Summer Service Awards

Our selective Summer Service Award Program has attracted some of the country's best students, who were drawn to DePaul by the prestige and quality of the program. The students chosen for these awards have LSAT scores as high as 168 and median GPAs of 3.5.

The Center offers students the opportunity to have a paid summer job reserved in advance. Legal work is secured for all eligible students who accept the award. Paid placements are available in juvenile justice, divorce, domestic violence, custody, guardianship, elder law, disability, and child abuse and neglect. These job opportunities afford family law students valuable work experience that helps them find permanent employment upon graduation. Students who choose to work in the public sector receive an award of $5,000.00.

In recent years, award recipients have accepted prearranged positions with the following employers:

Public Interest Positions

  • Chicago Coalition for the Homeless
  • Chicago Legal Clinic
  • Chicago Volunteer Legal Services
  • Cook County Public Defender
  • Cook County Public Guardian
  • Cook County State's Attorney
  • Illinois Guardianship & Advocacy Commission
  • Legal Assistance Bureau
  • Legal Assistance Foundation
  • Life Span Center for Legal Services
  • National Center for Immigrant Justice

Some students who are offered Summer Service Awards prefer jobs in private firms that practice family law. These students are paid directly by the firms. In recent years, award recipients have accepted prearranged jobs with the following employers.

Private Law Firm Positions

  • Robert Badesch
  • Beermann, Swerdlove, et al.
  • Craig Hammond
  • Lake, Toback & Yavitz
  • Nadler, Pritikin & Mirabelli
  • Rinella & Rinella
  • Schiller DuCanto & Fleck

First year award recipients meet weekly throughout the year as a group to share community, build skills, and prepare for their summer work. Most alumni of this program rave about these meetings as the best part of their law school experience. This supportive group offers, chocolate, treats, and individual attention from both Barbara Hausman, the Executive Director of the Center, and Jane Rutherford, a professor and faculty director of the Center.

Family Law