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Week of April 12, 2004


Intro to Fall on Campus Interviewing

Tuesday, April 13th at Noon in Room 520, and Thursday, April 20th at 5:15 p.m. Room 590

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 2005, you must notify our office of your division change.

Please note: 2005 graduates (including December 2004 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.

Legal Career Day

The Law Bulletin Publishing Company, Zurich, and Corboy & Demetrio are co-sponsoring an informational and networking opportunity for law students and job seekers. The program will take place from 3 – 7 p.m. on Tuesday, April 13th at the Chicago Athletic Association (12 S. Michigan Ave). The event will consist of panel presentations on “Presenting Yourself in Today’s Job Market,” a lawyer roundtable on “Alternative Legal Careers,” and “The Legal Job Forecast.” In addition, several law firms and LL.M. programs will sponsor booths for law students to meet with representatives and inquire about future job opportunities.

To RSVP, e-mail your name, address, and e-mail address to (please include Legal Career Day in the subject line). Or you can fax information to 312/644-1215.

Career Opportunities in the Foreign Service

Louise Bigott '76, a Foreign Service Officer who has served in Munich, London, and Washington. D.C. will meet with interested students to discuss her experience and how students can find fulfillment in a career outside of the traditional practice of law. If you're interested in international work, government, immigration, and a number of other relevant practice areas, don't miss this event. Wednesday, April 14th at 3:00 p.m., room 583. Space is limited. RSVP to

21st Annual 2004 Minority Law Student Job Fair

The Cook County Bar Association and the Chicago Committee on Minorities in Large law Firms are sponsoring the 21st Annual 2004 Minority Law Student Job Fair to be held on Thursday August 19, 2004 at the Embassy Suites Hotel Chicago-Downtown/Lakefront. 2L’s and 3L’s (students in the classes of 2005 and 2006) and domestic LL.M students enrolled in the fall of 2004 are invited to participate. Approximately 100 large and small firms, corporations, and government agencies located in Illinois, Wisconsin, Missouri, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota and other states are anticipated. Everyone must register to participate, absolutely no walk-ins will be allowed. The registration form and information may be picked up in the career services office, room 360. The DEADLINE for registration is Friday May 7, 2004 at 5 p.m. If you have questions regarding this job fair, please contact Assistant Director of Career Services, Melanie Kushnir at

Postgraduate Fellowship Opportunities Program

Postgraduate fellowships provide a unique opportunity to practice law for a public interest organization that may not otherwise be hiring full-time entry level attorneys. Panelist will describe their unique fellowship experiences and provide valuable tips on the application process including identifying organizations, developing project proposals, and obtaining fellowship funding. Career Services staff will provide resources to identify public interest organizations, fellowship opportunities, and sources of funding. This program is open to all law students but will be particularly relevant for 2L’s and even 1L’s who should start researching organizations and obtaining ideas due to deadlines beginning in early fall, one year in advance of the commencement of the fellowship term. Program will occur on April 20th at Noon in Room 210.

Guest speakers: Wamaid Mestey-Borges, Former National Association for Public Interest Law Fellow, Whitman-Walker Clinic,’98 Chicago-Kent College of Law; Claudia Valenzuela, Current Equal Justice Works Fellow, Heartland Alliance-Midwest Immigrant Rights Center, ’02 Depaul University College of Law; Professor Carolyn Shapiro, Former Skadden Fellow, National Center on Poverty Law, ’95 University of Chicago Law School; Hina Sodha, Current Equal Justice Works Fellow, Legal Assistance Foundation of Metropolitan Chicago, ’03 Depaul University College of Law

ISBA Program: So You Want To Be A Corporate Lawyer

The Illinois State Bar Association is hosting the program: So You Want To Be A Corporate Lawyer: Strategies For Going Or Remaining In-House on Monday, April 26, 2004. Dinner: 5:30pm, Program: 6:45pm ISBA Chicago Regional Office, 20 S. Clark, Suite 900, Chicago. Panelists will answer questions about being an in-house attorney and explore trends in growth and hiring in 2004. Cost of the program is $20.00. Contact Phyllis Lester at 312-726-8775 for reservation.

Women Everywhere: Partners in Service Project

Do you want to help others, but you do not have a lot of time? If so, please consider spending just ONE day, May 14, 2004, away from the office doing rewarding work with other volunteers on behalf of women in need. Now in its fifth year, members of the Black Women Lawyers Association of Greater Chicago, Inc., Chicago Bar Association Alliance For Women, Chicago Bar Association Young Lawyers Section Women in the Law Committee, DuPage Women Lawyers Association, Hadassah Attorneys Council, Hispanic Lawyers Association of Illinois Latina Lawyers Committee, Illinois State Bar Association Minority and Women Participation Committee, Illinois State Bar Association Women and the Law Committee, and the Women’s Bar Association of Illinois collectively present the “Women Everywhere: Partners in Service Project.” On May 14, 2004, Women Everywhere volunteers will contribute their workday to a preselected community service agency dedicated to helping women in need or to an educational project benefiting young women and girls. Women Everywhere agency activities include direct service tasks, such as painting, building, gardening or cleaning, as well as legal education projects, such as presenting topical seminars and workshops, or providing job training information. If you are interested in participating in any of these exciting activities, please pick up a copy of an application form from the Career Services Office or contact Melanie Kushnir at with any questions.

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

Fall 2004 Internship Opportunity with US Attorney's Office

The US Attorney's Office, Northern District of Illinois will accept approximately 15 interns for its Fall 2004 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 #86223. See handout #36 in Career Services Office for application. Applications are due by April 16, 2004.

Fall 2004 Extern Opportunity with U.S. SEC

The United States Securities and Exchange Commission's Midwest Regional Office is currently accepting applications for Extern Law Clerk positions for the upcoming Fall semester. Interested students should see job posting #87632 for details. Applications are due by May 1st.

Volunteer Summer Internship Program in the Wisconsin Judicial System

The Wisconsin court system seeks 1st and 2nd year law students to work as unpaid interns with circuit court judges throughout our state during the summer of 2004.
Wisconsin has a single level circuit court of general jurisdiction consisting of 241 branches in 72 counties. Students are encouraged to apply for internships in countries outside of Milwaukee and Dane Counties, our two most populous counties.
Although interns will not be paid and cannot be reimbursed for expenses incurred in participating, these internships have much to offer. In addition to solid practical experience, students will enjoy a summer in Wisconsin where the weather is wonderful and recreational opportunities abound. Credits may be available for completing this internship and we encourage the student to check with their law school to discuss this possibility. Applications will accepted through April 16, 2004. The application may also be accessed at our website and interested students should forward an application and resume. See handout #37 in the Career Services Office.

Kane County Resume Bank for Law Students

The Kane County Bar Association is pleased to announce the formation of a "Resume Bank" for law students interested in working in Kane County on a temporary or part-time basis. This program will increase job opportunities for law students and also be a resource for Association members who are looking to fill "summer associate," law clerk or other temporary law student positions in their firms.

Interested law students are invited to mail a completed brief questionnaire and a current resume to the KCBA office. A writing sample and references should be included with the application. The questionnaire and submitted materials will be kept on file in the KCBA office. See handout #39 in the Career Services Office for the application.

Fellowship Information Available

Kent Justice Foundation Summer Fellowship Program

The Kent Justice Foundation Summer Fellowship Program provides grants of up to $4500 to students at the Chicago-Kent College of Law who have secured unpaid or low paying public interest legal positions during the summer. Summer Fellowships are awarded to help compensate deserving and committed students for working in public interest, as well as provide much-needed legal assistance to public interest organizations. The application form and criteria information is available in hard copy on the KJF bulletin board and in the career services office. Applications will be due on April 19, 2004. If you have questions, please contact KJF President, Aaron Garland at

Equal Justice Works Route B Fellowships Still Available

It's not too late to become a 2004 Equal Justice Works Fellow! All 2004 Route B Fellowship opportunities begin in September 2004 and are available only to third-year law students. These opportunities are posted at Additional postings will continue to be made weekly through April, on a rolling basis as more fellowships become available. Don’t let these exciting public interest opportunities pass you by. For general information regarding Equal justice Works Fellowship Opportunities, see

Information for 2005 Equal Justice Works Fellowships

Attention 2L's (and even 1L's): Information about Equal Justice Works graduate fellowships for 2005 is now available on-line at If no images appear, go to Fellowships applications are available to third year graduating law students and recent law graduates for a two-year term beginning in September 2005. Please note application materials are due by September 16, 2004, one year in advance of the commencement of the fellowship term. Now is the time to start developing ideas, approaching potential host organizations, and drafting project proposals, if required. See application for further information.

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

Program Video Available

The video for Alternative Careers for Lawyers: The Business Sector is now available in the Career Services Office.

New Resource-How to Pay for Your Law Degree 2004-2006

This directory provides detailed information on nearly 550 fellowships, internships, loans/forgivable loans, writing and other competitions, Bar Exam support programs, and grants available specifically to law students to support their study, training, research, and creative activities.

Environmental Law Careers Directory 2003-2004

The Careers Directory assists law students and law school graduates in contacting employers in the environmental law field. It is divided into sections: corporations, government, nonprofit organizations and private firms, along with other helpful information for those interested in environmental careers.

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,

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 at 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.

Summer Housing

NOTE: additional housing information can be found in our websites of interest section.

Chicago Law Firms Seeking to Sublet Apartments for Summer Associates

The following firms are seeking to sublet apartments for Summer Associates who will be coming in from out of town. If interested in subletting your apartment, please contact the following: Mayer, Brown, Rowe & Maw - Mary Boxer , (312) 701-8439, fax (312) 706-9234,; Schiff Hardin - Lilly Tuller, 6600 Sears Tower, Chicago, IL 60606,; Jenner & Block - Rebecca Eichenlaub, Legal Recruiting Coordinator, (312) 840-8949,

Summer Housing Available in Washington DC

If you will be spending your summer in Washington DC for educational purposes (internships, research and study) housing is available at the Catholic University of America. For more information and rates go to or contact them at 202-319-5291 or e-mail

Spring Semester Office Hours

The Career Services Office is open from 8:30 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. Monday - Friday. Evening appointments with Career Strategists will be available for alumnae/i and evening students, by appointment only, on Thursdays from 5:00 p.m. until 6:30 p.m. Please call the office at 312-906-5200 to set up an appointment.



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