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Week of February 27, 2006

GPA Reminder

As a reminder, when you create your updated resumes, do not round up your GPA. If you have questions about how to calculate your GPA, please contact our office.

First Year Career Counseling Sessions

As a reminder, all first year students need to meet with a career counselor before the end of the term, preferably sooner than later. Please make an appointment by calling us at (312)906-5200, stopping in (Suite 360), or by emailing your availability to If you would like your resume reviewed, please bring an up-to-date legal resume. If you did not attend the the Resume Workshop, refer to the Resume Handout for guidance on how to create a legal resume.


Careers in International Law
Tuesday, February 28, 2006
Room 370

The Illinois State Bar Association, Career Services, and the International Law Student Society invite you to attend a speaker panel on international careers. Pizza will be provided!

Mock Interview Sign-ups

Mock Interview slots still open for March 7th and 9th.

Want to polish up your interviewing skills? Take advantage of meeting with a consultant to critique your interviewing style. Interviews are available on February 28th, March 7th and 9th. Please come into the Career Services Office to sign up and drop off your resume before your interview day.

Holland and Kinght Reception for First Years
Thursday, March 2, 2006 
5:00 – 7:00 p.m.
131 S. Dearborn St., 30th Floor
(on the corner of Dearborn and Adams Streets)

Holland & Knight is one of the largest law firms in the country, with a large Chicago office.  If you will be graduating in May 2008, you are invited to attend a Cocktail Reception on Thursday, March 2, from 5:00 to 7:00.  Notice of this event was just sent yesterday, and there is a very short deadline to RSVP.  If you plan to attend, please RSVP to Julie Garcia at by Monday, February 27. 


Employment Related Opportunities

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

Diversity Career Fairs

Diversity Career Fair for Attorneys and Law Students of Color 2006
Dallas, Texas, March 28-29

Smallwood, Keller & Lewis LLP is hosting the Diversity Career Fair for Attorneys and Law Students of Color 2006 to be held in Dallas Texas on March 28-29.
The following employers are planning to attend: Jenner & Block LLP, Arent Fox; Jones Day, Dorsey & Whitney, Kilpatrick & Stockton, The Southern Company, Blockbuster Inc, Howrey LL.P, King & Spalding, Wolf Block & Schorr, Bullivant Houser & Bailey, DLA Piper Rudnick Gray, Greenberg Traurig, Gardner Carton & Douglas, Michael Best & Friedrich, American Airlines, Shook Hardy & Bacon, Schiff Hardin, and expecting more to register late. Participants will consider 2L's, and 3L's.  For more experienced Attorneys, our participants will consider Entry-Level, Mid-level, Senior Level, and of course Partner Level candidates. Please call 1-800-378-8875 for information.

Vault Legal Diversity Job Fair
New York, New York, April 21-26

The event will bring together partners and recruiters from 100-200 law firms, corporate counsel from over 100 of America's largest corporations, career center directors from over 50 law schools, lateral attorneys and law students from over 50 law schools, and members of minority law associations. For information on this event, please follow this link.

DuPage County Public Defender's Office
Summer Intern Program

The DuPage County Public Defender's Office in Wheaton, IL is currently seeking 1st and 2nd year law students interested in criminal law to participate in a summer internship program. Strong legal research and writing skills preferred.

Although the positions are unpaid, students will have opportunities to assist attorneys with investigation of cases, client interviews, trial preparation, and legal research. Those students with Supreme Court Rule 711 licenses will also be able to assist attorneys in court, including hearings and trials. You may be able to get class credit for this work- check with Professor Vivien Gross.

Interested student should send a resume and cover letter to the attention of Jeff York at the DuPage County Public Defender's Office or by fax to (630) 407-8301.

Office of the U.S. Attorney for the Northern District
Fall 2006 Intern Program

The United States Attorney's Office for the Northern District of Illinois is accepting applications for the Fall 2006 intern program.  Positions will be offered to 15 law students.  Students are expected to work 16 hours a week for 12 weeks during Fall semester.

All of the intern positions are uncompensated.  Contact Professor Vivien Gross about receiving externship credit.  The United States Attorney's Office will work with the schools by providing information or evaluations that may be required by each school.

Applications can be found in the Career Services Office, marked Handout #24.  The deadline is Monday, April 17, 2006.

Illinois Attorney General Law Clerk Positions

  • Law students wishing to serve as law clerks at any time during the Summer of 2006 (May through August of 2006) should submit their applications no sooner than January 1, 2006 and no later than March 1, 2006.

  • Law students wishing to serve as law clerks at any time during the Fall of 2006 (September through December of 2006) should submit their applications no sooner than May 1, 2006, and no later than July 1, 2006 .

Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan invites and encourages law students to apply to serve as volunteer law clerks in her office. The Illinois Attorney General's Office provides excellent opportunities for law students to improve their skills and knowledge in a wide range of subject areas, including consumer protection, government representation, civil rights, environmental enforcement, antitrust, complex civil litigation, civil and criminal appeals, and criminal law enforcement. For more information regarding the various divisions and bureaus within the Office, you may review our programs and services brochure.

Working closely with attorneys in the Chicago, Springfield, or Carbondale office, law clerks investigate facts, review documents, research legal issues, and draft legal memoranda, correspondence, and pleadings. Advanced students who qualify for a 711 license are encouraged to obtain such a license so that they may appear in court under the supervision of an Assistant Attorney General.

For further information and to download an application form, students should visit the Illinois Attorney General's website (go to "job opportunities"). Inquiries may also be directed to Adelaida Otero at 312-814-5197 or See handout #20 in the Career Services Office for additional information.

City of Chicago, Law Department
First Year Summer Extern Program
Deadline: March 1st.

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.

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

Fellowship & Scholarship Information

BP Legal 2006 Summer Internship Program

The Summer Internship Program (SIP) was created to expose first-year minority law students to a corporate legal environment and now has been expanded to include all first year law students who have shown a commitment to diversity and inclusion.
BP Legal interns work on a variety of challenging and interesting legal matters. During the summer, interns work closely with BP attorneys and paralegals obtaining practical experience in a corporate legal department.  In 2006, BP Legal will offer summer intern positions at each of its legal offices in Warrenville, Illinois (a western suburb of Chicago). 

Interns are expected to work full time for the 8 to 10 week program. Exact start and end dates are flexible but generally run from early June through the middle of August. Interns are paid competitively.  BP Scholarship:  In addition to the paid internship, our interns receive a one-time scholarship to assist with their legal education.  Please see Handout #25 in the Career Services Office for full details and the application. The deadline for the application is March 6, 2006, by 5:00 p.m.  

Jack Carey Spring Scholarship
Cook County Public Defender Law Clerks

The purpose of the Jack Carey Scholarship Fund is to provide law clerk scholarships within the Cook County Public Defender’s Office, which defends indigent clients in civil cases as well as criminal misdemeanor and felony case. Selected applicants will assist a supervising attorney in investigations, case preparation, client visits, legal research and writing, motion drafting and trial advocacy. One new applicant will be selected for a $2,000 stipend each Fall, Spring and Summer semester. Deadline for summer applications is March 31, 2006. For complete guidelines, as well as an application, visit the Career Services Office, handout #23.

Finnegan Henderson Diversity Scholarship

The Finnegan Henderson Diversity Scholarship provides financial support to qualified minority law students who have demonstrated a commitment to pursuing a career in intellectual property law.

The scholarship award of $12,000 may be applied to costs associated with normal tuition; usual fees (such as, but not limited to, student activity fees; law school or university fees, and administrative fees); and a patent bar review course. The scholarship recipient will also accept an offer to join the firm as a summer associate in one of its domestic offices (Washington, DC; Atlanta, GA; Cambridge, MA; Palo Alto, CA; or Reston, VA).

In addition to a demonstrated commitment to pursuing a career in intellectual property law, selection criteria include exceptional academic performance at the undergraduate, graduate (if applicable), and law school level; a degree in biological sciences, electrical/mechanical engineering, computer science, or substantial prior trademark experience; relevant work experience; community service; leadership skills; and special accomplishments.

Applications are due April 15, and are available by clicking here. Applications are also available in the Career Services Office, marked Handout #22.

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

New Print Resources:

  • The Right Moves: Job Search and Career Development Strategies for Lawyers

Apartment Subletting Options

NALP's Apartment Exchange

NALP is pleased to announce the annual online Apartment Exchange is now available for use through NALP's website. Law students and 2006 summer clerks can point their browsers to where they can search and post available summer housing opportunities from all around the country. The service is free and easy to use. We hope that you will encourage your students and incoming summer associates to access the Apartment Exchange today -- it is a proven resource for success in the search for temporary summer housing! The Exchange will remain active online until May 15, 2006.

Jenner & Block: Sublet your apartment

If you would like to sublet your apartment for the summer of 2006, Jenner & Block may be able to help. Contact Kate Armstrong at

Mayer, Brown, Rowe & Maw: Sublet your aparment

If you would like to sublet your apartment for the summer of 2006, contact Mary Boxer at: Please include your contact information, the address of the apartment, the amount of monthly rent, and whether the apartment is furnished or unfurnished.

Chicago Area Law Firm List

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.

Spring Semester Office Hours

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.


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