The Career Services Staff (CSO) would like
to welcome everyone back to campus. We hope you had an enjoyable
summer and look forward to working with you again this year.
Please let us know how we can assist you--whether it is
a current transition, preparing for graduation or just a
"quick question." Individual appointments, programming
and a wealth of resources are all available through our
office. Please read the Record
weekly and frequent the bulletin board outside our office
for information on upcoming programs, employment opportunities
and articles of interest.
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.
Note: We will
have extended hours the
week of August 25th
to assist with fall interviewing preparation and the transition
back to school. We will remain open until 7 p.m. Monday
- Thursday. The
office will be closed
Monday, September 1st, in observance of Labor Day and Tuesday
September 2nd for on-campus interviewing preparation.
Welcome New CSO Assistant Directors
We are pleased to welcome Melanie Kushnir and Elizabeth
Pohlman as Assistant Directors of the Career Services Office.
Melanie and Elizabeth replace Christine Sturman and Navreet
Heneghan who left us this past spring to be full-time moms.
Melanie earned her J.D. at The Ohio State University College
of Law and her B.A. at Miami University, Oxford, Ohio. For
the past several years since her graduation from law school,
Melanie has practiced as an Assistant Public Guardian with
the Juvenile Division of the Cook County Public Guardian's
Office. During law school she served as the Facilitator
for the Child Protection Agency in Sarasota, Florida, clerked
at the Office of the Corporation Counsel in Washington,
D.C., and was a National Service Legal Corps NAPIL Fellow
with the New Hampshire Public Defender.
Elizabeth earned both her Juris Doctor and undergraduate
degrees at the University of Wisconsin. Following graduation
from law school, she was in private practice at a general
practice firm in the U.S. Virgin Islands. While in law school,
Elizabeth participated in a number of clinical programs
including the Innocence Project and the Prosecutor's Project,
and served as an extern with both Legal Assistance to Institutionalized
Persons and the National Labor Relations Board. She also
worked as a law clerk for the UW legal department and as
an Administrator for the Center for Public Representation
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
2004 and 2005 Graduates:
2003 FALL INTERVIEWING PROGRAM
Important Dates to Remember
Bidding begins at 7:00 on Tuesday,
August 26th and ends exactly
at 12:00 noon on Friday, August
29th. All FOCI materials must be turned
in to our office by noon on August 29th.
Last day for Mandatory resume review
is Thursday, August 28th by 6:30pm.
Tuesday, August 26th:
Mandatory meeting for new participants at 12:00 and 5:15
in the Auditorium.
Wednesday, August 27th:
Summer Associates Table Talk at 5:00. Room C50
Wednesday, September 3:
Interviewing Tips at 3:00. Room C40
Mandatory Fall Interviewing Program Meeting
for '04 & '05 Grads
On Tuesday, August 26th, at
noon or 5:00 p.m., in the Auditorium, all students
who plan to participate in the Fall Interviewing Program
for the first time are required to attend an informational
meeting that will answer all your questions about the
process. Prior to attending the program, students
should read the 2003
Fall Interviewing Program: Student Information for 2004
& 2005 Graduates.
Summer Associate Table Talk
August 27th, at 5 p.m.,
in Room C50, come talk informally with 3Ls
and 4Ls who spent this past summer as summer associates
at large law firms. Students representing various
firms and government employers will be on hand to answer
questions about their summer experience. Don't
miss this unique opportunity to get the inside scoop about
the firms and agencies you might be interested in!
One of the best ways to prepare for upcoming interviews
is to participate in a mock interview. Judith Saunders,
former Assistant Dean of Career Services at Chicago-Kent,
will conduct mock interviews, by
appointment only, on Wednesday,
Thursday & Friday, September 3rd, 4th, & 5th,
from 8:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.,
in the CSO. Interested students should sign
up in the CSO ASAP as slots fill
up quickly. Additional
slots may be available if needed. She requests that students
pick up a packet of information and drop off a copy of
their resume when signing up. Students are encouraged
to come dressed as they would for an actual interview.
Sessions are videotaped, after which students will receive
a candid critique of their current interviewing skills
while watching the video. Students interested in
keeping a copy of their session are encouraged to bring
their own blank videotape to the mock interview.
Not Interested in On-Campus Interviewing?
It is still recommended that you make an appointment
with a career counselor to discuss your options, timeline
of your job search, and any questions or concerns you
may have about your future career. Also, keep an eye on
the Record and our bulletin board for announcements of
programming dedicated to students not interested in large
7th Annual Prosecutorial Opportunities
The 7th Annual Prosecutorial Opportunities
Symposium, sponsored by the Cook County State's Attorney's
Office, the National Hispanic and the National Black Prosecutors
Association, and the Asian American and Indian American
Bar Associations, will be held Saturday,
September 13, 2003, from 8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m., at The
John Marshall Law School, 315 S. Plymouth Court.
The program is designed to provide information about career
opportunities with the Cook County State's Attorney's
Office, the US Attorney's Office for the Northern District
of Illinois, the Illinois Attorney General's Office and
the City of Chicago Corporation Counsel's Office. RSVP
Costello Jacobs at (312) 603-1849 by Thursday, August
Lavender Law 2003
The Annual Conference of National Lesbian
and Gay Law Association and National Lesbian and Gay Law
Foundation is taking place on Friday,
October 17, 2003 through Sunday, October 19, 2003 at
the Fordham University School of Law in New York City.
This year's conference features dozens of panels, symposia,
courses, and full plenary sessions on cutting-edge legal
issues affecting LGBT individuals and the community. There
is also a Career Fair, an exciting opportunity for conference
participants to network and obtain jobs as attorneys and
summer associates/intern with employers from all over
the country. More information and registration can be
found at www.lavenderlaw.org.
ATTN: IP Students
The American Intellectual
Property Law Association (AIPLA) is sponsoring its job
fair on November 1.
Read the forms
and information carefully; be
sure to read the forms to verify deadlines.
A lot of very good firms, especially patent firms, from
around the country interview here. To participate you
must be a member of AIPLA. The application must be received
by the AIPLA by September 8.
Student membership costs $45, but is well worthwhile.
The form is at http://www.aipla.org/html/membappl.htm.
Should you need a sponsor either Professor Graeme B. Dinwoodie
or Professor Holbrook can serve in that capacity. The
Job Fair Participation Form must also be submitted
by September 8.
Resumes must be sent to participating
firms by September 29.
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
Scholarship for the Cook County Public
The Jack Carey Scholarship is awarded
to a law student who commits to being an intern or extern
at the Cook County Public Defender's Office for one
semester. The intern or extern must be currently enrolled
in law school and work a minimum of 15 hours/week during
the designated semester. The scholarship money is sent
to the law school to help pay tuition. If Tuition has
been paid, the money is released to the intern/extern.
Pick up an application in the Career Services Office,
handout #6. Application deadline
for Fall is August 27th.
Attorney General's Honors program and
Summer Law Intern Program
The Department of Justice is now accepting
applications for the Honors and Intern Programs. The
application and all information can be found on the
web page. Select "Opportunities for Attorneys and
Law Students" and then the Program you are interested
in. There is also a checklist that provides information
about what is needed to complete the application. Most
correspondence with applicants will be via e-mail so
be sure to use an account that will remain active &
that you will check frequently. Application
deadline is September 15, 2003.
Environmental Protection Agency Summer
2004 Honors Program
The EPA Office of General Counsel is seeking
applications for the 2004 Summer Honors Program. Students
must have completed their 2nd year of law school (or
third year for evening students) by the time the program
starts. The program is 12 weeks and pays approximately
$15/hour. To apply mail a resume, cover letter, first
year law school transcript, writing sample, and list
of references to; Eduora Bow Heath, Hiring Coordinator
US Environmental Protection Agency, Office of General
Counsel, Mail Code 2311A, Arial Rios North, 1200 Pennsylvania
Ave. NW, Washington, D.C 20160. Application
deadline is October 3, 2003.
Spring 2004 Internship
with the US Attorney for the Northern District of Illinois
The Office of the
US Attorney for the Northern District of Illinois will
conduct a Spring 2004 Intern Program. The primary goals
of this program are to provide law students with the
greatest possible exposure to and participation in federal
trial and appellate practice and to obtain excellent
legal talent for the Office. They will accept approximately
15 interns who will be expected to serve at least 16
hours per week in the Office. These are unpaid positions
but course credit may be available. Pick up applications
in the Career Services Office, handout #5. Application
deadline is September 26th, 2003.
2004 Equal Justice Works Fellowships
Brochure is now available
The brochure contains selection criteria,
deadlines and other program-related information. Go
(click on "Find an opportunity > Equal Justice
Works Fellowships > Apply for a Fellowship today!).
Government Honors & Internship
The 2004 version is now available
in the Career Services office and on-line. To access
the on-line version, contact the CSO for the user
name & password.
Vermont Guide to State Judicial Clerkships
The 2004 version of this guide is
now available in the Career Services office and
on-line. The Guide contains information on judicial
clerkships for all 50 states. To access the on-line
version contact the CSO for the user name and password.
Reminder: Informational Handouts
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.
All employment opportunities,
paid or unpaid, clerking or volunteer, internship
or externship, or fellowship, can be found in the
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
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
Last Fall the Chicago Area Law Firm List, also known
as the 4 or More List became available on-line in
a password protected searchable database. 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 for
the password to access the list. Please note, the
password for this site is not the same as your job