March 9, 2012

Next Week in LCS 3/9/12

Ready to spring forward this weekend?

REMINDER: 2012 CPIL/PILA Summer Public Service Stipend Applications DUE THIS MONDAY, MARCH 12th: Applications are being collected in Law Career Services until 5 pm on March 12, 2012. They are available in the Symplicity Document Library. Additional Public Interest Summer Funding Resources are available here.

Job Postings: LCS was contacted recently by multiple employers who have posted jobs in Symplicity but were not receiving applications from DePaul students as they had hoped. Please remember to check Symplicity often and apply early to the job postings (many employers begin their candidate screening process on a rolling basis, beofre deadlines close). Some Recent Jobs Include: FHMC Corp.'s #15890: an in-house position likely to lead to post-graduation employement (1Ls, 2Ls Deadline: March 15th);  #15897: Law Clerk for family law practicing solo practionior (1Ls Deadline: March 23rd); or Cassiday Schade's Fall 2012 Attorney Position for 3Ls, #15962 (Deadline March 21)

Proofreading and PDFs: Every time you have an updated resume loaded into Symplicity be sure to look over your pdf before you send it out. Sometimes the conversion from Word to pdf throws things out of whack: your formatting, your bullets, your margins, the number of pages. Checking this and proofreading helps ensure your resume is making the right statement about you with its substantive content, not its careless mistakes.

Upcoming CBA Meetings for the Week of March 12, 2012

March 12

Commercial Litigation Committee (IL MCLE Credit, Webcast)
William H. Hrabak Jr., Goldstine Skrodzki Russian Nemec and Hoff Ltd., objections to foreclosure sales.

March 8, 2012

1Ls: What Are You Doing This Summer?

It's not too early -- or too late -- to think about your summer plans.  Please make sure your summer includes some form of hands-on legal experience, whether paid or unpaid, in your practice area of interest or not.  It will be good for your repertoire, your resume, your life experience, your spirit. 

Not sure of your options?  Please refer to the 1L Summer Job Opportunities Guide in Symplicity's

Review Your Resume in pdf Before You Send It Out

EVERY TIME you have an updated resume -- whether it has been approved by Law Career Services or has been automatically approved in Symplicity -- be sure to look over your pdf BEFORE you send it out.  Sometimes the conversion from Word to pdf throws things out of whack: your formatting, your

March 7, 2012

Summer Public Interest Funding Sources

Looking for funding for a public interest job this summer? Check out the information below about Stipend Applications and other summer funding options:

Reminder: DUE THIS MONDAY, MARCH 12th: 2012 Summer Public Service Stipend Applications:

CPIL and PILA have teamed together for a single application, which is being collecting in Law Career Services until 5 pm on March 12, 2012. Any updates to an application after it is submitted need to be emailed by the applicant to Shaye Loughlin, Director of the Center of Public Interest Law. Applications are available in the Symplicity Document Library

CPIL/PILA/LCS Summer Public Interest Funding Video Presentation (February 2012), Available on iTunes:

To access DePaul’s iTunes U account, go to:

Log in with your Campus Connect username and password.

Once DePaul’s iTunes pages opens, scroll down to the “On Campus” section.  There you will find the link for Law Career Services.

Go to the 2012 Programs tab.  The Summer Funding Part 1 and 2 are under this tab.

2012 Reed Smith and McDonald’s Corporation 1L LCLD Summer Program

As members of the Leadership Council on Legal Diversity (LCLD)  , Reed Smith, LLP and McDonald’s have collaborated in offering a 1L law student a summer position within their organizations, which will provide a 1L with the opportunity to join Reed Smith’s 2012 Summer Associate Program for four weeks, and to spend four weeks with the McDonald’s Legal Department. Applications are DUE APRIL 6th, 2012.

Reed Smith and McDonald’s are proud to be members of the LCLD.  This groundbreaking organization is a cooperative effort between general counsels and managing partners of major corporations and law firms dedicated to making significant, tangible progress on diversity by developing specific goals, implementing measurable metrics and rewarding definitive results. Please Read Below for More Information or See Job #15887 in the Job Postings in Symplicity for More Details.

NIJC Volunteer Opportunity for Spanish-Speaking Law Students and Recent Grads

Heartland Alliance’s National Immigrant Justice Center (NIJC) needs your help to secure protection for immigrant survivors of domestic violence via a U Visa Workshop Saturday, March 31, 2012!

The U Visa provides protection against deportation and access to immigration benefits for victims of certain crimes – including domestic violence – if they demonstrate cooperation with law enforcement and meet other legal requirements. NIJC seeks to serve immigrant survivors of domestic violence by conducting a two-day U visa preparation workshop in partnership with area law students and recent law graduates. Under attorney supervision, volunteers will work with clients to prepare U visa applications.

Volunteers must:
• Be fluent in Spanish
• Commit to the Saturday workshop plus one follow-up visit to NIJC’s office
• Understand they may work with clients who have experienced trauma

No previous experience required.

CBA News and Announcements

Illinois Supreme Court Candidates Forum Video
View the February 27 broadcast of the Anti-Defamation League's "Illinois Supreme Court Candidates Forum" which was held at the law offices of Sidley Austin LLP. The Forum features the five

March 6, 2012

LexisNexis Certification Program & Fast-Track Your Future Sweepstakes

As you prepare for summer and fall employment, consider completing the LexisNexis "Think Like A Lawyer" program (A.K.A. Prepare to Practice).  The purpose of this program is to help students become more cost-effective and efficient legal researchers so they are better prepared to successfully complete research assignments in the workplace.

Upcoming 2L Government Honors and Internship Deadlines

The following government programs have 2L deadlines coming up in the next few weeks.  Details of these programs are provided in the 2011-12 Government Honors & Internship Handbook, located at  (Password Located via the Symplicity Homepage)

Summer Programs

                     Department of Commerce – Office of General Counsel Legal Internship Program (Paid & Unpaid, Deadline 03/15/12)

                     Commission on Security & Cooperation in Europe – U.S. Helsinki Commission Internship Program (Unpaid, Deadline 03/15/12)

                     Office of the U.S. Trade Representative – Student Internship Program (Unpaid, Deadline 03/15/12)

                     Small Business Administration – Summer Intern Program (Paid & Unpaid, Deadline 03/15/12)

                     New York State Attorney General – Legal Internship Program (Unpaid, Deadline 03/16/12)


                     The White House – White House Internship Program (Unpaid, Deadline 03/11/12)


Programs with “Rolling Deadlines” review applications and fill positions on an ongoing basis, so apply early for these programs.

Job Seekers: Get HR on Your Side

Job Seekers: Get HR on Your Side   by Amy Gallo

Employers are dealing with more job applicants than ever. With thousands of submissions for a single vacancy, companies must be more diligent when sorting the wheat from the chaff. Many rely on HR managers to screen out applicants who aren't qualified for the job or a good fit for the company. This step may feel like a roadblock to you as the applicant, but there are good reasons companies do it. Instead of thinking, "Ugh, I have to talk to HR," focus on how you can work with the department to pass this critical hurdle.

Upcoming CBA Continuing Legal Education

Understanding Personal Liability for Business Taxes (2.75 IL MCLE Credit)
March 6/3:00-6:00 p.m./$80 Member/$160 Nonmember/$60 Gov't Member

March 5, 2012

Upcoming CBA Special Events

CBA Symphony & Chorus Present "The Romatic Muse" - March 7
The "Romantic Muse" will be performed on Wednesday, March 7, at 7:30 p.m., at St James Episcopal Cathedral (Wabash at Huron). Tickets are $12 per person ($10 student). Order tickets online at