The purpose of the program is to allow other law students exposure to various fields and types of practice to be able to make similar informed decisions. Paul Ochmanek, YLS Chair, describes the program:
“The program's purpose was to expose law students to the actual practice of law by creating opportunities to observe ("shadow") actual lawyers. The law students would obtain valuable experience watching lawyers throughout a variety of practice areas. The program extended to all areas of practice and well beyond Cook County, as lawyers and students throughout Illinois are permitted to participate.”
Law students should visit the link, is http://cbashadow.chicagobar.org/, to review shadow opportunities. Lawyers should also visit the link to submit shadow opportunities. This program can be successful if all of you provide such opportunities.
Here is a real life example - on the first day of the program, I posted for a shadow opportunity. One person responded. She visited the next week, enjoyed the experience and sent a note asking if she could shadow again during her spring break. I replied that would be great. She visited, and we have now extended a job offer to her as a paid clerk. That job could eventually lead to a full-time position when she graduates. So again, if you are a law student, what are you waiting for? Sign up for a shadow opportunity today.