete the Form Affidavit of Compliance available on the New York State Court's website. All pro bono work must be completed before submitting an application for bar admission. 

More complete information, including answers to frequently asked questions, is available on the New York State Court's website. Applicants with further questions on the new requirement should contact or call 1-855-227-5482.

For more information on pro bono opportunities available at New England Law | Boston, read our Pro Bono and Volunteer Opportunities Guide which provides information on pro bono opportunities at the school and includes a directory of public interest organizations in Massachusetts. Additional directories for public interest organizations in the New England area as well as in California, New Jersey, and New York are available in the handouts section of Symplicity

Thursday, September 27, 2012

2012 Summer Employment Survey Results

This year 192 New England Law students completed our 2012 Summer Employment Survey giving us valuable information about where students worked and how they found their jobs. Of the students who completed the survey 52% were from the class of 2014 and 48% were from the class of 2013.

Types of Employment
The majority of students who responded worked in a legal job. 
  • 84% worked in a summer or permanent legal job
  • 12% worked in a non-legal summer  or permanent job
  • 3% participated in a study abroad program 
  • 1% did not work
Of those who worked in either a summer or permanent legal position, 42% of the class of 2014 were in paid positions and 55% of the class of 2013 were paid.

How Students Found Employment
It is important to remember to use a variety of methods when searching for employment. While many respondents found their summer employment through a job posting on the CSO's JobNet many others found their job through someone they knew, a networking connection, or by contacting the employer directly. 
  • 28% found their job through a referral from someone they knew
  • 26% found employment by responding to a job posted on the CSO JobNet on Symplicity
  • 14% found their job through networking or contacting the employer directly
  • 12% found employment through a law school program (such as a clinic or the Honors Judicial Internship Program), an outside organization, or other means not specified
  • 11% returned to or continued with a pre-law school employer
  • 7 % found their job through an on-campus interview or job fair
  • 2% responded to a job posting on a commercial job website
Where Students Worked
  • 78% remained in Massachusetts
  • 18% worked out of state
  • 4% worked internationally or participated in a study abroad program
While the majority of New England Law students worked locally, a number of students gained experience in Florida, New York, Rhode Island, Connecticut, and Washington, DC. Students also participated in study abroad programs in Malta, Galway, London, and Prague. 

Below are just a few of the law firms and organizations who hired New England Law Students this summer: 

Boston Municipal Court Department 
Cetrulo & Capone LLP
Committee for Public Counsel Services 
Community Legal Services And Counseling Center 
Conway, Homer & Chin-Caplan, P.C. 
Devine Millimet & Branch 
Doherty, Cella, Keane & Associates, LLP 
EMC Corporation 
Essex County District Attorney's Office 
Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation - Legal Division 
Greater Boston Legal Services 
Harvard Prison Legal Assistance Project
Healing Abuse Working for Change
Inter-University Center for Terrorism Studies/International Law Institute 
Lubin & Meyer, P.C. 
MA Attorney General's Office 
MA Department of Transportation 
MA Securities Division
MA  Supreme Judicial Court
New Jersey Attorney General's Office
New York State Division of Human Rights
Rosencranz & Associates
Seyfarth Shaw LLP
Shapiro & Associate
Suffolk County District Attorney's Office 
Rhode Island Department of the Attorney General 
U. S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Massachusetts 
U.S. Department of Labor, Office of Solicitor 
U.S. Department of the Interior 
U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission 

Where did you work last summer? If you have not already completed your 2012 Summer Employment Survey, log on to Symplicity to tell us about your experience!

Looking for a job for next summer? The Career Services Office is here to help you. Call 617-422-7229 to schedule an appointment today. 

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Preparing for the 2012 Fall Recruitment Program

On July 2nd, the Fall Recruitment Instructional Packet was emailed to all rising 2LD/3LE and 3LD/4LE students. The first Fall Recruitment application deadline is July 11th. Each year our office receives many questions from students about this program. Please find our answers to the most frequently asked questions below.

Q:  What is the Fall Recruitment Program?
A:  The Fall Recruitment Program (FRP) includes a variety of public interest, government, law firm, and judicial employers seeking 201
3 summer and post-graduate associates and clerks.  FRP begins in July and will continue throughout the Fall semester.  

Q:  How do I apply for the Fall Recruitment Programs?
A:  If you are applying for an on-campus interview,
or resume collection, apply through the CSO’s Symplicity site.  If you are applying for the National Recruitment Program, or the Government and Public Interest Interview Program, apply through the Massachusetts Law School Consortium’s (MLSC) site.  For detailed, step-by-step instructions, please refer to the Fall Recruitment Instructional Packet, which was emailed to your New England Law account on July 2nd, and can also be found under the “Job Search Handouts” tab on the CSO’s Symplicity site.

Q:  When I’m in Symplicity, and I click on the “OCI” tab, it says something about a summer survey and I can’t find the participating employers.  Where do I go from here?
A:  Every Fall, all 2LD/3LEs and 3LD/4LEs are required to complete summer surveys and update their profiles including the Transcript Waiver and Interview Policy Acknowledgement before they are able to view the OCI section.  When prompted to complete the summer survey, click “Add New” and fill in the required survey fields.  After you submit your survey, you should automatically be taken to the OCI section.  

Q:  My grades aren't great.  Should I even bother applying to big firms?
A:  You should be realistic when applying to large firms.  They typically are very strict about their grade requirements and most likely will not interview students who do not meet the standards which they have set. That said, occasionally there are exceptions to that general rule when a student exhibits better than average grades with special skills or highly relevant experience. However, there are plenty of other legal job opportunities that are not heavily grade driven.  Review the Job Search Timelines section in
Part I of the Fall Recruitment Instructional Packet for more information on law firm, government, public interest and judicial clerkship employers.

Have more questions about preparing your application? Read our blog entries on resumes, cover letters, and writing samples:  
What are Memorandums? Frequent Resume Mistakes and Questions
Frequent Resume Mistakes and Questions: Part II 
Tips for Writing the Perfect Cover Letter
Frequently Asked Questions About Writing Samples

Friday, May 18, 2012

Be Prepared for Your Summer Job

Is your summer job or internship starting soon?  Read our blog post, Tips for a Successful Summer, for advice on how to put your best foot forward. Also, be sure to follow us on Twitter this Monday for tweets on summer job tips under the hash tag #summerlawjob. And finally, there are two upcoming free programs for students featuring advice on how to have a rewarding and successful summer job experience. 

Summer Success: Getting the Most from Your Summer Public Interest Experience
May 23, 2012,  3:00pm
Have an internship with a public interest organization this summer? This free webinar will give students practical tips on how to develop professionally and personally while interning at public interest offices this summer. Deb Ellis and Sherizaan Minwalla from the Tahirih Justice Center will be leading the webinar. Register here.

How to Succeed as a Summer Associate
Tuesday, June 5, 2012, 5:00pm to 7:00pm
Boston Bar Association - 16 Beacon Street, Boston, MA
Sponsored by the BBA, this program will feature a panel of speakers from Ropes and Gray, the Massachusetts Attorney General's Office and Boston University. Panelists will advise law students on how to maximize their summer experience by applying the legal skills they have gained in law school to their summer employment, and how to gain new practical skills on the job. The panel will focus on all types of legal employment, including large firms, small firms, government, non-profit, etc., and focus on the best way to maximize their experience this summer and contribute meaningfully to their employer. Register here.

We hope you have a great experience this summer and return to school feeling accomplished and confident in the skills you acquired during your internship! 

Friday, May 11, 2012

Upcoming Public Interest Webinars

NALP and Equal Justice Works have a number of informative webinars scheduled for law students and graduates who are pursuing a career in public interest law. All of the webinars listed below are free.

Law Student Series: How to Create a Successful Application for the Equal Justice Works Fellowships
May 16, 2012,  2:00 pm - 3:15 pm 
The Equal Justice Works Fellowship program is very competitive, receiving hundreds of applications each year for approximately 50 fellowship slots. To be considered, you must be a qualified and passionate lawyer who has developed a new and innovative legal project that can impact lives and serve communities in desperate need of legal assistance. This webinar will cover how to prepare and complete a successful application.  Register here.

Drowning in Debt? Learn How Government and Nonprofit Workers Can Earn Public Service Loan Forgiveness
May 17, 2012,  2:00 pm - 3:00 pm 
A must attend for anyone with educational debt planning to work or currently working for the government or a nonprofit, this webinar explains how you can benefit from the College Cost Reduction and Access Act, the most significant law affecting public service in a generation. Useful for public interest workers, prospective and current undergraduate, graduate and professional students, school advisors and administrators and public interest employers, the webinar will review:
  • Understanding your federal loans 
  • How the Income-Based Repayment plan works 
  • How to qualify for Public Service Loan Forgiveness 
Register for this free webinar here.

Summer Success: Getting the Most from Your Summer Public Interest Experience
May 23, 2012, 3:00pm 
Have an internship with a public interest organization this summer? This free webinar will give students practical tips on how to develop professionally and personally while interning at public interest offices this summer. Deb Ellis and Sherizaan Minwalla from the Tahirih Justice Center will be leading the webinar. Register here.

 Law Student Series: How to Become a Member of the Public Defender Corps
June 18, 2012 2:00 pm - 3:15 pm
Public Defender Corps (PDC) is a three-year fellowship program developed by Equal Justice Works and the Southern Public Defender Training Center. The program provides intensive training and mentoring to new attorneys with the goal of supporting the public defender community and raising the standard of representation across the country. The application process is extremely competitive, with hundreds of students applying each year for a few coveted placements. In this webinar you will learn what makes a good PDC application and applicant, as well as what you can expect during the application process. This presentation is intended for law students and recent graduates, especially those with a strong interest in indigent defense. Register here.

Monday, April 2, 2012

Looking for a Summer Job? Check the JobNet!

If you are in the process of looking for a job this summer, be sure to check the Career Services Office's on-line job postings. April has always been a busy time for summer job postings on the JobNet. Last year, 60 summer job positions were posted between April 1st and May 15th!  Currently, there are 40 summer jobs posted on the CSO JobNet. Of those posted, 26 are for first year-day and second year-evening students. Thirteen of the 40 positions are located outside of Massachusetts.

If you want to learn more about how students find summer work, read our blog on the 2011 Summer Employment Survey Results.

Have questions about your job search? Make an appointment with a Career Services Counselor. Please call 617-422-7229 to schedule an appointment.  

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Finding Funding for an Unpaid Summer Internship

Students looking for funding for their unpaid summer internship have a number of options. Equal Justice Works (EJW) has extended their deadline for their Summer Corps program to noon on Tuesday, April 10, 2012. Summer Corps is an AmeriCorps-funded program that provides students with a $1,175 education award voucher for working in a public interest position that provides direct legal services to low income clients. More information on how to apply is available on EJW's website.

The Public Interest Law Association (PILA) is also accepting applications for their PILA Grant which provides funding for students working in public interest law over the summer. The grant application and information packet has been posted on PILA's TWEN site and is due at 5:00pm on Friday, April 13, 2012. They will also host an information session on Monday, April 9, 2012 at 5:00pm in Room 304. This session will have a representative from the Office of Financial Aid to explain the details of the grant. 

Qualifying students may also consider applying for Federal Work StudyFWS allows students to work in law-related positions at a low cost to their employers. During the summer nonprofit employers are required to contribute only 33%  of the student's gross earnings while for-profit employers contribute 58%. The remainder of the student's earnings are funded by the federal government. More information is available on the Financial Aid Office's website

Additional summer funding resources may be found in the "Summer Funding Resources" section of PsLawNet. This section includes funding available in specific geographic regions as well as summer aid that may be applied in a variety of geographic locations. Because many deadlines fall in March and April,  students who have not already begun to search for outside funding for their summer public interest internship are encouraged to do so as soon as possible.

Friday, January 27, 2012

Complete Your LinkedIn Profile

For's Innovation Economy blog, Boston Globe Columnist Scott Kirsner recently asked area recruiters, CEOs, and human resources professionals what job seekers should do on social media to improve their chances of getting a job. A running theme in each of the responses was that all candidates should have an updated and complete LinkedIn profile. If you signed up for a LinkedIn account but got no further than filling out your name and where you went to school, you can follow these simple steps to complete your profile.

Step 1: Upload a Profile Picture
Use a recent picture of yourself from the shoulders up that clearly shows your face.  This picture will most likely be different than the one you use for Facebook and should convey a professional image. If you do not have a picture that fits that criteria, put on a suit and ask a friend to take a head shot of you standing in front of a blank wall.

Step 2: Create a Headline
Your headline will be the first thing LinkedIn users will read about you, so use this space to differentiate yourself from the crowd. If you are a current student you may want it to include your year in law school and a leadership or internship position you currently hold, for example: "Judicial Intern at MA Superior Court,  Second-Year Law Student at New England Law | Boston".  Practicing attorneys may want to include their areas of specialization followed by where they work or where they are seeking work. Also remember to update your headline as your experience changes. There are many recent law graduates on LinkedIn who still describe themselves as current law students.

Step 3: Write a Summary
Use this section to describe your experience and goals as well as anything that may not appear on your resume. Remember to also list your skills in the "Specialties" sub-section. You may be tempted to skip this section but completing it increases your chances of appearing in key word search results!

Step 4: Update your Education and Experience Sections
Since LinkedIn will suggest connections based on where you went to school and where you worked, the more information you provide in this section, the more opportunity you will have for building your network.  The experience section does not need to be as detailed as your resume but it should include the same basic information. If you choose to include everything on your resume, LinkedIn also has the option to import your complete resume onto your profile. As with everything else listed in your profile, remember to update this section as your job and education changes.

Step 5:
Connect with People

Begin by connecting with your friends, family members, former and current classmates, professors, and co-workers. You can connect LinkedIn to your email contacts to make it easier to find people you know.  LinkedIn will also suggest people you may know based on mutual connections. There is also more opportunity to extend your network by joining "Groups" such as those created by your undergraduate or law school. Note: Be sure to personalize the generic LinkedIn invitation to connect by saying hello to an old friend or reminding a business contact how you met. This is a piece of advice that is frequently given but rarely used! By taking the time to send a personal note, you are distinguishing yourself even more from the crowd.

Once your profile is complete you will be ready to actively use LinkedIn to network, promote your professional experience, and search for jobs.

Want to learn more?
Attend our upcoming CSO workshop:

LinkedIn 101
Wednesday, February 15th, 4:30pm - 5:30pm
Room 301
Open to all current NEL|B students.

For further reading: 

Social Media Advice for Job Seekers from
CEOs, HR Execs, & Recruiters
(Innovation Economy Blog)
LinkedIn: Facebook for Lawyers (NALP e-Guide)
10 Ways to Use LinkedIn to Find a Job (
Ellis, Amanda The 6Ps of the Big 3 for Job Seeking JDs:  60+ Ways to Get Hired Using Social Networking. Something Different Publishing, Inc. 2010 (Available in the CSO.)
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