Career Planning Center’s Weekly Events

(2/11/12 – 2/17/12)

Top 5 Jobs

Job ID# Employer Location Job Title Preferred Class
2787 Crane Naval Surface Warfare Center Bloomington, IN Summer Extern 1L, 2L
2808 Office of General Counsel, IL Governor’s Office Chicago, IL Summer Intern 1L, 2L
2813 DuPage County Public Defender’s Office Wheaton, IL Summer Extern or Intern 1L, 2L
2815 NiSource Corporate Services Merrillville, IN Law Clerk 1L,

2L preferred

2817 Legal Studies Institute Washington DC Summer Intern 1L, 2L

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.

3rd Annual Externship Expo

Law School Atrium

February 12, 2013 | 10:45 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Chicago Board of Education | City of South Bend Legal Dept.

Crane Naval Surface Warfare Center

Environmental Protection Agency

Equal Employment Opportunity Commission

Hoosier Environmental Council | Indiana State Police

Juvenile Justice Center | U.S. Department of Homeland Security

Valparaiso University Department of Human Resources

Business Casual Attire to Participate

Upcoming CPC Events


12        Externship Expo (11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. – Atrium/Hall)

25        What you need to know about Pro Bono as a 1L?  (3:40 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. – Ulbricht)

25        Etiquette Dinner (6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. – Harre Union)


Mock Interview Sessions Open for All Students

Feb. 12 (Tues) – 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. – Job #2804

Feb. 12 (Tues) – Michael Bolde, Burke Costanza & Carberry – 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 pm – New Job #2814

Feb. 13 (Wed.) – Karyn Boswell, Lake County Prosecutor’s Office – 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. – Job #2803

Kenya Jones, Robert L. Lewis & Assoc. – 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. – Job #2802

Feb. 20 (Wed.) – 3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. – Job # 2805

All mock interviews take place in the Career Planning Suite.

*Important Note – In order to participate in resume collects or Spring 2013 on-campus interviews for Summer, Fall or Spring externships, all students must participate in a mock interview first.

1L Note – Completing a Mock Interview fulfills a VOLT milestone.

Law Clerk, Extern for Credit, Pro Bono Intern, Summer Public Interest Stipend?

What do these terms really mean?

Law students have to consider a number of factors in deciding how to structure their summer positions. Financial concerns and the desire to earn summer academic credit in an externship are two of these factors.  Before making definitive summer plans, it is helpful to have an understanding of some terms and policies. Here is an overview of the ways that Valpo law students typically structure summer positions:

Paid law clerk or summer associate –

While many types of employers may use the term “law clerk” or “summer associate,” this term is generally reserved for paid positions in law firms or corporations

Externship for academic credit at a school approved site –

•           These positions are usually with public interest employers including judges, courts, federal and state government agencies, and legal aid organizations

•           Students who secure positions with approved externships sites are not eligible for Summer Public Interest Stipends.  Moreover, students participating in a summer externship for academic credit must pay for the externship credits they earn.

 Pro Bono Internship –

Students work under the supervision of an attorney and provide legal services for low income clients or assist judges and government agencies. Students cannot earn income or academic credit in a pro bono internship. However, they can fulfill their pro bono service hour’s requirement for graduation. Also, with the approval of the Director of Experiential Learning and the employer involved, some students selected for a summer externship may be able to convert their externship positions to a pro bono internship.

Public Interest Internship with Summer Public Interest Stipend Funding –

If a student is selected for a public interest position, the student can apply for Summer Public Interest Stipend funding provided the summer public interest employer is not one of Valpo’s approved externship employers.  Students may not count the paid hours of the public interest position towards the pro bono requirement.  However, after the paid hours have been completed, students may use remaining hours to earn pro bono service credit towards graduation.

If you have any questions about these terms and policies or what type of position is best for you, please contact the Career Planning Center.