1L Frequently Asked Questions
What is the role of the Office of Career Services in helping me to find employment?
The role of our office is to assist you in assessing your career goals, exploring how you can apply your legal education to the workplace, and preparing you to make the transition to a professional career. The Office of Career Services provides the following services:
- One-on-one career counseling
- Small group resume & cover letter review sessions
- Interview preparation
- Programs on career choices in the public, private, and alternative sectors
- Access to books, periodicals, directories, newsletters, and online resources
- Online access to job postings
What is the best way to prepare for a summer job search?
- Attend a resume and/or cover letter workshop
- Revise your resume as a legal resume by using the "How to Write a Resume" document
- Make an appointment with the Office of Career Services to discuss your career goals, gain exposure to our resources, and review your resume
- Use PEARSON, create a profile, and get familiar with searching the site for job postings
- Create a cover letter that can be tailored to fit the job that you're applying for by using the "How to Write a Cover Letter" document
Who is my assigned career counselor?
- Maureen Kieffer: All students enrolled in a Child Law or Public Interest Legal Writing section
- Hollis Hanover: Students with last names beginning with A-G
- Sheila Simhan: Students with last names beginning with H-O
- Marianne Deagle: Students with last names beginning with P-Z
How do I make an appointment with one of the Career Services counselors?
- Call the office at 312-915-7160
- Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
- Stop by 25 E. Pearson, Suite 1301
What is PEARSON?
PEARSON is a database that manages career services information. Our office uses it to manage student and alumni information, post jobs, and schedule interviews for our on-campus recruiting program.
How often should I check PEARSON?
You should begin checking PEARSON periodically in late November to get familiar with it. After you return from Christmas break, you should check PEARSON at least twice per week to look for summer opportunities. Remember: new opportunities are posted everyday!
How do I identify law firms to contact about summer jobs?
- Chicago Area 4 or More List
- NALP Directory of Legal Employers (Using the "Advanced Search" function, you can identify firms that hire 1L students)
How do I identify public interest organizations or government entities to contact about summer jobs?
- Arizona Handbooks
- Public Interest Organizations in Chicago
- Government Agencies in Chicago
- The Federal Legal Employment Guide
- Public Service Career Planning and Job Search Guide
How do I find a job with a judge this summer?
First year students are eligible to apply for summer judicial externships in the spring semester. An email will be sent early in the spring semester to inform you about these opportunities.
Aside from the judicial externship program, students may initiate a search for a position with a judge by accessing the PEARSON job postings or by directly contacting judges to inquire about job opportunities.
When should I be ready to send out resumes?
If none of the opportunities that you are interested in have early deadlines and you do not intend to job search before winter break, you should have a resume and cover letter ready to go out by early February. This means that you will need to spend time over the winter break working on your resume and cover letter.
Do not wait until March 1 to begin this process!
What should I expect to be paid?
- Most small and medium law firms pay an hourly wage of between $10 and $20 per hour.
- Summer internships with public interest organizations and government agencies tend not to pay but offer great opportunities to gain valuable experience. See our website for funding ideas.
- Although jobs working in-house for a corporation can be difficult to find, corporations tend to pay a weekly salary.
- Judicial externships are unpaid opportunities. However, if you work for a judge in the Chicago area and enroll in the externship course, you can receive academic credit for your judicial externship.