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Week of March 11, 2002


The Guide to Legal Specialties & Doing What Makes You Happy

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 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.

Air Force JAG CORPS Seeks 1Ls & 2Ls for Summer 2002

The 11th Wing Legal Office of the U.S. Air Force in Washinton, D.C. seeks law clerks for summer 2002. Positions at other bases may be available as well. Clerks will provide Air Force legal offices with help performing sub-professional duties. They seek applicants who possess effective communication skills, strong legal research and analytical skills, and thorough investigatory skills. Positions will pay $15 per hour. See handout #47 in the Career Services Office for additional information. Interested students should contact Major Heidtke at 414-482-5211 or via email at prior to applying. Deadline to apply is March 29, 2002.

PLEASE NOTE: This employer refuses to sign Chicago-Kent College of Law's equal employment opportunity compliance form.

Arnstein & Lehr Cocktail Reception for 1L Minority Students

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 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, 2002

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 Services office.

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 in court.

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 possibilities.

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 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 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 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.

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.

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.

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. A list of participating employers can be found on the Career Services bulletin board. 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.


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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