Career Planning Center’s Weekly Events

4/8/13 – 4/14/13


Job ID# Employer Location Job Title Preferred Class
2884 Office of General Counsel, Valparaiso University Valparaiso Summer 2013 Extern 2L
2918 Hammond Legal Aid Clinic Hammond, IN Summer 2013 Extern 1L, 2L
2927 U.S. Attorney’s Office Chicago Fall 2013 Extern 1L, 2L
3126 Neighborhood Defender Service of Harlem New York, NY Post-Graduate Fellowship 3L
3133 American Immigration Council Washington, DC Legislative Fellow 3L

3L Pro Bono Plenary Session – April 18th

Thursday, April 18, 3:40 p.m. – 4:30 p.m., Tabor Classroom – Required Plenary for students graduating in May 2013 if they did not attend the earlier session in the fall of 2012.The purpose of this final session is to discuss the value of engaging in pro bono work as an attorney. Presenters and students will share their experiences.

1L VOLT Milestones

It is not too late for 1Ls to complete all of their VOLT Milestones. You can still schedule mock interviews, prepare application documents and meet with your career advisor before school ends this semester.  A significant number of students have completed all of their Milestones.  If you need guidance on what milestones you still need to finish, contact any Career Planning staff member.

Externship New Proposal deadline extended to April 26

If you wish to submit a new externship proposal for the Curriculum Committee to consider for Summer or Fall 2013, you MUST do so before April 26, 2013.  See Lisa Cannon for details or download the form for the employer to complete at

Externs:  If you have been selected for a future externship (Sum, Fall or Spring), please review the FAQ site of the Externship webpage to see the forms and to answer most questions you may have.
Contact Lisa Cannon at with further questions.

Summer Policies on Externships, Pro Bono Internships and SPIS

Structuring Positions at Non-Approved Externship Sites

If a student obtains a summer position with a judge, court, government agency, or legal aid organization not on the list of approved externship sites, then the student has 3 choices for how to structure the position – (i) pro bono internship for which pro bono service hours can be earned, (ii) public interest internship with SPIS funding, or (iii) externship for academic credit provided externship is approved by Curriculum Committee and Faculty.

Pro Bono Internships at Approved Externship Sites

Students selected for a position at an approved externship site can elect to structure the position as a pro bono internship for the entire duration of the summer internship, provided the employer agrees to host selected student as a pro bono intern rather than as an extern.  Also, students enrolled in a summer externship that complete all of the hours required for earning academic credit at their approved externship site, can continue on in their positions and earn pro bono service hours credit.

No SPIS Funding at Approved Externship Sites

Valparaiso Law will continue to enforce its policy that students selected for summer positions at approved externship sites are not eligible to apply for SPIS funding. 

Alumni Mentor Program

Attention Students! Sign up for the Alumni Mentor Program! This is an available resource for all students. With over 100 Alumni volunteers signed up to participate, you won’t want to miss this opportunity. The program is accessible through Strategy; click here for more details on how to get started!

Public Interest Internship with Summer Public Interest Stipend Funding (SPIS)

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 Valparaiso Law’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. Please submit your application to Robyn Rucker in the Career Planning Center Suite, room 131.

Applications for Summer Public Interest Stipend funding are due Friday, April 12, by 5:00 p.m.