Summer Experience Survey
Did you clerk at a law firm this summer? Volunteer
for a public interest organization? Serve as a summer
associate? Research for a professor? Work for
a government agency? Take summer classes or study
abroad? If so, we want to know about it! We
would appreciate it if all returning students would take
a few minutes to complete our "Summer
Experience Survey," now electronically submittable
through the web. Many of you may remember using
these surveys as a means of researching employers and/or
finding employers who hired 1Ls! Now it's time to repay
the favor. Simply fill out the form and hit the submit button
for a quick and painless entry to win one of a number of
prizes. Winners will be announced in the Record
at the end of September.
2002 Fall Interviewing Program
Class of '03 & '04
Now that fall interviewing is in full swing,
the CSO staff wants to wish everyone the best of luck.
We know this is a stressful time so remember to relax, be
yourself and remain positive throughout the interviewing
Direct Contact - Miami-Dade County
State's Attorney's Office & Tuesley Hall, South Bend,
For the most up to date information on how
to apply to these employers and any other collect, joint,
on-campus and direct contact employers, check out the Fall
Interviewing Program web pages and the CSO bulletin
board on a daily basis.
- Interview schedules are currently
available through LawCareer (same site as bidding process.)
Students are responsible for checking their individual
interview schedules daily for updates or changes.
- For the latest room assignments,
be sure to check the career services bulletin board every
morning before your first interview.
- Bring an extra copy of your resume,
transcript, and writing sample to every interview.
- Allow ample travel time prior
to an interview, even if you are already on campus.
Policy for Missing an Interview
Please remember to talk to Jeanne or Maureen if you have
an emergency that will prevent you from attending an interview
scheduled through the fall interview program. Any
student who misses an interview for reasons other than an
emergency will not be permitted to participate in the remainder
of the program. Thank you for your cooperation.
Thank You Notes
You do not need to send thank you notes after on-campus
interviews. Well written notes should be sent after
call backs or initial interviews in an employer's office.
2002 Summer Associates
Please let us know how your summer
went and what your plans are for the upcoming year. If you
receive an offer and accept, please let our office know
so we can cancel your interviews if participating in the
Callbacks and Offers
Please let us know how you are faring in the program!
E-mail our office about any callbacks or offers you receive
from on-campus interviews or job fairs. If you
accept an offer, please let us know so we can cancel the
remainder of your on-campus interviews. Don't forget
about the NALP standards for the maximum number of offers
students can hold open from the fall interviewing process
and response dates:
2L/3L Student Response
|2L/3L student previously
employed and offer made before September 15
with an offer deadline of November 1 may extend to this
date with employer's permission if student holds only
ONE OTHER offer
|2L/3L student previously
employed and offer made after September 15
|2L/3L student not
previously employed must respond
Number of Offers
Students May Hold
|After October 15,
maximum offers held by student
|After November 1,
maximum offers held by student with December 1 response
Maximum offers for student requesting
employer's extension from November 1 to December
|After December 1,
maximum offers student may hold with employer's consent
Negotiation to extend the decision deadline must occur
with an employer before the original deadline
date. If you have any questions about this, please see one
of the CSO staff members or the fall interviewing web page.
Free ABA Law School Pro Bono Resource Available
In August 2001, the American Bar Associationís Standing
Committee on Pro Bono and Public Service and its project,
the Center for Pro Bono, published a brochure titled The
Path to Pro Bono: An Interviewing Tool for Law Students,
designed to assist law students in assessing a law firmís
commitment to pro bono. The brochure is intended to educate
and empower law students to ask interviewing firms about
their pro bono efforts, policies, etc. and to assist students
in evaluating a firmís pro bono culture/commitment.
The brochure includes: a discussion of the importance of
asking firms about their pro bono commitment; sample interview
questions; testimonials about the importance of pro bono
from the Immediate Past President of the ABA, the Managing
Partners of Arnold & Porter and Mayer, Brown & Platt,
and an associate who incorporated pro bono into her job
search; information about ABA Model Rule 6.1; and information
about the Law Firm Pro Bono Challenge.
Informational Meeting for Spring 2003 Judicial Externships
For 2Ls & 3Ls With a Minimum 3.3 GPA
On Tuesday, September 24, 2002
at 12:00 p.m. in Room 320, there will be a meeting
for all students who are interested in externing for a federal
appellate, district, or magistrate judge for the Spring
2003 Semester. Professor Vivien Gross will describe the
kinds of experiences a judicial extern will have in the
course of a semester, as well as how to apply. If you are
interested in a judicial externship but are unable to attend
the meeting, please see Professor Gross in Room 617.
A judicial externship enables a student to become involved
in particular legal problems through research and drafting
opinions. 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 Spring 2003 Judicial Externships will
be available both in the Law Offices Reception Area (Room
600) and in the Career Services Offices as of Monday, September
23rd. Completed applications
should be submitted to Ms. Carole Ross, Secretary to Professor
Gross, Room 612, Law Offices, by Friday,
October 11, 2002, at 5:00 p.m.
Finding Fulfillment in the Practice
Diana Triplett Epstein, PHD, JD (Chicago-Kent '92) is a
both a practicing attorney and a personal and professional
life coach. As a coach, Ms. Epstein supports clients in
exploring their career and personal options as well as presents
seminars and workshops which deal with a variety of issues
facing lawyers. On Tuesday, October
1st, from 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m., in Room 580,
Ms. Epstein will be at Chicago-Kent to present Finding Fulfillment
in the Practice of Law. During her ten years of practice,
Ms. Epstein has come to know many people who have spent
years studying to be an attorney only to find the experience
of practice less fulfilling than expected. During this one
hour "brown bag" seminar, Ms. Epstein will present
one approach to assist law students and young lawyers in
finding the fulfillment they seek in their practice.
Chicago Bar Association/Young
The CBA/YLS Career Assistance Committee will present, Career
Change: Recognize Burnout, Confront the Barriers, Make New
Choices, on Wednesday, October 2nd, at 12:15 p.m. at the
CBA, 321 S. Plymouth Court. Jill Eckhert, Legal
Career Specialist of the ABA Career Resource Center, will
be the presenter. Ms. Eckhert provides job search and career-enhancing
advice to lawyers and law students by conducting initiatives
and outreach, and creating legal career publications and
presentations on and off the web. Ms. Eckert is co-author
of the publication Direct Examination. . . A Workbook for
Lawyer Career Satisfaction, and maintains the ABA's Career
Counsel website, http://www.abanet.org/careercounsel. For
questions about this event, please contact the CBA at: 312/554-2000
Equal Justice Works 2002 Public Interest Law Career Fair
The annual Equal Justice Works Career Fair & Conference
attracts more than 200 employers and 1,200 students and
graduates from across the country and offers law students,
law graduates and employers a unique opportunity to meet
and interview in a single location. Sign
up in the CSO by October 9, 2002 at 5:00 p.m.
to attend the nation's largest public interest law career
fair. The fair will take place Friday, October 25th &
Saturday, October 26th at
the Omni Shoreham Hotel in Washington,
DC. This year's event features individual and group
interviews and career development sessions on both days.
To submit resumes and schedule interviews, log on to the
Employer database through the Equal
Justice Works website. The database lists all of
the employers who are attending the Career Fair, their contact
information, hiring needs and a brief organizational description.
Once you have identified opportunities of interest, follow
the instructions outlined in the "How to Apply"
section of each employer's database record. Employers will
review your materials and contact you directly before the
event if they wish to set up an interview. Equal Justice
Works does not arrange interview schedules for the Career
Attendees also will want to attend the Equal Justice Works'
Awards Dinner and join in the annual recognition of public
interest-minded law students and lawyers. The 2002 dinner
is October 25th and honors the public interest work of David
R. Andrews, General Counsel of PepsiCo, as well as that
of law school deans, law students and public interest student
First-year students - In accordance with the National
Association for Law Placement's guidelines, you are not
permitted to participate in one-on-one interviews with employers.
However, you may participate in the Table Talk and career
The National Center for State Courts (NCSC)
The National Center for State Courts (NCSC) is looking
for four to six students to work about 10 hours per week
this semester for $15 per hour as coders for a project that
NCSC is conducting nationwide. Coders go to the Daley Center
and review bench and jury trial cases (civil matters) that
have been closed and record certain details about the case
- such as the kind of case, how many parties were involved,
who won, the damage award, and any post-verdict activity.
The project is part of a study that NCSC is doing to help
the Bureau of Justice update its statistics on cases nationwide.
Please submit your resume by 5
p.m. on Monday, September 23rd (short deadline because of
the NCSC timeline) to the Career Services Office c/o Maureen.
2003 Grads: Department of the Treasury Legal Division
The Department of the Treasury Legal Division
Honors Program is now accepting applications from students
graduating in 2003. Positions are available with various
offices. See handout #14 for all the information and
application procedures. Additional information can be
found on the Treasury's
web page. The deadline
is November 1, 2002.
New Job Posting System
The Career Services Office has
recently upgraded to a new version of the job posting
system. All employment opportunities,
paid or unpaid, clerking or volunteer, internship or externship,
or fellowship, can be found in the new LawMatch
system. To access this system, go to the
current job posting system and click on the link for LawMatch
Job Listings. Register yourself as a user, even if you
have previously registered with LawMatch through another
avenue. You will then be allowed to access the job postings.
If you have your old password and student ID, please continue
using them. If you haven't received your password, please
contact the Career Services Office to get it. Remember
to use the dashes in your Social Security # when entering
your username and password.
2003 Graduates: Now Legal Defense and Education Fund
NOW Legal Defense and Education Fund is seeking to sponsor
3Ls for Soros Justice Fellowships, NAPIL, Echoing Green,
Kirkland & Ellis and a range of other fellowships for
projects addressing the needs of low-income women. Fellowships
are for two years. NOW Legal Defense performs a broad range
of legal and educational services nationally in support
of women's efforts to eliminate sex-based discrimination
and secure equal rights. See www.nowldef.org
for more details. Interested
candidates should send a cover letter, resume, transcript,
and a legal writing sample to Fellowships, NOW Legal Defense
and Education Fund, 395 Hudson Street, 5th Floor, NY, NY
10014 or by fax to 212-226-1066. Applications
are due to NOW
Legal Defense at least four weeks before the application
deadline for each fellowship.
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 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.
PSLawNet Fellowship Corner
Interested in pursuing a fellowship upon
graduation? Then be sure to check out PSLawNet's new "Fellowship
Corner" which includes the full text of Yale's Fellowship
Application Tips for 2002-2003, along with the expanded
Appendix listing print and online fellowship resources.
The site also contains a Fellowship Calendar with a chronological
listing of application deadlines--a big help for potential
applicants in planning and preparing their materials.
Students can access the Fellowship Corner at the top of
the left sidebar menu on the PSLawNet
Chicago Area Law Firm List Updates
The Career Services Office has recently updated the Chicago
Area Law Firm List, also known as the 4 or More List. We
are currently in the process of working with the computer
center to convert the list into an on-line, password protected,
database. In the meantime, the list is available in Excel
via e-mail. E-mail email@example.com to request a copy.
Update - The Law Firm of Dick & Harris has
dissolved. Attorneys associated with the firm are now
at Greenberg Traurig, LLP.
The 2002-2003 Comprehensive Fellowship
Guide -The Ultimate Resource for Law Students and Lawyers
The guide contains a list of available
fellowships across the country. It provides the name and
type of fellowship, the location, contact information,
a description of the fellowship, qualifications &
deadline information, application procedures and available
NALP's New On-line Workplace Questionnaire
NALP'S Employer Workplace Questionnaire is now available
to students on-line through the NALP
web site. They can be accessed by clicking on
the "Workplace Questionnaire" button at the
top of each listing in the on-line NALP Directory of Legal
Employers. The questionnaire provides invaluable information
regarding firm/agency structure & governance; associate
training & development as well as compensation &
benefits; parental leave/family care policies; pro bono
policies & practices; alternative work options; cultural
diversity; affirmative action/EEO; and discrimination
& harassment complaints.
NALP's 2002 Federal Legal Employment Opportunities
Federal Legal Employment Opportunities Guide
now available online. This year, with help from The
Partnership for Public Service
, NALP expanded the
Guide to include not only employment listings from nearly
30 federal employers, but also a wealth of additional information
including an in-depth look at the federal government's myriad
departments and agencies. The Guide also features government
salary and benefits information, a glossary of terms and
forms unique to the federal application process, tips on
landing a government job, and more.
Fall Semester 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, by
appointment only, on Thursdays from 5 - 6:30 p.m.
Please call the office at 312-906-5200 to set up an appointment.