Upcoming Office Closings
The Career Services Office will be closed
on Friday, December 13th at 11:30
a.m., reopening Monday, December 16th.
will be closed for the Holiday break from Wednesday,
December 25th through Wednesday, January 1st.
We will reopen on Thursday, January
2nd at 8:30 a.m.
Foley & Lardner’s Madison and Milwaukee
offices will host their annual Holiday Reception in
the Milwaukee office for first-year law students who have
any Wisconsin ties. Please sign
up for this event by emailing Navreet at email@example.com
by Friday December 13th.
Making the Most of Your Winter Break!
Whether you have just experienced your first semester of
law school or your third, congratulations on finishing what
we hope was a challenging, but successful, semester! You
are most likely looking forward to a long, relaxing break
from school; however, these next few weeks are the perfect
opportunity to implement aspects of your job search that
you were unable to focus on or accomplish due to your demanding
Use the break to assess your skills and interests. Develop
a sense of where you want to go in the legal field and determine
a plan of action on how to get there. Work on your resume,
whether it is your first or your eighth revision, and have
a career strategist review it for you. Research practice
areas in which you may be interested and employers you would
like to target in your job search. Keep in mind that researching
entails more than print and on-line resources. Talk to personal
contacts and consider informational interviews with practitioners,
especially Chicago-Kent alums, to learn more about specific
practice areas, the legal market, current legal issues,
and possible job opportunities. This is especially true
for those of you who are planning to work outside of Illinois.
Now is the time to request reciprocity and visit your desired
location in order to familiarize yourself with the area,
peruse local newspapers and legal publications and begin
networking within the legal community. Remember, the more
you know about yourself and the job search process, the
better prepared you will be when it comes time to secure
either your first clerking position or a new attorney position.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 www.cityofchicago.org/Law
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.
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 Associate Position
The law firm of Jenkins & Gilchrist
is seeking resumes from first year law students interested
in a Summer Associate position within its Intellectual Property
Group. The deadline for submission
of resumes is December 15th. The program
runs from May 27th to August 15th. Compensation is $2,400.00/week.
See job posting #59278 for details.
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.
Main Campus Part-time Position
The General Counsel's Office is seeking
a part-time law clerk to work approximately 10 hours a week
beginning after exams or early next semester and continuing
through the Spring 2003 semester. Hours are flexible; salary
is $10.00/hour. See job posting #59533 for details.
Summer Extern Positions at the
EPA in Chicago
The US Environmental Protection Agency
in Chicago has openings for Externs for 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
Summer is April 15th.
Summer Internship in US Attorney's Office Northern Dist.
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
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.
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 www.asianbar.org.
Applications must be submitted
by December 31st. See handout #40
for application and further details.
2003 Summer Minority Judicial Intern
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
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, www.abanet.org/litigation/mjip,
for additional information regarding the 2002 Minority Judicial
Intern program, or contact the program director, Gail Howard
at 312/988-6348, email@example.com, 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.
Request for Fellowship
Community Legal Services,
Inc. will sponsor candidates for post graduate public interest
fellowships provided by the Skadden Fellowship Foundation,
Independence Foundation, and Equal Justice Works for positions
to commence in September, 2004. See handout # 43 for
complete details. All applications
must be submitted by July 15, 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.
A group of students
from Chicago Area law schools are seeking additional students
who are interested in forming a class of enough students
for BARBRI to offer a Massachusetts review course. They
currently have 9 students, need a minimum of 15 students
for a class. If interested, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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.
The Music & Entertainment Industry
This book contains internship information
for the various areas of the entertainment business. You
will find a section on entertainment law, copyright, arts
councils, sports, just about anything you might be interested
in. There is also a section of recommended publications,
and applications for specific internships.
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
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
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 www.nalpdirectory.com.
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 email@example.com 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.