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April 10 , 2006

Symplicity: New Job Posting and FOCI Bidding System

The Career Services Office has launched a new job posting and fall on-campus bidding system: Symplicity. Students should have received an e-mail with instructions on accessing the new version. Alumni should call or send an email to with their year of graduation and email address to receive a password. For instructions on how to use the system click here. Follow this Symplicity link for the login page.


Introduction to the Fall On Campus Interviewing Program
Tuesday, April 11th
Noon, Room 590 and 5:15 p.m., Room 370

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 2008, you must notify our office of your division change.

Please note: 2007 graduates (including December 2006 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.

Interviewing at a Law Firm and Mock Interviews
Wednesday, April 12, Room 570

Come hear Julia Herr Smith, President of Esquire Prep, LLC, speak on:“How to Market Yourself - Interviewing Secrets and Insider Advice.

Learn what firms want…

  • Insider tips from partners, associates and recruiting coordinators
  • What interviewers really want to know
  • How to answer the tough questions
  • What questions to ask interviewers

and how to get what you want…

  • Develop your personal marketing strategy
  • Discover your "wow" factor
  • What you can do now to ace your OCI interviews
  • Translate callbacks into offers!

Mock interviews will be offered on a first-come-first-serve basis following the program from 4-6 p.m. in the Career Services Office.  Take advantage of this great opportunity!

Public Interest Fellowship Program
Wednesday, April 12, 3pm, Room 370

Panelists will discuss post-graduate fellowship opportunities in public interest law. All 1st and 2nd year students interested in public interest law careers encouraged to attend. Panelists will include Cecilia Abundis, Equal Justice Works Fellow at the Lawyers’ Committee for Better Housing; Steven McKenzie, ’97 alum, Director of the Affordable Housing Preservation Project at Lawyer’s Committee for Better Housing, to discuss how to work with employers when developing a fellowship project; Sarah Biehl, Skadden Fellow at the Legal Assistance Foundation, whose project at North Lawndale College Preparatory Charter High School has involved students from Chicago-Kent who have taught streetlaw to students at the school.   

Careers in Legislation, Lobbying & Policy-making
Wednesday, April 13, 2006, 3pm, Room 510

 Panelists from the IL legislature, a government office, a national non-profit and a large law firm will discuss their respective careers in legislation, lobbying and policy-making and provide ideas on how to develop a career in this field.

Lindsay Hansen, IL House of Representatives, Office of the Speaker
John Dunn, Director of Intergovernmental Affairs, Office of the Mayor, City of Chicago
Kate Walz, Shriver National Center on Poverty Law, Senior Attorney
John Corrigan, Dykema   

Navigating a Real Estate Transaction
Saturday, April 22, 2006, Chicago-Kent College of Law

Navigating a Real Estate Transaction, an educational program geared to law students and new attorneys hosted by Attorneys’ Title Guaranty Fund, Inc. (ATG), will be held on Saturday, April 22, 2006, at Chicago-Kent College of Law, auditorium, 565 W. Adams, in Chicago.  Registration begins at 8:30 a.m., followed by the program from 9 a.m. to 3:15 p.m.

There is no charge for students and attorneys admitted less than three years; cost is $25 for attorneys who have been in practice for three years or more.  Continental breakfast and lunch are included.  For information or reservations, call David Hansen at 312-752-1162, or visit and click on the link for ATG Educational Programs, then on the program calendar link.

Experienced real estate practitioners will navigate a typical real estate transaction and discuss how to establish a real estate practice, representing the buyer/seller, mortgage financing, and more. This is a great program and one you definitely don’t want to miss, especially if the practice of real estate is of interest to you!

Employment Related Opportunities

Please check the new job posting system ("Symplicity") on a regular basis. Check out Symplicity's general instructions for more information.

Cook County Bar Association Minority Job Fair
Register Now!

Registration is open for the Cook County Bar Association Minority Job Fair, Chicago, IL, scheduled for August 11, 2006. Recognizing the need in the legal community for job search assistance for minority law students, the Cook County Bar Association established the Minority Job Fair twenty-two years ago in Chicago, Illinois. The Job Fair typically attracts over 600 students and more than 100 law firms, corporations, and governmental agencies. More information on the job fair, as well as information on how to register is available at, click on the “students” link. Registration deadline is Friday, April 28 at 12 noon.

If you have questions about the program, please contact Michelle Vodenik, in the Career Services Office.

US Equal Employment Opportunity Commission
Open Intern Opportunities

The EEOC has a few summer internship (unpaid) spots open and is seeking resumes from 1L and 2L students. The EEOC prefers students with B or better average.  Interested candidates should e-mail a resume and cover letter to  They would also like a transcript but students may send a grade report with application and provide transcript at time of interview. For more information about the EEOC, check out their website.  

Circuit Court of Cook County accepting applications
Apply ASAP  

The Circuit Court of Cook County is accepting applications for summer judicial clerks. Judicial clerks are not paid, but externship credit may be available. Send your resume and cover letter to: Melanie Wheeler, Office of the Chief Judge, 2600 Daley Center, Chicago, Illinois 60602. They will request additional information, such as a writing sample, if they decide to call you in for an interview.  See Professor Gross about externship credit.

3rd Annual Legal Career Day
Tuesday, April 11, 2006

Meet with law firms and recruiters at the 3rd annual Legal Career Day, sponsored by the Chicago Daily Law Bulletin. RSVP and email the following information: your contact information, position sought (e.g., attorney, paralegal, law clerk, etc.), and attach a resume (please indicate any firms you do not want to receive your resume). The event will be held at the Chicago Athletic Association, Tuesday, April 11, 2006, 12 South Michigan, 2:00 P.M. to 6:00 P.M. and is free. For more information, follow this link.

Diversity Career Fairs

The Executive Diversity Career Opportunities Fair

Wednesday, April 19, 2006 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Chicago, IL - Embassy Suites Hotel Downtown
600 North State St. (just one block from the Grand Ave. “El” stop)

The Executive Diversity Career Opportunities Fair, sponsored by UBS, is presented, The Wall Street Journal's career site for executives, managers and professionals;, The Wall Street Journal's site for executive-track college students and recent graduates, and Lucas Group, a national executive search firm.The fair provides a unique setting to meet with top companies seeking senior-level talent. 

Eligibility: Companies recruiting at the fair are strongly committed to seeking executive, managerial and professional minority candidates and women, including those recently graduated from M.B.A. programs; however all candidates are welcome.

 Cost: The event is free of charge, and pre-registration for the fair is not required. All attendees can register on-site the day of the event. Please bring copies of your resume.  Environment: Interviews are conducted in private suites with company representatives. Career Assistance: Free seminars will cover such topics as interviewing, networking and negotiating more effectively, as well as how to become a financial adviser. A free resume critique will be offered at no charge throughout the event.

Employers: Top employers in a range of industries will attend. Participating companies include: Accenture, Alzheimer's Association, AMCORE Bank, AON, Boeing, Blue Cross Blue Shield, Case New Holland, Chicago Mercantile Exchange, ConAgra Foods, Inc., Cordis Corporation, a Johnson & Johnson Company, Crowe Chizek and Company LLC, Eli Lilly, Ernst & Young, First Banks, General Electric, Intel, International Truck and Engine Corporation, Iron Mountain, LaSalle Bank Corporation, Medtronic USA Inc., Plante & Moran, PLLC, Publicis Healthcare Communications Group, Russell Investment Group, Siemens Building Technologies, Inc., Smith Barney, State Farm, Synch Solutions, The National Security Agency, UBS, Vanguard, Wyeth

For more information about this event, including an updated list of employers and positions available, visit

Heartland Diversity Legal Job Fair
Kansas City, Kansas

The second annual Heartland Diversity Legal Job Fair (HDLJF) will be held Friday, September 8 & Saturday, September 9, 2006, at Kansas City’s Marriott County Club Plaza . The HDLJF aims to increase the hiring of diverse law students for law firms, corporations, government agencies, and not-for-profit organizations located in the Kansas City area. For more information, go to Registration begins on April 1, 2006.

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.

Fellowship & Scholarship Information

Public Interest Summer Funding Sources

PSLawNet has a listing of National and Regional Summer Funding Sources. This list is available at:

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

Introducing the NAWL Career Center

The National Association of Women Lawyers introduces its new, interactive, online job board, the NAWL Career Center—your resource for making online employment connections with women in the legal profession.  The NAWL Career Center offers employers targeted access to quality women professionals, along with quick and easy job posting and online job activity reports.  

Job seeking professionals can make sure their resumes are being seen by those in the industry who matter most to them. The NAWL Career Center offers job seekers free and confidential resume posting, automated weekly email notification of new job listings, and the ability to save jobs for later review. 

To find a job or fill a position, visit the NAWL Career Center ( today.  Visit to learn more about NAWL and its news.  


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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