Weekly Docket

Every week, I get emails from alumni, professors, friends, and employers about great opportunities. I get emails calling for job applications, emails about upcoming events and job fairs, and emails from lawyers just wanting to let law students know that if they email them, they will be responsive and eager to meet for coffee.

I have never quite known how to efficiently get this information out to students without bombarding you with emails until now. (All of the job postings and events are posted to symplicity but this is a separate weekly reminder of new opportunities.) I am announcing a new weekly feature on this blog to be posted on Wednesdays, “Weekly Docket,” where I will post the great information my network sends me during the course of the week.

This week, the weekly docket includes a call from the City of Chicago for summer applications from 1Ls and 2Ls, an invitation to a Chicago career forum in February, a listing of fellowship positions open at the University of Michigan, a website where California legal aid positions are posted, and other things.

Please note that some of the items are very long so all of the items are in a large font to set them apart so you can easily skip from item to item.

I hope you find this useful and as always, if you have questions about anything, please reach out to a CDO counselor. We are always eager to hear from you.

With no further ado, here is your very first edition of the Weekly Docket:

The City of Chicago Department of Law is seeking Volunteers and Externs for its Summer Law Clerk Program:

We welcome recent grads to volunteer with us as well!  Applications must be received by March 1st

 Summer Law Clerk Program:

The City of Chicago Department of Law invites law students to apply for its Summer Law Clerk Program. The program begins June 1st and runs for a minimum of 10 weeks; however, the start date and duration of a law clerk’s summer will be determined by the law clerk and his/her direct supervisor. The Summer Law Clerk Program is designed to provide current law students with a challenging unpaid clerkship that reflects the demands and rewards of public service, as well as a realistic picture of what it is like to practice law for the City of Chicago. Participants in the Summer Law Clerk Program are not compensated. However, some schools may offer student grants or allow for academic credit.

Law clerks will receive incomparable hands-on legal experience during the Summer Law Clerk Program.  The selected clerks will be assigned to work in a Law Department practice Division* that interests them and participate in a wide variety of activities.  Law clerks may:

                  assist in trial preparation;

                  attend depositions;

                  observe real estate closings;

                  attend client meetings;

                  attend court proceedings;

                  conduct legal research and analysis; and

                  draft memoranda, briefs and contracts.

Law clerks who qualify for an Illinois Supreme Court Rule 711 license may represent the City in:

                 mandatory tort arbitrations in the Circuit Court of Cook County;

                 grievance arbitration hearings and disciplinary proceedings before the Police Board and Human Resources Board;

  • prosecutions of Municipal Code Violations in Administrative Hearings or in the Circuit Court of Cook County;
  • cases before the Circuit Court of Cook County (Criminal, Civil and Chancery Divisions) and Federal Court;
  • hearings before the Department of Administrative Hearings and the Department of Business Affairs and Licensing;
  • settlement agreement negotiations; and
  • real estate closings.

They may also depose or examine witnesses in trials in State and Federal Court.

The Law Department hosts a Summer Law Clerk Program Lecture Series that features speakers addressing legal issues affecting the City in areas such as environmental and First Amendment law.  Law clerks are given opportunities to meet with City Department officials and members of the State and Federal Judiciary.  They also participate in a number of interesting behind-the-scenes tours of City Departments.

The Law Department seeks talented, promising individuals from a wide variety of backgrounds. The Law Department is committed to increasing opportunities for minorities in the legal profession, and it is proud that its staff reflects the racial, cultural and ethnic diversity of Chicago. The Law Department is an Equal Employment Opportunity and Military Friendly Employer.

 Applications for the Summer Program will be accepted from January 15th through March 1st.

Please note that residency is not required for the Summer Law Clerk Program.

Application Process:

In order to begin the application process, a hard copy of your materials must be mailed or hand delivered to:

Legal Recruiter

City of Chicago Department of Law
30 N. La Salle, Suite 1640
Chicago, IL 60602

E-mail applications will not be accepted.  Please note that applications will not be forwarded to Divisions* for consideration until all application materials, including law school transcripts, are received.

Application Materials:

  • Cover letter (In addition to identifying three ranked Division* preferences, please indicate that your application is for the Summer Law Clerk Program)
  • Resume
  • Law School Transcript (official or unofficial)
  • One writing sample

*For a listing and description of Divisions, click here

The Chicago Asian American Bar Association, Filipino American Lawyers Association of Chicago, and the Korean American Bar Association invite you to a law student career forum:

The forum is for all law students to get advice, meet, discuss your law career with Law Firm Partners, Government Attorneys, In-House Counsel, and other lawyers in the Chicago Area.  Please register by clicking the link below:


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Changing Administration: Tips for Finding Your Public Interest Job Talk at the MPILCC Conference:

If you are attending the MPILCC conference, join Delisa Morris, PSJD’s 2016-2017 Fellow, to learn how to search for public interest jobs through PSJD & USAJobs, particularly in light of changing opportunities due to a new administration. Delisa can help you understand what she’s learning her first year out from law school about searching for public interest jobs and maximizing results. The talk will take place at Northwestern Pritzker
School of Law on 
Saturday, February 4 from 12:00pm-1:00 PM in Booth Hall (LM 204)
Pizza will be served!

Susan Butler Plum will be at the University of Chicago to talk about the Skadden Fellowship in March:

The University of Chicago Law School will be hosting Susan Butler Plum’s Skadden Fellowship Information Session at 12:15 pm on Tuesday, March 28th. Like last year, Susan will be appearing virtually, via video-conference, so your students/alumni may choose either to attend the lunch event in-person, or log onto the event remotely.

More details and a request for RSVPs will follow, but for now, feel free to save the date.

When:              Tuesday, March 28, 2017,  12:15 pm-1:15 pm

Where:            The University of Chicago Law School

1111 East 60th Street, Rm. V

[remote log-in details to follow]

The Skadden Fellowships allow graduates to design their dream public interest jobs. These two-year fellowships fund work in civil legal services for clients living in poverty. Susan Plum, the Executive Director of the Fellowships, will be video-conferencing with students to explain the program and answer your questions. Don’t miss the opportunity to find out about these prestigious fellowships and get tips on how to create a strong application. This is an essential program for all students interested in public interest work

The University of Michigan is hiring three fellows for postgraduate positions:

Our fellows program is designed on a three-year model where we don’t commit to the third year until after the first. The program provides close mentoring and guidance on teaching and scholarship by multiple senior clinicians, frequent rounds for fellows and others new to clinical teaching, full participation in clinical faculty governance, financial support for conferences and research, and strong support across the entire Michigan Law faculty in professional development and the long term job search.  Our small cadre of fellows are a vibrant part of a large and engaged full-time clinical faculty that staff our 18 clinics that guarantee all students enrollment in at least one upper-level clinic.

The clinics we are seeking fellows for are:

–           1L Unemployment Insurance Clinic;

–           Community and Economic Development Clinic; and

–           Pediatric Advocacy Clinic.

We will begin reviewing applications on February 13th. See symplicity for the job postings.

A central website where Legal aid groups in California post positions is:


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