Career Services Office:
News & Announcements for the Week of
June 5, 2000

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NEW ASSISTANT DEAN OF
CAREER SERVICES

Please join our office in extending a warm welcome to the newest member of our staff, Jeanne Kraft, Assistant Dean of Career Services.  Jeanne is a former legal recruiter and was the Director of Career Services at Northwestern University School of Law from 1991 until this spring.  She was also the Director of Career Services at Chicago-Kent from 1988 to 1991.  We are looking forward to Jeanne's return to Chicago-Kent, beginning June 1st, and hope you'll stop by the CSO this summer, or in the fall, to welcome her. 

EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES

NAPIL Equal Justice Fellowships - Chicago Presentation
In an effort to compete effectively with both the growing public interest and private sector job markets, NAPIL has accelerated their Equal Justice Fellowship application process.  NAPIL Equal Justice Fellowships are 2 year fellowships tht provide salary, loan repayment assistance, training and other support to new and recent law graduates who work FT on innovative public interest legal projects.  NAPIL staff will be in Chicago on Tuesday, June 13, 2000 from 9:30 a.m. - 12 p.m. at the Legal Assistance Foundation of Chicago, 111 W. Jackson, 3rd Floor, to speak about the fellowship program and the accelerated deadline dates.  For additional information about the fellowships and/or application, check out  www.napil.org.

ATTN: 2Ls: Judicial Clerkships with the New Jersey Judiciary
The CSO has received information regarding 430 possible judicial clerkships available for the 2001-2002 court year in New Jersey.  Interested 2Ls should check out the back of the NALP Federal and State Judicial Clerkship Directory, on the shelves of the Resource Center, for more information.

ATTN: Class of 2000: National Service Legal Corps and AmeriCorps*VISTA Attorney Opportunities
The CSO has received extensive information about attorney positions through the National Service Legal Corps and AmeriCorps*Vista.  If you're interested in public interest law, this is a terrific opportunity to work with low-income communities while gaining hands-on, substantive legal experience.  Check out the NAPIL Post-Graduate National Service Programs binder located on the shelves of the Resource Center. 

Position Open on IIT's Main Campus
A FT secretary position is available in the residence halls of IIT beginning August 2000.  The position offers free tuition, a full benefit package, a competitive salary, flexible hours as well as a relaxed atmosphere, and the added bonus of eliminating the commute between school and work! 

All interested students are encouraged to forward a cover letter and resume via mail, fax or e-mail to: Doug Geiger, Associate Dean of Students, Residence Life Office, 3241 S. Wabash, Room 100, Chicago, IL 60616, Fax: 312-808-6401.  Don't miss this opportunity to ease the financial burdens of law school and free up time, while not giving up any of the benefits that come with a full time job. 

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:

PROGRAMS

Win Scholarships this Summer at "Client Development and Client Relationship Management: The Key to Your Success as a Lawyer"
In July, the CSO and members of the Chicago Legal Marketing community will co-sponsor a seven series program entitled, "Client Development and Client Relationship Management: The Key to Your Success as a Lawyer."  Participants will learn the essential marketing and client development skills required to develop a successful law practice that goes beyond being an excellent legal technician.  Students who have completed two years of law school, or have two years of professional experience prior to entering law school, and recent graduates are encouraged to attend.  A scholarship towards tuition will be awarded to two students who attend all sessions and submit the best overall personal marketing plan (as judged by a panel of law firm marketers and members of the program faculty). 

The program will be held every Tuesday and Thursday from July 11 - August 1, 2000 from 12 - 1 p.m.  Lunch will be available.  A mailing will be sent later this spring with details about the program and the recent addition of "Using Technology to Market Your Business".  Advanced registration required.  Please sign up in the CSO if you would like to attend this innovative program. 

RESOURCES

New Alternative Career Resources Available in the CSO
If you have ever considered consulting or investment banking as an alternative to the legal field but have been unsure where to begin, be sure to check out the following resources in the CSO to get you started on the right track:

  • Consulting for PhDs, Lawyers, and Doctors, Wet Feet Press
  • So, You Want to be a Management Consultant, The WetFeet.com Insider Guide
  • The Harvard Business School Guide to Careers in Management Consulting
  • Ace Your Case!  The Essential Management Consulting Workbook, Wet Feet Press
  • Killer Consulting Resumes, Wet Feet Press
  • So, You Want to be an Investment Banker, Thew WetFeet.com Insider Guide
  • The Wet Feet Guide to Acing Your Investment Banking Interviews, Wet Feet Press
  • The Harvard Business School Guide to Careers in Finance
Job Fairs

14th Annual BLSA Midwest Minority Recruitment Conference
The14th Annual BLSA Midwest Minority Recruitment Conference will be held Thursday, October 5th - Saturday, October 7th at the Sheraton Airport Hotel in Cleveland, Ohio.  If interested in participating, sign up in the CSO.  Registration packets will be available in the CSO in mid-June.

2000 Minnesota Minority Recruitment Conference
The Minnesota Minority Recruitment Conference will take place September 15th and 16th at the offices of Dorsey & Whitney, located at the Pillsbury Center in downtown Minneapolis.  Over 30 Minnesota law firms and state agencies will be participating.  The conference has 2 new features this year: a scholarship to receive reimbursement for travel expenses and the participation of several federal and state judges who will be interviewing students at the conference for judicial clerkships.  Registration materials are available in the CSO. All materials must be returned to the CSO by 5 p.m., Friday, June 23, 2000.

National Black Prosecutors Association (NBPA) Convention/Job Fair
The National Black Prosecutors Association will convene it's 17th Annual Convention/JobFair from August 8 - 13, 2000 at the Loews L'Enfant Plaza Hotel, Washington, D.C.  The job fair will take place on August 8, 2000 from 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.  The job fair will provide a forum for law students, recent graduates, and experienced attorneys interested in relocating, to meet and interview with prospective employers for employment in prosecutor's offices at the local, state and federal levels across the nation.  If interested in participating, pick up registration materials in the CSO.  Materials must be returned to the NBPA by July 1, 2000.

MISCELLANEOUS

Summer Semester Office Hours 
Starting Monday, May 8th, the CSO will begin to observe Summer Hours as follows: 

  • Monday, Tuesday, Thursday & Friday                              8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday                                                                      8:30 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.
  • Saturdays as follows (5/13, 6/17, 7/15, 8/19)                    9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Please note: The CSO will either close early or be closed on the following dates - 
  • Wednesday & Thursday, June 14th & 15th for Cleaning and Re-Organization
  • 3 p.m., Monday, July 3rd
  • Tuesday, July 4th - Independence Day
Patent Bar Exam
The next U. S. Patent and Trademark Office exam date is October 18, 2000.  The filing deadline is July 7, 2000.  For more information and examples of past exam questions and answers, please visit their Web site at www.uspto.gov.

ATTN: Class of 2002: Summer Reception at Whyte Hirschboeck Dudke S.C. in Milwaukee
Whyte Hirschboeck Dudek S.C. is hosting a summer reception on Thursday, July 6, 2000 at 4 p.m. at their offices located at 111 E. Wisconsin Ave., Suite 2100, Milwaukee, WI 53202.  Students will learn about the firm, their summer associate program, tour the facilities, and meet with attorneys.  To register and/or receive additional information contact Ms. Tracy Jochims, Human Resources Associate, at (414) 223-5095 or tlj@whdlaw.com or visit www.whdlaw.com

Professional Trial Lawyers College of Advocacy
The University of Illinois College of Law and the Mirza Foundation for Advocacy and Justice will hold an intensive training program in the principles and techniques of personal injury litigation entitled, "The Jerome Mizra Professional Trial Lawyers College of Advocacy". The training program will be held July 12 - 16, 2000 at the University of Illinois College of Law.  Tuition is $325.  For more information, see Asha Vishwanath in the CSO.


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