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Week of November 25, 2002

Happy Thanksgiving from Career Services

Holiday Closing

The Career Services Office will be closed on Thursday, November 28th and Friday November 29th in observance of the Thanksgiving holiday. We will reopen at 8:30 am on Monday, December 2nd.


The Judicial Clerkship Institute

The Judicial Clerkship Institute will be held at Pepperdine University School of Law in Malibu, CA. The purpose of the Institute is to improve the effectiveness and efficiency of judicial law clerks. Any law student or law graduate who has been selected for or has entered a clerkship with a federal district or federal appellate court judge is eligible to attend. Deadline for applications is December 1, 2002, but due to space limitations apply early. The Institute will be held January 2nd-4th, 2003. See for further information.

Employment Related Opportunities

NOTE:  In addition to the highlighted opportunities listed below, the CSO receives numerous job listings which are posted daily in the password protected "Lawmatch Job Posting System" accessible through the CSO website pages.  If you are seeking employment, you should check those listings on a regular basis.  If you do not have a password for the job posting system please email

Summer Opportunities for 1Ls

City of Chicago Deadline December 9th at Noon

The City of Chicago is interested in receiving applications from first year law students for their Summer Law Clerk Program. For details regarding this program, please visit their website at and click on ‘Recruiting of Attorneys and Law Clerks’. If you are interested in applying, please turn in all materials to the Career Services Office by Monday, December 9th at noon. Although the Department of Law’s website lists a deadline of January 17, 2003, it is to your advantage to submit your materials through the Career Services Office.

A complete application includes the following: resume, 2 references (name, phone number and address of your legal writing professor and one other law school professor), an unofficial undergraduate transcript (the website says official law school transcript; however, since you will not receive grades until February, you need to turn in an unofficial undergraduate transcript now and send in an unofficial copy of your law school grades as soon as you receive them), and one writing sample (please see their website in order to comply with their writing sample policy).

Computer Crime and Intellectual Property Section

CCIPS of the Criminal Division of the U.S. Department of Justice has positions for summer interns who have completed at least one year of law school. See job posting #57770 for details. The deadline is January 31, 2003, but interviews are scheduled on a rolling basis starting December 1, 2002 so apply early.

Shedd Aquarium

The 2003 Georges Fellowship for Conservation at the John G. Shedd Aquarium is a unique opportunity for first-year law students to get hands-on experience in the direct application of environmental research. See job posting #57717 and handout #33 for details. Applications must be received by January 31, 2003.

Office of the Secretary of Defense Honors Legal Internship Program

The Office of General Counsel is accepting applications for summer interns. There are substantial opportunities to enhance research and drafting skills by working in close association with members of the Office of General Counsel. See job posting #57195 and handout #31 for details. The deadline for 1L applications is January 6th, 2003.

Summer Opportunities for 2Ls

The law firm of Horwood Marcus & Berk Chartered is seeking a full-time law clerk for the Summer of 2003. See job posting #58287 for details.

Summer Associate Position

The law firm Niro, Scavone, Haller & Niro is accepting applications for a second year summer associate. See job posting #58405 for details.

Spring and Summer Extern Positions at the EPA in Chicago

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in Chicago has openings for Externs for both Spring and Summer 2003. These are unpaid positions, but outside funding or course credit may be available. These positions are available to all enrolled law school students. See job posting #51946 and handout #8 for details. The deadline for the Spring (winter) externship is November 30th and for Summer is April 15th.

Summer Internship in US Attorney's Office Northern Dist. of IL

If you are interested in exposure to and possible participation in federal trial and appellate practice while assisting the US Attorney's Office in handling its multitude of important cases pick up an application from Professor Gross in room 617 or handout #26 in the CSO. Completed applications must be received at the Office of the US Attorney by Tuesday, December 10, 2002. To receive law school credit for this externship, should you be selected by the US Attorney's Office, you must enroll in the law school's Summer Legal Externship program. Professor Gross will be happy to answer any questions you may have about either the Externship Program or this position in particular.

Public Interest Law Initiative (PILI) Spring/Summer Internships

The Public Interest Law Initiative (PILI) will sponsor School-Year and Summer Internships at various public interest law agencies in the metropolitan Chicago area.

Spring Internships are available for 2Ls and 3Ls. The stipend for 200 hours of work is $2,250. Check out Job Posting # 55548 and Handout #20 in the Career Services Office for more information. Applications can also be obtained by logging onto the PILI web site. Applications are due by December 15, 2002, however, some agencies make decisions in October. Thus, the earlier you apply, the better. There are still 16 positions available at 7 Chicago public interest agencies.

Summer Internships are available for 1Ls and 2Ls, PILI will pay $4500 for 10 weeks of work. Check out Job Posting #55450 and Handout #18 in the Career Services Office for more information. Applications can also be obtained by logging onto the PILI web site. Applications are accepted beginning October 15 and are due by March 1, 2003, however, many agencies interview and hire before then. Thus, the earlier you apply, the better. 1Ls please note: you may not apply before December 1st.

2003 Grads - Rockefeller Brothers Fund Fellowship in Nonprofit Law

The Rockefeller Brothers Fellowship in Nonprofit Law is awarded yearly to a US law school graduate to pursue legal work in the public sector for one year at the Vera Institute of Justice in New York City. Fellows are selected for their scholarship, leadership, and commitment to practicing in the field of nonprofit law. All applications are due by 1:00 p.m. on Friday, December 6, 2002. See Job Posting # 55701 and Handout #21 in the career services office for application information (call if you would like it mailed or faxed out to you.) Online applications are also available at

AABA & Cook County State's Attorney Office Fourth Annual Summer Internship Program

This program provides opportunities for Asian/American law students to intern with the States Attorney Office. The salary will be $9.00-$10.00 and hour as the budget permits. This is an 8 week internship. You must also be a member of the AABA; membership information can be found at Applications must be submitted by December 31st. See handout #40 for application and further details.

2003 Summer Minority Judicial Intern Program

The Minority Judicial Intern Program is a full-time, eight week minimum, summer internship program open to all first- or second-year minority law students who want to do legal research and writing for state or federal judges in, Chicago, Rockford and the Southern District of Texas (Houston, Laredo, McAllen, Brownsville, Corpus Christi, Victoria, or Galveston). Participating judges are from the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois and the Southern District of Texas, and the Circuit Court of Cook County.

Interns will receive a stipend of $1,500 for the entire summer. The time commitment can vary by student, subject to an eight-week minimum. Students will be expected to coordinate their schedules with their individual judges and to work the hours (normally 35 – 40 hours per week) required by each judge.

Students will be asked to submit a completed application form, writing sample (legal, if possible) and a statement of interest. Detailed program information, frequently asked questions, and a copy of the application are available online or through the Section office. All applications must be received by January 17, 2003 for consideration. No late applications will be accepted. Please refer to the website,, for additional information regarding the 2002 Minority Judicial Intern program, or contact the program director, Gail Howard at 312/988-6348,, with questions. See handout #39 for application.

LCC Minority Outreach Program

The AFL-CIO has provided a list of union-side labor law firms and union legal departments that are participating in the LCC Minority Outreach Program. Students with an interest in labor law are encouraged to participate in the program. Be sure to reference the "LCC Minority Outreach Program" in all correspondence. See handout #32 for the list of participating firms and legal departments.

Summer Funding Available

Equal Justice America is offering Legal Services Fellowships of $3,250 to first and second year law students who work during the summer for organizations providing direct civil legal services for the poor. See handout #36 for compete details. All applications must be received by Equal Justice America by March 17, 2003.

American Bar Association John J. Curtin Jr. Justice Fund

The Curtin Justice Fund Legal Internship Program pays a $2,500 stipend to students who spend the summer months working for a bar association or legal services program designed to prevent homelessness or assist homeless or indigent clients or their advocates. See handout #29 for all the information and application procedures. The deadline is April 4, 2003.

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.

Job Fairs

The Midwest Public Interest Law Career Conference (MPILCC), a job fair for students interested in the public sector and sponsored by the Chicago Area Law School Consortium, will be held at Northwestern Law School on Saturday, February 15, 2003. All information and registration will be on-line this year; registration will begin mid-January, shortly after classes begin. There will be a very short time period in which to register; if interested in participating, please pay close attention to the December Career Services Record announcements for further details.


Government Honors & Internship Handbook

A listing of summer and year long internships, fellowships, and honors programs for both students and alumni that are available in the various government agencies, including the CIA, FBI, Department of the Interior, Comptroller of the Currency, Federal Election Commission, and State Department.

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 home page.

NALP's annual First Year Hiring Index

The First Year Hiring Index, a popular resource for 1L students seeking summer employment, is now available online through the search feature at Choose the 1L Criteria from the "Organizations that Hire" along with any other criteria and click Search. Please note that the employers included are only those who indicated on the NALP forms that they will consider hiring 1Ls. Also, decisions about hiring first years are normally not made until December or January. Since the Index is now on line, a hard copy will no longer be published.

Chicago Area Law Firm List

As of Monday, October 14th, the Chicago Area Law Firm List, also known as the 4 or More List became available on-line in a password protected searchable database. E-mail notification containing information about the link and user name and password was sent out that afternoon so be sure to check you e-mail. Although every attempt is made at keeping the database current, some information may become out of date due to firm mergers, contact people leaving their firms, etc. It's suggested that all information be double-checked prior to sending out any cover letters and resumes. If you should learn of any changes, please notify our office via e-mail so we can update the database accordingly. Please contact if you have any questions or concerns.

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.



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