Career Services Office:
News & Announcements for the Week of
October 29, 2001

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Resumes and Cover Letters for the Legal Market

Wonder what employers in the legal sector look for in a resume and cover letter, or how a legal resume differs from your current resume? Questions and concerns about format, structure, and content of legal resumes and general tips on writing strong cover letters will be addressed. Attendance is required for all students who wish to have their resume and/or cover letter reviewed by a career strategist.

Tuesday, October 30th at Noon
Section A - Room 570
Section B - Room 580
Section C - Room 590
Wednesday, October 31st at 5 p.m.
Evening Division Only - Auditorium

Attention Day Students: Please attend the program to which your section is assigned. The evening program is reserved for the evening division and is geared toward students with professional experience prior to law school and/or working full-time during school.

International Law Careers and Working Abroad

Martha Jean Baker, a Chicago-Kent graduate who received her LL.M. in International Law, Human Rights at University College London and is currently working in London, England, will speak about her international work on behalf of several non-profit international groups and give advice on how to construct an international job search. She will be joined by Assistant Dean for International Law and Policy Development, Lydia Lazar and Visiting Assistant Professor Joseph Morrissey. Dean Lazar will comment upon her extensive background in international work and how students can take advantage of opportunities while in law school to promote their international law job search. Professor Morrissey will discuss his work for Mayer, Brown & Platt where he was employed in the Tashkent, Uzbekistan, Geneva and Moscow offices, and how students can best prepare for working out of the United States. Tuesday, October 30th at 5 p.m. in Room 510

City of Chicago Informational Program for 1Ls

On Tuesday, November 6th, at Noon in Room 170, William Shaver, Chief Assistant Corporation Council and Chairman of the Summer Committee, will speak to 1Ls about the City of Chicago Summer Program. Don't miss out on learning more about this excellent summer employment opportunity and how to apply.

The Environmental Law Society & The ISBA -
A Lunch Panel Discussion

On Tuesday, November 6th at Noon in Room C35, the Environmental Law Society and the ISBA will present a panel discussion in which environmental lawyers will share their experiences and what led them to be where they are today, as well as provide advice to students interested in the practice of environmental law and pin-point current issues. Speakers include: Lillian Pinzon, Associate Regional Counsel, US EPA, Region 5; Douglas Rathe, Bureau Chief, Environmental Crimes Bureau, Illinois Attorney General; Karl Karg, Latham & Watkins; Stefan Noe, Principal and Co-Founder of Illinois Wind Energy; and Angela Foster-Rice, Gardner, Carton & Douglas. Lunch will be served.

Study Abroad Opportunities with Santa Clara University

Professor Philip Jimenez from Santa Clara University will be at Chicago-Kent on Thursday, November 8th at 12 p.m. in Room 165 to discuss his school's summer study abroad programs for law students. Come learn more about seeing the world while gaining law school credit!

Out of State Job Searches

If you're considering working in another state, don't miss this program! On Tuesday, November 13th, at 12 p.m. in Room 370, members of the CSO will give you all the details about available resources and answers to the most frequently asked questions so that you can map out your job search wherever it may lead you!

Practising Law Institute (PLI)

PLI will sponsor Understanding the Intellectual Property License, November 12-13th, in Chicago.

To find out more about these and other PLI seminars and resources, visit PLI's web site. From there, you can search for upcoming programs and other resources by title, area of interest, etc.
Follow the links to the Law School Services area to find out about resources offered to the law school community and how to apply for scholarships to programs. If you are interested in attending a program on scholarship, send a scholarship application ASAP. Scholarship applications are available in the Career Services Office or on-line. PLI typically asks for one month's advance notice in granting scholarships.

The Judicial Clerkship Institute

The purpose of the Judicial Clerkship Institute is to improve the effectiveness and efficiency of the judicial clerks. Any law student or law graduate who has been selected for or has entered a clerkship with a federal district or federal appellate court judge is eligible to attend. Deadline for applications is November 22, 2001. See for further information.


Guide to Foreign Law Firms

List of law firms by country with addresses and phone numbers. Can be found under "International" in the non-circulating section of the Resource Center.

Careers in International Law

Careers in International Law presents the wide-ranging possibilities open to today's law students eager to practice international law. This edition explains the influence of the Internet on practicing law in small firms, provides an overview of the global expansion of law firms, gives insights on practicing international criminal law, describes the work of the international humanitarian lawyer, and features Internet resources for job seekers in international law.

Special Opportunities

NOTE: This section of the Record is generally reserved for fellowship opportunities, non-paid positions and positions with quickly approaching deadlines. The newest opportunities are listed first with older opportunities listed according to deadline date. Additional opportunities can be found in the password protected job posting system, which is updated daily. Be sure to check the system on a daily or weekly basis.

U.S. EPA, Chicago Office of Regional Counsel

The US EPA, Chicago Office of Regional Counsel, is seeking 2Ls & 3Ls for volunteer extern positions beginning January 22, 2002. Externs are typically placed in a unit of 8-12 attorneys. They conduct legal research and write memoranda to support the enforcement cases. They may also draft motions, information requests, or confidential business information determinations as well as attend negotiations and public hearings. Externs are expected to work a minimum of 16 hours per week but 20 hours are preferred. Interested applicants should submit a cover letter, resume, writing sample and law school transcript to: Mr. Robert E. Reed (C-14J), Office of Regional Counsel, US EPA, 77 W. Jackson Blvd., Chicago, IL 60604. Applications are due November 30, 2001.

2002 Grads: Massachusetts Attorney General's Fellowship Program

The Massachusetts Attorney General seeks 3Ls interested in the public sector practice of law for their fellowship program, commencing September 2002. The fellowship is for a two-year term and pays $35,000 per year. Interested applicants should check out the Fellowship Opportunities Binder on the resource shelves in the Career Services Office or the Attorney General's web site for application information. Applications are due November 23, 2001.

2002 Grads: Rockefeller Brothers Fund Fellowship in Nonprofit Law

The Rockefeller Brothers Fund Fellowship is seeking a 3L to spend one year in residence at the Vera Institute of Justice in New York City, working closely with the General Counsel and Special Counsel to Vera on legal issues faced by Vera. The Fellow will commence work in September 2002 and receive $40,000 plus benefits. See the Fellowship Opportunities Binder on the resource shelves in the Career Services Office for additional information and application materials. Application deadline is November 30, 2001.

2002 Grads: Southern Poverty Law Center Fellowship

The Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC), a nonprofit organization dedicated to combating intolerance, discrimination and unfairness through litigation and education, has a 2 year fellowship available in September 2002. Applicants with judicial clerkships are preferred. Law Fellows perform legal research and writing and actively participate in all other aspects of the litigation process. See the Fellowship Opportunities Binder on the resource shelves in the Career Services Office or visit the SPLC web site for application details. Applications are due November 30, 2001.

2002 Graduates: BPI Polikoff-Gautreaux Fellowship

Business and Professional People for the Public Interest (BPI), a Chicago-based not-for-profit law and policy center, seeks 3Ls to serve as the Alexander Polikoff-Dorothy Geautreaux Fellow for one year, renewable for a second, beginning in Summer or Fall 2002. BPI is dedicated to equal justice and enhancing the quality and equity of life for all people living in the Chicago region. Fellows will receive $37,500 and fully-paid medical and dental coverage. Debt service on law school loans for the duration of the Fellowship may be available, based on need. See the Fellowship Opportunities Binder in the CSO for application information. Cover letter, resume, writing sample, and references are due by October 31, 2001.

Presidential Management Intern (PMI) Program

The PMI program is a recruitment tool of the federal government to place newly graduated professional and graduate program students in positions throughout the federal government. Students need to be nominated for the program by the Dean. The application process takes place in the fall of a student's final year, with applications postmarked by October 31st of the filing year. The program is a two year commitment in which interns are placed in salaried positions at the GS-9 level. Upon completion of the program, PMI's may be eligible for conversion to a permanent government position and further promotional opportunities. Interested students should check out the Federal Government Gray File or for further information and application materials.

2002 Graduates: Thurgood Marshall Civil Rights Fellowship

The Lawyer's Committee for Civil Rights of the San Francisco Bay Area defends the rights of poor people, immigrants and people of color within three priority areas - race, poverty and immigration. Applicants for the Thurgood Marshall Fellowship should demonstrate a strong commitment to, and experience in, civil rights law. The Fellowship lasts one year, beginning September 2002. Interested candidates should refer to the Fellowship Opportunities Binder in the CSO for detailed information and application process. Applications must be received by November 1, 2001.

US Immigration Court Externships, Chicago Office

The US Immigration Court in Chicago is seeking 2Ls and 3Ls for spring 2002 externships. Applicants must be US citizens and have previous or concurrent course-work in immigration or refugee law. Duties include: pre-hearing preparation involving motions and preparation of bench memoranda; in-depth research and analysis of novel legal issues; and drafting of decisions taken under advisement. Externs are expected to work a minimum of 14-16 hours per week for a minimum of 10-12 weeks. Positions are unpaid but school credit may be possible. Submit a cover letter, resume, transcript and writing sample to the following: US Department of Justice, EOIR - Immigration Court, Attn: Jaime Dowell, Judicial Law Clerk, 55 E. Monroe St., Suite 1900, Chicago, IL 60603-5701. Applications must be received by November 2, 2001.

Legal Externship Program for Spring 2002 - 3Ls Only

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 Spring 2002 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, students extern in a private or public, civil or criminal practice and must work a minimum of 16 hours a week 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 US Attorney's Office. Many externships enable an extern to obtain a 711 student practice 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 Careers Services office. Applications must be turned in to Room 612 by 12:00 P.M. on Friday, November 9th.

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.

US Securities & Exchange Commission - Midwest Office

The United States Securities and Exchange Commission's Midwest Regional Office is currently accepting applications for Law Clerk positions for the upcoming Spring semester and in the Summer Honors Program. Applications are due November 9, 2001 and contain the following: cover letter specifying when you would like to clerk, resume, writing sample, law school transcript and undergraduate transcript (optional).

Applicants must be enrolled as second year law students during Spring 2002 to be a law clerk during that semester and be enrolled as a third year law student in Fall 2002 to participate in the Summer Honors Program. Summer clerkships are paid full-time positions for 10 weeks; Spring clerkships are unpaid part-time (15 hours/week minimum). For further information, see Job Posting #13141 and pick up Handout #11. You can also visit The Securities and Exchange Commission website.

Student Observer Program - This program allows 2Ls and 3Ls to work PT for a semester. Students will work with staff members on regulatory or enforcement projects. Preference is given to students with strong academic records and those with courses in corporate or securities law. See the gray files in the career services office for application information. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis, but the deadline for Spring 2002 semester is December 3, 2001.

Office of the Secretary of Defense Honors Legal Internship Program

The Office of General Counsel for the Department of Defense is responsible for advising high-level policy makers in the Office of the Secretary of Defense. The Office seeks 2Ls for their Honors Legal Internship Program during Summer 2002. During the 10-week program, interns will assist in drafting and commenting on legislation, regulations, congressional testimony, litigation materials, and legal opinions. See job posting #13050 and handout #7 for detailed information. Applications are due November 19, 2001.

US Attorney for the Northern District of Illinois: Summer 2002 Intern Program

The primary goals of this program are to provide law students with the greatest possible exposure to and participation in federal trial and appellate practice and to obtain excellent legal talent to assist the office in handling its multitude of cases. Approximately 15 interns will be accepted (unpaid) and each intern is expected to serve at least 40 hours per week. Applications due no later than December 10, 2001, though applicants are encouraged to apply early. Pick up an application form at the front desk of Suite 360.

Public Interest Law Initiative (PILI) Spring Internships

In Spring 2002 the Public Interest Law Initiative (PILI) will sponsor a School-Year Internship Program for 2Ls and 3Ls. During the second semester of the 2001-2002 academic year, PILI will underwrite 10 internships at public interest law agencies in the metropolitan area. The stipend for 200 hours of work is $2,250. Check out Handout #9 in the Career Services Office for more information. Applications can also be obtained by logging onto the PILI web site. Applications are due by December 15, 2001; however, some agencies make decisions in October. Thus, the earlier you apply, the better.

ATTN 2Ls: Summer Law Clerk Position with Goldberg, Weisman & Cairo

Goldberg, Weisman & Cairo, a 30 attorney firm specializing in personal injury, seeks a 2L for their comprehensive law clerk program in summer 2002. The program involves direct client contact, substantial interaction with practicing attorneys, and attendance at argument on motions, depositions and trials. Clerks learn how to set up a claim, advise the client, engage in motion practice, conduct discovery, prepare pretrial materials, evaluate the value of the case and try the case from pretrial motions through post-trial motions. Candidates should be 2Ls with a B or better average and solid communication skills. They are looking to hire a student who can begin working following finals, FT through the summer months and move to PT hours during their third year. They offer a competitive wage and a flexible schedule. If interested, mail, fax, or e-mail a cover letter and resume ASAP to either Frank Perrone, Office Administrator, or John Kolb, Attorney, at: Goldberg, Weisman and Cairo, One E. Wacker Dr., 34th Floor, Chicago, IL, 60601. Fax (312) 464-1212.

American Civil Liberties Union of IL - Roger Baldwin Foundation

The ACLU is devoted to protecting and expanding the civil liberties and civil rights of all Americans. The Roger Baldwin Foundation, the litigation arm of the ACLU of IL, is seeking 2Ls for their summer program. Interns will work closely with experienced ACLU staff attorneys in all phases of litigation, including initial factual and legal investigations, drafting of pleadings and supporting documents for discovery and trial, and appellate proceedings. A limited number of funded positions are available. Applicants should send a cover letter, resume, writing sample, transcript and reference list to: Lauren Raphael or Adam Schwartz, The Roger Baldwin Foundation of ACLU, Inc., 180 N. Michigan Ave., Suite 2300, Chicago, IL 60601. Applicants are encourage to apply ASAP; applications are considered from September through March, and offers are extended as qualified people apply. See the ACLU website for more info.

Environmental Defense, Rocky Mountain Office, Internship Program

The Rocky Mountain office of Environmental Defense is seeking 2Ls for summer internships to work on projects related to air quality, climate change and aquatic ecosystem protection. Internships are 10 weeks in duration, forty hours per week. Interns may research, write, and present legal and policy documents for federal court litigation, administrative litigation, national and state regulatory proceedings, and various other policy venues. See the gray files for specific posting. To apply, send a cover letter, resume, references, transcript, and writing sample to: Jennie Spencer, Office Manager, Environmental Defense, 2334 N. Broadway, Boulder, CO 80304. Applications are accepted immediately and throughout the fall on a rolling basis.

City of Chicago, Sexual Harassment Office

The City of Chicago Sexual Harassment Office currently has openings for the fall semester for internships, externships, fellowships, and volunteer work. It's the first program of its kind in the country to provide centralized investigation of complaints by City workers, training on sexual harassment, and outreach to other agencies and employers working on this issue. Students
will conduct legal research, prepare training program and materials, and, depending on the student's availability, conduct complaint investigations. Apply ASAP to: Andra Gomberg, Sexual Harassment Officer, City of Chicago, Department of Personnel, DePaul Center, 333 S. State St., Suite 330, Chicago, IL 60604. For additional information, call Christopher Owen at 312-747-8989.

US Department of Justice, Environmental Enforcement Section - Summer 2002

The US Department of Justice, Environmental Enforcement Section, in Washington, DC, will hire approximately 35 volunteer law clerks for the summer of 2002. Interns will assist EES attorneys with legal research and writing, pretrial discovery and negotiations, depositions, hearings, etc. Volunteers can gain practical experience in complex, federal litigation. Students must have completed a minimum of 2 semesters of law school and completed at least 1 introductory-level Environment Law Course and/or have practical experience. Send cover letter, resume, grades and writing sample ASAP as the program is highly competitive. See the Resource Specialist in the CSO for application details.

2001 Fall Interviewing Program
Classes '02 & '03

As the fall interviewing program comes to a close, we realize numerous students' expectations weren't met. Please feel free to stop by or make an appointment with a career strategist to provide us with your perspective on the process and to discuss other options. Remember, the majority of students do not obtain summer or full-time employment through the fall interviewing program.

Additional Direct Contact Employers:

Schreck Brignone Godfrey is looking for 2Ls and 3Ls. Their primary practice areas are commercial/transactional, employment/labor, gaming and litigation. Interested students should send a cover letter, resume, unedited writing sample, references, undergrad transcript and law transcript to Ms. Fran Randolph, Recruitment Coordinator, Schreck Brignone Godfrey, 300 South Fourth Street, Suite 1200, Las Vegas, NV 89101 by November 1, 2001.

Hatch and Parent is accepting applications for 2002 summer law clerks. They are looking for 2Ls with strong analytic and writing skills, proven initiative and leadership ability, strong interest and background in environmental and public agency law, with a particular focus on water law and water issues. Interested students should submit a cover letter, resume and copy of most recent law school transcript to Ms. Jackie B. Manley, Human Resources Manager, Hatch and Parent, P.O. Drawer 720, Santa Barbara, CA 93102-0720 by November 1, 2001.

Pillsbury Winthrop LLP is actively seeking 2Ls with technical backgrounds to be considered for patent positions in our 2002 summer program. Ideal candidates will possess an undergraduate degree in one of the following disciplines: computer engineering, computer science, electrical engineering, or physics. Submit resume and transcript to: Denice Barnes, Attorney Recruitment
Manager, Pillsbury Winthrop LLP, 2550 Hanover Street, Palo Alto, CA 94304, Phone (650) 233-4640 , Fax (650) 233-4545, E-mail


Callbacks and Offers: Please let us know how you are faring in the program. E-mail our office
about any callbacks or offers you receive from on-campus interviews or job fairs. Don't forget about the NALP standards for the maximum number of offers students can hold open from the fall on-campus interviewing process and response dates:

2L/3L Student Response Dates
November 1st
December 1st
2L/3L student previously employed and offer made before September 15
2L/3L student with an offer deadline of November 1 may extend to this date with employer's permission if student holds only ONE OTHER offer  
2L/3L student previously employed and offer made after September 15  
2L/3L student not previously employed must respond  
Number of Offers Students May Hold
4 Offers
3 Offers
2 Offers
1 Offer
After October 15, maximum offers held by student
After November 1, maximum offers held by student with December 1 response deadline  
Maximum offers for student requesting employer's extension from November 1 to December 1    
After December 1, maximum offers student may hold with employer's consent      

Negotiation to extend the decision deadline must occur with an employer before the original deadline
date. If you have any questions about this, please see one of the Career Services Office staff members or the OCI web page.

Fall Semester Office Hours

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

Please call the office at 312-906-5200, or e-mail, to schedule an appointment.

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