Career Services Office:
News & Announcements for the Week of
January 31, 2000

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PROGRAMS

To pre-register for any of the following programs, please stop by the CSO or e-mail kentcso@kentlaw.edu with the title, date and time of the program you wish to attend.  Walk-ins the day of the program are ALWAYS welcome. 

Summer Opportunities for 1Ls
How do most students spend the summer?  Are clerking jobs available?  How do you find a clerking job?  What's the timetable for summer hiring?  How critical is it to gain legal experience during the summer?  On Tuesday, February 1st at 12:00 p.m. in Room 580, and again on Wednesday, February 2nd at 5:15 p.m. in Room 570, members of the CSO will address the common concerns of first-year students regarding how they spend the summer after their first year of law school. 

Special Career Planning Concerns For Evening Students
Evening students are faced with the question of how to develop practical legal experience while working full time. On Thursday, February 3rd at 5:15 p.m. in Room 570, members of the CSO will address the special challenges faced by evening students, share practical strategies for gaining legal experience, and suggest ways to devise a career transition plan that will work for you.

Interviewing Skills for 1Ls
How does a legal interview differ from other interviews?  How do you prepare for an interview? What are hiring attorneys looking for in new hires?  How do you sell yourself effectively?  On Tuesday, February 22nd at 12:00 p.m. in Room 580, and Wednesday, February 23rd at 5:15 p.m. in Room 570, the CSO will discuss the basics of a legal interview, answer strategy questions and provide resource suggestions to help you prepare for legal interviews.

EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES

ATTN: 1L & 2L Asian-American Students: Joint Asian American Bar Association & Cook County State's Attorney's Office Internship
The Cook County State's Attorney's Office is co-sponsoring a summer internship opportunity with the Asian-American Bar Association.  They seek 1Ls and 2Ls who are residents of Cook County for 2 positions.  Application materials are availabe in the CSO.  See Asha Vishwanath. Application materials must be received by February 1, 2000.

ATTN: 1Ls: Franczek Sullivan Summer Positions
Franczek Sullivan P.C., a 37 attorney labor, employment, and education law firm in Chicago, is accepting applications for summer 2000.  They seek 1Ls who have excelled academically (top 15% of their class) and demonstrate an interest in the practice of labor, employment and/or education law.  Information on the firm is available in the grey files in the CSO.  Candidates should send a letter of interest, resume, law school transcript, and writing sample by February 1st to: Leah D. Gidron, Franczek Sullivan P.C., 300 South Wacker Dr., Suite 3400, Chicago, IL 60606.

ATTN: 1Ls, 2Ls: Office of the District Attorney, Bronx County, NY
The Office of the District Attorney, Bronx County, NY is accepting resumes from 1Ls and 2Ls interested in interning during summer 2000. Prospective candidates should send their resumes, along with a cover letter, a copy of their law school transcript, a writing sample, and three written reference letters to: Maria T. Rivero, Assistant District Attorney, Director of Legal Recruitment, Office of the District Attorney - Bronx County, 198 E. 161st St., Bronx, NY 10451. 

ATTN: 1L Day, 2L Eve, 3Ls: U.S. Army JAG 
A representative from the U.S. Army JAG will be on the IIT Main Campus from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Tuesday, February 8, 2000.  They will be interviewing 1L day and 2L evening students interested in the Army JAG's 2000 summer program.  3L students will also be interviewed for active duty positions with the Army JAG.  Interested students should contact Captain Mark Howze at howzem@ioc.army.mil to set up an interview time.  Resumes should be submitted to the CSO by noon, Tuesday, February 1st. 

PLEASE NOTE: THIS EMPLOYER REFUSED TO SIGN THE CHICAGO-KENT NON-DISCRIMINATION POLICY FORM. 

Judicial Clerkships with the State of New Jersey
The CSO has received extensive information on judicial clerkships with the state of New Jersey.  Please see the NALP Federal and State Judicial Clerkship Directory on the CSO resource shelves if interested.

ATTN: 1Ls, 2Ls, 3Ls: Centro Romero Seeks Volunteers
Centro Romero, a non-profit institution founded in the 1980's to provide for the economic and social well being of Hispanic immigrants, is seeking volunteers to begin immediately.  Interns will work under attorney supervision on all types of cases involving family law and immigration law, including political asylum.  Centro Romero is also accredited under Illinois Supreme Court Rule 711.  Interested students should send or fax a resume to: Ms. Angela M. Salse, Director of Legal Services at Centro Romero, 6216 N. Clark St., Chicago, IL 60660: Fax (773) 508-5399.

Senator Fitzgerald's Office Seeks Interns
Senator Fitzgerald's Chicago office  is currently seeking interns for the spring and summer.  Interns will have the opportunity to work alongside the Senator's staff assisting in various duties including casework.  The intern program is designed for law students who have an interest in government.  Interested students should send a cover letter and resume to: Office of Sentaor Fitzgerald, Attn: Laura Anne Miller, 230 South Dearborn, Suite 3900, Chicago, IL 60604.  Questions?  Call Laura Anne Miller at (312) 886-3506.

Record Handouts
The CSO receives numerous notices throughout the year about internships (paid & unpaid); fellowships; judicial clerkships; and miscellaneous opportunities that would be of interest to our students.  Detailed descriptions are maintained on our Special Opportunities & Record Handouts web page.  Recent entries include:

JOB FAIRS

14th Annual Patent Law Interview Program
Loyola University Chicago School of Law is coordinating and hosting the 14th Annual Patent Law Interview Program.  If you have an undergraduate or graduate degree in engineering or a technical science and you are interested in practicing patent law, you may want to consider registering for the program.  The program gives qualified law students from across the country the opportunity to interview with patent law firms, as well as law firms, corporations and government agencies with patent law departments.  Last year, 120 employers from across the country participated, along with more than 900 registered students from 115 accredited law schools.  The program will be held at the Chicago Marriott Suites O'Hare on Thursday, August 3rd, Friday, August 4th, and Saturday, August 5, 2000.  There will be some employers who will interview one day, some who will interview two days, and some who will interview all three days.  To register for the program, see Barbara Clemmer in the CSO ASAP.  Registration forms must be completed and returned to the CSO by February 25, 2000.

SEMINARS - LISTED BY DATE

Meet the Firms Night
The Young Lawyers Section of the Chicago Bar Association is hosting the Meet the Firms Night on February 2, 2000 from 4:30 - 6:30 p.m. at the CBA, located at 321 S. Plymouth Ct. Firm representatives will provide hiring and firm culture information.  No resumes will be accepted. Reservations are required.  Call (312) 554-2032 to RSVP.

Practising Law Institute Educational Seminars:
Practising Law Institute (PLI) is sponsoring an educational seminar in Chicago this February.   Drafting Corporate Agreements will be held on February 4th.  Students may attend this seminar free of charge by submitting a scholarship application at least four weeks prior to the date of the programs.  To obtain a scholarship application or get further information regarding this  program, visit PLI's web site at www.pli.edu/lawschool and go to the "Student Lounge" page.  PLI Seminars are intended for attorneys, but students are welcome to attend for both educational and networking purposes. 

Resume and Cover Letter Workshop
The Young Lawyers Section of the Chicago Bar Association is hosting a Resume and Cover Letter Workshop on February 9, 2000 from 8 - 9:30 a.m. at the CBA, located at 321 S. Plymouth Ct.  $15 for CBA members/$25 for non-members.  Call (312) 554-2031 to register.

Year 2000 Penny Severns Illinois Women in Government Conference Award Program
Illinois Women in Government (IWIG) is a bi-partisan organization that encourages students interested in local, state, and federal government to apply for paid attendance at the 2000 conference.  The 17th annual conference will be held at the State Capitol in Springfield April 26 - 28, 2000.  The purpose of the conference is to encourage more women to seek elective and appointive office at all levels of government, educate women about governmental issues and the political process, to promote participation in public affairs, and to provide a forum for women's issues.  The award will include the cost of registration, conference meals, mileage allowance or train/bus fare, and lodging costs.  Each award recipient will be matched with a mentor - either a state government official or private sector leader. See Asha Vishwanath for application information.  Application deadline is March 10, 2000.

Shaking the Foundations: The West Coast Conference on Progressive Lawyering
The Shaking the Foundations Conference will be held at Stanford Law School March 3 - 5, 2000.
The conference is organized by law students for law students, activists, and legal practitioners.  The goal is to encourage law students to devote their careers to the stuggle for social justice, to expose students to the broad range of work being done to further progressive goals, and to provide a forum for discussion of creative legal and non-legal strategies.  Limited travel stipends and registration waivers are available.  See Asha Vishwanath or visit www.law.stanford.edu for details and upcoming deadline dates. 

MISCELLANEOUS

Spring Office Hours
Starting Monday, January 17th, the CSO will observe Spring Hours as follows:

  • Monday, Thursday & Friday                                            8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
  • Tuesday & Wednesday                                                    8:30 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.
  • Saturdays as follows (1/22, 2/19, 3/11, 4/15, 5/13)          9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
The CSO will be closed the following dates:
  • February 8th, 9th, & 10th for Strategies for Excellence: Law as a Profession 2000
2Ls: Strategies for Excellence: Law as a Profession 2000
Thank you to all 2Ls, 3Ls & 4Ls who have already registered for Law as a Profession.  As you know, the program will be held February 9th in lieu of regular classes.  We hope you have read the Law as a Profession record page to get a sense of what the program is all about and who will be speaking.  To reiterate, the program does not deal with career search issues.  It's purpose is to introduce students to the practice of law and the expectations of employers and clients as a first year attorney.  In keeping with the theme of the program, professional attire is required.  If you have yet to register, please do so ASAP as space is becoming limited in breakout groups.  NOTE:  You will be receiving email regarding program information and your break out choices shortly.

Need to Sublet Your Apartment this Summer?
Chapman and Cutler's 2000 Summer Associates are seeking housing for the summer.  Any students interested in subletting their apartments for the summer are encouraged to call Ann Rainhart at (312) 845-2997 or to submit detailed information about the apartment to the following address:  Ann Rainhart, Legal Personnel and Recruitment Manager, Chapman and Cutler, 111 W. Monroe St., Chicago, IL 60603.


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