Attention Class of 2002
Does Educational Debt Impact Your Career Choice?
Mortgage-size law school debts prevent even the most dedicated
law graduates from taking public interest jobs to help low
income people and communities. Additionally, government
agencies find it increasingly difficult to compete for the
talent they need to serve the public well.
NALP, Equal Justice Works (formerly NAPIL) and the Partnership
for Public Service are conducting a survey asking the Class
of 2002 to help illuminate how educational debt impacts
the career choice of law students
The results will be crucial to developing and implementing
more programs, such as loan repayment assistance programs
(LRAPs), that can help alleviate the debt burden faced by
new attorneys seeking to work in the public interest and
Please complete the survey by visiting: http://www.equaljusticeworks.org/grad_survey/gradsurvey_home.html.
While the survey is designed to collect vital data, we
have attempted to keep it brief. The entire process should
take no longer than 10 minutes and will be available online
until May 8, 2002.
Questions? Please contact Sheila Siegel, Research and Advocacy,
Equal Justice Works(formerly NAPIL), 202-466-3686,firstname.lastname@example.org.
Alumnae/i Advisor Network
Recent improvements to the Alumnae/i Advisor Network have
increased the search capabilities of the database. You can
now search for advisors by employer name, practice area,
membership in a student organization, geographic location
and other criteria. Alumnae/i Advisors have volunteered
to be contacted by students for informational interviews
and can provide valuable guidance in your career development.
The Career Services Office wishes to thank Rezi Andoni
of the computer center for his assistance in this project.
Continue to check the Advisor Network for new additions
as we are in the process of soliciting new members from
our alumnae/i base.
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.
Introduction to the Fall On-Campus
Interviewing Program for Class
of 2003 & 2004 Students
During the fall, legal employers will either come on-campus
to interview students, or request resumes directly from
students for summer associate and entry-level attorney positions.
On Tuesday, April 23rd at Noon,
Room TBA, and at 5:00 p.m., Room TBA,
members of the CSO will discuss the on-campus
interview process, contacting employers directly, what to
do if you do not meet a particular employer's hiring criteria
and how to prepare over the summer. In addition, the
information will assist students participating in the Patent
Law Interview Program, Cook County Bar Association Minority
Job Fair and other interviewing opportunities. 1L
Day students who plan to participate in the interview program
next fall are strongly encouraged to attend this program.
2L Day/Evening & 3L Evening students who have not previously
participated but intend to next year should also be sure
If you're a 1L evening student switching to the day
program and will fulfill all requirements to graduate by
May 2004, you must notify our office of your division change.
Please note: 2003 graduates (including December
2002 graduates) interested in working for the Cook County
State's Attorney's Office must register
for an on-campus interview in order to be considered for
employment with their office.
"Lawyer's Workshop" Sponsored by the ISBA
The ISBA is sponsoring a "Lawyer's Workshop"
on Saturday, May 4th
at the John Marshall Law School. The workshop will allow
practitioners to be exposed to changes, trends and developing
areas of the law. Law students are invited to attend the
program and luncheon for $25. Registration forms are available
in the Career Services Office.
NALP Directory of Legal Employers
Directory of Legal Employers is now available online.
The online directory connects students to comprehensive
information on more than 1,500 legal employers. In addition
to employer NALP sheets, the directory includes NALP Workplace
Questionnaires, which provide a sense of an employer's culture
and work environment, and NALPline, which offers expanded
information on an employer's salaries. The directory is
fully searchable, free to all users and available 24/7.
Don't overlook this important resource when researching
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.
The Frederick B. Abramson Memorial Foundation 2002 Public
Interest Fellowship Award for May 2002 Grads
The Frederick B. Abramson Memorial Foundation is accepting
applications from May 2002 grads for it's 2002 Public Interest
Fellowship Award. Candidates must agree to work for a non-profit
organization, public interest law firm or other public interest
organization in Washington D.C. for at least 12 months beginning
September 2002. The Fellowship can be used for repayment of
student loans, as a salary supplement, or to offset Bar exam
expenses, or for any other purpose. See
the Career Services Office ASAP for application and additional
information as applications are due April 15, 2002.
2003 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. Approximately 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 2003 students who are interested in applying for
a Fellowship must have secured a position with an organization
by the time of application. Applications
for 2003 Fellowships are due next fall on October 7, 2002.
Fellows are selected by December 6, 2002. Interested
second-year students should check out job posting #13811
and pick up an application in the CSO.
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 US 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.
Cook County Bar Association Minority Law Student Job
The Cook County Bar Association and Chicago Committee on
Minorities in Large Law Firms is hosting its 2002 Minority
Law Student Job Fair on Friday, August 23rd at the Omni
Chicago Hotel. Employers will be interviewing selected 2Ls,
3Ls, and Domestic LLM students. The
registration packets and lists of participating firms are
now available in the Career Services Office.
Please turn in the registration
form, resumes (one for each employer you choose), and the
list of preferenced employers to the Career Services Office
by 5:00 p.m. on Thursday, April 25th. There will
be no walk-in interviews available for this job fair, so
it is important to register if you would like to attend.
Minnesota Minority Recruitment Conference
The Twin Cities Committee on Minority Lawyers in Large
Law Firms and the Hennepin County Bar Association are once
again sponsoring this year's job fair to be held on September
13-14, 2002 in Minnesota. The conference offers a judicial
clerkship seminar, interviews for judicial clerkships with
local members of the judiciary, a reception, and regularly
scheduled interviews. Travel scholarships will be available
through the Frederick L. McGhee scholarship. Please check
the Record or the Career Services Office in the beginning
of May regarding registration information.
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.
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, DC 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
NY Summer Housing Options
Barnard College, located directly across the street from
Columbia University in the Moringside Heights neighborhood
of NYC, offers summer housing at moderate rates to interns,
associates and students from June 3rd until August 3rd,
for summer housing are now available online. Check
out the website, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org, or call the
Office of Special Events and Summer Programs at 212-854-8212
for more information.
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.
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.
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.