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Week of February 25, 2002


Choosing Small, Choosing Smart: The Secrets of Small Firm Hiring

The Chicago Area Law School Consortium will hold its annual spring program on Tuesday, February 26th, at 3:30 p.m., at 8005 DePaul Center, 1 East Jackson (at State). The program will feature Donna Gerson, J.D., author of Choosing Small, Choosing Smart: The Secrets of Small Firm Hiring. The program will cover small firm hiring timelines, innovative ways to research small firms, how to create compelling resumes & cover letters, successful interview skills & follow-up, and overcoming obstacles to finding small firm employment.

CBA/YLS Meet the Firms Night

The Young Lawyers Section of the CBA invites all Chicago-area law students to mingle with some of Chicago's most influential law firms at "Meet the Firms Night" on Thursday, February 28th, from 4:30 - 6:30 p.m. at the CBA, 321 S. Plymouth Ct. Firm representatives will be on hand to provide hiring and firm culture information. Resumes will be accepted at the discretion of the firms. Cocktails and hors d'oeuvres will be served and the program is free to all law students. See the Career Services bulletin board or visit the CBA web site for a list of participating firms. Don't miss out on this excellent networking opportunity! Call (312) 554-2032 or e-mail to RSVP.

Myers-Briggs Type Indicator Workshop

Do you like to make speeches in front of large groups or would you rather be a member of the audience? Do you love mingling with others at parties or would you rather stay home and read a book? Personality types are many and varied and our personality often influences the career we choose or the type of work-related tasks we enjoy. While one personality may be better suited to trial law, another might be better suited to corporate deal making.

The MBTI (Myers-Briggs Type Indicator) is a personality instrument used in businesses around the world to help employees better understand the strengths of their personalities. It's also used by career counselors to help individuals identify jobs and work environments that will be particularly satisfying. The MBTI can help you identify what motivates & energizes you, how you gather information, how you make decisions, and how you approach your work day as well as your leisure time.

Lisa Abrams, J.D., former Assistant Dean of Career Services at Chicago-Kent and author of The Official Guide to Legal Specialties, will present an MBTI Workshop for all interested students at Noon on Tuesday, March 5th, Room TBA. She will help you interpret your personality type and discuss how you can make the most of your personality strengths on the job. Don't miss this opportunity to learn more about how an understanding of your own your personality type can assist you in choosing a practice area that will be a "good fit."

Please Note: Students MUST sign-up and complete the MBTI inventory by noon on Monday, March 4th. Inventories are available in the CSO. They must be completed in the CSO and take about 20 minutes to complete.

Mock Interviews

One of the best ways to prepare for upcoming interviews is to participate in a mock interview. Judith Saunders, former Assistant Dean of Career Services at Chicago-Kent, will conduct mock interviews, by appointment only, on Tuesday & Wednesday, March 5th & 6th, from 12 p.m. - 5 p.m., in the Career Services Office. Interested students should sign up in the CSO ASAP as slots fill up quickly. She requests that students pick up a packet of information and drop off a copy of their resume when signing up. Students are encouraged to come dressed as they would for an actual interview. Sessions are videotaped, after which students will receive a candid critique of their current interviewing skills while watching the video. Students interested in keeping a copy of their session are encouraged to bring their own blank videotape to the mock interview.

Government Services Career Opportunities Forum

Thinking of a legal career in the government sector? Then be sure to attend the Government Services Career Opportunities Forum on Saturday, March 9th, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the CBA, located at 321 S. Plymouth Ct. The event will begin with a panel discussion, from 9 - 11 a.m., by government attorneys discussing their experiences in the government sector as well as how they landed their current job. Immediately following the discussion, representatives from local goverment legal offices will provide information to CBA members. Check out the CBA web site for a complete listing of participating agencies closer to the program date. The cost is $10 for members, $20 for non-members and includes a continental breakfast. To register for the program, pick up a registration form in the Career Services Office or call CBA ticketing at (312) 554- 2056.

Employment Related Opportunities

NOTE: All employment opportunities, paid or unpaid, clerking or volunteer, internship or externship, or fellowship, will be posted in the password protected job posting system, which is updated daily. Be sure to check the system on a daily or weekly basis and remember to peruse postings within the past 3 months to avoid overlooking postings you may have missed previously. Remember to use the dashes in your Social Security # when entering your username and password.

Massachusetts Bar Foundation Legal Intern Felllowship Program

The Massachusetts Bar Foundation is offering four stipends, of up to$6,000, to law students volunteering for ten weeks at a non-profit organization that provides civil legal services to low-income clients in Massachusetts during summer 2002. Detailed information about the program and applications are available through the Massachusetts Bar Foundation web site. Direct all questions to Elizabeth Lynch, Grants Manager, at 617-338-0534 or Applications are due March 15, 2002.

Judicial Externships for Summer & Fall 2002 Semesters - Minimum 3.25 GPA To Apply

A judicial externship enables a student to become involved in particular legal problems through research and writing, and to contribute to the resolution of those legal problems. Depending upon the judge, an extern may have the opportunity to observe the day-to-day routine of a judge and discuss with the judge and the judge's law clerk those legal problems which attorneys face in their profession, and the specific problems which attorneys confront in their courtroom. Take advantage of this prestigious learning opportunity while enhancing your marketability in the legal world!

Applications for the Summer and Fall Judicial Externships are available in the Law Offices reception area (Room 600), and in the Career Services Office.

Completed applications for Summer & Fall Externships should be submitted to Ms. Carole Ross, Secretary to Professor Gross, Room 612 of Law Offices. Summer applications are due Thursday, February 28th, by 5:00 p.m. Fall Externships are due Friday, March 15th, by 5:00 p.m.

1Ls & 2Ls - John J. Curtin, Jr. Stipends Available for Public Interest Work During Summer 2002

The Curtin Justice Fund Legal Internship Program is managed jointly by the ABA Commission on Homelessness and Poverty and the Standing Committee on Legal Aid and Indigent Defendants. The program will pay a $2,500 stipend to students who obtain employment during summer 2002 in a bar association or legal services program designed to prevent homelessness or assist homeless or indigent clients or their advocates. Ideal candidates will have a demonstrated interest in public interest law and experience working with poor people or on issues affecting them. For additional information and application materials, see the Resource Specialist in the Career Services Office or visit the ABA web site. Applications must be postmarked no later than March 1, 2002 but early submissions are encouraged.

NAPIL 2002 Summer Corps

The National Association for Public Interest Law (NAPIL) is pleased to announce that they are accepting applications for their 2002 Summer Corps program. The Summer Corps is an AmeriCorps-funded program which provides law students with the opportunity to earn a $1000 education award voucher for spending the summer of 2002 in a public interest internship. For more information and a link to the Summer Corps 2002 Online Application check out the NAPIL web site. Questions about the Summer Corps should be directed to

Adoption Law Summer Opportunities for 1Ls & 2L

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,, allows students to apply for any posted positions through the submission of an on-line application. 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.

The Federal Communications Bar Association Foundation's Robert E. Lee Scholarship and Internship Fund:

For the ninth consecutive year, the Federal Communications Bar Association Foundation will award at least four $2,500 stipends to law students employed as unpaid summer interns in communications positions with government offices. Applicants will be selected on the basis of a demonstrated interest in the communications field, involvement in community activities, and their dependence on financial assistance in order to accept an unpaid internship. See the Resource Coordinator in the Career Services Office for applications. Applications are due March 15, 2002.

1Ls & 2Ls - Equal Justice America Funding for Public Interest Work During Summer 2002

Since 1993, Equal Justice America has been funding law students all over the country to work meeting the legal needs of the poor. They are offering $3,250 fellowships to 1L & 2L Chicago-Kent students who choose to work FT for a 10 week period for organizations providing direct civil legal services for the poor in summer 2002. To apply: send a cover letter describing commitment and interest in providing legal services to the poor; a resume; 2 letters of recommendation and an employment confirmation letter from the hiring organization to: Equal Justice America, 3010 Fox Chase Drive, Midlothian, VA 23112. All materials must be sent together and be received by March 18, 2002.

Job Fairs

Cook County Bar Association Minority Law Student Job Fair

The Cook County Bar Association and Chicago Committee on Minorities in Large Law Firms presents it's 19th Annual Minority Student Job Fair. Registration materials will be available in the Career Services Office after March 15th. This year's fair will be held on Friday, August 23, at the Omni Chicago Hotel located at 676 North Michigan Ave. Last year's Job Fair attracted over 90 law firms, corporations, and governmental agencies located in Illinois, Wisconsin, Missouri, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, and other states. Minority J.D. and domestic LL.M. students in the classes of 2003 and 2004 are invited to attend. Please watch the Record for further announcements. Participants are strongly encouraged to have their resume reviewed by a career strategist prior to submitting registration materials.

Summer Housing

NALP Apartment Exchange

NALP is pleased to announce that their annual Apartment Exchange is now available online. Law students and 2002 summer clerks can search and post available summer housing opportunities from all around the country. The service is free and easy to use. The Exchange will remain active online until May 1, 2002.

Summer Housing in Washington, D.C.

The Catholic University of America provides housing for individuals who are in Washington, D.C. for educational purposes during summer 2002. Housing is available from May 16th - August 4th. Students can chose from apartment-style residence halls or single or double-occupancy residence hall rooms. Rates start at $23 per night. Meals plans are also available and start at $37 per week. To request more information and an application, visit the Catholic University web site, call 202-319-5277, or e-mail

Working in NY this Summer & Need a Place to Live?

Each summer New York University hosts a Summer Living in New York program. Student apartment style residences are made available to summer interns and associates working in the NY legal and business communities. The next session will run from May 26 - August 10, 2002. The application, as well as further information, will be available online in January. If interested, be sure to apply early as space fills up quickly each year.

Note: Don't forget to check out the "websites of interest" page on the Career Services Office web page for additional sites related to summer housing.

Wanted! Apartments to Sublet or Rent on a Monthly Basis

Mayer, Brown & Platt is seeking summer housing for their out of town summer associates. If interested in subletting or renting your apartment on a monthly basis this summer, e-mail Laura Kanter ( with your contact information, address of apartment, amount of monthly rent, and whether the apartment is furnished or unfurnished. Additional information about the building, neighborhood, proximity to public transportation, etc. will help "sell" your sublet faster.


ABA Section of Business Law Career Forum

The ABA Section of Business Law will sponsor a Career Forum & Job Fair for attorneys and law students at their spring meeting. Resumes should be sent to Jennifer Horton, Career Services Coordinator, Stetson University College of Law, 1401 61st St. South, St. Petersburg, FL 33707 by March 18th. Participation is possible even if unable to attend. Resumes of those unable to attend will be given to employers. Employers will contact non-participants directly. The forum will be held April 4th - 7th in Boston, MA. Direct any questions to Jennifer Horton at (727) 562-7815 or

American Society of International Law (ASIL) Annual Meeting

The ASIL is holding its Annual Meeting March 13 - 16, 2002 in Washington, D.C. Students are invited to attend without any registration fee. Prominent members of the international law community, including keynote speaker Justice Sandra Day O'Connor, will discuss human rights, trade and the role of international law in the post-September 11th world during four days of panels and presentations. For more information, visit the ASIL web site or call 202-939-6000.

First Annual Midwest Public Interest Law Retreat

The First Annual Midwest Public Interest Law Retreat will be held March 22 - 24, 2002, at Bradford Woods in Martinsville, IN. Registration forms are available in the Career Services Office and are due March 1st. The retreat will provide a unique opportunity for public interest and social justice-oriented law students, faculty, and practitioners to meet in a relaxed environment, exchange viewpoints, explore career opportunities and formulate strategies for social justice. The $100.00 registration fee include overnight accommodations and all meals for the weekend. Financial assistance is available. For more information, contact Robert Lancaster, Associate Clinical Professor of Law, Indiana University School of Law - Indianapolis, at 317-274-1911 or


Spring Office Hours

The Career Services Office will close at 5 p.m. Monday - Friday. Evening appointments with Career Strategists will be available for alumnae/i and evening students only by appointment on Thursdays, from 5 - 6:30 p.m.

Alumni Advisor Network

To access the Alumni Advisor Network, follow the steps below:

  • Click on the Alumni Advisor Network link from the Career Services Office web page. This will take you to the web mail log in.
  • Log into web mail.
  • Scroll down the left hand side and select the "web for students" icon.
  • Within "web for students" scroll down the links on the left hand side till you come to the Alumni Advisor Link.

If you log into web mail and do not see the "web for students" icon, contact the computer help desk at


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