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Week of December 1, 2003

Good Luck on Your Exams!!

Upcoming Office Closings

The Career Services Office will be closed on Thursday, December 18th from 11:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m.. We will be closed for the Holiday break from Thursday, December 25th through Friday, January 2nd. We will reopen on Monday, January 5th at 8:30 a.m.


The Career Services Office would like congratulate all December graduates on this tremendous achievement and we wish you the best in your future endeavors. Remember to update your resume to reflect that you have received your Juris Doctor.

If you are seeking employment, we strongly encourage you to make an appointment with a career counselor either over the winter break or during BarBri. Even if you donít plan to actively pursue an opportunity until after the bar exam, itís never too early to consider all of your employment options. For those of you relocating or changing addresses after graduation, please inform our office of your new contact information. We will keep you in mind when we hear of employment opportunities, can connect you with alumnae/i in your new location, and will provide you with updates regarding the services of our office.

Please stay in touch and keep us posted on your progress. Congratulations again and good luck on the bar exam.

Making the Most of Your Job Search over Winter Break

Winter Break is an excellent time to implement aspects of your job search that you were unable to focus on or accomplish due to your demanding schedule during the fall semester. Click on for some key job search techniques you can employ.

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

U.S. Department of Defense Summer Interns

The Computer Crime & Intellectual Property Section of the Criminal Division (CCIPS) is seeking applications for summer interns; these are unpaid/volunteer positions. CCIPS is responsible for resolving unique issues raised by emerging computer and telecommunications technologies and for overseeing the enforcement of federal laws on computer crime, electronic privacy, criminal copyright, trademark and trade secrets. Summer internships are full time and usually last between 10-12 weeks.

Interns work directly with attorneys on issues relating to computer and intellectual property crime. Typical intern projects have involved researching novel legal issues, drafting litigation documents for active cases and helping to draft Section publications. Fax or e-mail resume, cover letter, short legal writing sample (no more than 10 pages), and law school transcript (if available). Apply early; interviews are scheduled on a rolling basis starting December 1. Deadline is January 31, 2004.

QUALIFICATIONS: Strong academic background. Excellent research and writing skills. Interest in criminal law. Experience, knowledge, or interest in computers, telecommunications networks or other emerging technologies. Must be enrolled in law school. See job posting #80381.

United Steelworkers of America

The USWA Legal Department will be hiring two 2nd year students as law clerks for summer 2004; the salary is $600 per week. Law clerks will perform extensive legal research and writing and will participate in the preparation of various legal papers. QUALIFICATIONS: Completion of a basic labor law course. Strong research and writing skills. Strong interest in representing the cause of working people and labor unions. Mail resume, cover letter, transcript, list of references, and short writing sample to USWA Legal Department, Attn: Illia Milasich-Schwarz, Five Gateway Center, Pittsburgh, PA 15222. Apply as soon as possible. See job posting #79933.

Judicial Intern Opportunity Program

The ABA Section of Litigation in partnership with CLEO is accepting applications for the Judicial Intern Opportunity Program. This is a full-time, six-week minimum, summer internship open to all fist or second year minority law students who want to do legal research and writing for state or federal judges in participating cities in Illinois or Texas. Positions are filled on a rolling basis. Submit (3) copies of: completed application form (available on line), legal writing sample no more than 3 pages in length, and statement of interest. See handout #26 for details, job posting #80165. Deadline January 28, 2004.

Department of Defense Summer Honors Legal Intern Program

The Office of General Counsel is accepting applications from both 1L and 2L student for the Summer 2004 Honors Legal Internship Program. 1L applications must be postmarked by January 5, 2004. See handout #14 for all details and Application Form 612. See job posting #75962.

Job Fair

The 15th Annual Midwest Public Interest Law Career Conference (MPILCC), a job fair for students interested in employment in the public sector and sponsored by the Chicago Area Law School Consortium, will be held at Northwestern Law School on Saturday, February 21, 2004. All information and registration will be available on-line at Information about the conference is available for viewing immediately. Student registration will open on Thursday, December 18th and will have a deadline of January 15th (please note, the deadline for registration is before second semester classes begin). Questions not answered on the MPILCC web-site should be directed to Melanie Kushnir, Assistant Director, Career Services at

Fellowship Information Available

Peggy Browning Summer 2004 Fellowship Program

The Peggy Browning Fund will support 28 funded summer fellowships in labor-related organizations throughout the country. Go to for
details, list of participating organizations, and application information. The application deadline is January 15, 2004.

Equal Justice America Summer $3,500 Legal Service Fellowships Available

Equal Justice America Legal Service Summer Fellowships are available to law students working in organizations providing direct civil legal services to the poor. Students must secure a full-time (minimum 35 - 40 hours per week) placement for at least 10 weeks for a legal services organization. Completed applications must be received no later than March 17, 2004. See job posting # 78323.

Public Interest Law Initiative (PILI) Fellowship Programs

Graduate Fellowship

This Fellowship is for 3Ls who will be incoming associates at participating law firms. The Fellowships are during the summer and allow adequate time to study for the Bar Exam. See handout #18 and job posting #77682 for complete details.

Summer Internship

This program is for 1Ls and 2Ls. This is a 10-week program and pays a $4,500 stipend. The internship provides a valuable and unique opportunity to serve the needs of low-income people, work on policy issues, and put your knowledge to use in the public interest. Applications must be received before March 1. See handout # 19 and job posting #77691. NOTE: 1Ls cannot apply before December 1.

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!).

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.


NOTE: These are by no means all of the resources available in our office. This section is for highlighting new resources or existing sources that have been updated, or as a reminder of existing resources that are especially useful at certain times during the year. To view the list of available resources go to

ISBA Law Ed Series

The Illinois State Bar Association offers high quality educational programs to its members, the Law Ed Series. These practical and affordable CLE programs are offered to law students at no charge and to Newly Admitted attorneys at a reduced tuition of $15.00 for a full-day program and $10.00 for a half-day program. For a listing of CLE programs available, visit the ISBA website,

Career Education Institutes

We have various publications available in the Career Services Office. It is also possible to view their publications on-line at Contact the CSO for the user name & password.

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.

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

Winter/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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