Career Services Office:
News & Announcements for the Week of
October 2, 2000

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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).

Join the Cause to End Gun Violence: Monday, October 2nd 
The Career Services Office and Kent Justice Foundation are co-sponsoring First Monday 2000: Unite to End Gun Violence.  This is a national campaign coordinated by Alliance for Justice that "seeks to inspire and mobilize a new generation of advocates to further the cause of justice."  The organization highlights a different issue each year and schedules events at law schools throughout the country to coincide with the first day of the Supreme Court term. 

Stop by Spakateria on Monday, October 2nd between 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. to pick up information about the effects of gun violence in the United States and view "America: Up in Arms," a thirty-minute documentary film directed by award-winning filmmakers Liz Garbus and Rory Kennedy (the film will run continuously throughout the day).  Interested students and faculty members can also meet at 11:45 a.m. in the lobby to walk to the 18th Annual Illinois Council Against Handgun Violence: Rally Against Handgun Violence which will take place from noon to 1 p.m. at the John C. Kluczynski Federal Plaza (Jackson and Dearborn in Chicago).  For additional information about this event, please visit www.firstmonday2000.com or www.ichv.org.

Judicial Clerkship Information Session: Special Attention to 2000 & 2001 Grads
A special program on the value of a judicial clerkship as an entry level career opportunity will take place on Tuesday, October 10th, at 12:00 p.m. in room 270.  Former judicial clerks and Professors Marder and Leslie will be presenting.  Judicial clerkships are post- graduation full-time positions on the staff of a judge. Most federal judges hire clerks 12 to 18 months before employment starts; state judges hire clerks 1 to 12 months before employment starts. 

All students are invited to attend the program; however, experience has shown that most clerkships are awarded to students in the top third of their class.  For first year students this will be an opportunity to learn how to prepare and plan accordingly should you have a desire to pursue a clerkship in the future.  Students graduating in 2001 are particularly urged to attend because applications to most federal and some state judges for 2001 clerkships need to be made in early spring of 2000.  Students graduating in 2000 should also consider attending as opportunities may arise for you. 

CSO Programs for 1Ls!
The CSO staff is looking forward to meeting all 1Ls. We will present the following programs to introduce first year students to the office and the legal job market. 

Career Services Orientation - Mandatory for all 1Ls
Staff members of the CSO will provide you with an overview of today's job market, advice on how to take control of your job search and information about staff and available resources. Two meeting times are being offered.  Attendance at either program is mandatory if you wish to use the CSO while at Kent; however, the day and time at which you attend is left up to you.
 
Tuesday, October 24th 
12 p.m. 
Wednesday, October 25th
 5:15 p.m.

Resumes and Cover Letters for the Legal Market - Required for Resume Review
Wondering what employers in the legal sector look for in a resume and cover letter?  Now is the chance to find out.  The CSO staff will discuss how to make your college and/or work experiences work to your best advantage as you begin applying for legal positions.  They will address questions and concerns about formats, structure, and content for resumes and provide general tips on writing cover letters.  Attendance  is required for all students who wish to have their resume reviewed by a career strategist.
 
Tuesday, October 24th
12 p.m.
Wednesday, Ocotber 25th
5:15 p.m.

Tours of the Career Services Office
Asha Vishwanath, the CSO Resource Manager, will conduct office tours for all 1Ls interested in learning about CSO resources and staff members.  Tour days and times will be announced shortly.  Be sure to stop in and see what the CSO is all about!

SUMMER EXPERIENCE SURVEY WINNERS

We are happy to announce the following winners in the CSO Summer Experience Survey raffle: 
Grand Prize: Jeff Kahn 2nd Prize: Pam Jones 3rd Prize: Eric Witter 4th Prize: Jason Moyer 5thPrize: Leslie Johnson.  Congratulations to all of you!  Please stop by the CSO to claim your prize.

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

Littler Mendelson New Collect Resume Employer
The Chicago office of Littler Mendelson is looking to interview 2Ls who are participants in the Labor and Employment Certificate Program only.  They prefer Law Review, Moot Court and top 30% but will interview any 2L who is in the certificate program.  Interested students should submit a resume to the CSO by 5 p.m., Friday, October 6, 2000.

McBride, Baker & Coles Coming On Campus
McBride, Baker & Coles, a Chicago firm of approximately 85 attorneys (with a branch office in OakBrook) will be on-campus on Friday, October 6th to interview 2Ls.  Top 15% required; Law Review preferred.  Primary practice areas:  Corporate; Tax; Copyright/Trademark; Computer; Entertainment; Intellectual Property; Environment; Bankruptcy; Banking; Labor; Trusts & Estates; Federal and State Litigation and Administrative Law.  If you would like the opportunity to be on this firm's interview schedule, please e-mail Navreet Basati or call her at 906-5203 by 5:00 pm Monday, October 2nd.

Ernst & Young Coming On Campus
Ernst & Young will be coming on campus Friday, October 20th to interview 2Ls & 3Ls.  They require top 25% and tax courses/background.  Law Review is preferred.  Submit materials to the CSO by 12 p.m., Monday, October 13.  Please check the bulletin board and the Web page for further inforamtion.

U.S. Army JAG Corps Interviews
The U.S. Army JAG Corps will have a representative on the main campus Thursday, October 5th to interview 2Ls & 3Ls.  If interested, contact Captain Mark Howze at howzem
@osc.army.mil or at 309-782-8111 to set up an interview. 

U.S. Air Force JAG Corps Interviews
The U.S. Air Force JAG Corps will have a representative on the main campus Monday, October 16th from 10:30 a.m. - 1 p.m. to interview 2Ls & 3Ls.  To set up an interview, contact Major Fred Wolfe directly either through e-mail, frederick.wolfe@generalmitchell.af.mil, or at 1-877-412-0126 AND drop off a resume and cover letter to the CSO before 12 p.m. on Wednesday, October 11th.  Interviews will take place at the Career Development Office in the Galvin Library.

PLEASE NOTE: The above employers refuse to sign Chicago-Kent College of Law's equal employment opportunity compliance form. 

CTA Law Department - Extended Deadline
The CTA Law Department has extended their deadline for 2Ls & 3Ls in the Top 20% of their class.  Interested students should check the CSO bulletin board and the Web page for application information.

Reminders:

For additional on-campus & direct contact employers, check out the "2000 Fall Interviewing Program: Student Information for 2001 & 2002 Graduates" Web page or the CSO bulletin board on a daily basis. 

Callbacks and Offers: Please let us know how you are faring in the program!  E-mail our office about any callbacks or offers you receive from on-campus interviews or job fairs.   Don't forget about the NALP standards for the maximum number of offers students can hold open from the fall on-campus interviewing process and response dates: 
 
2L/3L Student Response Dates
 
November 1st
December 1st
2L/3L student previously employed and offer made before September 15
X
 
2L/3L student with an offer deadline of November 1 may extend to this date with employer's permission if student holds only ONE OTHER offer  
X
2L/3L student previously employed and offer made after September 15  
X
2L/3L student not previously employed must respond  
X
Number of Offers Students May Hold
 
4 Offers
3 Offers
2 Offers
1 Offer
After October 15, maximum offers held by student
X
     
After November 1, maximum offers held by student with December 1 response deadline  
 X
   
Maximum offers for student requesting employer's extension from November 1 to December 1    
X
 
After December 1, maximum offers student may hold with employer's consent      
X

Negotiation to extend the decision deadline must occur with an employer before the original deadline date.  If you have any questions about this, please see one of the CSO staff members or the FOCI web page. 

Policy for Missing an Interview: Please remember to talk to Jeanne or Maureen if you have an emergency that will prevent you from attending an interview scheduled through the fall interview program.  Any student who misses an interview for reasons other than an emergency will not be permitted to participate in the remainder of the program. Thank you for your cooperation. 

Thank You Notes: You do not need to send thank you notes after on-campus interviews.  Well written notes should be sent after call backs or initial interviews in an employer's office. 

EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES

Advice Desk Position at the Daley Center
A PT, temporary, research assistant position is available at the Advice Desk in the Daley Center.  Interested students should contact Professor Pam Kentra via e-mail, by phone at 312-906-5139, or stop by her office in room 611..

D'Ancona & Pflaum - 2001 Associate Positions
D'Ancona & Pflaum is seeking 3Ls with a genuine interest in corporate or real estate.  They prefer top 25% or a B+ average.  Interested students may send a cover letter, resume, and transcript to the attention of Dalene Bryl, Recruitment Coordinator, at 111 E. Wacker Dr., Suite 2800, Chicago, IL 60601 or fax same to (312) 602-3113.

Externships with the Office of the Attorney General
The Office of the Attorney General is interested in working with Chicago-Kent students who are in need of an office in which to complete their externship programs.  During the fall semester, there will be openings in the Medicaid Fraud Unit, Financial Crimes Unit, Revenue Prosecutions Unit and the Environmental Crimes Unit.  See the Resource Manager for descriptions of each unit.  If interested in earning course credit for an externship, please see Vivien Gross.

Spring 2001 Judicial Externship - 2Ls & 3Ls with a 3.25 GPA or Higher
A judicial externship enables a student to become involved in particular legal problems through research and drafting opinions.  Depending upon the judge, an extern may have the opportunity to observe the day-to-day routine of a judge and discuss with the judge and the judge's law clerk those legal problems which attorneys face in their profession, and the specific problems which attorneys confront in their courtroom.  Take advantage of this prestigious learning opportunity while enhancing your marketability in the legal world!

Applications for Spring 2001 Judicial Externships are available in the Law Offices Reception Area (Room 600) and in the CSO.  Completed applications should be submitted to Ms. Carole Ross, Secretary to Professor Gross, Room 612, Law Offices, by Tuesday, October 10, 2000 at 5:00 p.m.  If you have an questions regarding judicial externships, please see Professor Gross in Room 617.

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 one evening shift on Wednesday until 7 p.m.  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 Public Interest Law Career Fair and Conference
The NAPIL Career Fair and Conference will take place October 21-22, 2000 at the Renaissance Washington, DC Hotel. This is 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.  The deadline to submit resumes to employers was September 18, 2000.  However, some employers are still accepting resumes and scheduling interviews.  Consult employers' individual listings and contacts for extended deadlines.   For updated employer listings, check out www.napil.org.  Additional information can also be accessed through www.eattorney.com which has developed a searchable database of profiles on participating employers.

SCHOLARSHIPS

Roxana C. Arsht Scholarship
The Roxana C. Arsht scholarship is sponsored by the Delaware State Bar Association in an effort to encourage attorneys to work in public interest positions in Delaware.  See the Resource Manager for detailed information regarding criteria and application materials. Applications are due November 1, 2000.

Puerto Rican Legal Defense and Education Fund (PRLDEF) Scholarship Program for Law Students
The PRLDEF scholarship program ensures that talented Latino law students have the resources needed to pursue a career in public interest law.  2 scholarships are available: the Father Joseph P. Fitzpatrick Scholarship Fund - $1,500 and the Puerto Rican Bar Association Scholarship - $2,000.
See the Resource Manager in the CSO for application forms.  To be considered for both awards, apply by November 15, 2000.  Applications received after this date will only be considered for the Father Fitzpatrick Scholarship.

National Italian American Bar Association (NIABA)
The NIABA is offering scholarships for the 2000-2001 academic year.  See the Resource Manager in the CSO for an application.

SEMINARS

Practising Law Institute (PLI)
PLI invites law students to attend the following seminars being held in Chicago free of charge through their scholarship program:

  • Understanding the Securities Laws - October 16-17 at the Fairmont Hotel
  • Cable TV Laws: Competition in Video, Internet & Telephone - October 19-20 at the Sheraton Chicago Hotel & Towers
  • Employment Law Institute - October 23-24 at the Fairmont Hotel
Scholarship applications are available on the table outside of the CSO and from the Resource Manager.  PLI asks that applications be submitted about a month in advance.

MISCELLANEOUS

National Italian American Bar Association (NIABA)
The NIABA is seeking students to join their ranks and also promote a law student chapter at Chicago-Kent.  Information is available from the Resource Manager in the CSO.

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.

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