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Week of May 12, 2003


Congratulations to the Class of 2003! 

The Career Services Office wishes all 3Ls and 4Ls congratulations on their upcoming graduation.  We have been continually impressed with your accomplishments within and outside the law school and wish you the best of luck on the bar exam and in your future careers.  Please stay in touch with our office and let us know if we can assist you in any way in a current or future job search. 

Good Luck on Exams

Best of luck on exams and congratulations on the completion of a very challenging year.  We look forward to working with you even more in the future.  Please drop by to let us know your summer plans or if we can assist you with a current job search. 

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.


Networking Opportunity Through Volunteer Service

The Women Everywhere: Partners in Service project, is a unique opportunity to help women and children in need gain exposure to new and different parts of our community. On May 16, 2003, several hundred volunteers from the Chicagoland legal and professional community will participate in the fourth annual Women Everywhere: Partners in Service project by contributing all or part of their workday to numerous service agencies committed to assisting women in need. Collectively, these service agencies touch the lives of tens of thousands of women each year. This project has been an enormous success the past three years, and is an innovative, fun way for lawyers and other professionals to get out of the office, do something different, and give back to the community.

While this project coincides with finals for many students, please consider participating - both male and female volunteers are welcome. It is a fun, rewarding experience and can also be a great way to meet people in the legal profession while helping women and girls in need in the community.

To indicate your interest, please fill out a volunteer form available in the career services office. If you have questions about the event, please visit the website at

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

Summer 2003 Volunteer Positions Available

The Cook County State's Attorney's Office still has some openings for Summer 2003 volunteer law clerks. There are positions available in several Bureaus, with many openings in the Criminal Prosecutions Bureau. Students can work 20-40 hours per week. If interested, go to and print out and submit a law clerk application as soon as possible.

2003 Equal Justice Works Fellowship Opportunities

Equal Justice Works has several Route B Fellowships available for third year law students and recent grads. Check their website at for all information and deadlines. These fellowships are all across the country with various agencies. All Fellows are eligible to apply for Equal Justice Works Loan Repayment Assistance Program. All Fellows will also attend two Equal justice Works retreats and participate in a national network of fellows.

Service Employees International Union (SEIU) has summer law clerk positions available

SEIU (Service Employees International Union), is the leading advocate for the rights of low wage workers in the American labor movement. SEIU is seeking three law clerks right away for positions that just opened up in their Los Angeles Regional Office. In addition to a salary of $600/week, SEIU will provide transportation to and from Los Angeles, a car, cell phone, laptop and housing. See job posting #67710 for all details.

Discounted Subscription Rate for Publication

Students can receive Internships 2003 for the promotional rate of $7.95, which is $22.00 off the regular rate. Internships 2003 lists hundreds of internships, fellowships and volunteer opportunities with international companies and organizations. It also includes valuable advice from international human resource and recruiting professionals. NOTE: these are not all law related internships, but are all international. If interested, please e-mail for the promotional code.

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

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.


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 the 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 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.

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.

2004 Equal Justice Works Fellowships Brochure is now available

The brochure contains selection criteria, deadlines and other program-related information. Go to (click on "Find an opportunity > Equal Justice Works Fellowships > Apply for a Fellowship today!).

Job Fairs

Minnesota Minority Recruitment Conference

The Twin Cities Committee on Minority Lawyers in Large Law Firms and the Hennepin County Bar Association are once again sponsoring the Minnesota Minority Recruitment Conference. It will be held on September 5-6, 2003 at the offices of Faegre & Benson in downtown Minneapolis. The conference will again offer a judicial clerkship seminar, interviews for judicial clerkships with local members of the judiciary, a reception, and regularly scheduled interviews. Visit for regular updates on participating employers. Registration information and materials are now available in the Career Services Office. The registration deadline is Friday, June 13, 2003.

National Black Prosecutor Association Job Fair

The NBPA is hosting the 20th annual conference and job fair. The job fair is being held on Tuesday, August 12, 2003. The registration fee is $50.00 for the job fair and reception. If a student wants to participate in other functions at the convention which runs from August 10th-August 16th an additional $60.00 registration fee is required. Pick up registration information and forms in the Career Services office. Registration deadline is June 1, 2003.

2003 BLSA Midwest Minority Recruitment Conference

The 17th annual BLSA Midwest Minority Recruitment Conference will be held from Saturday September 27th, 2003 through Sunday September 28th, 2003 at the Marriott Downtown in Cleveland, Ohio. Visit to see a list of employers as well as other conference information. Registration materials are available in the Career Services Office. The registration deadline is May 23rd.


Reminder: Informational Handouts Available

All of our handouts on resumes, cover letters, interviewing, job search strategies and others are available on our web site under the job search handout link.

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.

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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