The Office of Career Planning Weekly Events

10/7 – 10/13


Job ID# Employer Location Job Title Preferred Class
3992 U.S. Merit Systems Protection Board Chicago, IL 2014 Spring InternApply by 10/18 2L, 3L
3993 Dunes Learning Center(Needs research done related to Indiana National Seashore – adjunct professor to supervise) Chesterton, IN Pro Bono Intern needed immediatelyApply by 10/31 2L, 3L
3990 Chicago Legal Clinic Chicago, IL 2014 Spring ExternApply by 10/30 3L
4002 Burt Blee Dixon Sutton & Bloom Fort Wayne, IN Post-Graduate Entry-Level AttorneyAPPLY BY OCT. 11TH 3L
3973 Indiana State PoliceOCI Schedule ID 250 Lowell, IN Spring 2014 ExternAPPLY BY OCT. 9TH 3L

Explore the Possibilities: Pro Bono and Public Interest Law Opportunities

Looking to secure a position at a public interest law organization or in the government sector during law school or for your career? Please plan to attend Explore the Possibilities:  Pro Bono and Public Interest Law Opportunities which is set to take place on Saturday, October 12, 2013 at Chicago Kent College of Law from 8:30 until 12:15.  This program is for Chicago-area law students who are interested in learning more about opportunities as volunteers, interns or externs, fellows, or staff at public interest law organizations and in the government sector.  You must register for this event by October 9, 2013.  You may access the registration by visiting

FALL Externs’ Mid-term Reports – due Friday, October 11

a. Time Log to date – Must be signed by Field Supervisor, with hours totaled.

b. Journal to date – Maintain a journal in a Word document with an entry for each day or few days you spend in your externship (at least ¾ to 1 page per journal entry).  Follow this required format:

  1. Tell the story of your workplace engagement.
  2. How did you feel about your contributions?
  3. What have you learned?
  4. What have you accomplished toward fulfilling your learning objectives?

c. Work Product to date – Keep an electronic file of all final copies of your work product in Word format. Before you submit it, make sure that your Field Supervisor approves (some of your work product may not be appropriate for disclosure). If you are unable to submit work due to confidentiality, please note this in your work journal.

d. Field Supervisor’s Mid-term Evaluation of your work – please ask your Field Supervisor to submit it to you. You must submit this evaluation along with your other reports in TWEN.

Resume Action Words

From the Culture and Manners Institute at http://www.culture and

“I’m a people person.”

What does that even mean?  It makes me think of people who say, “I’m a dog person” or “a cat person.”

The idea is to show potential employers (or potential clients) you get along with people without saying, “My etiquette skills rock.”  Because in a me-focused world, employers want to know if you will get along with others or be a human volcano of bickering, fighting, gossiping, whining, blaming… and leaving a splash of coffee on the bottom of the coffee pot to burn, instead of refilling it after you take the last cup.  Nobody wants that in their workplace.

There’s a better way to show you get along with others and that’s to say it on your resume (or sales materials) by starting each bullet point with what I call, “I-work-well-with-others action words.”

Collaborated with

Teamed with

Involved with team




Joined forces with

Worked together with





Assembled group of

Mix these words with bullet points of individual initiative and leadership action words: (Managed, Specialized in, Supervised, Initiated, Delivered, Designed, Motivated, Selected, Directed, Drove, Created, Trained, Coached, Counseled, Researched, Edited, Produced, Fostered, Enhanced…) and you have a winning resume.  All of these action words work well in your cover letters and the actual interview, too.

What Legal Fields Will be Hot?

Super Hot – Health Care Law, Administrative Law, Intellectual Property Law, Family Law

Hot – Food and Drug Law, Tax Controversy and Litigation, Privacy Law, Compliance Law

Somewhat Hot – Employment Law, Energy Law, Manufacturing Law, Immigration Law

Learn more about growing legal fields in the National Jurist, September 2013 on-line issue

National Law Review 2013 Writing Competition – an opportunity for law students

The National Law Review (NLR) consolidates practice-oriented legal analysis from a variety of sources for easy access by lawyers, paralegals, law students, business executives, insurance professionals, accountants, compliance officers, human resource managers, and other professionals who wish to better understand specific legal issues relevant to their work.

The NLR Law Student Writing Competition

The NLR Law Student Writing Competition offers law students the opportunity to submit articles for publication consideration on the NLR Web site.  No entry fee is required. Applicants can submit an unlimited number of entries each month.

  • Winning submissions will be published according to specified dates.
  • Entries will be judged and the top two to four articles chosen will be featured on the NLR homepage for a month.  Up to 5 runner-up entries will also be posted in the NLR searchable database each month.
  • Each winning article will be displayed accompanied by the student’s photo, biography, contact information, law school logo, and any copyright disclosure.
  • All winning articles will remain in the NLR database for two years (subject to earlier removal upon request of the law school).

In addition, the NLR sends links to targeted articles to specific professional groups via e-mail. The NLR also posts links to selected articles on the “Legal Issues” or “Research” sections of various professional organizations’ Web sites. (NLR, at its sole discretion, may distribute any winning entry in such a manner, but does not make any such guarantees nor does NLR represent that this is part of the prize package.)

October 14th Submission Deadline