Career Services Office:
News & Announcements for the Week of
August 14, 2000

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MISCELLANEOUS

Welcome First Years
The Career Services Office would like to extend a warm welcome to all first years at Chicago-Kent.  Our office offers a wide range of services, such as 1-on-1 career strategy sessions, programming, job posting system, fall recruiting, job fairs, etc., to help our students and alumnae/i in their job search and career development.  To learn even more about the CSO, check out the CSO home page  and read the Record regularly to learn about upcoming programs and special opportunities.  We look foward to speaking with you at Orientation and hope to see you at the Dean's Reception on Thursday, August 17, 2000.

Fall Semester Office Hours 
Starting Monday, August 21st, the CSO will begin to observe Fall Hours as follows: 

  • Monday, Tuesday & Friday                                8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday & Thursday                                     8:30 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Please Note: We will have extended hours the week of August 21st to assist with fall interviewing preparation and the transition back to school.  We will remain open until 7 p.m. Monday - Thursday.  We will close at 5 p.m. on Friday.

Summer Experience Survey
Did you clerk at a law firm this summer?  Volunteer for a public interest organization?  Serve as a summer associate?  Research for a professor?  Work for a government agency?  Take summer classes or study abroad?  If so, we want to know about it!  We would appreciate it if all returning students would take a few minutes to complete our "Summer Experience Survey," available in the handout racks inside and outside the CSO.  Simply return the form to our office and fill out a raffle ticket to win one of a number of prizes.  Winners will be announced in the Record at the end of September.

2000 FALL INTERVIEW PROGRAM: 
CLASS OF '01, '02, & LLMs

Information regarding the Fall Interview Program (on-campus employers, direct contact employers, joint employers and collect resume employers) is now available  in the CSO and on our web page (contact our office for password).  Please read the information packet thoroughly.  There will be a mandatory program for all students interested in participating on Tuesday, August 22nd at either noon or 5:15 p.m. in Ogilvie Auditorium.  See below for more information.

LawCareer passwordsare available in our office and need to be picked up in order to access the system and bid for emplyers. Please note: if you picked up your password last year, it has most likely changed.  Stop by the CSO to receive your new password.

NOTE: Any 3rd year student who has clerked or volunteered for the Cook County State's Attorney's Office is eligible for an interview with their office regardless of meeting their hiring criteria.  Information regarding this opportunity will be presented at the mandatory meeting. 

 PROGRAMS

Please pre-register for any of the following CSO programs by signing up in the office, calling (312) 906-5200, or e-mailing kentcso@kentlaw.edu with the title, date and time of the program you wish to attend (unless otherwise noted).

Reseaching Employers for the Fall Interviewing Program
Asha Vishwanath, the CSO Resource Manager, will share strategies and techniques for researching employers for the Fall Interviewing Program.  Sessions will be held the following dates and times to better prepare you for preferencing fall interviewing employers:
 
Tuesday, August 15th 
12 p.m.
Thursday, August 17th
12 p.m. & 5:15 p.m.

Mock Interviews
Don't let your first interview actually be your first interview.  One of the best ways to prepare for upcoming interviews is to participate in a mock interview.  Debbi Gutman will conduct mock interviews, by appointment only, in the CSO on the following days:
 
Wednesday, August 16th
10:30 a.m. - 7 p.m.
Wednesday, August 30th
10:30 a.m. - 7 p.m.
Thursday, August 31st
10:30 a.m. - 7 p.m.
Wednesday, September 13
10:30 a.m. - 7 p.m.

Please submit a resume 24 hours in advance of your appointment and indicate the employer-type you want her to assume in the mock interview.  You are encouraged to come dressed as you would for an actual interview.  Sessions are videotaped, after which you will receive a candid critique of your current interviewing skills while watching the video.  Students interested in keeping a copy of their session are encourgaed to bring their own blank videotape to the mock interview.

Mandatory Fall Interviewing Program Meeting for '01 & '02 Graduates
On Tuesday, August 22nd,  in the auditorium, all students who wish to participate in the Fall Interviewing Program are required to attend an informational meeting that will answer all your questions about the process.  Prior to attending the program, students should read through the packet titled, "2000 Fall Interviewing Program: Student Information for 2001 & 2002 Graduates", available on the Web and in the CSO.  For students who have participated in the Fall Interviewing Program before, you have your choice of attending from 12:00 - 12:15 p.m. or 5:00 - 5:15 p.m.  First time participants should attend from 12:15 - 1:00 p.m. or from 5:15 - 6:00 p.m.

How to Research Employers via Lexis on the Web
Lexis consultants will provide hands-on training for students on how to research employers using Lexis on the Web and other traditional Lexis methods.  An intro to Lexis on the Web; Lexis career sources; finding firms to apply to; networking; researching before an interview; and how to find even more legal job information in the Lexis Career Center will also be covered.  Be sure to sign up for training on one of the following dates and times at the Lexis table day on Tuesday, August 22nd, from 10:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
 
Wednesday, August 23, 2000
Thursday, August 24, 2000
9 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.
11 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
10 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
12 p.m. - 12:30 p.m.
11 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
2 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
4 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
3 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
5:15 p.m. - 5:45 p.m.
 

Summer Associate Table Talk
On Wednesday, August 23rd, at 3 p.m., come talk informally with 3Ls and 4Ls who spent this past summer as summer associates at large law firms.  At least thirty students representing twenty nine different law firms will be on hand to answer questions about their summer experience.  Don't miss this unique opportunity to get the inside scoop about the law firms you might be interested in!

Interview Tips for Large Law Firm Employment from the Employer and Student Perspectives
On Tuesday, August 29th at 12:00 p.m. and Wednesday, August 30th at 5:15 p.m.,the CSO is hosting a program to help students prepare for fall interviews with large law firms.  Attorneys involved in on-campus recruiting for law firms and students who have participated in previous fall on-campus interviewing will share their valuable perspectives on what employers look for in a candidate and provide hints and tips for making the most of your interviews. 

EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES

Student Worker Positions Available in the CSO
Want to earn some extra cash?  If so, the CSO is currently accepting applications for student workers.  We seek applicants who can work days and two evening shifts until 7 p.m. on Wednesdays and Thursdays.  Interested applicants should submit a resume and available times to Asha Vishwanath ASAP. 

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

NAPIL'S 2000 Publice Interest Law Career Fair and Conference
The NAPIL Career Fair and Conference represents a unique opportunity for students and graduates to meet and interview with employers from across the country in a single location.  Last year, more than 225 employers and over 1,100 students and graduates from 167 law schools attended.  For more information check out www.napil.org. If interested in participating in the career fair, sign up in the CSO. In conjunction with the career fair, NAPIL will also host it's Annual Awards Dinner and National Public Interest Conference.  Students must register separately for the conference and awards dinner through individual registration  forms.  The career fair and conference will take place October 21-22, 2000 at the Renaissance Washington, DC Hotel.Please note: Students must submit resumes directly, via mail, to participating employers bySeptember 18, 2000

RESOURCES

New Public Interest Resources

  • The CSO recently purchased a new book titled, Public Service and International Law.  The book is a guide to professional opportunities in the U.S. and abroad.  It provides valuable information about legal jobs in the public sector around the world, including U.S. government jobs and positions with intergovernmental and non-profit organizations.  Fellowships in the international realm are also identified and described.  Interested students can find the book in the Public Interest section of the Resource Center.
  • Chicago-Kent recently became a member of PSLawNet, a global network of more than 120 schools and 10,000 public service organizations.  The organizations provides listings of pro bono and public service opportunities and offers vast resources and expertise.  As a member school, students have access to the jobs database and the opportunity to post their resumes on-line.  Take advantage of this new resource by logging on to www.pslawnet.org.

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