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Week of March 31, 2003

Attn: Students Registered for the Patent Program

Important Patent Law Interview Program Information: please pick up a packet of employer NALP forms and registration information in our office, suite 360. You should review all information on the Patent Law Interview Program web page at The web page will be available on Monday, March 17th.


Attention 3Ls: Job Hunting in a Recession

As you already know, the downturn in the economy and consequently in the hiring market for the legal field, has made looking for permanent employment challenging at best. Donít lose hope! This program will address the strategies you need to implement to be successful in your post-graduate job search. Tuesday, April 8th at noon in room 270.

Intro to Fall on Campus Interviewing

Tuesday, April 15th at Noon, and at 5:15 p.m. Room 370

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. 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 to attend.

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: 2004 graduates (including December 2003 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.

University of Miami Entertainment & Sports Law Society 6th Annual Entertainment & Sports Law Symposium

On April 4th and 5th, the University of Miami Entertainment & Sports Law Society will host its 6th Annual Entertainment & Sports Law Symposium at the Wyndham Miami Beach Resort. The two-day event will bring together some of the most noted attorneys and professionals in the industry to discuss current legal issues affecting the industry. The panel discussions will address the following topics: The State of the Amateur Athlete
The Art of the Soundtrack; Structuring the Deal & Managing the Relationship; Ethical Implications Involved when Breaking into the Industry; Protecting Players on the Field I: Insurance & Workers Compensation Issues Protecting Players on the Field II: Supplement Use & Substance Abuse. In addition to the panel discussions, several social events have been scheduled that will should provide ample networking opportunities, as well as a silent auction of sports and entertainment memorabilia. Direct any questions to or give us a call at (305)284.6887.

Gene Patenting with Professor Lori Andrews, JD

On Tuesday, April 1, 2003 at 7:00 p.m.- 9:00 p.m. Northwestern University School of Law Strawn Hall in Robert McCormick Hall 350 East Superior Street, Chicago campus, Professor Andrews will be speaking on gene patenting and will be emphasizing her experience with the case (Greenberg v. Miami Children's Hospital, et al.) involving the patenting of the gene for Canavan disease, a serious genetic disorder that mainly affects children of Ashkenazi Jewish descent. Hosted by the Chicago Center for Jewish Genetic Disorders and Hillels of Illinois. Showing an ID at the door is required.

LexisNexis Build Your Future Classes Start Soon!

Classes will focus on cost effective research tools and "real-world" research strategies, including but not limited to, online features that are no additional cost, cost-effective search strategies and online databases for "real world" research. Classes will be geared toward specific employment sectors: Judicial Clerks /Externs April 8, 2003 12:00-1:00 Room 510 Small/Midsize firms April 9, 2003 3:00-4:00 Room 520 Government/Public Interest April 16, 2003 3:00-4:00 Room 520. Sign up for a class in the Career Services office. Ask at the desk for the Build Your Future binder or sign up by e-mailing

Westlaw Training for Cost Effective Legal Research on Your Summer Job

During April, Westlaw will be offering training sessions to help you enhance your legal research skills and maximize your success at your summer job. These training sessions will focus on conducting cost effective legal research. Training sessions will be held in Lab 760 on April 15th and April 22nd at 11:00 am - 12:00 pm and 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm; and on April 30th at 3:00 pm - 4:00 PM, 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM, 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM, and 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM To register for a session please e-mail Westlaw rep Stacey Acquavella at and indicate the time and date you wish to attend.

National Conference for the Minority Lawyer: A Unique Program for Litigators, Business Lawyers, In-House Counsel and Government Lawyers

WHEN: June 5-6, 2003
WHERE: Inn at the Union League, Philadelphia, PA

The ABA is hosting this annual conference. Law students are welcome to attend this conference for only $25. This may be a great chance to network and learn from the pros!

You can find information about the ABA Commission on Racial and Ethnic Diversity's National Conference for the Minority Lawyer at the following site:

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 e-mail

Cocktail Reception for 1L Minority Law Students

In preparation for the upcoming recruiting season, Arnstein & Lehr will be sponsoring a cocktail reception on Friday, April 25th from 5:00-7:00 p.m. at their Chicago office on 120 S. Riverside Plaza, Suite 1200. Please RSVP to the Hiring Coordinator, Kathi Hanus by e-mail at on or before Friday, April 1st.

Informal Reception at Bell Boyd & Lloyd

The Diversity Committee is sponsoring an informal reception on Thursday, April 24th from 3:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. at the Chicago offices of Bell, Boyd & Lloyd on 70 W. Madison, Suite 3300. Members of the Executive Committee, Department Chairpersons, other lawyers and recent summer associates will discuss career opportunities at the firm. Hors d'voeuvres and soft drinks will be served. RSVP to Betsy Zuckley via e-mail at by Monday, April 21st.

Summer Opportunities at The National Center for Law & Adoption

There are summer openings, right now, for law students interested in child welfare & adoption law & policy. There are both paid and volunteer positions. For more information and listing of available jobs go to


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 Summer or Fall 2003 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 U.S. Attorney's Office. Many externships offer the externs opportunities to obtain a 711 license and appear in court.

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 possibilities.

If you are interested in learning more about externship opportunities or in applying to the program, please see Professor Vivien Gross in Room 617.

Summer Opportunities for 1Ls

ATTN 1Ls From Florida

Akerman, Senterfitt & Eidson in Miami, Florida will be hosting a reception at their offices in August for any current 1Ls with ties to Florida, or who will be working there this summer, and/or who plan to practice in Florida upon graduation. Students interested in receiving details should notify the Career Services Office by e-mailing your name and address to The CSO will forward your contact information to the firm, which will forward a formal invitation.

Robert Masur Fellowship in Civil Liberties

The fellowship competition is open to first-year students who intend to pursue significant activities during the summer in the areas of civil rights and/or civil liberties. The Fellowship recipient receives a $1000 honorarium. See handout #45 for details or go to Applications must be postmarked by May 31, 2003.

Summer Opportunities for 2Ls

Summer Internships with the Office of the State Appellate Defender, Second Judicial District

The State Appellate Defender, 2nd Judicial Circuit, has openings for the Summer 2003 Internship Program. 2Ls are preferred, but 1Ls will be considered. These are paid internships. See job posting #63969 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.

Fall 2003 Internship Opportunity with U.S. Attorney's Office

The US Attorney's Office, Northern District of Illinois will accept approximately 15 interns for its Fall 2003 Internship Program. Interns will be expected to serve at least 16 hours/week in the office. These are unpaid internships, but course credit may be available. For more information see Job posting #63391. See handout #49 for application. Applications are due by April 14, 2003.


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, please pick up an application from Professor Gross in Room 617.

Completed applications must be received at the Office of the US Attorney by Monday, April 14, 2003. The reason for this accelerated date is because each accepted extern must go through a security clearance, which takes several weeks.

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 Legal Externship Program. The law school's externship applications will be available in early October in Room 600 Law Offices and in the Career Services office.

Professor Gross will be happy to answer any questions you may have about either the Externship Program or the externship position with the US Attorney's Office.

Fellowships Available

Request for Fellowship Proposals

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.

Job Fairs

20th Annual Minority Student Job Fair

The classes of 2004 and 2005 and domestic LL.M. students are invited to participate in the 2003 Minority Job Fair. It will take place at the Embassy Suites Hotel Chicago-Downtown/Lakefront on Friday, August 22, 2003. Registration materials will be available in Career Services in April. The registration deadline is May 10, 2003 so start getting your resume ready now.


Directory of Environmental Web Sites

This 5th edition of the Directory contains over 1,500 web site addresses. The organizations are primarily national or international in their scope. This edition also contains nongovernmental organizations, a separate listing of environmental government agencies in various countries around the world, and other groupings, including one for law.

Environmental Law Careers Directory

The Careers Directory is designed to assist law students and law school graduates in contacting employers in the environmental law field. It is divided into different sections, such as Government-Federal, Nonprofit, Private Firms. It provides contact information, description of work, and hiring qualifications, including the level of student/grad they are seeking.

Job Postings

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.

Book Relocation

In order to provide greater access to all of our students, all of our circulating books have been moved up to the library. You can now check them out from the library; all of their rules will apply. If you currently have any books checked out, please return them to the library by the due date. Videos and the non-circulating resources are still located in our office and are accessible during our regular office hours.

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.

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. Please note, the password for this site is not the same as your job posting password.

Working in NY this Summer & Need a Place to Live?

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 25 through August 9, 2003. 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.

National Apartment Exchange

Law students seeking summer housing and students with housing available for the summer are invited to participate in NALP's free online National Apartment Exchange. It's easy-just visit and follow the link to the Apartment Exchange. The Apartment Exchange will be available from February 1 until May 1, 2003.

Summer Housing Wanted

Mayer, Brown Rowe & Maw is seeking apartments to sublet or rent on a monthly basis for incoming Summer Associates from Mid-May through August. Contact Mary Boxer at 312-701-8439 (ph) 312-706-9234 (fax) or e-mail with your contact information, address of the apartment, monthly rent, and if apartment is furnished or unfurnished.

Jenner & Block is seeking summer housing for incoming Summer Associates. Contact Jim Flynn at 312-222-9350 or with all the details.

Schiff Hardin & Waite is seeking summer housing for out-of-town Summer Associates. Contact Lilly Beltran with availability and details by regular mail or by e-mail at

Need to sublet your apartment for the summer?

A number of Notre Dame law students are interested in Chicago sublets for the summer months. If you would like to hear from ND students, please contact Gail Peshel, Director of Career Services at the University of Notre Dame Law School at 574-631-7625 with details concerning your apartment (location, size, dates available, monthly rent, cost of utilities, parking availability, etc.).

Boston University Student Seeking Summer Housing

Charlotte Spears is looking for a one-bedroom sublet in Chicago for the summer from mid-May through mid-August. Please contact her at

Spring 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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