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Week of July 1, 2002


Reseaching Employers for the Fall Interviewing Program

Wondernig how to find the best information about potentional employers coming on campus this fall? Cheryl Kunkel, the CSO Resource Specialist, will share strategies and techniques for researching employers for the Fall Interviewing Program.  Advanced sign-up is required as sessions are limited to 10 students. Sessions will be held the following dates and times in order to give you a hard start on researching before the new school year begins:
  • Tuesday, July 23rd at 12 p.m. in the CSO
  • Wednesday, July 24th at 12 p.m. & 5:15 p.m. in the CSO

6th Annual Prosecutorial Opportunities Symposium

The 6th Annual Prosecutorial Opportunities Symposium, sponsored by the Cook County State's Attorney's Office, the National Hispanic and the National Black Prosecutors Association, and the Asian American and Indian American Bar Associations, will be held Saturday, August 24, 2002, from 8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m., at The John Marshall Law School, 315 S. Plymouth Court. The program is designed to provide information about career opportunities with the Cook County State's Attorney's Office, the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Northern District of Illinois, the Illinois Attorney General's Office and the City of Chicago Corporation Counsel's Office. RSVP to Cathleen Costello Jacobs at (312) 603-1849.

New Resources

The Law Firm Interview: A Guide for Law Students by Katy Schubert

Examines the interviewing process from beginning to end. Contains information on resumes and cover letters, preparation for On-Campus and Callback interviews, good and bad interview questions, and advice from practicing attorneys.

The Legal Career Guide: From Law Student to Lawyer by Gary A. Munneke

Provides a complete overview from being a law student to getting a job as an attorney. Gives advice on how to assess your skills, where the various practice areas are geographically, things to consider, how the hiring process works, how to market yourself, and how to handle offers.

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.

03 Grads - Fellowship Opportunities at The Legal Aid Society of NYC, Civil Division

The Civil Division of The Legal Aid Society of New York City is looking to sponsor candidates for post-graduate, public interest fellowships provided by the Skadden Fellowship Foundation, Equal Justice Works Part A & B, the Soros Foundation, and Kirkland & Ellis.  The Civil Division provides direct legal assistance in more than 30,000 client cases through a city wide network of neighborhood trial offices and the operation of specialized units and projects.  Applicants for fellowships may develop projects in a wide range of poverty-related issues.  See the Resource Specialist in the CSO or for application details.  Applications for fellowship applications with fall 2002 deadlines are due to the Legal Aid Society of New York City no later than July 15, 2002.  NOTE: Check each fellowship (Skadden, Equal Justice, etc.) for individual deadlines. 

2003 Equal Justice Works Fellowships (formerly NAPIL)

With support from the Open Society Institute and participating law firms and corporate sponsors, Equal Justice Works Fellowships allow new law graduates and outgoing judicial clerks to work on a wide range of public interest issues, such as domestic violence, health care, community development, homelessness, environmental justice, immigration, Native American rights, children's health and welfare, and the death penalty. Approximately 75 Fellowships will be awarded to begin September 2003. Fellowships are for two years. There are two different routes to apply for fellowships, Route A & Route B. To learn more about applying through either route, check out

This year, fellowship applications must be submitted online. Paper applications will no longer be accepted. To submit an application online, access the web site, click on "Apply for a 2-year postgraduate fellowship!", and then click on "apply on-line". You will be redirected to a site that contains all of the instructions found in the application booklet, as well as instructions on how to complete a proposal online. At the site, applicants can fill out the application form and compose their proposal narrative. The deadline to submit a final application for Route A fellowships is September 17, 2002. The deadline for Route B applications is October 31, 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 in the 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.


Summer Office Hours

The Career Services Office will be open throughout the summer. We will close at 5 p.m. Monday - Friday. Evening appointments with Career Strategists will be available by appointment only on Thursdays, from 5 - 6:30 p.m.

Informational CD's about Neal, Gerber & Eisenberg

Neal, Gerber & Eisenberg has provided the Career Services Office with informational CD's in anticipation of the fall recruiting season. Be sure to stop by the Career Services Office to pick up a CD in order to learn if Neal, Gerber is a good fit for you.

Class of '03, '04, & Domestic LL.M.s: Use the Summer to Prepare for the Fall Interview Season 

Although the 2002 Fall Interviewing Program begins in August, it's best to prepare early.  You will be amazed at how quickly you need to research and preference employers for registration once you return to school.  If you missed the preliminary fall interviewing program, check out the videotape available in the Career Services Office.  Take the time this summer to assess your interests and research law firms or government agencies you are interested in so that you can find the best fit between your career goals and potential employers who will be interviewing this fall. 

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 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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