In late February, Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly, the Commonwealth’s leading weekly legal newspaper, began distributing 100 copies of its weekly publication to Suffolk University Law School students, at no charge. The beta program was made possible by a grant from the Boston law firm of Parker Scheer LLP.

The copies of the newspaper will be delivered each Monday to a custom newsstand donated by Parker Scheer and located on the fourth floor of the school, in the hub of student activity. With the added goal of bringing a “green” element to the program, students are strongly encouraged to return copies to the newsstand after reading, so as to achieve the highest circulation of each copy, among the greatest number of students.

The idea to provide Suffolk’s law students with free copies of the leading Massachusetts newspaper was the result of an extended conversation between Suffolk Law School Associate Dean, Ilene Seidman, and Parker Scheer’s managing partner, Eric J. Parker. Parker, a 1986 graduate of Suffolk Law, and an adjunct professor at the Law School, has consistently argued that law students with the greatest knowledge about legal decisions, trends, and developments impacting the Massachusetts legal community, are more likely to fare better in a competitive hiring environment.

“As someone who routinely interviews and hires both summer law clerks and first year associates, it is instantly clear to me which candidates are up-to-date on the areas of legal practice we concentrate in”, says Parker. “In simple terms, we want to hire candidates that demonstrate a genuine interest in their chosen profession.”

Susan Bocamazo, the Publisher of Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly, who received the “pitch” from Dean Seidman and Parker, found the idea compelling. “Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly is committed to meeting the information needs of the entire legal community, which includes both current law students and past graduates. They are our future leaders,” said Bocamazo.

From the Law School’s perspective, the program was a no-brainer. According to Dean Seidman, “this program serves our overarching goal – to educate students to be excellent professionals, fully informed and fully engaged as future leaders in the legal community.”