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Week of November 28, 2005


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Fall Office Hours

The Career Services Office will be closed on November 24-25, and will re-open on November 28.

The Career Services Office regular hours are from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday - Friday. Evening appointments with career counselors are available by appointment only on Wednesdays, from 5 - 6:30 p.m. Please call the office at (312) 906-5200 to arrange a time or email, stating the times that you are available, to

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.

Callbacks and Offers

Please keep us informed about callbacks and offers as well as any concerns you may have regarding the interviews. E-mail our office about callbacks or offers you receive from on-campus interviews or job fairs.


Midwest Public Interest Law Career Conference

Register NOW for the Midwest Public Interest Law Career Conference (MPILCC). The deadline to register is Thursday, December 8, 2005 at 12 noon

The Midwest Public Interest Law Conference is an opportunity for students to interview with government agencies and public interest employers for paid and unpaid legal positions this summer or for after graduation. Last year over 200 students and 30 employers participated. The job fair will take place at Northwestern University School of Law on Saturday, February 4, 2006 . To register, contact Michelle Mohr Vodenik in the Career Services Office with your first name, last name, middle initial, year of graduation and an email address that you regularly check by Thursday, December 8, 2005 at 12 noon. Registered students will receive a login and password and will be able to upload their resume and bid on employers beginning on December 12.

The Chicago Bar Association Young Lawyers Section Committee Meeting Announcement

Committee: Career Assistance (YLS/CBA)
Chair: Brooke Halleran (YLS), Eileen Neis & Michelle Speller-Thurman (CBA)
Date & Time: Thursday, December 1, 2005 at 12:15 pm
Location: CBA Headquarters, 321 S. Plymouth Court
Ask security guard in lobby for meeting room location.
Topic: “Legal and Non-Legal Networking” presented by:
Illene Robin Breitbarth, Esq. Cheryl Heisler, JD
Business Development Consultant Career Consultant
General Counsel Consulting Lawternatives

All law students, recent graduates and practicing attorneys are welcome!


Employment Related Opportunities

Please check the job posting system on a regular basis.  If you do not have a password, please e-mail

Office of the State Appellate Defender
Internship Opportunity

The Office of the State Appellate Defender is accepting applications for unpaid intern/extern positions for the Winter/Spring term. The State Appellate Defender represents indigent clients in criminal appeals. The intern/extern position will require significant research and writing within a flexible work schedule. Applicants should expect to prepare research memos, assist in writing appellate briefs, and obtain experience in other aspects of appellate advocacy. Preference will be given to applicants with coursework or experience in criminal law, criminal procedure, evidence, and appellate advocacy. Please submit a resume, transcript, and writing sample to: Scott Main, Assistant Appellate Defender, Office of the State Appellate Defender, 203 North LaSalle Street, 24th Floor, Chicago, Illinois 60601. For information on externships, contact Professor Vivien Gross.

Environmental Law Paid Internship at the Shedd Aquarium

Through a grant from the Georges Foundation, Shedd Aquarium offers a one-of-a- kind summer internship for a first-year law student who is enrolled in an Illinois law school and is interested in environmental law. The Georges Fellowship for Conservation includes an eight-week internship with Shedd's Conservation Department focusing on environmental policy research. It includes mentoring by a practicing environmental law attorney (from Jones Day, in Chicago), additional advising by environmental attorney and Aquarium environmental advocacy advisor Liz Georges and a stipend. The recipient will receive valuable hands-on experience researching timely environmental issues that are relevant to the Aquarium. One fellowship will be awarded each year through a competitive application process.  The Georges Fellowship awards a $3000 stipend to the selected applicant. 

If you are interested in applying for this internship, please see Handout #17 in the Career Services Office.  If you have questions, please contact the Career Services Office

Fellowship in Higher Education Law
ffice of General Counsel at the University of Arizona

The Office of General Counsel at the University of Arizona in Tucson, AZ, has a new one-year Fellowship in Higher Education Law, to begin in September 2006.  The position is posted on PSLawNet, but I wanted to share some of the highlights with you.

Areas of practice engaged in by the Office of the General Counsel include employment, real estate and construction, procurement, corporate, litigation, international, taxation, intellectual property, and regulatory, including those unique to a medical school. The OGC is involved in hospital affiliations, regulatory compliance issues, privacy and free speech issues, academic programs abroad, tax-exempt bond financing, software licensure, employment matters, collaborative academic research arrangements, technology transfer activities, trademark registration and enforcement, patents, copyright law, and Internet issues.

The Fellow will work closely with the Vice President for Legal Affairs and General Counsel, and the staff of eight attorneys, on an unusually wide variety of legal and organizational issues and will participate in the legal work conducted by the Office of the General Counsel, including conducting factual and legal research, drafting litigation, transactional and policy documents, and correspondence, and participating in the lawyering enterprises of the University.

Salary is $40,000 plus benefits. Applicants should apply no later than Dec. 3, 2005 at  Materials required include:  cover letter; resume; official law school transcript; two letters of recommendation from a law school professor or former employer.  Also required is a writing sample (described below).

Writing sample: 1) In a personal essay, the applicant should explain the background, skills, experience (including experience in nonprofit sector) and personal characteristics that will enable him or her to serve effectively as a Fellow. (600 words) 2) In a second essay, the applicant should describe how the Fellowship will affect his or her plans for the future and vision of a long-term career? (300 words)

Questions?  Contact Marsha Fishman (520-621-3175) or

Legal Externship Program Spring 2006

Do you want to develop your legal skills, get practical legal experience, see what it is like to work in a corporation, firm or government agency and -- at the same time -- make yourself more marketable to prospective employers? If so, then consider doing a for-credit externship and signing up for Chicago-Kent’s Legal Externship Program (LEP).

LEP is 4-credit hours, non-graded, and open predominantly to students in their last three semesters of law school.

Externs interested in civil law may select to work in corporations, firms or government agencies, specializing in such diverse legal areas as immigration, tax, commodities, securities, health care, medical malpractice, or general corporate law. Externs in criminal law may choose to work with the States Attorney's Office, Public Defender's Office, or the U.S. Attorney's Office. Some externships offer the opportunity to obtain a 711 license and appear in court.

More information about Legal Externships and an accompanying application form are available in the Law Offices reception area, Room 600 and in the Career Services Office.

If you want to know more about available externship opportunities, please e-mail Professor Vivien Gross ( to set up an appointment. To see some externship possibilities, click here.

The Securities and Exchange Commission
Summer Honors Law Program

The Securities and Exchange Commission’s Summer Honors Law Program gives first
and second year law and JD/MBA students the opportunity to become acquainted with the
regulation of the securities markets and careers within the Commission. Positions are still open in the regional and district offices nationwide.

Highlights of the program include:
• Seminars and workshops on federal securities laws. Past presentations have included:
Securities Fraud on the Internet; Detection and Prosecution of Insider Trading; and An
Overview of Federal Securities Laws.

• Mentoring program: students are paired with an SEC attorney who provides them with
additional insight and guidance throughout the internship experience.

• Interns will have the opportunity to work in conjunction with attorneys and carry out
individual and team projects determined by their area of interest and current issues faced
by their assigned Division or Office.

Selection Criteria:
• Academic Achievement (2L applicants must have a B average or higher to apply)
• Previous relevant employment
• Writing, research, and analytical abilities demonstrated through law review or other
• Extracurricular activities such as: moot court competition, legal aid and clinical

How to Apply:
• Please visit the SEC website at and follow the link in the Summer Honors Law Program description to AVUE digital services.
• Incomplete applications will not be forwarded to hiring committees.

The application process for 2L’s has been reopened for our regional and district offices (but not for our DC office) and will be open until December 7th. Please see website:

1L applications will be accepted from December 1st, 2005 to February 1st. For positions in the regional and district offices, please apply online via the link above and indicate the office(s) in which you are interested.

SEC is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer and actively seeks a diverse workforce. Questions? Contact our recruiting office at 202.551.4100 or

Department of the Air Force Summer Law Clerk Position

This summer, the Department of the Air Force intends to employ several summer law clerks in the Washington, D.C. Metro Area. These are paid positions open to 1Ls and 2Ls. Civilian law students will work directly with career government attorneys and military attorneys on a diverse array of legal issues including: fiscal law, ethics, acquisition law, environmental law, fraud, intellectual property, civilian and military personnel, alternative dispute resolution, international law, space law, claims, law of armed conflict, federal litigation and information law.

More information can be found on the job posting website, on job #2082. You can also access the application by going to the USAJOBS website and searching for announcement # BO-05-SO83. Applications are due no later than December 16.

City of Chicago, Law Department
First Year Summer Extern Program

The Department of Law will have up to 36 highly qualified first year law students working as volunteers and assigned to one of its twelve divisions for a 10 week summer extern program. The program is designed to provide first year law students with a challenging externship that reflects the demands and rewards of public service, as well as a program focused on legal research and writing. The Law Department selects well-rounded law students who have exhibited academic excellence and an interest in public service from law schools across the nation.

During the summer, externs are assigned to one of the twelve practice groups within the Law Department and where they will be asked to assist the attorneys on a variety of legal issues within their assigned division. The program includes social activities designed to allow externs and members of the Law Department to become acquainted in less formal settings. In addition, the Department hosts a brown bag lunch series featuring speakers addressing legal issues that affect the City in areas such as environmental and First Amendment law, and provides the externs with an opportunity to meet with City department officials and members of state and federal judiciary.

The Law Department seeks talented, promising individuals from a wide variety of backgrounds. Many of our attorneys are active in civic and professional activities and organizations. The Law Department is committed to increasing opportunities for minorities in the legal profession, and the Department is proud that its staff reflects the racial, cultural, and ethnic diversity of Chicago. The Law Department is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

For more information about this program, please contact Ms. Yona Ferris, Legal Personnel Administrator, at (312) 744-6974 or please send the following materials for consideration via email with division preferences: current resume, legal reference list, law school transcript or undergrad transcript if law school transcript has not been issued and writing sample to: Ms. Yona Ferris, City of Chicago, Department of Law, 121 N. LaSalle Street, Room 600, City Hall, Chicago, Illinois 60602. First Year Law Students: Apply before March 1, 2006

U.S. Attorney's Office for the Northern District of Illinois Summer 2006 Intern Program

The U.S. Attorney's Office for the Northern District of IL is accepting applications for its 2005 Summer Internship Program. Interns are expected to work 40 hours/week for 12 weeks. The work of interns includes assisting in all aspects of trial preparation, legal research, writing memoranda of law, drafting pleadings and appellate briefs, assisting in preparation and taking of depositions, assisting in pre-trial conferences and the trials of civil and criminal cases. Mail application and other documentation to Monica LeKostaj. See handout #12 for application and other documentation required. Applications are due no later than Wednesday, December 7, 2005. See Professor Gross about course credit for this intern program.

Judicial Intern Opportunity Program (JIOP)

The JIOP is a full-time, six-week minimum, summer internship program open to all first- or second-year minority or financially disadvantaged law students who want to do legal research and writing for state or federal judges in Illinois, Texas, Miami, FL and Phoenix, AZ. For more information about the program, please visit the ABA Website, or contact Gail Howard (312-988-6348). The application for the 2005-06 program is now available and will be accepted starting November 1st. Applications must be received by January 31, 2006 (postmark). See also Handout #9.

ABA Public Service Summer Internship

The American Bar Association’s Division for Public Service sponsors an annual Public Service Summer Internship. The internship is a unique program designed for 2nd and 3rd year law students to engage in an individualized public interest legal research and writing project over a 10-week summer period. In concert with Division attorneys and law school faculty reviewer, students will develop and complete a substantive legal monograph with the opportunity to be published. The project must involve one of the following areas of law: Bioethics and the Law, Disability Law, Election Law, Environmental Law, Homelessness and Poverty, Immigration Law, Law Library of Congress and Access to Legal Resources, National Security Law, Substance Abuse, Public Interest in Law School and as a Career.

This internship is unpaid and students are encouraged to incorporate the Internship into an externship/internship program. See Professor Gross for more information about externships. For more information and to apply see the ABA website, and click on ABA public Service Summer Internship. Applications must be postmarked by February 15, 2006.

US Securities and Exchange Commission Internships Summer Honors Law Program: Applications online only!

Compensated summer positions for law students who are in their first or second year or entering judicial clerkships or continued education post-internship.
The open application period for 2L law students is from August 8th through October 17th, 2005. The open application period for 1L's is from December 1st, 2005 through February 1st, 2006.

Please note that applications may not be sent to the Commission via US Mail, as in previous years. For more information, check out the SEC website.

Applications are accepted via the following link: ttps://

Fellowship & Scholarship Information

2006 Minority Fellowships in Environmental Law
Offered by the ABA Section of Environment, Energy, and Resources

The American Bar Association ( ABA) Section of Environment, Energy, and Resources is pleased to announce the sponsorship of several Fellowships for eligible minority law students during the summer of 2006. The ABA Minority Fellowships in Environmental Law program is designed to encourage minority law students to study and pursue careers in environmental law and is open to first and second year law students and third year night students. The Fellowship guidelines require an 8-10 week minimum commitment wherein the recipient will work on legal matters for a government agency or public interest organization in the fields of environmental, energy or resources law, with emphasis on air pollution. Additionally, each recipient will participate in meetings of the bar association’s relevant committees and be assigned a mentor to aid in his or her pursuit of a career in environmental law.

Each successful recipient will receive a $5,000 stipend in exchange for participation in the Fellowship program. It is important to note that the Fellowship is open to minority group members who are African-American, Latino, Native American, Alaskan Native, Asian or Pacific Islander. For more information, or to apply, go to the ABA Fellowship Website. Completed applications and all related documents must be postmarked or emailed no later than January 31, 2006 to be considered.


ABA John J. Curtin, Jr. Justice Fund
2006 Summer Legal Internship Program

The Curtin Justice Fund Legal Internship Program is managed jointly by the ABA Commission on Homelessness and Poverty and the Standing Committee on Legal Aid and Indigent Defendants. The Program will pay 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. The Legal Internship Program will provide much-needed legal assistance to organizations serving the under-represented and give students direct experience in a public interest forum. Through this, it aims both to help homeless clients and to encourage careers in the law which further the goals of social justice.

Intern Requirements:
The ideal intern will have a demonstrated interest in public interest law and experience working with poor people or on issues affecting them. All law students are eligible, and first year law students are encouraged to apply. The intern must commit no less than eight continuous weeks between May 1 and October 1 to the program of his or her choice. Applicants must submit the attached application to the Curtin Internship Program, American Bar Association Commission on Homelessness and Poverty, 740 15th Street, NW, Washington, DC 20005-1022. Applications must be postmarked no later than Monday, March 20, 2006. For more information, please see the ABA Commission on Homelessness and Poverty. Applications are available in the Career Services Office, marked Handout #14.

Robert Masur Fellowship in Civil Liberties

The Nation Institute is now accepting applications for the 2006 Robert Masur Fellowship in Civil Liberties. The fellowship competition is open to first-year law students who intend to carry out significant activities during the summer in the areas of civil rights and/or civil liberties. Proposed activities may include a writing or research project, work with a public interest organization in the areas of civil rights or civil liberties, work on a civil rights or civil liberties law case under the supervision of a faculty member or lawyer, or any other work in the areas of civil rights or civil liberties. Fellowship recipient receives a $1,000 honorarium.

Applicants should send a proposal, no more than two pages, describing his or her intended summer project, along with a resume, a brief letter of recommendation, and the name of their faculty or organizational sponsor to:

Robert Masur Fellowship
The Nation Institute
33 Irving Place
New York, NY 10003

All applications must be postmarked by May 31, 2006. For more information, see or call 212-209-5447.


Latham & Watkins 2L Diversity Scholarship Program

Latham & Watkins is pleased to announce the Latham Diversity Scholars Program which will award a $10,000 non-renewable scholarship to each of four second year law students for use during their third year of law school (2006-07). Factors considered in choosing the Latham Diversity Scholars will include a candidate’s:

  • Ability to contribute to the diversity objectives of global law firms;
  • Success in overcoming any obstacles or challenges faced in deciding to choose law as a profession;
  • Academic and/or leadership achievements; and
  • Desire to practice in a global law firm environment.

Applications are due by December 1, 2005 and are not contingent upon receiving or accepting an offer at Latham & Watkins. The applications can be found on the Latham & Watkins Recruiting webpage, at the bottom of the page under “Diversity Scholars Program.”

Public Interest Law Initiative (PILI) 
Summer Internship Program 
For FIRST and SECOND Year Law Students

The Public Interest Law Initiative (PILI) sponsors a Summer Internship Program for first and second year law students.  Each summer, PILI funds dozens of internships at public interest law agencies in the Chicago metropolitan area.  The program is open to law students from across the country.  The stipend for 10 weeks work is $4,500.

PILI ensures quality supervision by experienced lawyers at the agencies, and provides a lunch-time educational program.  The program seeks to have law students work at and learn about legal institutions serving the public interest, and to engender a life-long participation in public interest law.

For more information, please see the PILI website. Applications are available in the Career Services Office, marked Handout #11.



The Public Interest Law Initiative (PILI) offers a limited School-Year Internship Program. PILI recruits law students from area law schools for internships with one of seven public interest law agencies in the Chicago metropolitan area. Selected interns receive a stipend of $2,250 for 200 hours of work during the spring term.
In order to apply for a school-year internship, an applicant must prepare the PILI pplication Form, and a cover letter and resume for each agency to which you are applying (up to seven sets, collated and stapled). The application and additional information may be found on the PILI website.

The application materials should be submitted before mid-January. However, since each agency hires at a different time, it is advisable to apply early.

Rockefeller Brothers Fund Fellowship in Nonprofit Law

The Fellowship, funded by the Rockefeller Brothers Fund, permits one Fellow each year to spend one year in residence at the Vera Institute of Justice in New York City, working closely with Vera's General Counsel and Special Counsel on legal issues faced by Vera. In addition, the Fellow will be deployed to Vera's various projects and programs to address the legal, business, and organizational issues confronted by these programs and projects.

A Fellowship at Vera will provide a law school graduate with exposure to an unusually wide variety of legal and organizational issues encountered by nonprofit organizations. It also will provide the opportunity to identify an emerging or changing area of law with particular significance for nonprofits, and to explore that area in depth, examining it in the real-life context of a complex, legally-sophisticated organization. To apply, download the PDF application or apply online at Informational brochures can be found in the CSO, marked Handout # 2. Applications are due December 9, 2005.

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: 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


Chicago Area Law Firm List
Updated and On-line!

The Chicago Area Law Firm List of firms with four or more attorneys is available on-line in a password protected searchable database. Use this resource to identify local law firms that practice in the area(s) and then create a mail merge by using the spreadsheet tool. Although every attempt is made at keeping the database current, information may become out of date due to firm mergers, contact people leaving their firms, etc. Therefore, 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.

Job Bulletins

We receive job bulletins from the federal government and other law schools for opportunities in Illinois as well as other states. They are only available in hard copy in the Career Services Office.



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