The Guide to Legal Specialties & Doing What Makes
Do you know what kind of law you want to practice? That
question can be daunting because of the wide range of legal
careers and the varied work environments available.
Lisa Abrams, author of "The Official Guide to Legal Specialties,"
will help you discover practice areas of interest by describing
aspects of practice areas and how they appeal to an individual's
work preferences. Lisa, former Assistant Dean of Career
Services at Chicago-Kent College of Law, has vast professional
experience in the law career field and also conducted numerous
interviews with current practitioners for her book.
She talked with over 120 practitioners who love their work
and look forward to getting up in the morning! Some
of these practitioners work in law firms, others in government
agencies, and still others in corporations and public interest
organizations. Join us on Tuesday
March 12th at noon in Room 270 and find out what
makes practice areas not just exciting, but personally rewarding!
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.
Arnstein & Lehr Cocktail Reception for 1L Minority
In anticipation of the Fall 2002 recruiting season, Arnstein
& Lehr will be sponsoring a cocktail reception for 1L
minority students. The reception will take place Friday,
April 5th, from 5 - 7 p.m., at Arnstein & Lehr's offices
located at 120 S. Riverside Plaza, Suite 1100. Interested
students should RSVP to Kathi Hanus,
Hiring Coordinator, at firstname.lastname@example.org on or before
Friday, March 29th.
Exciting Fall Externship Opportunity with the U.S.
Attorney's Office, Northern District of Illinois, for
Students Who Will Have Completed Their Second Year by July,
If you are interested in exposure to and possible participation
in federal trial and appellate practice while assisting
the U.S. Attorney's Office in handling its multitude of
important cases, please pick up an application from Professor
Gross in Room 617.
Completed applications must be
received at the Office of the U.S. Attorney by Friday, April
12, 2002. The reason for this accelerated date
is because each accepted extern must go through a security
clearance, which takes several weeks.
To receive law school credit for this externship, should
you be selected by the U.S. Attorney's Office, you must
enroll in the law school's Legal Externship Program. The
law school's externship applications will be available in
early October in Room 600 Law Offices and in the Career
Professor Gross will be happy to answer any questions you
may have about either the Externship Program or the externship
position with the U.S. Attorney's Office.
Legal Externship Program for Current 2Ls Wanting to Do
a Summer or Fall 2002 Externship
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 the Summer
or Fall 2002 Semester.
The Legal Externship Program is a 4-credit hour non-graded
program. The program is open predominantly to students in
their last two semesters of law school.
An extern can choose 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 choose 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
Information about the program, placements, student choices
and an accompanying application form are available in the
Law Offices reception area and in the Career Services office.
You must meet with Professor Gross prior to turning in your
application, so that you can discuss your externship choice
If you are interested in learning more about externship
opportunities or in applying to the program, please see
Professor Vivien Gross in Room 617.
Judicial Externships for Fall 2002 - Minimum 3.25 GPA
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 Fall Externships should
be submitted to Ms. Carole Ross, Secretary to Professor
Gross, Room 612 of Law Office.
Fall Externships are due
Friday, March 15th, by 5:00 p.m.
Massachusetts Bar Foundation Legal Intern Felllowship
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 email@example.com.
Applications are due March 15,
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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, www.law.capital.edu/adoption,
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
Cook County Bar Association Minority Law Student Job
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
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 (email@example.com) 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
American Society of International Law (ASIL) Annual
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.
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
- 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
If you log into web mail and do not see the "web for
students" icon, contact the computer help desk at email@example.com.