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February 5, 2001

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Strategies for Excellence: Law as a Profession 2001
A Program for Second Year Students
Wednesday, February 7, 2001

Schedule of Events

Strategies for Excellence: Law as a Profession 2001 will be offered twice on February 7th, once for day students, from 9 a.m. - 4 p.m., and again for the evening division, from 5 p.m. - 9 p.m.  Professional attire is required.  Classes for the rest of the student body will be canceled that day. 

Day students:
Your day will begin at 9:00 a.m. with registration.  A continental breakfast will be available after 8:30 a.m., so come early to get a cup of coffee before the day begins.  Lunch will be served at 11:30  a.m.  The day will conclude at 4 p.m. program.  The day program includes plenary programs and two interactive breakout sessions on law as a profession. 

Evening students:
Registration and dinner begins at 5:00 p.m.  We will conclude with a dessert reception at 9:00 p.m. so you can grab a brownie or a gourmet cookie and a cup of coffee for your trip home.  The evening program includes plenary programs and one breakout session on law as a profession. 

Breakout Session Information:
You will receive an e-mail within the next week indicating your breakout session assignments.  Most breakout sessions are organized according to practice sector (such as small and mid-sized firms, government, or public interest) and what it is like to practice law in these environments.  They are not intended to address particular practice areas such as entertainment law or patent law or job search strategies.  Breakout session assignments were done on a first come, first serve basis.  If you did not receive your first choices for breakout sessions, sessions were either already filled or else the session is not being offered due to low registration numbers.  Please do not request a change in your breakout session assignments.  Included in the e-mail will be an attachment containing a script regarding possible topics for discussion.  Please read over the script and compose questions for discussion during the breakout groups. 


We are very excited about the caliber of speakers who have graciously volunteered their time to speak to students at Strategies for Excellence: Law as a Profession 2001.  This is a chance to meet and impress legal employers from the Chicagoland area.  Check out the speaker page for a list of panel & breakout session speakers, as well as keynote and distinguished speakers.

Program Goals and Objectives

  • To increase students' understanding of the expectations employers have of new attorneys;
  • To help students better understand the many factors beyond law school critical to professional success;
  • To emphasize the importance of civility and respect in the profession and to encourage students to build successful relationships with adversaries and colleagues from the beginning of their professional careers; and
  • To inspire students to strive for professional excellence and outstanding service to clients.
Please keep in mind that the program does not focus on job search strategies or specific practice areas.  The CSO offers a variety of job search and practice specific programs throughout the academic year. 

If you have questions about Strategies for Excellence: Law as a Profession 2001, please e-mail

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