Career Services Office:
News & Announcements for the Week of
January 17, 2000

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ATTN: 1L & 2L Asian-American Students: Joint Asian American Bar Association & Cook County State's Attorney's Office Internship
The Cook County State's Attorney's Office is co-sponsoring a summer internship opportunity with the Asian-American Bar Association.  They seek 1Ls and 2Ls who are residents of Cook County for 2 positions.  Application materials are availabe in the CSO.  See Asha Vishwanath. Application materials must be received by February 1, 2000.

ATTN: 1Ls: Washington State Attorney General's Office Summer Positions
The Washington State Attorney General's Office is interviewing 1Ls for summer 2000 law clerk positions.  Law clerks typically perform various  types of legal  research and assist with the preparation of legal memoranda, pleadings, and briefs including motions, trial briefs and appellate briefs.  Interested students should see Asha Vishwanath in the CSO.  Application materials must be received by January 24th.

ATTN: 1L  & 2L Minority Law Students: Corporate Legal Fellowship
The Bristol-Myers  Squibb Company and the Puerto Rican Legal Defense and Education Fund have created a paid summer internship  program for 1Ls and 2Ls of color who are interested in pursuing careers in corporate legal departments.  Students will receive $7,000 for the 10 week summer program.  Interested students should send a resume, cover letter, and writing sample by January 30th to: Ileana M. Infante, Education Division Director, Puerto Rican Legal Defense and Education Fund, 99 Hudson St., 14th Floor, New York, NY 10013.

ATTN: 1L Minority Law Students: Summer Internship Program
Gray Plant Mooty will be interviewing interested minority law students for up to 2 1L intern positions that will last approximately 10 weeks during summer 2000.  Interns will be assigned mentors who will attempt to provide meaningful feedback regarding the intern's legal research, writing skills and general professional development.  Candidates should send a resume, including their LSAT scores, undergraduate transcript, legal writing samples, and available first year grades to: First Year Minority Internship Program, Attn: Linda M. Spotts, Recruiting Manager, Gray Plant Mooty, 33 S. Sixth St., Suite 3400, Minneapolis, MN 55402 by January 28th.

ATTN: 1Ls: Franczek Sullivan Summer Positions
Franczek Sullivan P.C., a 37 attorney labor, employment, and education law firm in Chicago, is accepting applications for summer 2000.  They seek 1Ls who have excelled academically (top 15% of their class) and demonstrate an interest in the practice of labor, employment and/or education law.  Information on the firm is available in the grey files in the CSO.  Candidates should send a letter of interest, resume, law school transcript, and writing sample by February 1st to: Leah D. Gidron, Franczek Sullivan P.C., 300 South Wacker Dr., Suite 3400, Chicago, IL 60606.

ATTN: 1Ls, 2Ls: Office of the District Attorney, Bronx County, NY
The Office of the District Attorney, Bronx County, NY is accepting resumes from 1Ls and 2Ls interested in interning during summer 2000. Prospective candidates should send their resumes, along with a cover letter, a copy of their law school transcript, a writing sample, and three written reference letters to: Maria T. Rivero, Assistant District Attorney, Director of Legal Recruitment, Office of the District Attorney - Bronx County, 198 E. 161st St., Bronx, NY 10451. 

ATTN: 1L Day, 2L Eve, 3Ls: U.S. Army JAG 
A representative from the U.S. Army JAG will be on the IIT Main Campus from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Tuesday, February 8, 2000.  They will be interviewing 1L day and 2L evening students interested in the Army JAG's 2000 summer program.  3L students will also be interviewed for active duty positions with the Army JAG.  Interested students should contact Captain Mark Howze at set up an interview time.  Resumes should be submitted to the CSO by noon, Tuesday, February 1st. 


City of Chicago/Department of Police
The Detective Division of the Chicago Police Department seeks interns for hands on participation in criminal justice related situations.  If interested, contact: Sergeant Jack Ridges, Central Homicide Evidence and Support Squad - Unit 606, Room 1001, 1121 S. State St., Chicago, IL 60605, (312) 747-7157. 

ATTN: 1Ls, 2Ls, 3Ls: Centro Romero Seeks Volunteers
Centro Romero, a non-profit institution founded in the 1980's to provide for the economic and social well being of Hispanic immigrants, is seeking volunteers to begin immediately.  Interns will work under attorney supervision on all types of cases involving family law and immigration law, including political asylum.  Centro Romero is also accredited under Illinois Supreme Court Rule 711.  Interested students should send or fax a resume to: Ms. Angela M. Salse, Director of Legal Services at Centro Romero, 6216 N. Clark St., Chicago, IL 60660: Fax (773) 508-5399.

Senator Fitzgerald's Office Seeks Interns
Senator Fitzgerald's Chicago office  is currently seeking interns for the spring and summer.  Interns will have the opportunity to work alongside the Senator's staff assisting in various duties including casework.  The intern program is designed for law students who have an interest in government.  Interested students should send a cover letter and resume to: Office of Sentaor Fitzgerald, Attn: Laura Anne Miller, 230 South Dearborn, Suite 3900, Chicago, IL 60604.  Questions?  Call Laura Anne Miller at (312) 886-3506.

Student Worker Positions Available
Want to earn some extra cash?  If so, the CSO is currently accepting applications for student workers.  Interested applicants should submit a resume and available times to our office (suite 360) as soon as possible.

Record Handouts
The CSO receives numerous notices throughout the year about internships (paid & unpaid); fellowships; judicial clerkships; and miscellaneous opportunities that would be of interest to our students.  Detailed descriptions are maintained on our Special Opportunities & Record Handouts web page.  Recent entries include:


Reminder!  If you did not attend Law Career Training, you must watch the videotape in order to receive your password.  Remember, without your password you will not be able to access the database's employer or job posting information.

To pre-register for any of the following programs, please stop by the CSO or e-mail with the title, date and time of the program you wish to attend.  Walk-ins the day of the program are ALWAYS welcome. 

Opportunities at the Cook County State's Attorney's Office
Ever wondered what type of volunteer or clerking opportunities are available in the Cook County State's Attorney's Office?  Guess no further!  On Tuesday, January 25th, at noon, the Director of Recruiting/Hiring, Paula Holderman, will be visiting Chicago-Kent with a distinguished panel of representatives from various bureaus to talk about the State's Attorney's Office.

Career Services Office Tours
Resource Manager Asha Vishwanath will be conducting tours of the  CSO to acquaint you with the specific resources in our office and our staff members.  Tours will be held from Monday, January 24th through Friday, January 28th.  They will be held daily at noon and on Thursday at 5:15 p.m. Tours should last approximately 20 minutes.  Space is limited so please sign-up for a time in the CSO or by e-mailing the office at

Summer Opportunities for 1Ls
How do most students spend the summer?  Are clerking jobs available?  How do you find a clerking job?  What's the timetable for summer hiring?  How critical is it to gain legal experience during the summer?  On Tuesday, February 1st at 12:00 p.m. and again on Wednesday, February 2nd at 5:15 p.m., members of the CSO will address the common concerns of first-year students regarding how they spend the summer after their first year of law school. 

Special Career Planning Concerns For Evening Students
Evening students are faced with the question of how to develop practical legal experience while working full time. On Thursday, February 3rd at 5:15 p.m., members of the CSO will address the special challenges faced by evening students, share practical strategies for gaining legal experience, and suggest ways to devise a career transition plan that will work for you.

Interviewing Skills for 1Ls
How does a legal interview differ from other interviews?  How do you prepare for an interview? What are hiring attorneys looking for in new hires?  How do you sell yourself effectively?  On Tuesday, February 22nd at 12:00 p.m. and Wednesday, February 23rd at 5:15 p.m., the CSO will discuss the basics of a legal interview, answer strategy questions and provide resource suggestions to help you prepare for legal interviews.


Practising Law Institute Educational Seminars:
Practising Law Institute (PLI) is sponsoring an educational seminar in Chicago this February.   Drafting Corporate Agreements will be held on February 4th.  Students may attend this seminar free of charge by submitting a scholarship application at least four weeks prior to the date of the programs.  To obtain a scholarship application or get further information regarding this  program, visit PLI's web site at and go to the "Student Lounge" page.  PLI Seminars are intended for attorneys, but students are welcome to attend for both educational and networking purposes. 

Law Student Interview Workshop
The Young Lawyers Section of the Chicago Bar Assoication is hosting its third annual Law Student Interview Workshop on February 16, 2000 from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the CBA, located at 321 S. Plymouth Ct.  The workshop is designed to give law students an opportunity to practice interviewing with attorneys from different practice areas and learn strategies to handle difficult interview questions.  Students will participate in six to eight one-on-one mock interviews with attorneys.  The workshop is free to CBA members, $8 for non-members, and $10 at the door.  Register by Monday, January 31st in the CSO.


Midwest Public Interest Law Career Conference:
The Midwest Public Interest Law Career Conference will be held at Northwestern University on February 19, 2000.  Public interest and government employers from around the country will be invited to participate in the informational "Table Talk" session and/or the interviewing process.  Information regarding the conference has arrived and additions continue to be posted.  Please come to the CSO ASAP to pick up the information and sign off on the sheet.  The deadline to return everything is January 20, 2000.


Welcome back from the CSO!  We hope everyone had an enjoyable break and that everyone is looking forward to a productive semester.

Spring Office Hours
Starting Monday, January 17th, the CSO will observe Spring Hours as follows:

  • Monday, Thursday & Friday                                            8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
  • Tuesday & Wednesday                                                    8:30 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.
  • Saturdays as follows (1/22, 2/19, 3/11, 4/15, 5/13)          9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
The CSO will be closed the following dates:
  • February 8th, 9th, & 10th for Strategies for Excellence: Law as a Profession 2000
2Ls: Strategies for Excellence: Law as a Profession 2000
Thank you to all 2Ls, 3Ls & 4Ls who have already registered for Law as a Profession.  As you know, the program will be held February 9th in lieu of regular classes.  We hope you have read the Law as a Profession record page to get a sense of what the program is all about and who will be speaking.  To reiterate, the program is not designed to help students find employment.  It's purpose is to introduce students to the practice of law and the expectations of employers and clients as a first year attorney.  In keeping with the theme of the program, professional attire is required.  If you have yet to register, please do so ASAP as space is becoming limited in breakout groups.

Need to Sublet Your Apartment this Summer?
Chapman and Cutler's 2000 Summer Associates are seeking housing for the summer.  Any students interested in subletting their apartments for the summer are encouraged to call Ann Rainhart at (312) 845-2997 or to submit detailed information about the apartment to the following address:  Ann Rainhart, Legal Personnel and Recruitment Manager, Chapman and Cutler, 111 W. Monroe St., Chicago, IL 60603.

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