Career Services Office:
News & Announcements for the Week of
April 23, 2001

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  • Monday, Tuesday & Friday                                  8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday & Thursday                                       8:30 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.

CSO Staff to Represent Chicago-Kent at National NALP Conference April 30th - May 6th
Several members of the CSO will be attending the National Association for Law Placement annual conference Monday, April 30th through Sunday, May 6th in Phoenix, AZ.  The conference provides an opportunity for our office to market the law school and our students to hundreds of legal employers from across the country.  In addition, we will attend training sessions to identify new and creative ways to strengthen the services we provide to you and our diverse alumnae/i constituency.

The office will remain open during this time.  Counseling appointments will be available on Wednesday and Thursday, May 2nd & 3rd.  Please call our office at 312/906-5200, e-mail us at, or stop by to make an appointment.

Four or More List
A number of students have inquired about the Chicago Area Law Firm List of Four or More Employers.  We apologize for the delay in its distribution, but are confirming that the information we received from other law schools is correct.  We will announce the availability of the handout on our bulletin board and in the Record.  In the meantime, we recommend that you utilize the "Lawyer Locator" through Martindale to assist you in your research.  Also, feel free to contact either the Westlaw or Lexis/Nexis representative to help you identify and research prospective employers.

LawCareer Job Posting System Reminder
In order to change your assigned LawCareer password to something that's easier to remember, follow these steps while accessing the system within the law school:
1)  Open up Windows Explorer and go to the [:s] drive.
2)  Double click on the LawCarer (it's spelled wrong) folder.
3)  Double click on student.exe, which will be over to the right, and next to the 2nd fox icon.
4)  Enter your Student ID and originally assigned password, then press F2 on your keyboard.
5)  Follow the prompts to change your password.
Please Note: The new password you have selected will not be activated until the following day.
Once you get to the LawCareer database, either through the method above or through, use your social security number with the dashes (e.g. 111-22-3333) as your Student ID and your assigned password (until the new password becomes activated).


Attending Law School Part-time:  What You Need to Know
The Young Lawyer's Section of the Chicago Bar Association, Law Week 2001 Committee, will present "Attending Law School Part-time: What You Need to Know" on Wednesday, May 2nd from 4:00 - 6:00 p.m. at the CBA headquarters at 321 S. Plymouth Court.  This program will feature a panel of Chicago-area lawyers discussing the pros and cons of attending law school on a part-time basis.  Topics such as time management, work/life balance, job opportunities, and much more will be discussed.  Panel speakers will include:  Cynthia Besecker (John Marshall '95) - City of Chicago Dept. of Law; Guy Maras (John Marshall '95) - Hennessy & Roach; Charis Runnels (Chicago-Kent '99) - Vedder Price Kaufman & Kammholz; Ron Schulze (John Marshall '95) - CNA Insurance Companies; William Serritella, Jr. (DePaul '92) - Aronberg Goldgehn Davis & Garmisa; and Zygmunt Sokolnicki (John Marshall '95) - Robert F. Blyth & Associates.  Admission is free to all law students. 


NOTE:  In addition to the highlighted opportunities listed below, the CSO receives numerous job listings which are posted daily in the password protected "LawCareer Job Posting System" accessible through the CSO website.  If you are seeking employment, you should check those listings on a regular basis.  If you do not have a password for "LawCareer" please contact Navreet Heneghan, Administrative Manager, at

2002 Skadden Public Interest Fellowships 

Skadden Fellowships, sponsored by the law firm of Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom, provide support for new law graduates and outgoing judicial clerks who want to work in the public interest for an organization that provides civil legal services to the poor, including the working poor, the elderly, the disabled or those deprived of their civil rights.  Twenty-five fellowships are awarded each year to law students from schools nationwide.  Fellowships are for one year but may be renewed for a second year if requested and approved by the grantmaking panel.  Class of 2002 students who are interested in applying for a Fellowship must have secured a position with an organization by the time of application. Applications for 2002 Fellowships are due next fall on October 8, 2001.  Fellows are selected by December 7, 2001.  Interested second-year students may pick up an application in the CSO.

91st Legal Support Organization - Army Reserve JAG Unit Open House
The 91st Legal Support Organization of the U.S. Army Reserve is hosting a JAG Corps Orientation Open House on Saturday, May 5, 2001.  The event will begin at 10:30 a.m. and will include a briefing on the JAG Corps and an optional golf outing.  Interested students should contact Jude Soundar, Class of 1997, at 312-602-8272, or, for more information. Please Note:  This employer does not sign Chicago-Kent's Equal Employment Opportunity statement.


Do you wish to develop your legal skills, gain practical legal experience in a specialized area of law with a corporation, firm or government agency, and make yourself more marketable to prospective employers upon graduation?  If so, consider applying to the Legal Externship Program for Summer or Fall 2001 Semester.

The Legal Externship Program is a 4-credit hour non-graded program.  The program is open to students in their last two semesters of law school.  The student selects the area of law in which he/she wishes to extern.

For the fieldwork component, an extern is placed in a private or public, civil or criminal practice and is required to work a minimum of 32 hours a week for Summer Semester or 16 hours a week for Fall Semester at his/her designated placement.  Externs interested in civil law may select to work under the supervision of general counsel in major corporations or under the supervision of designated teaching lawyers in well-known firms or specific government agencies.  Externs may specialize in such diverse legal areas as tax, commodities, securities, corporate, health care, medical malpractice, general corporate law, etc.  Those interested in criminal law may select to work with the States Attorney's Office, Public Defender's Office, or the U.S. Attorney's Office.  Many externships offer the externs opportunities to obtain a 711 license and appear in court. 

Information about the program and an accompanying application form are available in the Law Offices reception area and in the CSO.  All applicants must have scheduled and completed an interview with Professor Gross prior to turning in their applications. 

If you are interested in learning more about externship opportunities or in applying to the program, please see Professor Vivien Gross in Room 617.

1Ls, 2Ls: Adoption Law Summer Opportunities
Interested in adoption law and related fields like abuse, neglect and dependency?  Wondering where to find jobs in these practice areas?  The Dave Thomas Center for Adoption Law at Capital University Law School has the answer. Students can log on to a Summer Jobs Clearinghouse designed to place law students from around the country in summer jobs in and around the field of adoption law.  The site,, will allow students to apply for any posted positions through the submission of an on-line application.  Positions will be posted through May 17th with final matches made by May 24th.  Matches are made on a rolling basis so it's best to apply early.  The matching process is described on the web-site under the "Jobs Clearinghouse" button.

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:


ATTN Class of 2002, 2003, & Domestic LL.M. Minority Students: 18th Annual Minority Law Student Job Fair 
The Cook County Bar Association and the Chicago Committee on Minorities in Large Law Firms is holding their 18th Annual Minority Law Student Job Fair on Friday Aug. 17th, 2001 at the Omni Chicago Hotel.  The anticipated states represented by employers will include Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Ohio, and Wisconsin.  The anticipated 85 employer participants consist of large and medium-sized law firms, corporations and government agencies.  All minority students are encouraged to attend.  Interested students should contact Navreet Heneghan by e-mail at 

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