Career Planning Center’s Weekly Events

(12/3/12 – 12/9/12)

 Top 5 Jobs and/or Scheduled Interviews

Job ID# Employer Location Job Title Preferred Class
2598 Public Interest Law Initiative Chicago Summer Law Clerk 1L, 2L
2573 Chicago Board of Education Chicago Spring Extern 2013 Prefer 3L, will consider 2L
2557 Vice President and University Counsel, Valparaiso University Valparaiso Spring Extern 2013 2L, 3L
2399 Equal Employment Opportunity Commission Chicago Spring Extern 2013 3L
2583 Office of General Counsel, Illinois Association of School Boards Can work remotely Pro Bono – Spring 2013 2L, 3L

To view these and other opportunities, please login to your Strategy recruiting account.  If you would like to discuss your job search with a Career Advisor, please contact the Career Planning Center at:  219-465-7814 or visit the CPC in suite 131.

Midwest Public Interest Law Career Conference

The Midwest Public Interest Law Career Conference will take place on February 2, at Northwestern University School of Law.  The conference offers you opportunities to:

  • Interview with a variety of public interest and government employers for summer law clerk and entry-level attorney positions (employers will pre-screen resumes and select students to interview). Though most of the opportunities are unpaid or invite outside funding, there are positions that offer a stipend. Since most of the employers come mainly from the Midwest, you may find a position in the communities you seek to serve.
  • Meet with employers during Table Talk, a morning session where you can informally chat with employers about their organization’s opportunities. Brochures, newsletters and other organizational literature from each employer will also be available.
  • Respond to on-line employer resume requests for internships (volunteer or paid), fellowship, and entry level positions. This service is available to you throughout the school year.

In order to attend, you must email Robyn Rucker, by December 5, notifying her that you would like to register for the Conference.  In the email, please also indicate whether or not you have registered for the conference in the past.  Students will subsequently be issued login and password information, as well as bidding instructions for employer interviewing, on December 10.

If you have questions regarding the conference, please contact Robyn Rucker in the Career Planning Center.  You will find detailed conference information, including information about employers on the conference site at


Friday, December 14, 5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Valley Kitchen & Bar 55 S. Franklin Street, Valparaiso, (Heavy appetizers will be served.)

Please RSVP* to Misty Hatch at, by Friday, December 7, 2012 to attend. Space is limited. Late RSVP’S will not be honored. If you RSVP and later decide not to attend, please, as a courtesy, let Misty know so that the PCBA is not charged

Questions? Please call or email Alissa Kohlhoff, / 219.465.5669

(Annual student memberships in this bar association are only $20.)​

Holiday Networking Tips

Networking does not mean you become a walking/talking resume.  Think of networking as research.  As said in previous Etiquette Tips, the best way to start and continue a conversation is to ask questions:

What do you do for a living?

How long have you been with that company?

How did you first become interested in that company?

What do you like best about your company (or job)?

How did you get started in that field?

This is not just job research, its company research; because you learn which company has happy and satisfied employees and which ones don’t. (One person badmouthing their company might just be a malcontent.  Three is a pattern.)

Here is the best part. When you ask questions of another person, you show you are taking interest in that person and that makes people feel good about themselves.  This is what etiquette is all about.

Some people who are out of work avoid holiday parties. Never fear to admit you are out of work.  Everyone has been there.  Networking skills honed in holiday season are valuable assets when you do find employment. Now get out there and party.​