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.
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.
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.
Starting or Jump-Starting an Innovative Law Practice - Thursday, January 26, 12:00 to 2:00pm, MBA. This two-hour workshop is the second in a series on starting or jump-starting your law practice. In this workshop, participants will learn how to look for opportunities to grow their practice. Participants will learn how to design a market research plan, collect and analyze the data gathered, and translating the results into practical action steps to grow their law practice. They will learn about and use a tool to notice and then translate changes in the environment into opportunities that are appropriate for their business. This series of workshops continues and will combine traditional tools, including business plans, marketing plans, and check-lists, with more innovative tools, such as visual facilitation and imagery, to help you develop and leverage an entrepreneurial mindset. Register
CAFL Trial Panel Information Session - Monday, January 30, 1:00 to 2:00pm, Hampden County Bar Association Commissioner's Room. Western Massachusetts families need your help. The Children and Family Law Division (CAFL) of the Committee for Public Counsel Services (CPCS) is looking for attorneys interested in representing parents and children in child welfare cases in Western Massachusetts. In the past year, Hampden County alone has seen a 16% increase in care and protection filings; a process where the state removes children from their parents’ custody and places them in foster care. Parents and children are each entitled to an attorney in these proceedings to protect their constitutional and statutory rights. CPCS must increase the number of attorneys handling these cases in order to ensure that everyone is provided zealous and timely representation. Members of the bar are invited to apply for admission to the CAFL Trial Panel. Contact Dawn M. Messer, Esq., CPCS, CAFL, email@example.com. A 7-day training is scheduled for April 3-6, 12, 13 and a one day mock hearing either April 26, 27 or 28th. Individuals attending the information session will be permitted to submit their application past the January 17 deadline.
Pro Bono Training: How to Prepare a Pro Bono Bankruptcy Case - Tuesday, January 31, 3:30 to 7:00pm, BBA. This training will inform attendees how to take on pro bono bankruptcy cases and represent pro bono debtors. RSVP
Speed Networking with Litigators - Wednesday, February 1, 5:30 to 7:30pm, MBA. The MBA is bringing together Boston's best trial attorneys! This event gives law students and new lawyers a unique opportunity to meet with several different types of litigators in just one evening. Those who attend this event will have the chance to meet all of their guest attorneys in small groups to learn about the varied opportunities available in Boston's for those interested in litigation. A reception with hors d'oeuvres, beer & wine will directly follow the program. Space is limited. Pre-Registration is required.
Pro Bono Training: Representing Asylum Seekers - Monday, February 6, 3:00 to 6:00pm, BBA. After attending this program, you'll know how to better represent those seeking asylum through an introduction to the asylum legal framework and the affirmative and defensive application processes. Further, attendees will be provided with strategies on how to be sensitive to clients who have experienced significant trauma. Finally, the importance of forensic medical evaluations will be explained by experienced health care professionals. RSVP
Pro Bono Training: Representing Debtors in Small Claims Court - Thursday, February 9, 4:00 to 7:00pm, BBA. The panelists will discuss the launch of the Lawyer for the Day Fair Debt Collection Clinic in Small Claims Court at the Boston Municipal Court Central Division and how attorneys can volunteer at the clinic. The clinic provides pro bono representation to low income defendants in small claims court on credit card collection matters. Substantive training will be provided on the debt collection industry, common defenses to consumer debt collection suits, and litigating Fair Debt Collection Practices Act claims in these cases. Practical training will be provided on how to represent a low-income debtor in negotiations and small claims trials. RSVP
Young Bar Meets Bankruptcy Bench - Thursday, February 16, 4:30 to 6:30pm, BBA. This is the 10th annual Young Bar Meets Bankruptcy Bench event. The program introduces new bar members to the judges for the United States Bankruptcy Court for the District of Massachusetts and the Clerk of Court, James Lynch. The first portion of the program will focus on practical problems involving the introduction of evidence and the intersection of bankruptcy proceedings and criminal law. It will feature a mock hearing, in which the judges will be given an opportunity to rule on these issues and provide insight into their reasoning. During the second portion, the judges and Mr. Lynch, will discuss recent developments in bankruptcy law and general advice for developing a bankruptcy practice in today’s market. Following the program, attendees are invited to join us for a networking reception. RSVP
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
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.